Of Feather and Bone put out one of the best records of 2020 with Sulfuric Disintegration, so I was really excited to speak with drummer Preston Weippert.
Like Rats played with Of Feather and Bone in Baltimore a few years back, and I was very impressed with them. Since then, they’ve released two albums and dropped any pretense of being anything other than a death metal band.
Fascinatingly, they compose most of their music through improvisation and jamming, which is not typical for most death metal bands. Of course, I wanted to get into the weeds with Preston and really understand their creative process, and how they hold their output to such a high standard while creating music through improvisation. Hint: they’re willing to scrap an entire album’s worth of material if they think it isn’t up to snuff.
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Learn more from Preston here:
- Bandcamp: Of Feather and Bone | Volunteer Coroner | Trust Collective
- Instagram: @v_coroner | @offeatherandbone
- [01:54] Is it cheating to do a two foot blast?
- [04:30] Of Feather and Bone writes their songs by jamming together—which is somewhat unusual for a death metal band. How much is pure improvisation?
- [12:29] Of Feather and Bone’s most recent record “Sulfuric Disintegration” is a rewrite of an entire album that was scrapped.
- [19:37] Many bands start strong and get worse over time, but Of Feather and Bone has had the opposite trajectory. And, the interplay between hardcore, death metal, and other extreme genres.
- [29:10] More on improvisational composition and developing the skill of improvising.
- [39:28] Denver has an excellent scene for extreme music. Where did this come from? How are bands handling Covid?
- [48:28] Preston’s electronic project Volunteer Coroner—and learning to appreciate ambient and noise music
- [01:00:49] Learn more from Of Feather and Bone, Volunteer Coroner, and Trust Collective
Links and Resources Mentioned:
- Morbid Angel
- Celtic Frost
- A389 Anniversary Bash
- His Hero Is Gone
- Battalion of Saints
- Dead Congregation Drum Cam
- Funeral doom
- Primitive Man
- Ethan Lee McCarthy (Primitive Man | Many Blessings) Interview
- Spectral Voice
- Suffering Hour
- Profound Lore Records
- Blood Incantation
- Casket Huffer
- Vermin Womb
- Mayhem “Silvester Anfang”
- I said that the Mayhem intro was composed by Morton Subotnick but it was actually Conrad Schnitzler
- Skin Crime
- Posh Isolation
- Vanity Productions
- Total Black
- Outsider Art