Thrash Hits Verdict: We came across Primitive Weapons in Austin, Texas in March 2011 via a recommendation by Cancer Bats’ manager. “I think you’ll like them,” he said. He was correct. The Brooklyn monsters are the new project of former Gay For Johnny Depp man, Arty Shepherd and they ply a furious and sinister metal-oriented hardcore. Recently signed to label du jour, Prosthetic Records, they’re in exactly the right place to become one of the most acclaimed bands of 2012. We love the album, The Shadow Gallery and we believe that you will too. We had a chat with singer, David Castillo so that you can find out everything about Primitive Weapons.
Describe your sound in 3 words
Heavy, Anthemic, Weird
How did you meet?
A lot of us knew each other from over the years hanging around the NY music scene. Then I kind of started piecing everyone together to form the band. After a decently long search for a bassist, we ended up finding Eric (Odness, bass) because he started working at the same bar as Arty.
What made you want to start Primitive Weapons?
I hadn’t made music for close to three years before the band started. In that time I started to put on shows locally and I would get excited about a lot of the great stuff I was seeing but I also sometimes wished I was the one playing. From there the itch started to grow and I knew it was time to start finding people to play with again.
Listen to ‘Oath’ by Primitive Weapons
Where did the name come from?
I was in a museum years ago and I was actually looking at a display case of primitive weapons, which was really cool. As I was checking it out, I thought to myself, “That would be a sick band name”.
What are your musical influences?
I listen to a wide array of music of all genres – I am kind of all over the map. Obviously, I dig a lot of metallic hardcore and noisey rock.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in Primitive Weapons?
I really enjoy recording and crafting a song until it seems just right. The moment when it all clicks is always a pretty big payoff. Then hopefully when you play it for other people live, you can see it clicking in the same way for them.
With which band would your dream tour be?
Oh man, that is tough. I would say Jesus Lizard, Refused, Converge would be all rad.
What’s the most memorable show you’ve played?
I don’t know if I can pick a most memorable. Recently, I really enjoyed the show we played at Mercury Lounge for Hull’s record release with Rwake. Those guys are really incredible. That night was just full of friends and the flow of music from band to band was really great. It felt like being a part of a sweet mixtape.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
We are definitely a part of the Brooklyn heavy scene. Bands we are down with are Sannhet, Vaura, Incendiary, Krallice, Hull, Goes Cube, Gang Signs, Naam, Mutilation Rites, Batillus, Mount Olympus, Fashion Week, Clean Teeth etc. There are a lot of great bands playing in NYC right now.
What other band should everyone find out about?
I have been enjoying Anatomy of Habit a lot. They play droney metal that incorporates industrial percussion and chant like goth vocals. They really blew me away when they played at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn and their new record is fantastic.
What is the most metal thing you’ve done?
The most metal thing I have done is hang out with Tony Iommi at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn for his book signing. The Godfather!
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