Thrash Hits verdict: We first heard Globe and Beast when one of our Facebook friends with better taste than us Liked them on Facebook, and they popped up into our newsfeed. That’s not very exciting, is it? Luckily the vicious blend of powerful, hungry-for-your-blood music they put out is.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Experimentally sludgy shreddage?
How did you meet?
Our guitarist, Chris, was trying to start a studio project and needed a vocalist. He remembered a local band that he loved and sent a track to their singer, Blake, to see if he would be interested in being involved. Instead the whole band jumped on it. Pretty smooth process.
What made you want to start a band?
I think it was just to jam for the sake of jamming. Neither of us had really anything going on so it was all good fun. Then we started writing songs and realized how different it was and how well we jelled together.
Where did the name come from?
Chris writes down quotes that he finds and collects them on sticky notes. Going through one of the list “Globe and Beast” popped out and we all thought it was cool and gave it our own meaning.
Where did the name come from?
We’re all from San Diego, California, but the city itself hasnt really affected our music. Our music is usually pissed and our message is pissed and thats because of all the trial and tribulations thats happened in each of our lives. No sunny beach vibes in our music. But off stage, we bring the Cali-vibes.
What your non-musical influences?
Beer and weed.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Touring. Its awesome to find yourself in a different city everyday and meeting its people.
With which band would your dream support slot be?
There are too many bands that would be on our dream bill, ha ha! But the one band that would be on all our lists would be Converge. Any tour with them would be a dream come true for all of us.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
Mixing up hardcore with sludge/drone and some experimental parts would be what sets us apart from a lot of hardcore bands. But we’re not re-inventing anything but we do throw some curve balls in our music. We’re fans of too many genres and styles of music and we incorporate them into our writing style.
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What’s the best and/or funniest show you’ve played?
I think the funniest show we played was in Medford, OR at Johnny Bs. It was a last minute booked show as our Portland show was cancelled so nobody showed but we got a lot of free beer so it was awesome. Us and Fever Dreams, the band we went on tour with, pretty much just played for each other and some local drinkers that happen to be there when we showed up. Then we said fuck it, and played as some of the guys’ previous band, Imperil, and just got stupid. After we played we continued the drinking with the owner, Johnny, who played in a Scott Kelly (from Neurosis) side project, Side Show Bob, and apparently our bassist saw them play when he was kid. It sounds dumb but its literally one of those “you had to be there” moments haha.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Our main doo doo stains in Fever Dreams. Dark and heavy hardcore from Utah. Those guys killed it every night and are our brothers for life. Seizures is our SoCal buddies that turn out relentless riff heavy hardcore. We played a few shows with our label mates VICES during SXSW, and we were all completely blown away by their hardcore/southern blues sound. But more people need to know about At Our Heels, VYGR, Skinfather, Black Sheep Wall, Noriega, No Omega, My Iron Lung and a bunch more, but it’ll take forever to name them all.
Globe and Beast’s debut album, Grandfather’s Axe, is out now on Meletov Records – go buy yourself a copy.