By: Erik Sugg
Looking for a good, unsigned band who brings the heavy while also soothing your mind, body and soul?
’s Book of Wyrms may be the band for you. They
describe their sound as “appalachian stoner rock” and “space metal.” Those tags
alone may be enough to draw listeners into their heady realm of astral
dreaming, but the band also claims a diverse set of interests ranging from the
occult, to cheap beer, to Curtis Mayfield. Who wouldn’t want
to hang out with these guys? Richmond, Virginia
After listening to their three song, Garrett Morris-engineered demo, which consists of the hard-charging “Nightbong,” the eerie, Sleep-esque “Sourwolf,” and ends with the slow burning “King Mildew,” I knew instantly that Book of Wyrms wasn’t going to be just another stoner rock band who gets lost in an endless cloud of smoke. This is a group of young people who know how to work their volume and instrumentation, while leaving plenty of space for their fantastic vocals and melodies. I spoke to with the band’s singer, Sarah Moore Lindsay, to learn a little more about them.
SL): So Sarah, you guys are a relatively new band. A lot of us may not know a whole lot about you yet. Mind giving us a brief run-through of how Book of Wyrms came together as a band?
Sarah: Our story actually begins with my answering a Craigslist ad (in spring 2014) which was looking for a Stevie Nicks-like vocalist. I sang with Sematary for a few months before I got the boot, which hit me hard as it was the first band I’d been fired from. So my bassist husband, Jay Lindsey, said, “You don’t need those guys to do what you want to do. You found what makes you happy. I’ll play with you.” So he started writing a few heavy riffs and I came up with lyrics. We asked our buddy Chris DeHaven to play drums, and then we’ve gone through a few guitarists since the beginning. We’re stoked with the current line-up of our two guitarists, Ainsley Coudriet and Kyle Lewis. Those guys have been playing together for years so they have an incredible rapport already.
SL): The group is based out of
, VA., a great
town that I used to call my home as well. These days Richmond has quite the reputation for being a
metal mecca. Would you agree there’s a lot of creative energy happening with
heavy bands in Richmond
these days? Richmond
Sarah: Yes, definitely. I was just referencing the Ted Talk, which Mike Bishop recently gave, which addressed the history of
and how that influences things to
this day, including the music scene. It’s not that all heavy bands sing about
that stuff, but you’ve got some unrest going on. Richmond just has all these people who are so
brilliant and passionate that it’s no wonder that the music scene is fairly
dank and dark. Richmond
SL): Your sound ranges from upbeat, hard rockers to slow and low heaviness. Do you guys have a particular dynamic that you prefer, or do you just write your tunes and let the dynamics work themselves out?
Sarah: I think we like to vary our dynamics to make certain parts of the music more impactful and to keep things from getting boring. It’s pretty exciting to have those moments of pure upheaval when you come out of a quiet part. I think it’s a rush for us and the audience.
SL): What’s up with a song title like “Nightbong?” Do we have a memorable experience from a late night stoner session, or is it your tongue planted firmly in your cheek?
Sarah: Haha, yeah that song title originally started out as a joke. One of Jay’s and my favorite activities is coming up with funny or epic band names, so it was just one that we said which sparked something in my imagination. Then it took on a whole personality, and this “nightbong” suddenly had magic powers which I thought were hilarious. The first lines are “Green machine/It’s loaded it seems” – basically it’s a story of coming upon a magical bong which packs itself and takes you places, turning your brain inside out.
SL): Generally we all see gender as something that never really needs to be brought up in a conversation about music. However, that’s kind of difficult when there are so many gifted ladies, like yourself, singing for heavy bands these days. It’s really changed the whole landscape for metal and what metal can be. Who are some of the front ladies in this day in age that you enjoy?
Sarah: Well, I’ve got to first mention Dorthia Cottrell of Windhand, because I admire her so much but also identify with her in a lot of ways. But I also dig Alia O’Brien from Blood Ceremony, Jillian Taylor from Ruby the Hatchet, Myrkur, Chelsea Wolfe, and so many more.
SL): What’s on the horizon for Book of Wyrms?
Sarah: We have a few
Richmond shows this fall, and we
will be trying to hit the road to Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Raleigh,
in the next 6 months or so. I would really like to record again soon but we
will have to see how that goes. We’ve got some baseball tees coming out soon
and maybe some more surprises. Baltimore