This past April, Fayetteville saw the breakup of two of its most beloved metal ensambles in Auric and Barren. Within days of disbanding, members of both bands had found comradery under a new project. This is Bones of the Earth.
You guys have a long history together from early tours in previous bands to even being bandmates. How long have you actually known each other?
Cody: I met Raif in 2nd grade but he doesn’t remember that. I went to his dinosaur birthday party. He remembers the party, just not me being there haha. We met again in high school when we were going to shows at the Pontiac. My senior year I joined his band, From the Wreckage, which eventually spiralled into Vessel, then Barren, and now Bones of the Earth. We met Erik through Auric and Vessel playing shows together.
Erik: I’ve known Raif and Cody for about 5 years. We met in person when Auric played a summer house show with Cowards, Vessel and Machinist!. It was insanely hot and very rock n’ roll. Vessel was also the first band Auric toured with. We drove to a house in Illinois that Black Flag played at back in the day and it turns out we were never booked there. Whoops.
Bones of the Earth was formed after the break-up of both AURIC and BARREN. What can you tell us about the demise of those bands and how Bones of the Earth came to be?
Raif: After the split, Erik and I went to Taco Bell to grab some $5 boxes and reflect on the reality of the situation. I called Cody and we talked for a while about it, and we all knew that playing music was a huge part of our lives and who we are as people. The very next day we all met up at my house with our instruments and started writing the first Bones EP.
How has the music changed with this latest project vs your previous ones?
Erik: Starting a band with no predetermined goals, sound or expectation is both one of the most exciting and terrifying things I’ve ever done. I was in Auric for six years. I didn’t form the band and although I’ve composed several hours worth of music on my own, I was never really in any position of control over a band. We all had a collection of material that was in reserve for both bands’ new albums and it just snowballed to the point where we had pretty much all five songs instrumentally written in a month.
I see Cody is playing drums in this project. Has it been a weird transition jumping from guitar to drums?
Cody: Definitely. It’s a lot more physically demanding haha. But hitting things is fun so I’m enjoying it. This will be my first time playing drums for a band so I’m interested to see how things go from here. Nevertheless, I’m stoked for the future.
You mentioned going into pre-production on an album. Where are you planning to record and what can people expect from the first release?
Erik: We’ve been fortunate enough to share a practice space with Groaners, it’s really helped our sound a lot. We’re planning on recording the album there ourselves because we see the vision of what we want it to sound like. As far as what you could expect for our EP, we pulled influence from things we’ve done in the past but we’re presenting it in a new way.
I know Erik is a pedal freak. Do you have any pedals you’re particularly excited to use on the new album?
Erik: I’m definitely a pedal freak, the breakup allowed me to change my entire rig for this band. I’m a big fan of EarthQuaker Devices, and I got a few of their pedals in the months before and after we formed. I use the Cloven Hoof and Palisades as the base tones for my amps and run into a bunch of delay/reverb.
You’re set to debut LIVE at Smoke & Barrel, September 8th with Terminus. How is the live sound coming? Terminus is pretty tough.
Raif: Our live sound is something we’re very excited about. Being a three-piece we had to come up with creative ways of filling sonic space. I think we achieve that with Erik running into two separate guitar rigs and with myself splitting the bass signal into a bass rig / octave up into a guitar rig. Its very loud.
How do you compare playing venues like George’s and Smoke & Barrel to local D.I.Y spaces like Backspace and LaLaLand?
Cody: This Terminus show will be my first opportunity to play Smoke & Barrel so I guess I’ll see how that goes, I’ve heard good things though. Georges is just a really nice venue, like where else are we gonna get the chance to open for bands like Superjoint or Crowbar? They have a killer sound system/staff. Plus if it’s at George’s then it’s probably booked by Ruben and I love that dude. But there’s something about the energy of a sweaty packed out DIY show that i love. The sound is nowhere near as good but it makes up for it in hype.
What have you guys been listening to lately as far as new music?
Erik: Birds in Row, Between the Buried and Me, Rolo Tomassi, Night Verses, Yashira, Lesser Glow, Zeal & Ardor. Really excited about the new Future Usses, Emma Ruth Rundle and Thrice albums coming up.
Cody: I don’t know how much new stuff I’ve been jammin but my Spotify history consists of Chamber, Orthodox, Yautja, Converge, Nails, Vein, Harm’s Way, Mastodon, and Queen.
Raif: I’ve been jamming a lot of Elder, they’re pretty much a constant in my cycle. Night Verses, Nothing, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, new Converge, obviously Fortune Looming by Terminus has been on repeat since it dropped.
Are there any other plans that you can let us in on?
Erik: Writing and more shows hopefully!
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