Who are you and what do you do in your band?
I am Tony and I am the vomiter of poorly constructed, grammatically incorrect run-on sentences.
When/where was your band formed?
Scaphism was formed by Evan waaaay back in the ancient days of 2007 outside of Boston, practically in the Atlantic Ocean.
Why did you choose to play Death Metal?
Blast beats, tremolo picking, bass rumbling and death growls have no other practical use in everyday society, so prostitution seemed to be the only pathway. However since we are all fugly bastards it seemed that Death Metal was the logical choice.
How do you compose your music? Does only one guy do everything or does everyone contribute?
Evan is the riff master, he composes the structures of the songs and each member is free to add their own flair. It’s a system that works out very well as the gist of the song is presented and then we collaborate to round out the edges. There are no tyrants here, just directionless hacks all swirling together to create the cacophony you hear.
Tell us about your lyrics, writing, inspiration etc.
On ”Festering Human Remains” Evan wrote the lyrics for the first songs he had written before I joined the band, but after that the writing was turned over to me. The main focus is gore, death and filth, but the inspiration can come from virtually anywhere. We have songs inspired by Lovecraft, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, serial killers, witch burnings, fisting, etc. I like to write about inconceivable horrors unknown to the scope of human understanding. Like living long past all organs have been removed, or being fisted by a castle-dwelling eunuch.
Your latest album, Festering Human Remains, was released in 2012. Can we expect new Scaphism material in near future?
Oh yes indeed, we just finished recording our as-of-yet untitled follow-up to Festering. The music is still fast and brutal and obviously Scaphism, but with a clear progression and maturity. Musically the precision is surgical and lyrically it’s moving away from tongue-in-cheek songs about chainsaw sodomy and more towards tongue-in-cheek existential and bodily destruction by multi-tentacled beasts. and power drills.
How do you see the state of Death Metal music these days in your country and in general?
Death Metal continues to expand and mutate in unimaginable ways. We are very lucky to be operating at this time as with the advent of social media we are able to reach a far greater audience than even 10 years ago. The United States has always been a hotbed for Death Metal, I mean Florida alone changed everything in the 90’s. Across the country bands are popping up everywhere and taking everyone by storm. The Boston scene in particular is thriving and rife with burgeoning up-and-comers like Abnormality and Dysentery.
What are your long term plans as a band? What do you want to achieve?
To continue to shove our swampy brutality down the throats of all in our path. I personally try not to look too far ahead, I’m just happy to be roaring about dumb shit into a microphone. Right now the main goal is to get our new album crammed into everyone’s assholes. After that it’s all gravy, like flies on a bloated corpse.
Name an other Death Metal band from your country that everyone should hear.
Keep your eyes on Boston. Abnormality, Dysentery, Parasitic Extirpation, Sexcrement
Just remember, when life kicks you down, it only gets worse. You still haven’t started to rot, which is an extremely unpleasant affair. Cheers!