Bloody-Disgusting is happy to present to you an exclusive short interview with Jean Saiz, guitarist and vocalist for Shroud Eater, a Florida based stoner/noise rock trio. Jean also did the artwork for the Shroud Eater 3 song EP (which you can download at their official website HERE: Just go to Music and follow the instructions). Check inside to see what’s going on in the world of Shroud Eater and keep an eye out for Jean’s Top 10 Horror list coming soon!
How did Shroud Eater come together?
Janette and myself have played together for many years. Our previous band was an all-female alterna-grunge outfit that fell apart after about a year. After that experience we were pretty bummed out for a bit, but decided we wanted to forge a new path and band regardless. We had a few songs written that were heavier than the songs we had been playing before, so we were looking for a drummer that could bring more aggressiveness to our songs. We found Felipe through a craigslist ad, and after jamming with him we all felt the chemistry musically and our personalities & goals meshed very well. We
started playing and writing songs, initially as an instrumental band, and then I decided to throw caution to the wind and try my hand at vocal duties (something I was very hesitant about). Luckily, that seemed to work for us and more importantly for the music we had written, so that pretty much solidified our line-up and vision as a band, and we’ve been working away at that ever since.
What are some of your musical influences?
We all listen to a lot of different music. I would say that in regards to
the vibe we have when we write/perform music, influences are definitely Black Sabbath, High on Fire, Melvins, Jesus Lizard, Hammerhead, Slayer, Motorhead, and other hard-driving rock n’ roll and metal. But there are a lot of different musicians that inspire us that may not necessarily be of that “genre”, for example I’m a big fan of Bauhaus… disparate influences like that might not come into the foreground of the music, but these are the type of things that are floating around in the collective subconscious of the band that perhaps give us a different take on the genre.
The artwork for the EP is really psychedelic and somewhat unsettling. What was your inspiration?
The inspiration for the EP artwork is two-fold – the term “Shroud Eater” refers to a legend that a corpse could “eat through its burial shroud” and kill the living from the grave. So the skulls and weird anatomical landscape is in reference to that. Then the double-headed wolf-human creature was a kind of representation of our song “We Are Beasts” – I wanted something that could allude to what the song is about – basically accepting our baseanimalistic impulses for what they are- despite millions of years of evolution, we are still haunted by primal urges that manifest themselves differently in this modern world. The three songs on the EP deal with a kind of unsettling realization of things around you, whether we can all “escape
our deadly fate” or not.
How’s work coming along on a full length album?
It’s coming along very well! We are currently in “pre-production” of the 11 songs we have, basically we took a break from gigging so that we could finish writing some new songs as well as work on any final tweaks we wanted for other songs that we’ve been playing for a while. We’re basically tightening everything up, scrutinizing parts that we thought could be better – a lot of self-criticism because we want to get into the studio and be completely ready to record the album and make sure that what we commit to recording is the best possible stuff we could produce.
What are the plans for the rest of the year for Shroud Eater?
Recording the album is the number one priority! Once we’re finished with that we’re planning on gigging around South Florida as well as a small tour through Florida, and after that a tour up the East coast. We want to make sure the album is completed & printed before we embark on any lengthier tours because we’d like to have something to leave behind as evidence once we’ve pillaged unsuspecting towns, haha.
What, if any, influence does horror have on you as an artist and
I think the first thing I learned to draw was a “werewolf” holding a human head (we’re talking sometime back in first grade) and my fascination with horror has grown ever since. I’m very much intrigued and inspired by the macabre, the strange and unusual, occult beliefs, that sort of thing. My library is stocked with H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, Neil Gaiman, and a slew of books on ceremonial magick, the occult, the supernatural, witchcraft, etc. I find these topics fascinating and enjoy filling my head with weird theories and stories and see how it’s cannibalized and reinterpreted into my art or music for the band.