“That song ‘Sparrow,’ from Grief’s Infernal Flower, that one I was kind of on the fence about. It’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written, so in a way, I was kind of selfishly thinking I would keep it for myself, but I think in the end it ended up having more of a Windhand vibe. I wrote an acoustic song at first that was supposed to go in its place, but I ended up changing my mind at the last minute, and put ‘Sparrow’ in there.”
“I don’t necessarily do it intentionally, but I have always been really drawn to and fascinated by religious imagery for a lot of reasons — I think it’s a good way to describe the human experience in a way that is easily relatable and understandable to people from all walks of life…..”
“I’ve always been a huge fan of old country and it was also just a part of the culture where I was raised. The first song I learned how to sing was “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground” by Willie Nelson when I was 5, and my dad would play guitar and get me to sing to his friends. I grew up pretty far out in the middle of nowhere and it was beautiful, but it was pretty isolated, and to this day when I am writing songs, be it my own or for Windhand, I think I am in those woods alone at night in my mind….”
“I started writing songs when I was pretty young, and it would always be at night in my little angsty teen bedroom while I looked out the window at the trees. I think when I am sitting around writing alone, to this day, somewhere deep down inside, I’m still just going through puberty at night in the woods….”
Filmed at the first annual Day of the Shred, at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. Thanks to interviewer Frank Heredia (King Raven) and videographer Hugo Guzman.
“I read a ton, and always try to write something at least once a day. I like hanging out with my dog outside and of course going to see other live shows. I’m pretty obsessed with crime stuff, anything about unsolved murders or serial killers or abductions and I sometimes wish someone would try to kidnap me so I could try out all the anti-kidnapping skills I’ve acquired….”
“There’s been a couple funny negative reviews. Those are always the best to read. I think somebody said we were like their weird uncle in their underwear next door mowing the lawn, that you want to like but just can’t….”