Josh Nell - Vocals James 'Jimbo' Watson III - Guitar Brian 'Cupcake' Hendrix - Drums Richard Pickens - Bass guitar
Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?
Jimbo - "Cupcake and I started jammin' around the end of 2016. We were lookin' for a vocalist, but no one fit. On a drunken whim, Josh auditioned. To everyones surprise, he was good and he had the sound we wanted. Us 3 are original members. Jeremy had played bass with the band for just under a year before he decided to pursue other interests. Through the metal scene, we met Dick. Dick came to a practice and was recruited to play bass."
Do you remember how the idea of forming the band first came up?
Cupcake - "Jimbo and I have known each other for years, I played in bands with Jimbo’s brother Jerry, who now plays in Sinfool. While hangin' out, I asked Jimbo if he wanted to jam."
Jimbo - "I said Hell yeah!"
How would you categorize the style of the band? Jimbo - "Groove metal."
What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?
Jimbo - "We want to convey our energy. We want the crowd to feel our energy and join in."
Who are your influences and how have they shaped your bands’ sound? All - Pantara, Dying Fetus, Slayer, Pissing Razors, Fear Factory, Lamb of God, Exodus.
Cupcake - "It’s hard to say who influences me. It’s more like a single song or piece of a song."
All - Anything that moves us.
Jimbo - "When we listen to our music during practices, we aren’t really reminded of anyone in particular."
Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners in store for with this release?
Cupcake - "We are actually recording for the first time in late August, early September."
Where are you planning to record? Jimbo - "Gabe Fry at Kimura Recordings in Westport, KCMO.
Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record.
Who did you use to produce your record?
Jimbo - "Gabe records, mixes, and masters."
Does the entire band contribute to the writing process?
Richard - "No."
Josh - "We usually start with riffs that Jimbo comes up with. And branch out from there."
How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?
Josh - "It’s always been ups and downs and trial/error but now I experiment a lot more and just keep what I like. I’m more confident. There’s always room for improvement, vocally and in performance."
Cupcake - "Through consistent practices, we continually improve. We rarely cancel practice."
Jimbo - "I’ve upgraded my musical equipment tenfold. I’m using a tube head, Mesa cab, and an effects processor. I’ve done a lot of research and studying on live sound and how to get the most out of each member. Before, Josh was being drowned out by drums but now, we’ve brought up his mids and highs."
How important do you rate the lyrical side of your songs? Jimbo - "They’re extremely important. Most people think metal lyrics are just a bunch screaming nonsense, but that’s not Josh."
Josh - "Each song tells a story via a conviction, a Viking raid to a personal experience. All of it’s important to me because I’m a story writer."
What are your current tour plans, if any? Josh - "No official tour scheduled but we are always continuing to make connections with promoters and bands to increase our opportunities and broaden our domain."
Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live? Jimbo - "I try and stay away from being a statue. I want the band to express our passion and energy, I think we do that at every show."
Do you see as we do that most local radio rarely support the up and coming new bands and even more local bands just starting out?
Richard - "Yes, I agree, especially with the mainstream stations."
Cupcake - "It doesn’t exist, at all."
Jimbo - "Traditional radio, nope. Internet radio, yes."
What do you think of the music industry right now? Jimbo - "Major labels aren’t needed as much as they used to be. If you had enough money, you can put out a badass album from your bedroom. Of course, you have to have the know how."
Cupcake - "I don’t."
Josh - "The internet has made a shit-load of things possible."
Richard - "It sucks, I mean it does."
Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome? Richard - "We're still trying."
Jimbo - "Promoters ignore our messages, especially from KC and Wichita."
Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?
Jimbo - "There are only 2 venues in Topeka. Cover bands and hip-hop is what is playing."
Josh - "Yes, hip hop and covers are what draws a crowd."
Are there any new and upcoming bands that you are into? Richard - "Sarkoptic."
Jimbo - "Sinfool."
How has Social Media impacted your band?
Jimbo - "Hugely. If you compare to back in the day putting up flyers on telephone poles, it’s huge."
Cupcake - "Huge."
Jimbo - "Dotty is a saint. She is a great photographer."
Cupcake - "She supports us completely. Shout outs on FB, goes to and promotes our shows. She is a saint the the metal music scene."
Where can our readers find you on the web?
Jimbo - "Search Sarkoptic on FB and Instagram. On YouTube, search Tedsnakeys for our videos."
Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers?
Jimbo - "Be on the lookout for our EP sometime in the Fall."