*featured photo: Rob West
The kings and queens of SOUTHERN TIER, NEW YORK SLAM are back, baby! These guys were one of the last bands I fell in love with of this genre prior to COVID. To see them back in action after a couple years’ hiatus is really satisfying! I hit up bassist, Makenzi, about the reformation of the band and the others jumped right in. Let’s get to it!
1. What’s the story behind the band name? I mean it’s pretty straight forward (lol), but how did you arrive at it?
1) Originally we wanted to be called Fluffer, so we could warm up other bands and get them hard and ready. Unfortunately, that name was already taken. Randy thought of the name Drawn And Quartered while watching some brutal TV show and that was also taken. Eventually, we came to Bound And Quartered, and frankly that sounded better anyway.
2. How did this band come about? I know you’re just coming back from a hiatus, but going back to when the band first started, what led to you to this style and this group of people specifically?
2) It would be cliche to call it fate, but in a way it really was. Our core members all had previous experience playing in bands, and it was the natural evolution of things for the three of us to want something different, something heavier, than what we had previously been playing. We were very lucky to have met and found each other when we did. Finding the lineup we had, and shaping the new lineup now, has been a lot of trial and error and paying special attention not only to musicians with the skill level required for the genre, but also to personal chemistry between members and developing camaraderie, which is crucial to us.
3. Talking strictly brutal death metal/slam, who are your favorites? Who do you think have been the best to pull off this sound? I’ve always been told that Devourment are the slam authorities, but I’d love your take.
3) We are collectively fans of Acrania, Job For A Cowboy, and Analepsy. Devourment is definitely tasty as fuck, but we’ve never heard of them being the Slam authorities.
4. How did you all first meet?
4) The long and short of it is that we all met through the local music scene over the years. Randy had been a part of the scene for a very long time, and Latisha and Makenzi popped in around the same time. Latisha and Makenzi both started off very shy, quiet, and reserved, and they finally got introduced and hit it off, they are basically the same person.
4) We all met through the local music scene. Randy and Latisha actually go way back to childhood; her father worked with a father figure of Randy’s frequently in the scene. Makenzi found Randy in 13 South and Rip Open The Sky through word of mouth. Makenzi and Latisha found each other at a show when Latisha played bass for Corrosive Impact.
5. When you first established this band, who were the main influences you were trying to emulate?
5) We don’t really try to emulate anyone. We just write what we feel like writing. We respect other bands that take influences, and we respect our own roots and we definitely pull influence from artists that we listen to, but we don’t sit down and plan on rewriting another band’s song and to make it our own. A shared goal of ours from the beginning was to avoid losing ourselves in worrying about being the next big thing, and about following in the footsteps of the bands we admired and wanted to be most like. We always aim to be musically true to ourselves.
6. Following up question 5, talk about the bands and artists that inspired you all to write and perform music in the first place!
6) Latisha: My dad’s band, Stuck On Goofy, was definitely one of them. I grew up going to shows, it’s always been a part of me. My dad is my hero.
Randy: There were a bunch of amazing bands that I grew up listening to like Cannibal Corpse, Mudvayne, and Coal Chamber. I was also inspired by local bands I grew up watching like Stuck On Goofy. Who really got me hooked was Ire Clad, after giving a young Randy a chance and inviting me up on stage to sing with them after seeing me at multiple shows of theirs.
Makenzi:I can’t pinpoint any specific bands that did that for me, but something clicked the moment I first picked up a guitar. As a kid I attended Christian Metalcore shows at The Gate in Horseheads, and sometime around then was when I decided I needed to be on a stage someday.
7. Talk about any shows you have coming up in the near future.
7) We don’t have any shows scheduled just yet. We are currently working in the studio and finding the perfect lineup for us before we come back out to play live.
8. How do you guys go about writing songs?
8 ) We kinda just close our eyes and wiggle our fingers… Kidding! We all play a part in the writing and share the load. We believe teamwork makes the dream work. Even Randy helps.
9. Plug any relevant links to your online presence. (the simpler the URL, the better)
10. For Randy: How do you typically approach writing lyrics? Horror movies? Personal life stuff? Do you have premeditated concepts or are you more off the cuff after a song is done instrumentally?
10) First and foremost, thank you for fucking being here. I’m so fucking proud and honored and humbled to be interviewed by you! All of the above. I have ADD and ADHD, so I’m always hearing a bunch of voices in my head. Tattooing and music are the only things that quiet them.
11. For everyone: How long have you been playing your respective instruments and how did you get started?!
11)Latisha: There’s a long story involving trading a fish for a drum set that turned into me first playing bass with my uncle’s band, Sideshow Killers, when I was about 13 years old. I didn’t even pick up a guitar seriously until I met Randy, but I learned what love was when I touched a 7-string guitar for the first time.
Randy: The man who raised me put on metal shows. Seeing them made me really want to do it. One of those bands that really did that for me was Latishas Dad’s band, Stuck On Goofy, actually. When I moved to Philly no one wanted to hear me sing, and I would practice underground in sewers. So I took being an underground artist to a whole other level. And I still have that mentality engrained to shut up and be underground until I am better. And every time someone wants to hear me now I am incredibly humbled and honored and it blows my mind to this very day.
Makenzi: I’ve only been playing bass for four years (wow, only four years?!). I started on guitar when I was about nine or ten years old. I picked up bass around 2018 out of necessity more or less, I was joining the music scene and it seemed everyone needed a bassist, so I answered that call.