This year Secret Cutter unleashed their début album Self Titled on an unsuspecting world. This was an avalanche of heaviness and naked hostility tempered down into a short shock of an album that was immediate enough to get the adrenaline flowing and featured enough depth to carry it for the long haul. If you haven’t already heard it I recommend tracking it down. Now.
I wanted to find out more so dived head first onto the cutting floor…
For those who are unfamiliar with your band – introduce yourself!
Jared: We’re Secret Cutter, a 3-piece Sludge/Grind/Doom band from Bethlehem PA and we play heavy music!
Evan: We don’t have a bass player.
Give us a bit of history to Secret Cutter
Jared: Ekim and I’s old band (Oktober Skyline) broke up and we were in between bands and heard Evan, who put out the OS record, wanted to play something heavy, so we decided to try it out and a few months jamming we recorded our 7 inch in Ekim’s basement.
Tell us about the band name
Evan: It’s about the trap of self hatred. None of us cut ourselves on purpose.
What are your influences?
Jared: Impermanence, edibles, the human experience, love, hate, anything can be an influence if you let it.
What are you listening to at the moment that you would like to recommend?
Jared: Nothing heavy really, Emil Amos from the Holy Suns is destroying me lately.
Evan: The “Off Your Parents ” Ep by The Yah Mos. It came out in 1994 one of the best 7 inch’s of the 90’s in my opinion.
Ekim: On the heavy side of things, Lord Mantis.
How did you decide upon the sound that your band has? Was this a conscious decision to aim for this or was it a more organic, natural process of just finding out what fit and felt right?
Jared : Definitely wanted to do something heavy. I think in time as we grow we’re constantly trying to bend our definition of ‘heavy’. But not on purpose…it just happens with time, and that moment when we’re chuckling with the hairs standing on our necks, we know it’s right.
Where/how do you think you fit in with the wider Metal scene as a whole?
Jared: I’m not sure where we fit in really. I’d hope it would be enjoyed by any fans of heavy music but I feel like we don’t appeal to just one genre.
Do you have any specific goals you want to achieve with this album?
Jared : Just to get it out to as many ears as possible.
Are you happy with how it turned out?
Jared : Very happy at this point. The response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Evan: The response has really been great. One review basically said we make music for the end of the world. I really enjoyed that..
What can you tell us about the lyrics?
Ekim: The struggles of everyday life for everyone. Each song is it’s own meaning for me, but could be relate-able through other people’s interpretations. No love making lyrics here.
How do you write your songs?
Jared : Evan brings the riffs to the table like a manic scientist and I basically learn the song and try to syncopate the rhythm. Then over time the songs just grow. It takes a really long time for some songs to be fully incubated.
How do you see your songs/direction developing in the future?
Jared : If any more bleak than what we’ve been writing…I’ll want to swallow a bottle of Zoloft. And I’m OK with that.
What’s next for Secret Cutter?
Jared : All unknown! Except our next LP which is basically written. I’m very excited about playing out with this new material.