We recently had the pleasure of premiering Metempsychosis, the debut full length from Kentucky’s Nest and if for some reason you still don’t own a copy of this nihilistic and nasty doom album, go here and check it out for yourself. This is one that simply must be experienced to be believed. On the heels of Metempsychosis‘ release date we had the chance to ask Corey Stringer (drums, vocals) and Kyle Keener (guitars, noise) our set of Profile questions to get a deeper understanding of Nest. Head inside to see what they had to say and be sure to grab your own copy from the links contained within.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
Corey Stringer: I got into playing music when I was in high school. My cousin and his friends were a couple grades ahead of me and they needed a drummer for their band Shop for Friends (at the time). I obliged and stepped in for the duration of the project, once that fell through Eric, Matt, and myself set out on our own and formed the project Throwing a Minus. It was through them and that band (plus the Eastern Kentucky music scene at the time – most notably a venue my friend James ran called The Amp Space) that I became involved in the types of music I like today.
Have I achieved that level? I don’t think so, not yet. What I would really like to see is NEST become something bigger. Kyle and I really put a lot of time and emotion into this new record.
Kyle Keener: The usual, got my first guitar for xmas in 5th grade ( haha which I later on got drunk and chopped it up with an axe), started a band with friends who also couldn’t play. Yeah, totally surpassed my expectations a long time ago. Just grateful people are listening now.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
CS: I don’t have a story that particularly stands out. We have not been a band for that long, I think the funny stories will come in time. Honestly we haven’t really pushed our music off on anyone or begged to be put on a label etc, truth be told everything has just happened organically.
KK: I’m sure I’ve debased myself on many occasions but can’t remember one. In the vein of embarrassing, we did play a show where my guitar strap broke and I had to sit in a chair on stage eye level with Corey. Playing doom sitting down is really strange.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
CS: That is a tough question. Some of the great things happening in metal (I feel) is that more bands are becoming aware of themselves and the music around them. Like…its all pretty much this stagnate pond with a couple of ripples here and there right? But I think a lot of bands are realizing that in order to get your music out there you have to be creative and not just group all of your influences together and combine those into THAT band. Or maybe that’s been there all along. I don’t know.
Lets see, worst things…You know…I really can’t think of anything off the top of my head. I mean, people are going to make music wether it’s good or not so good…so…as long as the bad stays off my radar I’m cool with it.
KK: The amount of gear experimentation going on is amazing, everyone seems to be blending different/amps/cabs/pedals etc and just getting into uncharted territory. The worst I’d have to say is always ego, we’re all just playing music man, no one’s more “cvlt” because of it.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
CS: I mean politics are a pretty big issue, so are the social issues. When I write my lyrics out I try and be as ambiguous as possible. On this record a lot of personal thoughts and feelings went into it, because a ton of negative things happened to us collectively over 2017. For myself it was the classic case of my job sucked, people suck, loss, etc. With everything though comes a silver lining and I try and stay as depressive as possible, but always try and offer a potential lighter outcome. Look, the world is not a terrible place (I mean it can grind you down sometimes with images from the media, corrupt stories about our supposed leaders, etc…), but you and you alone have the opportunity to make your life suck or not suck. So do something productive in society, take a stand for something, fight the powers that be. I guess stop laying around and be active. Ha.
KK: The only kind of topics we’ve touched on are extremely personal ones, loss and grief greatly influenced this album, both before and after the fact.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
CS: My family has always hated metal music (its the product of growing up in a christian household). My cousin Eric and my uncle Jon introduced me to the nu metal movement way back when and I got into that pretty heavy. From there though I ventured out on my own into realms of metal core, hardcore, and punk. I think I was 13 at the time.
KK: In fifth grade I was at the record store and my stepbrother took whatever garbage I had out of my hand and handed me Metallica’s Ride the Lighting. My family just now seems to be realizing I’m never gonna “grow out of it.”
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
CS: Pay attention to the underground more, giving the unsung hero an actual chance. I understand that the scene has become so saturated with garbage these days, but their are some really great bands trying to get their feet off the ground right now and I think record labels and critics should take notice. I can’t speak for other regions, but Eastern Kentucky has a lot going for it right now. Some bands to take note of: Hawkbill, Rotting Kingdom, Dirtbag and the like.
KK: Don’t get too tied up in what genre/sub genre a band “is.” Sometimes I read reviews where they list seven genres that the band “could” fit into, or what bands they sound similar too and barely talk about the actual music they’ve created or how they did it.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
CS: I personally DO NOT want to take over the world. It’s a shit hole already and I don’t think our music could change that, but our music can create an atmosphere where people can cope. I do have to say though, starting a cult sounds mighty fun. I have a day job, sure, I work as a Courier for Fedex Express. Its a good job, I’m an active member of society (no matter how much I dislike it) ha.
KK: Definitely a cult. No, just creating/releasing more music we’re proud of.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
CS: Anything Thou has put out. Im really digging a lot of Type O right now. I guess its just the weather.
KK: Always Sabbath, and Craft’s “Fuck the Universe” has been on repeat, also listening to a lot of Howling Wolf lately.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
CS: Not at the moment really. Just that the new record comes out digitally on March 3rd via the Sludgelord Records. I think we are going to make cassette/CD announcements soon after that. I think I can speak for both of us when I say we have lives and other projects going. We do want to play more shows, maybe a small tour here and there, a couple weekenders, hopefully laying some of the ground work for the new record in the coming month.
KK: Playing more shows, hoping to get some physical versions of the album released, and prolly start on the next one sometime soon.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Nest for their time!