Experimental metal band Pound are like nothing you’ve ever encountered before. The brainchild of two insane musicians, Ryan Schutte and David Stickney, the Seattle-based duo have made a name for themselves in the grindcore, math, and sludge metal genres by just doing things like nobody else. Featuring Schutte holding down all ends of the melodic spectrum on a baritone 9-string guitar, and Stickney switching back and forth between two drum kits (yeah, that’s right, two) it’s safe to say that the Pound boys have carved out an identity all their own. And to demonstrate just what they’re all about, Stickney got behind the kits and played through one of the band’s tracks, all in the glorious magic of 360°, only right here, on Gear Gods!
Sitting comfortably behind a plethora of drums and cymbals, Stickney lays into the seventh track from the band’s debut self-titled record (released July 13th, 2018 on Silent Pendulum Records). As with many other of their tunes, the song is riddled with spastic rhythms and dissonant melodies, and through it all, Stickney switches back and forth flawlessly between both his kits.
It’s truly a sight to behold, and even amongst all the disorder and seemingly random chaos of the music, there is a level of order that goes much deeper than one might suspect upon first listen. To really understand the how both Stickney and Schutte play off each other, you can see the duo in action in their music video for the track “x.—.x.—.x.—.x.—“. The guys are clearly on another level.
For all the Pound you need in your life, hit up their Facebook and Bandcamp pages. They also have a t-shirt available of their friend’s butt who fell on a hot grill, which we fuckin’ love.