LEUCROTA is a really cool act that should be noticed way more so start doing so by reading this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-We spent a few months deliberating on a name before we settled on LEUCROTA. I spent a lot of time in the mythology section of our local used book store here in Santa Cruz and found the name searching through an encyclopedia of old world monsters. The Leucrota in particular was described by the Roman historian Pliny the Elder and it jumped out at me.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-We are four friends who are fascinated by dark and spooky things. We make loud and scary noises while maintaining our obsession with composition and precision.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-There are a lot of really cool bands in Santa Cruz. I don’t think that there is one thing that is happening, rather a concentration of artists and musicians with an array different influences creating what they want. I feel heavily involved with a local music scene. We aren’t great in numbers but there are definitely a few lifers lingering around town. I organized over 35 shows in 2015 and I would say that only two or three were poorly attended.
Santa Cruz heavy bands worth checking out – Gloam, Moirai, Fast Asleep, Death Monk, Vultures At Arms Reach, Arab Spring, Dipygus, Gorphyryac, Drain
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-I think that this is a tricky question. I think that everyone in the band feels as if we are a cohesive unit bringing together our taste and influence to create an idea that we share. Furthermore, I have met some of my closest friends through DIY. I do think that community is very important and integral to our lives and art, however, I do not feel that we are amongst some allegiance of bands with a shared goal or message.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-When speaking with our friend Stacie Willoughby ( https://notesfrombelow.com) about the artwork she is drawing for our upcoming 7″ we discussed Bolt Thrower’s In Battle There Is No Law, Deathspell Omega’s Drought, Bathory’s Under the Sign of the Black Mark, Terrorizer’s World Downfall, and Napalm Death’s From Enslavement to Obliteration.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I’ve argued in the past that there is a certain intimacy facilitated by vinyl and cassette but all in all I don’t think it matters. Different albums will grab you in different ways for the rest of your life regardless of the medium.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-I haven’t been to many shows outside of the West Coast, but there are some really amazing and hard working individuals and bands taking great care of touring musicians all along the coast. Some of my favorite places to play are Santa Cruz, Tijuana, Vancouver, Portland, and Seattle.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-I suppose a happening. We take our live performance very seriously – maybe even to a fault. Any error, no matter how nuanced, has proven to be deeply upsetting for all of us. We don’t drink before we play. We don’t noodle or joke around on stage. I think we all have this notion of professionalism that we try to adhere to.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Cheaper rent, daily rehearsal, not losing money on tour and releasing more records.