New Mexico’s Butcher the Sheep play a blistering combination of brutal deathcore and grindcore, so bust out the mouth guards when listening to these dudes. The band is relatively new to the scene, and there have been some name changes, with the latest moniker sticking pretty well. Butcher the Sheep are working on securing more and more shows and plans to work on a demo soon. Take Five spoke with one of the unholy three, guitarist Zech, who gave me the lowdown on the band’s activities.
You’ve only recently settled on the name “Butcher the Sheep.” Tell me what inspired the name (and changing it from “Since April Diminished”) and how it reflects your musical approach.
Zech: “Well, we changed our name from Diminished to Butcher the Sheep in August. What inspired the name were thoughts of what natives liked and its mutton. So we thought it would be cool to have a band called Butcher the Sheep because no one had that name locally and in the underground media. So, we thought it was a good step, but at first we thought the name wasn’t going to work out, ‘til we received our example demo cover. Then the name just stuck.”
You’re a relatively new band out on the local scene. What would you say has been your biggest obstacle to date, and what have you done to overcome it?
Zech: “Transportation! We still haven’t overcome this, but we do make it to our shows one way or another. We usually have two rides or we try to fit everything into one car, which is really cramped but it’s worth it to jam.”
I understand you are looking to record a demo. What’s the progress on it, what can listeners expect to hear, and when can they expect to see it released?
Zech: “Right now we are waiting for the right time to record an actual demo. We have rough samples of what listeners can expect to hear from us on our Reverbnation page at Butcher the Sheep. We are shooting for the end of this year or early December. We don’t know who are going to for this demo. We have people, but it’s hard to decide, and it depends on funds as well.”
How has living in New Mexico influenced your musical approach?
Zech: “The New Mexico metal scene! All the bands in and around New Mexico influence us to push to be a better band and make the music we like to make. There are quite a few we look up to, and we have had the chance to share the stage or floor with them. ,,/”
What sorts of things go through your mind moments before you take the stage? How about when it’s all over and you are coming off the stage?
Zech: “‘Sh*t! I need a shot.’ Or ‘Let’s F$#king murder them all.’ After coming off the stage: ‘Okay, so where is the beer?!’”