Sunday, January 17, 2021

Episode 163: Grayceon

Here is Dreams of Consciousness Podcast Episode 163, featuring an interview with Jackie Perez Gratz of Grayceon.

[cover photo by Rohini Moradi Sweeney]

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photo by Rohini Moradi Sweeney

A cello-driven power trio that shares members with Giant Squid, Squalus, and Amber Asylum, Grayceon are one of the most unique bands to come out of the Bay Area metal scene. Though often lumped in with the progressive and avant metal scenes, their music owes just as much to classical and folk music as it does to metal.

I spoke with cellist/vocalist Jackie Perez Gratz about how she ended up in a metal band, using classical instruments to make heavy music, and why it's a challenge to describe Grayceon's style. We also discussed how the band's songwriting process has changed from their earliest albums to their latest release, Mothers Weavers Destroyers, and whether or not Grayceon is a "message" band.

My thanks to Jackie for speaking with me, and to all of you for listening.


"A Road Less Travelled"
taken from the album All We Destroy

taken from the album IV

"And Shine On"
"Diablo Wind"
taken from the album Mothers Weavers Vultures

"It Begins, And So It Ends"
taken from the album This Grand Show

Grayceon on Facebook

Grayceon on Instagram

Grayceon on Bandcamp

Grayceon on Merchbar (including Mothers Weavers Vultures on vinyl)

Bay of Blood:

Episode 159:
Cardinal Wyrm
Episode 107:
an interview
with Squalus