Posted in interviews | metal | music | tour dates on January 30, 2012

by BBG

"Providence should be nuked. The music scene there is a disgrace. " - Pilgrim

Pilgrim

Check the IDs of the members of Pilgrim and you might be surprised. Though Pilgrim is well-versed in the classic doom sounds of the 70s and 80s, the young band (both as a unit and individually) plays songs well-beyond their years on Misery Wizard, the band's debut LP due on February 14th via Poison Tongue/Metal Blade. Misery Wizard's strength's lies in its ability to reinterpret the greats like Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, and Reverend Bizarre into something familiar yet wholly new, expanding upon influences instead of rehashing them. Check out three new songs from the album the title track, "Astaroth", and "Quest" (which makes its debut here), below.

Pilgrim will play a handful of dates in the coming weeks, including March 1st at Public Assembly with Natur, Windhand and Magic Circle. Look for them on the road (dates below) and check out a discussion I had with The Wizard (guitar/vocals) where we discuss inspiration or lack thereof, how they hooked up with a member of Primordial, and their hometown of Providence.

Our interview (which includes the quote above), tour dates and all streams are below.

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Pilgrim - "Quest"

What is the short history of Pilgrim?

I met Krolg and Soothsayer in highschool. Krolg and I played in many different bands and many different projects over the years together. We started listening to a lot of Sleep and Electric Wizard, and it wasn't long before we discovered bands like Reverend Bizarre and Saint Vitus. They changed our lives. We were totally inspired to make doom metal music. It was the form of metal that made the most sense to us.
A year later I made some demos of the new music we'd been working on and eventually asked Soothsayer to join us on bass. He humbly accepted.

Your Forsaken Man demo was well-received (download it for free), do you have any plans to re-release that on a hard format?

Not currently. I'm surprised people liked it so much. I didn't think it was all that great. Maybe in the future.

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Between the 10" and the demo, you have released three of the six songs that are on Misery Wizard. How many songs have you written that havent seen the light of day thus far?

Not many, maybe 5 or so, but we probably have over 20 riffs that we're working on.
It takes us a really long time to write a song. If it's not just perfect or if a riff is weak, we have to throw it out or think of something new. We hate when something we write just sounds too much like another band. We'll never use riffs like that.
We're working on a new project right now, we should have a lot more material soon!

You guys signed with Poison Tongue, a Metal Blade imprint of Alan Nemtheanga of Primordial. How did you connect with him?

Long ago, in times historic, Alan found us while wandered the MySpace Music wasteland. He asked us if we wanted to do a record and we said "Yes, please." A year later, we were signed and releasing this record. It was as simple as that.

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Pilgrim last year at Public Assembly, a BrooklynVegan event (more by BBG)
Pilgrim

Its clear that your music is rooted in doom in a "classical" sense... tipping the hat to bands like Black Sabbath, St Vitus, Pentagram, Sleep, etc. Do you take any influences from doom bands that dabble in death metal, funeral doom, or any of the styles that branched off of doom?

No, that stuff doesn't really interest us. We like "true doom metal", the classics!
Funeral doom is so washy and bland to us. We like it a bit more straightforward and a little less... hopeless. There is fire in our hearts that burns wildly! We don't have time to sit around sulking, we are always ready for whatever quest lies before us.

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Misery Wizard album art
Pilgrim

Underneath your music is a definite melodic sensibility, what are some pop music groups that you enjoy (past or present) that may have made its way into your music, subconsciously or otherwise?

The Beatles were a huge influence on me when I was younger. They taught me a lot about how to structure a song. When I was REALLY young, I owned an Eiffel 65 CD that I used to jam to, hahaha.
As young children, we were all subject to sitting in the back seat of our parent's cars listening to their terrible music. I suppose no matter what you do, the melodies from the radio stick with you forever.

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Pilgrim last year at Public Assembly, a BrooklynVegan event (more by BBG)
Pilgrim

You guys definitely play NYC a lot, mostly due to personal ties. What are your thoughts on the Rhode Island/Providence music scenes, and do you think its a friendly environment for heavy music? How so?

Providence should be nuked. The music scene there is a disgrace. Its clubs are dominated by greedy promoters. Everyone there is trying to make a buck. It is obvious that there is something terribly, terribly wrong there. Even hidden away in the warehouse districts, where there is a "small, secret scene", it's little more than pretentious hipster music.

The scene is dominated by singer/songwriter bubblegum shit and screamo/emo garbage, with a few noise rock bands in between. I have complete respect for the noise bands that were making music in Providence during the late 90's, early 00's, bands like Lightning Bolt and White Mice, but their time has passed and their glorious empire has fallen. Providence is a mere shadow of its former self.

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PILGRIM - 2012 TOUR DATES
03/01 Brooklyn, NY Public Assembly
03/02 Philadelphia, PA JR's Bar
03/03 Washington DC St. Stephen's Church
03/04 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
05/03 Copenhagen, Denmark Heavy Days in Doom Town festival

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Comments (93)

Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria...amiright?!

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 11:05 AM

Nuking a city because not every band there consists of sausage worshippers? These guys seem like young, upstanding citizens who contribute positively to society.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 11:11 AM

yeah pretty boring stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 11:13 AM

"Nuking a city because not every band there consists of sausage worshippers?"

See below:

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"...little more than pretentious hipster music."

That's why.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 11:31 AM

thanksgiving turkey sausage

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 11:44 AM

Yeah we need ANOTHER band that sounds like this.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 11:48 AM

^^ guys above, leave your mom funded NYC apartment and actually go to a show in Providence, and see what he's talking about 100% TRUE

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 11:49 AM

i like fat dudes with lots of hair

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 12:36 PM

Lots of sith lords in here.

"Let the hate flow through you."

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 1:13 PM

stop letting BBG post about garbage doom bands. it's like he's FORCING himself to write about shit just to fill up his content minimum.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 1:15 PM

BBG is a chubby chaser

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 1:36 PM

The Providence comment is 100% spot on. Nothing but a useless plethora of hipster music such as Zox, disgusting noise-rock bands, and laughable attempts at death metal.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 1:38 PM

Some Providence area bands like Coma Coma and Six Star General are pretty damn good.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 1:51 PM

What pizza place in Providence do these guys work at?

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 1:53 PM

Fucking assholes don't get it

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 2:02 PM

Gravy. It's what's for dinner.
And 3 large fries.
And 2 slices of red velvet cake.
And a Diet Coke.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 2:02 PM

Dropdead,Lightning Bolt,Arab on Radar,
WhiteMice,Landed,OSS,Suffering Bastard,
Hard Drug,Lolita Black,Worms in Women and
Cattle,Bonedust,I Destroyer,Villainer,
Neon Bitches,Haxen,Bog of the Infidel,
Brain Shivers,WhiteLoad,Zombified Vermin,
Thrillhouse,Woozy,Elder,Black Pus,WeakTeeth,Dave and Steve,Tinselteeth,Whorepaint,R&B
Muthafuckers,Idiot Vehicle,and SO many more!
You're SERIOUSLY gonna write off and shit on
all these bands?! well FUCK YOU...we don't
need you here. Your tired old brand of "doom" is sooooooo fucking played out "brah".
enjoy your new found stardom...and keep shitting on good people...what goes around comes around.

Posted by Olneyvillainer | January 30, 2012 2:15 PM

This interview makes this kid sound like a pretentious turd. Your band is boring.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 2:18 PM

end fat rock!

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 2:39 PM

Pilgrim is a crappy name for a band that couldn't make it in providence because they sucked.

Posted by djnook | January 30, 2012 2:41 PM

I'd rather drink a cup of donkey spuge, like those fools on Fear Factor

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 2:44 PM

Look at all the trendies here coming up with their best material. We all know it's out of frustration becasue Bradford Cox broke the crushing new to you all that he's asexual.

Oh well, guess you still have your fantasies. Or perhaps that's why you're getting a thing for the fat, BEARDED (yes, you saw that) guys. Such taste in men. :)

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 3:00 PM

awful lot of 12 year olds in here

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 3:12 PM

Anon 3:00 has a bit of a Bradford Cox obsession. Sorry dude that BC didn't like the love poem you sent him.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 3:13 PM

the guy on the right is wicks sexy

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 3:14 PM

I want to roll up the guy on the right in a big tortilla wrap and park my tube steak between his ayesh cheeks.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 3:18 PM

what an attractive band. how could these guys not go into show business? I imagine they will be hugely successful.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 3:25 PM

Haha look at these fucking sausages. Kill yourselves losers.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 3:34 PM

Everyone in Rhode Island hates themselves and everyone around them. It's the most miserable little state in the nation. And they actually drive worse than Massachusetts drivers, which is saying something. We're pretty terrible drivers ourselves.

Posted by massachusetts guy | January 30, 2012 3:34 PM

these guys probably pour gravy on their hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 3:41 PM

BBG is a feeder.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 3:43 PM

What about The Body? Or Tides? Good Providence bands.

Posted by JT | January 30, 2012 3:44 PM

There used to be a 4th member, but the guys on the left ate him.

Posted by John Glenn | January 30, 2012 4:08 PM

tinsel teeth, etc. is exactly what they're talking about. what a bunch of self gratifying gimmicky crap. I think his comment is about as spot on as a generalization could get. The statement is pretty true whilst staying in the confines of a medium length sentence.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 4:12 PM

can't get a prov show, brah? U sound mad.

Posted by lol @ this band | January 30, 2012 4:34 PM

OMG!! WTFOMGZ A band getting attention that ISN'T skinny and pretty! Yeah I hope they all die too, this is such a big deal! I mean, like come on like, omg it's more about how you look, like, omg the music, like, omg like that's like second to your look, like come on.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 4:36 PM

^fat bearded guy. most likely a regular at saint vitus.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 4:44 PM

Brooklyn: If you can make it here, you can't make it at home.

Posted by troof | January 30, 2012 4:44 PM

Club promoters are trying to make a buck? My god. These sausages are really getting deep.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 5:08 PM

This band should be paid with soap.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 5:24 PM

^ha. Can you imagine the stnc in the van. Also aparently the little sausage is named 'soothsayer'....lulz...

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 6:10 PM

at least these dudes are dudes. Instead of effeminate twats in jorts and fedoras, who cares how the dudes look in bands you fucks. as long as its jamming.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 6:36 PM

this band is fucking awful. get out of providence as soon as u can please. fatty.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 7:51 PM

So much butthurt over a tiny scene. Went to the Providence area once to see a buddy of mine for a few days. There's like three clubs, two of them gaybars. There's technically not even enough people living in the area for Prov to be considered a city. Saw some ware house thing. Hipster music and noise rock. Not the worst thing around. Nothing to brag about either. Bunch off adderall snorting teens. The scene is being represented well here, by the way, "adults" reverting to name-calling. Nice. Brooklyn Vegan and its professional hate threads hahaha.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 8:47 PM

I think Soothsayer works for Pappa Johns. He looks mad familiar.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 8:58 PM

ron*paul likes a good sausage festival

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 9:35 PM

Hey Soothsayer could you look into the future for a minute and let me know when my pizza is going to get here? It's been close to an hour!

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 9:44 PM

CALL THE PAPA

Posted by Papa john | January 31, 2012 12:16 AM

CALL THE PAPA

Posted by Papa John | January 31, 2012 12:56 AM

Booooooooooooooring!!!!

Posted by Hank | January 31, 2012 11:33 AM

This band will be huge with beardo scene tourists.

Posted by obvious squad | January 31, 2012 12:34 PM

Who the fuck is Pilgrim?

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2012 3:34 PM

This band rules: Fresh ingredients, premium cheese, and they don't skimp on the toppings.

Posted by satisfied customer | January 31, 2012 4:08 PM

hmm.. a band of teenagers who never payed dues in their own town, never played a single show there, complaining about the scene today and how it compares to a past they never experienced, because they were in elementary school at the time. that's great.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2012 4:37 PM

this band is great! you only have to pay them a dollar a note, it comes out to like 5 bucks for the entire show and the rest is all profit!

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2012 4:42 PM

Eah.. Providence aint what it use to be thats for sure.. It is a super pretentious city, but however there are some great bands and awesome music still around.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2012 5:47 PM

Papa's in the house!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2012 5:58 PM

providence sucks and it always has sucked. it sucked in the 80s, the 90s, the 00s, and today... it still sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 2:31 AM

this band is bullshit. they have never
been a "providence" band and have no basis to be talking about a scene with so many good bands.Much like a Papa Johns pizza with
extra cheese...they are greasy,hard to digest and not nearly as good as the real thing. I poop on you.

Posted by robert earnesto | February 1, 2012 10:36 AM

these fat faggots arent even from providence there from snooty ass NEWPORT RI. they are supposed to play a warehouse show few months back in prov but droped off cause something better came up in zionist occupied brooklyn. haaha soothsayer what a bunch of white magic FAGGOTS GO HOME AND SUCK UR MOMS TITS ABOUT IT!!!!

Posted by klam monenza | February 1, 2012 12:42 PM

yeah the funniest comment here in a sea of funny comments = the one where some loser rattles off a list of lame providence warehouse / AS220 bands in an attempt to show how rad providence music is or was.

99.99% of those bands suck hard. Gimmicky noise bullshit thats even more done to death than traditional (sub) black sabbath doom metal.

Posted by Epic lulz | February 1, 2012 1:58 PM

shit sucks. only sin of angels is real. ever other attempt at "DOOM" pales in comparison. oh and eat shit fatso providence is awesome.

Posted by anon | February 1, 2012 3:14 PM

Thrillhouse is the best band in Providence

Posted by Ryan Adams | February 1, 2012 3:28 PM

the olny real "doom" band ever was corrupted from japan all other "doom metal" is just a bunch of kids who wish they were born in the 1970s. As is any YOUNG and inexpierenced person who didnt work for what they have. id love to see these little lady boys book there own tour from scratch. or better yet recored a demo and HAND them out to people just so people can know bout there pathetic attempt at playing middle of the road safe sounding music that will get them and instant recored deal with said lable who will sighn anything thats sellable to the masses of iddiots who like said flavor of the week(this gose along with ANYTHING) so in short the WORLD should be nuked and all you faggots who think your doing something important can go die in a concentration camp with you flabby titted fat father.

Posted by Doof metal | February 1, 2012 4:38 PM

^this guy is PISSED. So it gose...

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 4:49 PM

" Even hidden away in the warehouse districts, where there is a "small, secret scene", it's little more than pretentious hipster music. "

Interview from: Brooklynvegan.com

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 4:51 PM

the only person who ever did anything good in providence (other than 6FS) was that corrupt mayor... and they repaid him with jail time.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 4:58 PM

Only hipsters could pay this much attention to something like this and salivate over it (and them!). What else is new?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 5:13 PM

Is this inter-sausage strife?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 5:23 PM

LOL @ calling shit hipster on fucking brooklynvegan. Organically-grown pot, meet free trade kettle.

Posted by irony | February 2, 2012 10:06 AM

ehhh agree about the promoters and the fact that its nearly impossible to land a decent gig, but there are some amazing bands from prov that blow these guys out of the water such as dropdead, verse, i, destroyer, product of waste, white mice, get killed, sin of angels, small factory.....

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 6:17 PM

oh yeah these guys arent from providence, they're from the suburbs of North Kingstown, a hick area about 45 mintues south of providence

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 6:20 PM

^ yeah i went to highschool with them, they arent from the city prententious

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 6:21 PM

Suburban sausage

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2012 12:45 AM

I liked Megasus.

Posted by eemo | February 3, 2012 4:47 AM

sausages scared to shower after gym class. Post on Brooklyn Vegan instead.
*towell snap*

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 1:29 PM

yup. fuck this band. i hope the spirit of H.P. Lovecraft shaves your pussy beards off.

Posted by Dan Harrington - PATAC Records | February 10, 2012 3:20 AM

This should be a wake up call to everyone here. "Metal" is music for overgrown children, by overgrown children. Time to stop clinging to a teenage fad and act like adults.

Hate.

Posted by HiThereFolks | February 10, 2012 2:49 PM

"oh yeah these guys arent from providence, they're from the suburbs of North Kingstown, a hick area about 45 mintues south of providence"

45 min. south of Providence is either the ocean or Connecticut.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2012 3:02 PM

Time to stop clinging to a teenage fad and act like adults.

Posted by Souq | February 11, 2012 5:56 AM

These boring cunts are from NEWPORT,RI.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2012 4:21 PM

^^
Not defending these guys, but Newport ain't all mansions. Most of it's pretty lower-middle class.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2012 5:04 PM

yep. boring stuff. Hail OSS

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012 6:57 PM

stop letting BBG post about garbage doom bands. it's like he's FORCING himself to write about shit just to fill up his content minimum.

Posted by games | February 23, 2012 10:34 AM

Pilgrim "get it" and that's what matters. You may not like them, or their music and that's fine - your own subjective right.
this genre of heavy music - DOOM - for all intents and purposes, carries the torch for the progenitors of hard and heavy rock. All those bands from the 60's/70's that basically invented the kind of music that we all hold dear. There is a noble deference in Pilgrim to bands like...Black Widow (Geoff Griffith! FTW!), Dust, Budgie and even early Genesis that exists in such a way that it doesn't with most of the bands that you nĂ¼-bohemians cherish. Your lineage begins with bands like Mazzy Star and L7.

Posted by Damocles74 | February 24, 2012 12:16 PM

Yea ! i Agree in Post on Brooklyn Vegan instead. I love is site ! thanks for much

Posted by Diabetes | March 21, 2012 11:16 AM

i like is band and have no basis to be talking about a scene with so many good bands.Much like a Papa Johns pizza with extra cheese...thank you!

Posted by Massagem Tantrica | March 26, 2012 9:23 AM

Its funny how noone on this entire message board mentioned Deer Tick, hahaha.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2012 11:31 PM

It's not a message board. It's a website. That allows comments. You want message boards? Try yahoo.com, old timer.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2012 11:38 PM

Just saw Pilgrim at Roadburn and they fucking crushed everything else there.

Posted by nekropenetrator | April 19, 2013 8:20 AM

the music I actually fall asleep too. I know nuts right.

Posted by jordon | August 7, 2013 1:28 PM

The singers of this band have an unusual look, which gives fans an incentive to disregard appearances. Concentration must lean on musical ambitions.

Posted by Beatrice | November 19, 2014 10:20 AM

I think that they have to work much harder at their music and appearance.

Posted by Timmy | November 21, 2014 5:57 AM

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