The Odious Construct

  • Genres
  • Death Metal
  • Progressive Rock
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Metal ★
  • Musicians
    • Casey Ryle — vocals
    • KC Brand — drums
    • Nate Graham — guitar
    • Samuel Datu — bass
    • Wes Yee — guitar
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Q & A

How do you describe your music to people?


An aggressive flurry of theme and variation interlaced with delicate orchestral ornaments perched on a foundation of paranoia and unease.

Tell us about how the band formed.


KC and Wes had played together for a long time in a local thrash band called The Battle of Midway. After that project broke up they started asking around locals and posting ads to find other somewhat like minded musicians to help contribute to their vision of a more refined sound. They recruited Ben Jackson, who was a drummer from another local band, to play guitar. Casey and I (Sam) were craigslist whores haha. Ben dropped recently for personal reasons and we were lucky enough to find Nate pretty quickly to fill the void.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


The release show for our most recent EP, Shrine of the Obscene. We were lucky enough to get death metal giants Decrepit Birth to share the stage with us, as well as some really talented locals. (Symbolik, Tyrannocannon.) We were really pleased with the turnout at Blue Lamp that night and thankful the crowd was so receptive and engaging.

What artist or band are you a little embarrassed to love, and why?


I don't know that embarrassed is quite the right word, but I bet I'd get some weird looks if I convinced the sound guy to queue up some Amanda Palmer at one of our shows.

What's next for the band?


We're doing a west coast tour in February. We've also already started working on our first full length album.

What's your favorite local artist/group?


Symbolik, Wastewalker, Solanum. And can I say Jherek Bischoff?

Who are your biggest influences?


Personally, I love outside the box musicians that make slapping a genre on their bands difficult. Stuff like Protest the Hero, A Wilhelm Scream, Between the Buried and Me. As a whole, I think our sound draws a lot of influence from bands like The Black Dahlia Murder and The Faceless. I also might be remiss if I didn't give a nod to our classical influences, most audibly baroque composers like Vivaldi and Bach.

Words to live by?


Accountability is essential to growth.

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