1. What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?
Ligature Marks. Little reminders of being tied up or strangled. Maybe for business, maybe for fun…
2. What are your names, nicknames and corresponding instruments?
Benjamin Charles - Vocals, artwork
Dave Keller - Bass
Josh Whinnery - Guitar
Karl Whinnery - Guitar, Video Director
Kyle Baltus - Drums
3. If you could fill a pool with anything but water, what would it be?
Assuming it’s an in ground pool and not some above ground cesspool and the fucker can actually hold a bit of weight... I’d fill it to the brim with blue Gatorade, pretend it’s the ocean and plunge a Lotus Esprit (the car) straight to the bottom of that bitch, so I could act out the Wet Nellie seen from The Spy Who Loved Me in it’s entirety.
4. What’s an average day like for the band?
It’s about a thousand text messages a day, most of which are dick and fart jokes.
5. Where/When was your last show, when/where is your next show?
The last show we played was in Portland, OR with our buddies Soulfly. No idea when our next show will be, the world has a lot of healing to do first.
6. What are some of the best pranks you as band mates have pulled on each other?
We really don’t prank each other too much, aside from the relentless barrage of insults and ball busting. I once replaced a drummer's cymbals with paper plates right before they hit the stage…
7. How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
The new music we’ve been working on certainly has a more melodic side to it. More focus on hooks and melody versus just going full clip with the heavy. The first record was pretty much written musically when the band formed so I think finally having everyone’s input in the writing process has lent its hand to the next evolution in LM. We all have such different influences and having all those pieces come together has really helped us find our sound.
8. What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite?
My favorite parts are getting to create art with my good friends, potentially being able to inspire people and feeling the passion from a crowd full of metal heads. My least favorite part is everything else. This business is really hard and extremely discouraging but there is nothing better than when you finally get those tiny moments to create something or show people what you’ve been working on.
9. If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
I’d be a musician.
10. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
It’s a trap LOL. I would probably say just to stay authentic with what you are doing and be truly in love with the ENTIRE creative process.
11. Who are some of your favorite musicians?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Gojira lately. We had the chance to play with them last year and it just blew my mind how tight they were. I’ve just been enamored by them since. I listen to a lot of hip hop too. Dave, our bass player got me stoked the newest E-40 album. Any day I start with Wu Tang usually ends up to be a pretty good day.s.
12. What is the craziest thing you've ever received from a fan?
Have you ever heard of Victorian Hair Art? It’s a thing... It also never ceases to blow me away when someone has your band or lyrics tattooed on them. It’s even harder when you sometimes know those lyrics, although sound clever, might really just be about dropping your sunglasses in a Port-a-potty in Toledo.
13. What song means the most to you and why?
I’m not sure if you mean song in general or song we’ve written...
14. How can people gain access to your music?
15. If you had one thing to say to all your fans, what would it be?
Thank you so much for the support, it really is the best payoff an artist can ask for. Seeing people wearing our mercy and singing along to songs is still humbling for me and really does give validation that someone cares about what we have to say.
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