Sherwood Webber Of Skinless Discusses Their Final Show; Video Available
Skinless has been playing some brutal metal for over twenty years. After splitting up, then reuniting, the band announced that they are finally disbanding and they played their last show at this year's Maryland Death Fest. The show went amazingly well, but ended with disappointed fans when they realized this would be the last they would see of Skinless. I got to talk to vocalist Sherwood Webber after the set to talk about the demise of Skinless and his future plans. A transcription is below the video footage.
Buick McKane: How are you doing today?
Sherwood: I’m doing awesome. I couldn’t be better.
Buick: That’s great. Well you played your last show today, of course…
Sherwood: That’s true.
Buick: It seems like it went really well.
Sherwood: It did. It was awesome.
Buick: Did you have fun doing it?
Sherwood: I did. It was awesome.
Buick: Right. So why are you ending the band? The big question.
Sherwood: It’s not really why are we just ending the band. I don’t know. I live in Denver. These guys live on the east coast. And…I don’t know. I mean, I have no answer for that to be honest.
Buick: Yeah? Just don’t feel it anymore?
Sherwood: I feel it, it’s all good. But, at the same time, life goes on, and you do your thing, do shows.
Buick: Are you involved in any other bands right now?
Sherwood: I’m not, I’m not at all.
Buick: Do you want to be in the future?
Sherwood: I want to play drums in a band.
Buick: Right.Do you like different kinds of music? Or do you want to play something else or maybe just a different genre of metal?
Sherwood: I love, like..in my ideal situation in a band would be me playing drums for a low-fi, brutal death metal band. Like, very low-fi. But, you know, it doesn’t seem right to commercialize it, so I don’t want to be involved.
Buick: Was that ever an issue with Skinless?
Sherwood: Not really.
Buick: Do you think, in twenty years if someone asked you to do one show with Skinless, would you do it?
Sherwood: I mean, come on. Who fucking cares? Like, who cares?
Buick: Your fans care. They miss the old stuff; they were really turned on by it, you know?
Sherwood: Yeah, but, like honestly, who fucking cares. Life goes on, you know. And if people do other shit, that’s what happens.
Buick: So can we hope to see you doing some other shit eventually?
Sherwood: Perhaps. I don’t know, I don’t know. I mean, I would love more than anything just to hang out and drink some beers.
Buick: So you’re still a big fan of…[metal culture]
Buick: What bands did you want to see at the fest while you were here?
Sherwood: I love Dragged Into Sunlight, love ‘em. Have you heard them?
Buick: I haven’t.
Sherwood: You sure?
Buick: I need to listen to them, I guess.
Sherwood: Yeah, you do. I love that shit, I love all kinds of brutal grindcore, and I’m no less metal than I was before. At the same time, I find a hard time justifying the time to play in a brutal death metal band.
Buick: Do you think grindcore is going to take any less time? Shorter songs, maybe.
Sherwood: Perhaps. You have an incredible point there. But we’ll see how I can do with the drumming.
Buick: Is there anything else you would like to say?
Sherwood: Absolutely not.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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