If you’ve ever wondered what a high-speed collision between Revocation and The Dillinger Escape Plan plus any or all of Mike Patton’s musical endeavors would sound like, look no further than Bionatops. The duo, signed to notoriously odd label Nefarious Industries, warp progressive and technical metal into something highly unique, telling the story of a schizophrenic southerner .
Combining intense technical metal with unorthodox voices and a happy-go-lucky sense of humor, Voices exists in a unique territory that very few bands successfully operate in.
“Putting Voices together instrumentally was a ton of fun,” says Joseph Spiller, who played every instrument except drums. “Whatever happened was basically kept on the record, so when all of that was finished, it only felt right to have some really wacky vocals. I have always been a fan of anything Les Claypool, Mike Patton or Frank Zappa. They always threw things in different directions but [for the most part] keep it profanity free and the hope is that maybe this stuff keeps that fun feel to music going. The record is basically about a fun loving skamp that could be from any rural area who just happens to hear voices that may or may not be real. Rather than him going dark and demented, he just has fun with it and joins the party. After working on the upcoming album The Fiction We’ve Become for my other band Caricature, which is all fairly serious subject matter, this was the reminder to always indulge in the fun stuff as well and I hope the Bionatops record finds it’s place being just that for others: A brief escape from the seriousness of the world we live in and a journey into something wacky and fun. Plus Jeff [Willet] shredded the heck out of those drums, and I get a kick out of hearing how it all comes together”