Who are you and where are you from?
Jesse: My name’s Jesse Beahler and I’m from Newark, Delaware.
Ian: And I’m Ian Bearer from Ford City, Pennsylvania.
How did you each come to join the band?
JB: I met Rings of Saturn on tour with Jungle Rot, and I joined them after that.
For Jesse: Do you try to base your drumming in Rings of Saturn off of what Ian Baker [former drummer] used to do, or is it 100% you?
JB: I try to do 50/50. I’ll incorporate the feel the drummer wanted from the recording, which could be Ian Baker or their previous drummer on Embryonic Anomaly, Brent Silletto. I just try to incorporate the feel that they wanted with my own style.
For Ian: Do you try to emulate what [former vocalist] Peter Pawlak or do you try to do your own thing?
IB: I just kind of… do my own thing with it.
For Jesse: What kind of challenges have you encountered with the new band? The drumming styles of Jungle Rot and Rings of Saturn are very different. Jungle Rot is more rhythmic and steady, while Rings of Saturn is a lot faster and more complex. How have you dealt with that?
JB: I played more along the style of Rings for a long time. I joined Jungle Rot midway through my career, and they were a good stepping stone, but what I would say is the biggest challenge for playing Rings’ music would be playing it cleanly. Which is, honestly, the challenge of playing any style of music.
You say you practice an hour before your set. Would you consider yourself a drummer’s drummer?
JB: I would definitely consider myself a drummer’s drummer as in I look for inspiration in every drummer that I meet. I talk to all these drummers on this tour and on every tour and I try to get as much information from them as possible. I don’t warm up an hour before my set; it’s more like 30, maybe 40 minutes, but it’s definitely all I need. It’s very important to warm up.
How about you, Ian, are you a vocalist’s vocalist? How much do you warm up?
IB: I just kind of go on stage and do it every day. All the vocalists on the tour don’t really talk vocals with each other. It’s like, “Hey dude, how low can you scream? Hey man, how high can you scream?” We just kind of chill and have a good time. I just go on stage and do it. I belt out one or two lows before we start the set, but that’s about it.
For Jesse: How have you dealt with the age difference between the two bands? Jungle Rot is an older band, but everyone in Rings of Saturn is pretty young. How is that different for you?
JB: That’s a very good question. That was honestly the biggest thing for me joining Rings – being in a band my own age. It’s not that I dislike the guys from Jungle Rot, I love those guys, but it was a hard time dealing with people that were already accustomed to the scene and already really used to it. They were kind of negative all the time. They were very knowledgeable, and extremely humble, but they were also kind of burnt out. And they were just bummed about touring and the life and stuff like that. Being with a band that’s developing gives me chance to develop myself instead of tagging on the coattails of a band that’s already developed.
So you’d say it’s more optimistic in Rings of Saturn.
JB; It’s definitely more optimistic. We’re chasing the dream, but Jungle Rot has already been past that point.
How do you consider this band as a five piece as opposed to a four-piece?
JB: It’s good in the fact that we don’t have anyone else in the van.
IB: Yeah, the van’s fuckin’ terrible
JB: We don’t have a lot of room to travel with right now, so being a five-piece was a little much, being a four-piece has definitely helped us a lot, but if you’re talking about having a bass player, I think it would be beneficial. I, personally, have always liked having a bass player.
What about the instrumental shows on your last tour with the Faceless?
JB: It was different because I love Ian’s presence on stage, and he really helps bring the band together, but in a musical sense, it was basically the same. I missed him being there, and he had things to deal with. Being in a band is hard work – it’s not always sunshine and butterflies and shit like that. It’s real life so things happen. I missed him being there, but in a musical sense, it was the same.
Last question: one thing that a lot of people are surprised about is that you’re not doing any gravity blasts.
JB: Is that what that’s called? A gravity blast?
IB: Where’s your gravities, dude?
JB: Where’s my gravities, dude?
IB: It’s supposed to be space-y
JB: Well, I’ve played a lot of Dead Space in my day, and I think that the best way to live life is anti-gravity. And that’s that.
Great way to end the interview. Thank you.
Rings of Saturn are currently gearing up for a few headlining shows and an East Coast tour in support of Beneath the Massacre.