Nine Questions

Ian Guernsey

Conqueror Worm, and their charismatic lead singer Ian Guernsey, have performed just a handful of shows since forming earlier this year, including a slot at the Southwest Terrorfest, but have quickly gained a reputation as a band to watch with their heavy, minimalistic songs. When Guernsey isn't conducting séances onstage over his band's self-described "southern-fried doom metal," you can find him tossing pizzas at Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria. Catch Conqueror Worm next at the District Tavern on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Joshua Levine,

What was the first concert you attended?

My dad took me to see Alice Cooper and Tesla at the TCC when I was in the fourth grade.

What are you listening to these days?

I'm on a Canadian kick right now—Purity Ring, Crystal Castles, and Grimes.

What was the first album you owned?

David Lee Roth, Eat 'Em and Smile.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?

It's obvious, but the "Mumford-ization" of pop music. It's fucking weird.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I would love to see a bill of any Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, (Charles) Mingus hard bop back in the day.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

I've been listening to bad industrial dance party music lately.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

"Do You Realize??" by the Flaming Lips.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Neurosis. They showed me how many directions you can take heavy music.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Neurosis, Times of Grace.

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