Band of the Week: Destructonomicon


  • Michele Wozniak

Welcome to Orlando Weekly's "Band of the Week." Every week, we highlight one of our favorite local bands. This week, we're pleased to bring you Destructonomicon.

Destructonomicon is playing Sept. 15 at Will's Pub with Armageddon Man, Coagulate, Freakazoid, and Acid Baptism.

Just the facts:

When did the band form?

Who's in the band?
Brett Beavers – Vocals
Jonathan Lee – Drums
James Westervelt – Bass
Bill Lee – Guitar
Eric Spessard – Guitar

Currently available releases:
Two EPs, both recorded by Jeff McAlear (of Junior Bruce) at High Five Audio in Deland


Describe your sound in five words:
Thrash metal and punk rock

Five questions:

What has been your most memorable show so far?
That’s really hard to narrow down, but anytime we get to play with bands that we grew up listening to, it’s an incredible experience. Playing with Deicide was rad, so was playing with Sick Of It All and Agnostic Front. Same with Agent Orange. Opening for The Protomen was really cool. We could spend a lot of time answering this question, so we’ll just leave it at that, but we’ve played with a ton of awesome bands, and each show was memorable for its own, unique reason.

Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?
Either Disfunction because we’ve played so many shows with them over the years, and they’re always cool, and Josh is always right at the front of the stage for the other bands, or Junior Bruce because they’re good guys who write great songs.

What description gets used for your band that you would most like to correct people on? Why?
Smooth Jazz. Because it’s incorrect. Apparently, there’s another Destructonomicon out there that plays smooth jazz.

What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What's your least favorite? Why?
Favorite thing is that there’s a ton of good shows with national bands that locals can get on (thanks to good promoters like Endoxa and Norsekorea), and there’s some good local bands to fill these spots.
The only real downside is that sometimes, due to tour routing, Florida gets skipped.

Any big news to share?
Going to be doing some more recording soon. We’d like to get everything on one recording, with the current line-up, rather than have several EPs. We also plan to do some song writing, which has always moved at a glacial pace with us, but I think we have enough material to put together a few songs. Aside from that we plan to keep playing shows.

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