Savannah, Georgia’s Kylesa are a down-tuned psychedelic sludgy metal band who, like their friends in Mastodon, have managed to attract an audience outside of the usual heavy sphere. The band evokes the sensibilities of The Melvins and Sonic Youth, processing their eclectic rock tendencies through the needle-head of extreme metal. Describing their show as loud would be an understatement (they have two drummers by the way).

They’ve just released their sixth album Ultraviolet, and I had a chance to sit down with guitarists / vocalists Philip Cope and Laura Pleasants to talk about the progression of their sound, possible divisions in their audience, and their faithfulness to the heavy music scene.