A few words about the Sons Of Perdition
Zebulon Whatley’s musings on despair, esotericism, religions, and history.
Sons of Perdition was founded sometime around 2003 in Denton, TX. The band consists entirely of Zebulon Whatley and the occasional miscreant whom he blackmails into working with him. Whatley grew up in the Piney Woods of East Texas and currently lives in Austin where he continues to wallow in darkness despite the pornographic amount of sunshine.
“Spreading misery and snuffing out hope.”
1. What do you see in your dreams?
My dreams have settled down a lot over the years. I used to suffer from really horrible nightmares; ghoulish stuff. I decided to make an effort to stop running from these night terrors and to study them so that I could use them for songs and artwork. I still have some really bizarre dreams, but this keeps the physiological dread at bay. I also have lucid dreams every month or so that I’ve been using to slowly explore my dreamworld, which is an altered version of a few places I spent a lot of time at as a kid.
2. What is the most important thing in life?
It differs for everybody, but what I value most is creativity. I can’t just consume my entire life without mutating and reflecting it back into the world. The idea of dying without having contributed anything to the world is my idea of Hell.
3. When alone, do you talk to yourself? If so, what do you talk about?
I only ever swear to myself. It’s nothing sensical at all, no conversations or anything. Basically, I turn into Regan from the Exorcist. It’s usually directed at inanimate objects that I clumsily run into.
4. How is this world going to end?
The world is going to end when it’s eventually engulfed by the sun. Whether humanity is still around at that point is up for debate. I think that if we can make it another couple of hundred years, we’ll begin the slow process of colonizing other planets and our collective fate will no longer be tied to the fate of our planet. I don’t know if this is in the best interest of the universe, but I think it’s inevitable. Then again, a lot could go wrong between now and then. When a good portion of humanity needs humankind to be wiped out in order to fulfill their ancient prophecy of choice, odds are we’ll blow our chance. And given that all the easily extracted power sources on our planet have already been used up, if these same people drag us back into the Stone Age, I don’t think we’ll get another chance at escaping.
5. Why do music?
I make music because I’m a bit better at it than drawing or painting, which was my original plan. I’m compelled to create. What form this takes doesn’t matter all that much to me.