Windhand guitarist Garrett Morris on the band’s new album and current tour

windhand Windhand's latest full-length, Soma, is their first for Relapse Records. It's a selection of massive tunes that both soar and plumb the depths, and some tracks are monumental works. The group's currently on tour, opening for High on Fire, and they play the Granada in Lawrence on Friday, November 29. We were lucky enough to get guitarist Garrett Morris to answer a few questions for us via e-mail. This is Windhand's second time through the area in as many months. What makes Kansas City and Lawrence so lucky? It's just a coincidence, honestly. We already had the previous U.S. Tour last September booked for months when we got asked to do the High on Fire tour. There's actually a number of cities we're lucky enough to be revisiting. cover - windhand somaSoma is getting rave reviews across the board. Was the process of making the record as epic as the tracks themselves? We just recorded it ourselves at our leisure. The same way we recorded the first LP, in all honesty. It really didn't feel like we were doing anything any different than normal really. What's involved in recording a track like "Boleskine" -- specifically, how do you track a 31-minute song? It really wasn't any different than the others songs. It's still just a verse, chorus, verse song structure. Honestly, mixing it was more of a challenge. Mainly due to it being all analog. If we got to the end and made a mistake, we had to start the mix all over again from scratch. This is your first full-length with Relapse, although you released a split with Cough earlier this year. When did you decided to go with them as a label? After we recorded the split, we met with them in person and they were interested in doing a full length. It just seemed like the right fit for us. [embed][/embed] It seems that the band is attempting to shape or reshape its identity, lately -- you were saying in Spin that you "don't want to get pigeonholed as a 'doom' band," and Dorthia Cottrell, your singer, is quoted as wanting to make sure Windhand is thought of as "a good band instead of a good band with a girl singer." Is there a perception Windhand wants people to have? There's definitely no deliberate attempt to reshape the sound. You're always changing based on life events, etc., so the songs will always reflect where we're at in our lives at that particular moment in time.