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Local band to perform at Howard’s Club H

It’s approximately 9:20 p.m. in Bruce Vermett’s apartment in Bowling Green, and his cat named “Fat Cat” struts between the legs of the coffee table in the living room.

“Don’t mind Fat Cat, man,” Vermett said. “She’s nice, she won’t do anything to you.”

The only thing Vermett is thinking about as he pets Fat Cat is how his band Killbot Zero is performing at Howard’s Club H April 19 at 9 p.m.

Killbot Zero is a duo consisting of Vermett on drums and Chris Cavera on guitar. The duo’s live shows consist of incorporating a video playing on a projector screen while the two musicians wear headphones, use a midi for sequencing and mp3 player to incorporate electronic sounds.

“We were worried that people would think we were stupid because it was just the two of us,” Vermett said. “Our first shows we would play and there wouldn’t be anything in between. Basically it felt like one huge song that no one knew what was going on. The video really helped.”

After 10 years as a band, Cavera has gotten married and started a family but still finds time to dedicate to the band. The musician doesn’t think of working with Vermett as a band and more like “hanging out with my brother.”

Cavera said one of the reasons why Killbot Zero decided to incorporate video into the live shows was for an added idea to replace the music provided by other musicians during the band’s earlier days as a four-piece.

“We figured, as long as we are playing to pre-recorded tracks, why not try to synchronize the tracks with a video projection,” Cavera said. “It was one more thing that we could add to try and make ourselves unique.”

Longtime fan Tim Chimes took an interest to Killbot Zero when he met Vermett seven years ago after watching the duo shred their instruments on stage before the lights and videos became a part of the show. The main thing that keeps him interested in the band’s music is their passion.

“They have this fantastically entertaining video, light show within the drum set, and these two guys who are just constantly shredding on their respective instruments,” Chimes said. “It’s hard not to enjoy a Killbot Zero show.”

Vermett sorts through a few of the band’s flyers and stickers for the show that are staggered on his kitchen counter as Fat Cat stares at the bag of cat food and said he just wants to entertain people. Killbot Zero is something for his own self and Cavera to enjoy more than anything.

“We write it for ourselves because its not like we’re making money off of it,” Vermett said. “It’s to make ourselves happy.”

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