After almost a three year hiatus, Winds of Plague has finally returned stronger than ever!
LOM Model from AZ Mischief Madness caught up with WOP vocalist Johnny Plague at their show in Arizona. They talked about what prompted the hiatus, what they did during that time, and the band has in store in the next couple of months.
Keeps your eyes peeled for this California Deathcore band because they are doing big things!
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Summing up Left Behind’s sound is a difficult task. This band is definitely for fans of hardcore but could also appeal to fans of sludgey hardcore but also thrash making them a melting pot of awesome in my opinion. I'm going to talk today with Zach, Cade, Jordan, Bryan, Zak,and Ian about their year so far; tours so far, their new album, and maybe some cool new stuff coming up.
Hey guys! For the someone who doesn't know much about y’all could you introduce yourselves and tell us a little more about the band?
-We're Left Behind, a metal band from West Virginia. We just released our debut album Seeing Hell and we're touring off of it the rest of the year. We also love brass monkeys.
Let's talk a little bit about your year so far. Starting with your album “Seeing Hell” in your own words can you describe the album to us and what makes it different from any music the band has put out before?
-We've been working on Seeing Hell for awhile now. We pull influences from a lot of different genres because being from West Virginia we don't have a huge music scene that influences us. We just listen to the music we'd hear on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater or the sound track from Viva La Bam. We're definitely a weird band. Because of that Seeing Hell is different from anything we've put out and a lot of other stuff out.
Can you tell us a little more about what are y’alls main influences on your songwriting both musically and not musically?
We're influenced by our favorite bands, whether it's older metal bands like Danzig, Charon, Tool, 69 Eyes and Him or Stoner metal like Electric Wizard, Weed Eater, Bong Ripper, Eyehategod or Sleep.
Zach gets a lot of inspiration from really different artists like Biggie, Verse and Slipknot, but Zak loves a lot of stuff like The Devil Makes Three, Avett Brothers, Parker Millsap, Alan Jackson. We also like anything that you should listen to with an eyebrow ring in that's connected to your chain wallet like Godsmack, Charon, cKy, Crossfade, Chevelle and Deftones.
For the band as a whole, what is everyones favorite song on the album?
Cant stop wont stop seems to be the band's motto this year, with all these tour dates and a new album what keeps y’all going?
-Monster energy and truck stop coffee
What is y’alls favorite tour date this year so far? -Definitely the last Kingmaker show. It was around 300-400 people in a room that's supposed to hold 150. Craziest show we've played.
Any funny stories?
We've accidentally went to Mardi Gras twice, once was this year. We saw a lot of boobs, Zak got tackled for stealing a sandwich and we did fake acid. Zach almost got arrested for throwing a tall boy at someone. It was badass.
Here's a fun one. Dream tour! Who would be on the lineup and where would the stops be?
-Type O Negative with Peter Steel's corpse and Danzig co-headlining
Left Behind and Varials as direct support
Bryson Tiller, Biggie, Ja Rule
Deftones, Slayer, Slipknot, Korn
My Chemical Romance opening the tour.
Whole tour is house shows.
Alright last question batman vs iron man what billionaire playboy would win and why?
-Iron Man is pretty cool
Like what you read? Want to check out their music? Good news! You can find Left Behind’s music on iTunes, also the guys are about to start yet another tour! The Seeing Hell tour kicks off May 26th in Pittsburgh, for more information on their tour make sure to drop by their facebook.
iTunes: "Seeing Hell" https://itun.es/us/X6gKab
I'm Melissa Drew from Ladies of Metal and I'm here today with William Francis, the multifaceted artist from musical acts Aiden and William Control, founder of Control Records, and published author who is currently working on his first movie, based on his Revelator book series.
MD: How are you today?
WC: I am fantastic
MD: You're really a master of all trades. Do you get nervous starting new projects that are down avenues you have yet to explore?
WC: Uh, no, I don’t. I don’t think I do get nervous when I do that. I mean, I guess it’s just all art, in some form or another. I mean I am in a pretty good situation- I’m really good friends with the director, and the kid that wrote the screenplay, so we’re pretty much on the same page with regards to the vision and the griminess of the film and what it should look like. So we’re not fighting each other over stupid shit like the script or the costumes, or anything like that.
MD: When did you begin writing your Revelator series and what was your inspiration behind it?
WC: Let’s see, it was a few years ago. In 2014 I released The Neuromancer, the record. That was the last album I put out. All of the William Control albums have been concept albums and it started with Hate Culture in 2008 and the story was just about this fuck up drug addict who goes to London to have one night of booze and sex and drugs before he offs himself. And he’s such a fuck up he can’t do it. He’s unable to kill himself. And the subsequent albums I released were a continuation of that story, and so when I was writing, and I decided I was going to do another album, I wanted to write a prelude to Hate Culture- how did this character get there. And when writing, sort of, a synopsis for what I wanted the album to be about in a general sense, I was on a plane from Seattle to England to do a tour and by the time I got to England I had written the first book. It was all written. It was kind of crazy. Yeah it was a crazy thing that happened. Basically it was a prelude to how this character got there. I guess that was probably in 2013 I wrote it and released it, and The Neuromancer came out in 2014.
MD: When is the third book in the series being released?
WC: I wanna shoot for August. I finished writing it, so it’s done, I just need to make sure… I’m a terrible writer, and I have horrible grammar and punctuation and spelling, although my Microsoft Word has spell check, I still manage to fuck things up. So I have to get it edited and formatted and I just, I’m making this new record right now and so I don’t really have time to do it, so I’ll probably do it next month and then get it out in August.
MD: A lot of fans are very excited about the announcement that your books are being made into movies. Can you tell us how this came to fruition and what we should expect? Will the movies stay true to the books?
WC: Oh yeah absolutely.
MD: How involved will you be in the process of making the movies?
WC: Well I’m a producer on the film, so I mean, I’ll be there for principal photography, you know all of that nonsense.
MD: You’re also going to be working on the music and composing, correct?
WC: Yeah, correct.
When will this first movie be released or when are you guys aiming for?
WC: You know, I have no idea. Kind of depends on how quick the editor is, and what the shooting schedule is like, and you know, when these guys are gonna give us the millions of dollars it takes to make a movie.
What effect, if any, do you think making this movie going to have on your music career?
WC: Shit, I don’t know, I haven’t really thought about it!
MD: You should! I think it will bring your music out to more people.
WC: Yeah, I mean hopefully. I’ve kind of operated under this umbrella of the underground because I was on an independent label for a while and now I’ve been doing things myself for the last five years, I’ve built, I’ve cultivated an audience that supports what I do as an artist, but, it’s hard to reach new people in this industry, in this day of age, because of the saturation that’s out there. There’s so many options, so many thing to listen to, or watch, or YouTube, or go see in concert, so the real struggle is getting your music heard.
MD: So, having learned from your own experiences being with a record label that you didn't necessarily want to be with, how will you ensure that bands who sign with your label stay happy?
WC: Well I’m still in the preliminary stages of even considering signing any bands. You know, it’s real simple, all I wanted was control and I wanted to be happy, and it was- I had neither of those things. So I think if I was going to sign bands, I would do it sort of like how Factory Records did it in the 80s with New Order, and sign in a band and you know, put up some money to release an album, do some press, and all that stuff, but then after a period of time, give the masters back to do what they want with them.
MD: I heard you just got a commercial building finally to sell merchandise from and operate out of! That's awesome. Are you all settled in yet?
WC: I am settled in, yeah, we’re up and rolling the last few weeks.
MD: You just announced some touring dates for the UK this summer too, do you have any plans for a US tour?
WC: Yeah, I’m working on some stuff with my booking agent now so.
MD: How would you describe your style of music and general aesthetic to someone unfamiliar with it?
WC: Oooooh, I guess I would describe it as, shit, how do you describe William Control, “neu romantic”.
MD: Okay, okay, we’ll go with that.
WC: We’re just starting a new genre.
MD: Yeah, that really is what it seems like from listening to your music, honestly.
WC: But it’s not n-e-w, it’s n-e-u, neu romantic.
MD: Do you see any musical projects in your future, new ones, or are you fulfilled with what you're doing right now- music wise?
WC: Yeah, I’m pretty fulfilled with what I’m doing. It’s keeping plenty busy.
MD: There is not a lot you haven't dabbled in, from music, to writing books, and now to movies. What craft would you like to master next?
WC: What craft would I like to master next? I mean, I’ve done a lot, besides art, I’ve done a lot of things that aren’t in the art world at all. I’ve built my own studio from the ground up, I’m restoring a classic car, I’ve done some painting. I’m not sure. Who knows where life will take me next.
MD: Have all of these things just been some plot to take over the world for you?
WC: No, I just like to stay busy.
MD: Where can we keep up to date on all of your latest projects?
WC: WilliamControl.com has a lot of information, or any of my social media sites: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook- it’s all just “William Control”
MD: Is there anything you'd like to say before we go?
WC: I don’t think so… get ready!
Well thank you so much for chatting with us today. You can keep up with William Control at WilliamControl.com, as well as Facebook.com/WilliamControlOfficial, and on Instagram and Twitter @WilliamControl.
You can find more of me at Patreon.com/MelissaDrew, on Instagram @MelissaDrewModel and on Facebook.com/MelissaDrewModel. This has been Melissa Drew for Ladies of Metal. Thank you so much!