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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with West Chester, PA Progressive Heavy Metal band The World Without Us! Huge thanks to drummer Stephen Campbell for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

I’m Stephen Campbell, and I play drums in The World Without Us. Mario (vocals) and Chris (lead guitar) started forming the band in 2016, later acquiring James on rhythm guitar and Pete on bass. They played their first show in May 2018 with a drummer who left the band (for personal reasons) last September. I joined them the following month and we hit the ground running.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our lead guitarist, Chris, came upon the name while reading In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy by Eugene Thacker. There is a passage that discusses the concept of “the-world-without-us,” and what it represents through different thought processes. The passage goes on to say science fiction and supernatural horror are a means to explore hypothetical situations in a world without us. It’s a really fitting name for the band because we’ve been writing around a singular science fiction/horror concept aimed at the destruction of humanity.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re from the United States.

I hate saying this, but the metal scene has gotten smaller over the years, especially on the local/unsigned level. But it is definitely a community of talented musicians and all around good people that fight for the scene to thrive.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We will be releasing out debut EP “Incarnate” on October 25th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Abe Cunningham and Danny Carey have been huge influences. More recently, I find myself studying Matt Garstka, Benny Greb, and Steve Judd.

What first got you into music?

I grew up surrounded by music. My mother played the piano any chance she got. And when she couldn’t play, she would have on a CD or the radio.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

That’s tough! Right now, I think I would love to team up with Josh Scogin. I love the evolution of his music from Norma Jean to what he’s currently doing with ’68.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I’d have to go with Aftershock. The line-up is usually pretty well rounded with something for just about everyone. It seems like it would be really fun to play.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever received something weird from a fan.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Be you and be true to yourself.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Keith Moon. He’s played such a huge role in modern music, and it’s a shame he couldn’t be here to see his influence.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love the connections made through music. I hate house gear.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Ticket “handling” fees! They’re really starting to get out of hand.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Shape Of Punk To Come” by Refused

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

The only way you’ll get the music as it was intended is CD or Vinyl.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

My former band, Slave Dog, organized a show this past February. At the time, we were all in multiple bands, so we put on a show that featured each member’s other project. I opened the show with The World Without Us and closed the night with Slave Dog. It was a really great show!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would still be doing something with music (probably recording and mixing). I’ve been watching people for years, and it’s interesting to see the different techniques used; it’s an artform in its own right.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Henry Rollins, Rainn Wilson, Dominic Monighan, Christina Scabia, and Greta Thunberg

What’s next for the band?

We’ve already started writing more. We had a lot of fun and learned so much recording “Incarnate”, so we’re excited to get back in the studio for a full-length in the not-so-distant future.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

“Incarnate” will be available on all the major streaming platforms. We currently have two live videos on our YouTube channel.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve never had one, but from what I’ve read they’re cakes.


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