EMQ’s with PLAGUE OF CARCOSA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chicago, Illinois based Lovecraftian Doom Metal duo, Plague Of Carcosa. Huge thanks to guitarist, Eric Zann, 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 am Eric Zann, the guitarist. I started the project on my own around 2016 with a heavily downtuned guitar. The project grew when I brought that guitar in one day to a session with some other musicians I was with, and they loved the sound – from there, we shifted our focus to mostly fleshing some ideas I had, and the band was born. We recorded 2 EP singles with that line-up, one EP with just myself and that drummer, and now Alexander Adams is behind the kit with me as of November 2019, and we are writing for a new release.
How did you come up with your band name?
When I am gone, all that will remain are these songs. Dense, unsettling, and otherworldly. We want the songs to infect the listeners like a plague, one that will never really go away. Poor timing for that answer, given the world now, but there you go!
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are in Chicago, Illinois, US, and the metal scene is fantastic! It’s great to have so many killer bands here. Even with the pandemic and all, everyone is still very encouraging towards each other.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our last release was the “Ocean Is More Ancient Than The Mountains” EP, named after a passage in a letter Lovecraft wrote, on Sludgelord Records in 2019.
“Ocean Is More Ancient Than The Mountains” (Full EP)
Who have been your greatest influences?
There’s no getting around it – Bongripper was the reason I started this project. Aside from that, it’s not really something we actively think about, but we have had people draw comparisons to Slomatics, Conan, Bongzilla, Sleep, and Thou.
What first got you into music?
You know, I’m not quite sure. I remember I was a kid; I would look at bands like The Beatles or The Rolling Stones and thought ‘this, I want to do this.’
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Bongripper, hands down. Between all our amps, and Alexander (the Plague of Carcosa drummer) and his electronic/ambient experience, we could probably make something really killer.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Admittedly, I’m not one for festivals, but playing at Roadburn would be huge.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I don’t know that people have really made a habit of giving us things, but we have gotten some very nice notes taped to our practice room door. And I do mean that sincerely.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
We appreciate you taking the time to listen and show your support! We’re just two people – no media team, no roadies, no funds, so we really appreciate even a quick “this is good!” comment.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Love – having an outlet. Hate – the money it costs to do….well, most anything. Neither of us have cars, so more often than not we have to take an Uber to the shows we play and back, or bum rides from people.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
That one is a thinker, so I’ll say this now – I wish we could have shows back again.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Curveball here, but I’ll go with the album “Red Eyed Soul” by The World/Inferno Friendship Society. The version with the extra tracks though!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Whichever format is closest to you that holds your favourite song.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Playing Crushing Sound Fest in 2019 with our buds Pale Horseman and Fister was really cool! It was at an art space so there were tons of pieces and installations still up. When I needed a break from everything, I would get a beer and crawl into a tent that someone lined with foliage and chill for a few.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Writing occult stories and ‘weird tales’ as a hobby, I suspect. My day job is totally boring.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Peter Ventantonio (from Sticks and Stones and World/Inferno)
Laura Jane Grace
The SunnO))) boys (Stephen and Greg)
Eugene V Debbs
What’s next for the band?
We hope to be back in the studio with our usual accomplices once this pandemic dies down – we do have new material ready to roll!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Not many, really. We use TuneCore for our online stuff like Spotify and iTunes and what have you, but then we just have a Facebook, a sparsely used Instagram, and of course, our Bandcamp page.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Biscuit! Do I win some?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
We sincerely appreciate everyone who takes their time to listen, reach out, or otherwise enjoy what we do. It means the world!
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