EMQ’s with PLAGUE OF CARCOSA

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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?

Lemmy.

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.
www.plagueofcarcosa.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/plagueofcarcosa
www.instagram.com/plagueofcarcosa/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6eb5KZG0s3qDfwZp8cfidN

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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EMQ’s with WITCHTIT

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EMQ’s with WITCHTIT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Raleigh, North Carolina based Doom Metal band, WitchTit. Huge thanks to guitarist, Nate Stokes, 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?

My name is Nate Stokes, I play guitar in WitchTit. I joined up after Patrick (drums) and Daniel (guitar) had worked on a couple songs. I thought the tunes were weird, and they thought I could handle it. Here’s this guy that’s a killer acoustic/folk type player that decided to start playing doom metal and something was different about his riffs. A strange twinge towards dissonance that I liked. We sort of started as a joke, (at least in my mind) and we’d sometimes wear these adhesive prosthetic boobs Daniel ordered from some weird Chinese website at shows. It started out pretty rough, but pretty soon more people started liking us and coming to shows. When we got asked to play bigger shows we put our asses in gear, filled out the line-up over time with Justin on bass and Reign on vocals, and got more serious about it.

How did you come up with your band name?

Look, I know the name is a bit goofy, but believe me when I say it wasn’t the dumbest on the list. I think we seriously considered calling ourselves “Spermicidal Doomcicle” at some point, but in our defence, Daniel wanted “Spermicidal,” which is undoubtedly better, but I hated it. So, my plan was to compromise, (by making it worse) and hope we picked something else. So that happened. I don’t remember every detail, and I’m sure if you asked the other guys, you’d get wildly different stories, but that’s what I remember anyhow. The name is definitely a take on the old phrase “cold as a witch’s tit,” and I think that’s about all there is to read into on that one.

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

We’re from Raleigh, North Carolina. The scene is great here. Maybe it’s just that I’ve gotten deeper into it over time, but I do think that compared to the time I moved here sixteen years ago, it’s really exploded. But it’s not TOO big, which is awesome. You can kind of know everyone, while still playing to a good amount of folks, and it’s not so big that everyone is super splintered off into “I’m a doom guy,” or “I’m a death metal guy,” it’s more like “I like ALL this heavy shit, let’s go.” A whole bunch of bands (us included) practice in rooms behind a local venue, The Maywood, and everyone there is pretty tight, which is a pretty cool thing to see and be a part of. Since all the venues are struggling with the virus restrictions, all those bands got together and put out a comp to raise money for this one in particular. Look it up on Bandcamp, buy some stuff, it’s helping a venue that’s supported metal like no other around here. Shoutout to Brenna of CRYSTAL SPIDERS for wrangling up a bazillion knuckleheads in bands to make that operation happen!

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

The aforementioned Maywood Compilation has an unreleased track from our upcoming album, and before that we did a split cassette with Etiolated. The split is a lot different than what we’re doing now, but I still stand by the songs, and we’ll occasionally bust ‘em out live, with some fresh changes that naturally come with different members.

WitchTit – ‘Crimson Tide’ Exclusive Video Premiere
https://www.ghostcultmag.com/exclusive-video-premiere-witchtit-crimson-tide/

Link to the Maywood Compilation
www.maywoodmayhem.bandcamp.com/releases

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is always the hardest question, because this is the sort of thing that snowballs over time and gets huge, while still constantly changing. For me personally, there were a few early milestone discoveries, when I was craving heavier and heavier like Megadeth, Sepultura, Death, Burning Witch, Sleep, EYEHATEGOD, etc. Lately I’ve been on more of a classic heavy metal/rock n roll fix: Blue Oyster Cult, Mercyful Fate, Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, Witchfinder General. So lately the faster sort of NWOBHM type riffs in WitchTit are often my contribution. I also love Voivod, Samothrace, Savagist, Tempel, Pilgrim, Destroyer of Light, and so many more. Like I said, hard question. Summing this all up in a tight little list is hard.

What first got you into music?

My older brother played guitar, so I just kinda picked it up. Before that I’d had some piano lessons and got into band class in school – for some non-music types, my parents did a good job of steering me towards it, perhaps accidentally. But what REALLY got me excited about writing riffs and stuff, and wanting to be in a band? I heard Megadeth’s “Rust in Peace” and my face melted! It was like my bible from age 14. Everything heavy I’d heard leading up to that was super proggy, and I’d be sitting there in front of a CD player fast-forwarding through the boring parts to get to what I considered the fun ones.

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

Okay, so I’m imagining one of those live on-air KEXP videos here – Joey Karam from The Locust sitting in with us. It’s keyboards, but not like “I play electronic piano,” it’s CHAOS. It’d be a cool addition, I think. We’ve toyed with the synth idea in passing before, I’m just not sure we know how we’d actually want to implement it yet.

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

Shadow Woods. It’s just cool; it’s got heavy stuff from all the subgenres and it’s outside.

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

Nothing insane comes to mind, but a friend of ours did give us a little ceramic gnome hand-painted in black metal getup to keep in our practice space. I eventually brought him home since he fell off Justin’s amp and a chunk broke off. Don’t worry, the little guy is safe now.

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

You’re trying to cheat! Gotta listen to the tunes for that answer!

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

Phil Lynott, but only if he wanted to. I wouldn’t dare go against his wishes.

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

That feeling when everyone in the band is just on it, everyone’s right there, and it’s all coming together perfectly. It’s great in rehearsal, and then you add a bunch of people there at a show feeling the same way, and it’s even better. I hate loading gear out. Loading in is fine. At load out, you’re sweaty, you’re tired, and you wanna chill and drink beer. But it ends up you’re either wrangling up a bandmate to get all the shit moved, or they’re wrangling you. It’s no fun for anyone.

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

Good bassists should get more credit, just don’t tell them I said so.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Fire of Unknown Origin” – Blue Oyster Cult.

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

Vinyl if you love it and need it immortalized, cassettes if you’re about broke at the show, CD’s for the car, downloads for convenience. If you’re supporting bands and/or enjoying music, I ain’t gonna argue about the format too much.

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

Back in March of 2018 we opened for EYEHATEGOD, Cro-Mags, and Buzzov*en. It was sold-out, packed even for us lowly openers, and all our punk metal heroes were super cool to us. Can’t ask for much more than that!

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

Between working at a music venue for about seven years, (Gotta mention The Pour House Music Hall for kickin’ ass) being in bands, and almost all of my friends having some relation to these things, I don’t really know. Video games? A lucrative career? Who knows? The world would be my shitty, boring oyster. My dog would probably stoked to see me more though, and it IS possible I would own more ‘80s/90s Nissan Hardbodies that barely run.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Donald Trump, four of his cronies, make one of those Rudy, and the food is poisoned.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got a single coming out Dec. 14, a video for that one sometime in January (see link above), second single in February, and come March 12, the full-length “Intoxicating Lethargy” will be out. We’re a pretty good ways into writing the next, so hopefully we can have that done in time to play shows again and tour!

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

www.witchtit.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/witchtit/
www.instagram.com/witchtitdoom/
www.twitter.com/WitchTitDoom

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m from the South. Don’t sound like no biscuit I ever heard of. Plus, it already has cake in the name.

*FULL DISCLOSURE* Above was my first stream-of-consciousness answer. After a quick google search, it just seems like a Moon Pie to me, so…neither? Still closer to cake.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Nope. Thank You!

WitchTit Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with DAYGLO MOURNING

EMQ’s with DAYGLO MOURNING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Atlanta, Georgia based Doom Metal band, DayGlo Mourning. Huge thanks to lead guitarist/vocalist Joe Mills 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 Joe Mills and I do lead guitar and vocals for DayGlo Mourning. The band was formed in the spring of 2017 and was assembled via responses to a craigslist add in the greater Atlanta area. Originally starting as a 4 piece, the band quickly made a decision to continue on as a trio. Shortly after, we went into Ledbelly Sound Studio to record three demo tracks. As it turned out, those tracks were eventually released by Black Doomba Records on the split album “Rope Enough For Two” which also featured the band Bludy Gyers. Prior to the album release however, founding member and bassist Matt Rayborn decided to leave the band for other pursuits and the current line-up of Ray Miner (drums), Jerimy McNeil (Bass Guitar) and Joe Mills (Lead Guitar) was established. The band then quickly returned to Ledbelly Sound Studio to record the track ‘Busla’s Curse’ for the Black Doomba Records compilation album “Doombanomicon” and the remaining tracks included on the self-titled debut EP “DayGlo Mourning”. Following up on those early recordings the band began a flurry of shows and writing to prepare for the upcoming release of “Dead Star”, again being produced with Black Doomba Records. The scheduled release for this album is Feb 12, 2021.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was originally used in a song lyric that one of the other members had been involved with. It took a few days to grow on us to be honest, but the visual and mood that it inspires grew on us until we all decided to go with it.

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

We’re based out of Atlanta, Georgia and apart from the COVID issues the Metal scene here is alive and well. There are so many awesome local bands and musicians in the greater Atlanta region and they’re only surpassed by the amazing friends, followers and supporters of the music we all love.

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

The single and accompanying video for the new album “Dead Star” will be coming out at the end of October and Mid-November, respectively. The full album will be available Feb 12th, 2021. You’ll be able to find all of this on the Black Doomba Records and DayGlo Mourning websites.

‘Dead Star’ Single (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

In truth as a young player I was heavily influenced by the blues and all of those legends who’ve inspired so many other musicians. Buddy Guy and BB King in particular have been very inspirational to me. The bands who now continue to inspire me are Black Sabbath (obviously), Iron Maiden (again, obvious), Electric Wizard, Sleep, Conan, Monolord, etc…We all know that great list.

What first got you into music?

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I saw KISS perform on a Halloween special in the 70’s. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was watching…But I knew immediately that was what I wanted to be.

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

I would love to do something with my friend Jon Paul Davis of Conan. When I first aspired to doing this kind of music, I wanted to write something as heavy as Conan. I even have a couple of his old guitars as inspiration. So far, I haven’t been able to capture that level of skull crushing sonic devastation but it’s something to aspire too.

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

For me it would be Desertfest for sure. I love Berlin first off, and to be able to play there with all those great heavy bands, particularly the ones that I follow but don’t get to see in North America, would be really amazing.

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

We are very thankful for the support we’ve received to make this new album possible, and we are very excited to deliver, clearly our best work to date. That and we truly miss the friendship and interaction that we’ve been missing with you all since all of the show cancellations. It can’t last forever, and we expect to be back at it some point next year!

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

That is a seriously tough question. I’d have to choose someone who left us way before their time like Jimi or Randy. For me personally the one that hit the hardest is Stevie Ray Vaughan. I was just discovering his music while serving in the Middle East when he died. He was just coming into his prominence and then tragically taken from us much, much too soon.

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

JM. What I love most is playing shows, which allows me to meet other musicians and music lovers in kind and the friendships that result from that. The metal music scene has always been a beautiful thing to me that people on the outside just don’t get.

Being a Doom artist, I tend to bring a heavy arsenal of gear to the show, because sound systems or not, it’s just more fun!!! What’s not fun and a complete drag is loading in and out all of that gear! As the years go by its not getting any easier either! Next year once things heat up again, I’m seriously considering hiring a young lad to handle all of that…lol

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

I’d love to see a clear business model in the industry for talented and dedicated bands to be able to get properly compensated for their art. I hate seeing some of my favourite artists have to get secondary jobs after a tour because they couldn’t make enough to continue making music full time.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Powerslave”

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

Nothing beats the warm sound and interaction with the music like Vinyl…No contest.

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

The biggest was the Atlanta Slaughter Que festival. However, my favourite was early this year, literally two weeks before the pandemic shut everything down. It was a packed house at my favourite venue (529 Bar) with Toke and couple of my favourite local bands. The kicker was my best friend had travelled to Atlanta to see us perform for his first time. It was a glorious night of great music and friends that I won’t forget.

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

Drawing or painting likely. I’ve always tinkered with it, but music takes precedence on the time I have available for such pursuits.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tina Turner, Lemmy, Leonardo Da Vinci, Muhammad Ali, Robin Williams.

What’s next for the band?

We have in fact already started thinking about the next album. It’s certainly more conceptual at the moment, but a few rough tracks have already been recorded. As we get closer to the release of our latest album “Dead Star”, we’ll start preparing for our live set because in the end, that’s why we do all of this.

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

We use Facebook primarily, but we have pages on IG and Twitter as well. Soon we’ll also have an official YouTube channel. There are a couple out there representing us already, but nothing we’ve created or have control over. Our music is available on our Bandcamp page as well as Black Doomba Records. Just search each respective site for DayGlo Mourning and you should find us easily enough.

www.facebook.com/dayglomourning/
www.twitter.com/dayglo_mourning
www.instagram.com/dayglo.mourning/
www.dayglomourning2.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Sadly, I’ve not yet tried one. I’ll attempt to rectify this next year because I’ve planned a hiking trip along the UK’s Southwest Coastal Path next spring/summer. Whenever it’s ok to travel again I suppose.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

We greatly appreciate this opportunity to reach out to your audience and we hope that we’ve created something on “Dead Star” that people will be entertained by. Cheers!

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