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Winds Of Plague’s Johnny Plague Talks New Album Plans, Promises No Clean Singing


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Winds Of Plague frontman Johnny Plague has confirmed that a summer release date is planned for their new album on eOne Music/Good Fight Music with more details to come. He made the revelation via the below interview with Exclaim.ca. As you can read/see below, the band worked on the effort with producer/Fit For An Autopsy guitarist Will Putney (Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain). The band also enlisted Bad Omens vocalist Noah Sebastian and guitarist Joakim “Jolly” Karlsson to co-write the outing.

Speaking of their previous time away and their return to touring and the forthcoming new album, Plague stated:

“We all wanted to take a little bit of time and ground ourselves at home. Spending 10 years straight on the road doesn’t leave much time to establish yourself at home. We all got real jobs and worked and developed relationships and started families and all this stuff and then the bug came back and god I needed it. I wanted to play shows again.”

“The guys who originally wrote “Decimate The Weak” have been out of the picture for a minute now and the last couple records, the guys that were in the band were contributing to writing, but we also worked really closely with Will Putney. Will Putney is also involved in this new record. We also brought in two guys from the band Bad Omens: Noah and Jolly. They really helped work on this record and co-write it with us.

What was really cool about the situation is we do have the new people in the band like Michael and Justin and then we have Art back in the band, who is one of the original members. We were able to really take our time on working on this record and have all these different ideas and stuff come together. The transition/transformation that these songs went through over a year’s period is insane. It’s been a really cool collaborative process.”

Despite the time away and a revised lineup, the band won’t be making a Suicide Silence style step into the unknown however:

“In deathcore and the bands that we grew up playing with—Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Emmure, Born Of Osiris—all these bands, a lot of them are evolving and taking pretty large steps out of the box—some more than others.

I see both sides, like as an artist I totally understand wanting to keep pushing and evolving. As a fan I understand when a band dramatically changes their sound, I understand how that’s frustrating some times.

But like I said, I’m an artist as well, I want to keep pushing. I think that’s something we’ve continually done, record by record—we’ve always done weird stuff out the box. And our new record that will be coming out later this year is no different; where we continue to push and evolve and playing around with a lot of different vocal tones—I can’t sing, so you don’t have to worry about me singing [laughs]—but you know, screaming in pitch and doing some different things like that is what we will be kind of implementing with the new record.

You always want to evolve as an artist and you don’t want to keep putting out the same album. Some bands do and that’s great. If they’re happy with that and their fans are happy, why not? But for us, coming from a… I have a very creative life outside of the band as well, I do a lot of art stuff and a lot of design work, and that’s something I love.

I love creating and doing these different things. That’s something with this new record that we are kind of trying to push the artistic side; what I mean by that is the creativeness of how we’re delivering different choruses and trying to really build the song structures, opposed to just slamming riffs and breakdowns together.”

He later went on to say that past records found the band being a bit too receptive to not only what the fans wanted, but their record labels as well:

“I think we were also kind of listening a little too much on all levels from fans and from our record label and I think it’s silly when bands say that they don’t care what the fans think. They’re gonna make the music that they want. ‘Cause if that’s the truth then just sit at home and play in your garage. It absolutely blows my mind when I hear bands say that.

Like I said, I get it, they want to be artists and this and that. But without your fans you’re not eating, you’re not touring, you’re not doing anything. You’re a garage band, you know? There’s no shame to that either, that’s great. But I think you have a certain responsibility to your fans, to the people who have given you this life and this opportunity to deliver.”

He also stated that though touring is planned, the band will remain more of a part-time job in order for the members to balance their family lives and other pursuits.

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