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December 15, 2018

Interview Society’s Plague

Please state your name and what you do in the band?
Hey, I’m Matt and I’m the vocals for the band.

Hi! Please introduce Societys Plague to the readers.
Society’s Plague is a five piece epic melodic metal band from Lexington, Kentucky. We’re a big bunch of nerds who love writing music. You can expect to hear harmonies, fast drums, intense vocals and silky smooth synths. We hope you dig us!

Tell us more about your coming album Call to the Void.
“Call to the Void” is an album that I feel expresses a full range of emotions. It’s simple and raw at times, while being complex and heavy at others. This album explores the dark sides as well as the up sides of the human experience and we can’t wait to share it with everyone. We really wanted “Call to the Void” to take us back to our metal roots and just be a raw, crunchy, heavy record.

How is it easy to live and survive in Lexington, KY being musician? Is there strong metal scene or just attempts to have some strong scene?
It’s interesting, there’s a ton of talent here, and some big bands have emerged out of Lexington, but it can be a challenge at times. There isn’t a lot of outlets for heavy music here. That means to get venues to book metal here you have to be good and have a strong following, so all the bands really have stuck together and supported each other.
I think that shows, and creates a culture of support rather than competition.

When did you start writing music – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I started really dabbling in music writing around age 17.
For me I was influenced by the artists that just had loads of emotion and intensity in their music. On the vocals side I would say among the biggest influences for me personally are Jonathan Davis, Anders Friden, Bjorn Strid, Chester Bennington and Corey Taylor. Those guys just always laid it all out there and brought the intensity, and I’ve always loved that.

What are your main impulses to write metal music?
Music helped me through a lot of hard times and I’ve always wanted to give that back to someone else. I hope to share the message that you’re never alone in your struggles, and that it’s okay to express yourself. Metal has been my vehicle for that. The metal community has always been so accepting and inclusive, and that’s something I want to be a part of and contribute to.

What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your musical work?
I honestly really like the music we write, so that’s a tough one. I would say some songs that really stand out to me from a writing standpoint are “Few and the Fallen”, “The Human, the Canvas”, “Mourning Sun”, “Forged by Fury” and “The Mercy Untold”. That’s just from our releases so far, there’s so many parts on “Call to the Void” that I’m super proud of and really can’t wait to share with everyone.

How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in?
Right now is an exciting time in our hometown. We’ve never had much in the way of metal or heavy music shows, but lately theres been a huge increase in that arena. We’ve got a couple of new venues that have opened up and they are really supporting the musical scene here. In fact, we’ll be opening up for Trivium here on May 4th, and that’s something you’d normally have to travel out of time to do.
As I said before, there’s a ton of talent here and I’m very excited to see what comes out of Lexington next.

When it comes to be musician, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a musician?
That’s a good question. For me, music is art. Quality is subjective to the listener, and in my scope I look for raw passion. I know plenty of super skilled musicians that never go past a certain point because there’s more to the musical art than technical skill. Skill is a toolbox, and it takes more than tools to build something special. I’m always trying to improve myself. I would really like to expand and continue working on my clean vocals. I love the contrast between singing and screaming and I hope to bring a personal flavor to that and keep expanding my own toolbox.

What do you usually start with when working on a new song or lyrics?
I wait until the song is more or less finished, then I throw on headphones and sit down and just feel the song. I let it take me to a place and I write from that perspective. I start with mapping out the syllables, then fitting words to the concept.

Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, gathering altogether in general?
I take as much time as it takes to accomplish the feeling I’m going for. I don’t necessarily just pick a topic and go, I draw from the song itself. I let the feeling guide me and I try to match the emotion of the song with a topic. Usually that creates a theme within an album, then I just arrange the music into a sort of story format.

As more and more people are producing and releasing music, there has been an exponential growth in promotion agencies. What’s your perspective on the promo system? In how far do you feel it is possibly undermining musical freedom?
Just based on the fact that almost anyone can create music and get it out there now I think helps musical freedom. I don’t think there’s anything negative there, the best music will still find its way into more ears. It definitely levels the playing field a bit, people have more choices to choose what they listen to.

Metal scene have changed considerably over the past century. What, do you feel, could or should – be new forms and formats for music? And, should we save old-school spirit or just go forward together with musical evolution (degradation)?
I’m all for pushing boundaries. That’s my favorite part of music. Let’s see what we can meld together or manipulate to create something unique. That’s not to say that the old school metal shouldn’t have a place. Without that stuff you don’t have anything we have now. There’s a balance there that will exist no matter what we want. At the end of the day create what you love and the right people will gravitate towards it.

Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are killing music. What’s your view on this topic?
Killing the industry maybe, but definitely not killing music. There’s more music than ever and more access to it than ever. People will find and support the music they like. I think it’s as simple as that.

Please recommend two bands to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.
I would check out our friends in “Foxbat” out of Louisville, and “Skinkage” out of North Carolina. Both are great bands, one has a dirty southern rock vibe and the other is just pure American metal.

What are your plans for near future?
We are releasing “Call to the Void” on April 27th, so we’re going to do a string of performances to celebrate that, capped off with a slot opening for Trivium in our hometown on May 4th. Then hopefully we can look at playing a lot more throughout the US this Fall.

Thank you, see you next time!
Thank you!