Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
PoC: I would say we are a ‘dark instrumental metal’ outfit, taking cues from doom, sludge, and drone metal. We play well with the stoner metal crowd too, but that’s not necessarily a style I’d jump to lump us in with.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
PoC: 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 lineup, 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.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
PoC: Bongripper, Slomatics, King Woman, as far as music go. The writings of HP Lovecraft and his contemporaries, for non-musical.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
PoC: Given the pandemic and all, we’ve been keeping ourselves in check – we’d love to go back to the studio soon and record our new songs. That said, when shows start happening again, it would cross something off my personal bucket list to open for Bongripper.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
PoC: It’s a bit of a back and forth process between Alexander and I – bouncing around ideas on how to end a riff, or structure a piece. Since we’re an instrumental band, the songs are certainly open to personal interpretation as to ‘what they’re about.’ That said, we do actively try to keep Lovecraft’s writings in mind. For instance, ‘Madness At Sea’ is structurally molded after the same chapter of ‘Call of Cthulhu’ and the events that transpire in the text. As the adventure builds, so does the song.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
PoC: No special way out of the ordinary. Text a few friends, make the usual social media posts, same old same old.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
PoC: In 2021, it’s always going to be an inevitability. I’m guilty of it myself. That said, strictly regarding Plague of Carcosa material – everything is ‘pay what you want’ on bandcamp, so you can always get it from us for free! No need to go hunting!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
PoC: ‘Orchard’ by Windhand, or ‘Endless’ by Bongripper. Those two have some massive riffs that I always find myself coming back to to check my tuning, or try out settings on new gear.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
PoC: In general? When people display a lack of special awareness. In music? Honestly, ear fatigue bothers me a lot.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
PoC: The first thing that comes to mind is, right before Chicago shut down for COVID, we opened for Bongzilla’s most recent tour. That was super cool.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
PoC: Right now, we have a series of songs we’re solidifying to be recorded. They’re based on the following stories from Lovecraft: The Cats of Ulthar, The Doom That Came To Sarnath, and The Dunwich Horror. More to come soon! We’re experimenting with odd effects and noises more and more, and getting a feel for how to work them in to actual music.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
PoC: We will when Chicago starts having shows again!