Interview with Winds of Plague
Hailing from the City of Angels, Winds of Plague have been spreading their deadly brand of death metal for the last six years; killing the crowds with extreme brutality. The Bubonic Plague has nothing on this new disease! I caught up with mo-hawked vocalist Johnny Plague and drummer Art Cruz while the Decimation of the Nation Tour stopped in Lafayette, Louisiana to infect the heart of Cajun Country. The video of the interview is below, followed by the full transcript.
Buick Mckane: Welcome to Lafayette! Have you been here before?
Johnny Plague: No, we haven’t. Close. We’ve been to Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Buick: How did you like New Orleans when you were there this summer?
Johnny: We’ve had better experiences. It was weird.
Art Cruz: It was rough. We never played that venue before.
Johnny: New Orleans is usually a great city for us.
Art: Especially when we play the House of Blues, it’s awesome.
Buick: Yall just got off the Summer Slaughter Tour which, of course, stopped in New Orleans. How was it touring with so many bands?
Johnny: It’s always fun. It’s like a traveling circus. But long days. Extremely long days.
Art: There’s so many bands. You have so much downtime and you have to get up early than you have to for a normal show because [normal] shows start at seven, and those shows started at two.
Buick: How long do you usually sleep those nights?
Johnny: I sleep more than I need to.
Art: I’ve been sleeping until four lately.
Buick: You’re latest album “The Great Stone War” just came out a few days ago. How successful has it been so far?
Johnny: It’s been good so far. It’s getting the response we wanted it to get for the most part.
Art: There’s always negative things.
Johnny: As long as the internet is around, there’ll be negative stuff. But for the most part, it’s been great. People look at it as the band growing and filling our own shoes, I guess.
Buick: You’ve been touring for a while. Now that the album has come out, do you plan on touring more?
Johnny: We’ve got one more week left on this tour, then we go home for two weeks, then we go to Japan and Australia. We’ll probably do more international tours this year, instead of just the U.S.
Art: I think we’re pretty much booked until Christmas.
Johnny: We’re working on January and February.
Buick: Your band has only been around for a few years, but you’re hugely popular. What do you attribute that to? Was it one album that really pushed yall through?
Johnny: I feel that we had more of an organic growth because we toured for four years before putting out an album. We just toured on demos, getting out and being relentless. That’s what it is more than anything else. There were so many times when we wanted to give up. It’s hard, it’s really hard. I don’t think people realize how hard it is. We just kept going and things started to work out. It’s getting there.
Buick: It must be hard living on a bus with a bunch of other guys for a long time.
Johnny: That’s the only thing saving our ass right now. Spending all of our money on the bus.
Art: It’s totally worth it, though.
Buick: Does your keyboard player Kristen Randall stay on the same bus with the guys?
Johnny: She has a private helicopter fly in…no, she’s on there. She’s one of the dudes.
Art: It’s awesome. We all get along.
Buick: You’ve played with some great bands in your career like Suffocation this summer and Dimmu Borgir. What band would you say has been your favorite to tour with so far?
Art: Hatebreed right now. Definitely the funnest tour ever.
Johnny: On and off the stage, they’re amazing. I’ve watched them every single night of the tour. They’re one of my favorite bands. They’re just awesome, fun dudes.
Buick: Even though they’re getting up there in age, they still know how to party?
Johnny: They rage.
Art: It’s fun. They know what’s up. It’s awesome.
Buick: What bands would you like to tour with personally one day?
Art: That’s probably the hardest question ever.
Johnny: My list keeps getting smaller and smaller because of all the awesome tours we’ve been doing. But Slipknot is on there, Lamb of God would be an amazing tour…
Art: As I Lay Dying would be an amazing tour. There’s so many bands…it’s retarded. His list was bigger until now. Dimmu and Hatebreed were on there.
Buick: Do you have an actual list?
Johnny: No. I should.
Buick: Well, you’ve played all kinds of venues. You played the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest this summer. But this is a fairly small venue. Do you prefer the big festivals or the small venues?
Johnny: Yesterday, we played this gigantic amphitheater with a huge stage. I’ve never played Ozzfest, but it seems like how Ozzfest would be. It was awesome. That was so much fun. And tonight, it’s small, but it’s still fun.
Art: It’s a different kind of fun.
Johnny: Really, it’s all about the crowd. Tonight was amazing. It was a great show.
Buick: Is there anything else you would like to say?
Art: Get the CD.
Johnny: Check it out.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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