Interview: Winds of Plague Lead Singer Johnny Plague Talks About a New Album in 2011 and Mayhem
"I remember, it was... crazy! I woke up late. It was time to play. I'm like, 'Shit!' I hadn't even been to the show yet, I had no idea what it was like. Took this long golf cart ride through the woods, took to the stage, pretty much ran up on stage--and saw that we were playing for like 20,000 people...
I was like... pheeew!!!, just kind of took a deep breath, and went for it. It was a pretty insane experience... really had to step up because, out of those 20,000 people, there was, maybe, a couple of hundred that knew of us! [laughing] So we really had to go all out on that one. After that, I looked up the show on YouTube and it was insane, how big that was. And they had the big projection screens, they followed us around with cameras... [laughing] and I didn't realize that either! That was probably the biggest show we've ever played."
~~Johnny Plague (Lead Singer: Winds of Plague) on playing the Mainstage at Mayhem Festival 2010 (see photo: Montreal).
This summer past, when I covered the concert review for Mayhem Festival 2010, I was granted also permission to go backstage for an exclusive interview with Winds of Plague front man Johnny Plague and drummer Art Cruz. At the time we talked they said the band would next be touring Mexico and then heading into the recording studio to work on their third album, due out in early 2011. I promised them I'd try to catch up with them again when they hit the studio — and so, when I got the message last month that Winds of Plague were in the studio, I kept my word.
Video Interview: Johnny Plague (Winds of Plague)
Winds of Plague's first album, Decimate the Weak, released in February, 2008, became a deathcore, metalcore standard for hardcore fans. Johnny said of that first album, "When we wrote Decimate the Weak, we were still in high school--coming out of high school. At that point, we were writing a record just as fans of heavy music: metal, hardcore, metalcore, everything. And we, as fans of that, wrote what we wanted to hear, which was like, heavy breakdowns, sing-alongs... stupid parts that were fun."Continued on the next page