This week, I am introducing you to the Rochester-based “Futurepunk” band The Plague. Learn more about their latest single “Will You Ever Know Me” in the following interview!
Hello The Plague! Thanks for doing this interview with us! Could you introduce yourselves and tell us about how the band first formed? I (David Adam Monroe) was a producer for 10 years. My manager Orrin Hoffman and I started The Plague together in response to seeing a world in pain and seeing that bands were not often addressing these issues or making music to improve peoples lives. We thought the best way to express our frustation was to be proactive in spreading hope and trying our best to keep it real!
How did you come up with the name “The Plague”? The band’s goal is to make the world a better place. From our perspective “the plague” of the modern world is growing distance between people and ultimatly from ourselves. We are bombarded with messages of “you are not good enough“, “you need x to be happy“, “You must be something you are not, and can’t really ever be.” We know how hard it is to live by values and to process pain and grow, expecially in the face of these ideas. We know how lonley that can be. We know how scary it can be. We want to confront the plague, instill hope, and bring people together.
How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your songs before? We are pioneering a new genre called future punk! Fuzz guitars and synths with a punk rock attitude.
Can you tell us more about your debut album ‘Hope For The F.U.T.U.R.E’? It is the debut record by the new future punk band “The Plague“. It is the first album that I (David) have made where I produced, engineered, played all the instruments, sang, mixed and mastered in my own studio. I wrote the record with the exception of the melody in the chorus of our 5th single “Make Me Over.” Orrin worte that one and its my favorite. He also assisted me on the record. He also did the graphic design. He also kept me sane. He also designed the labels website. He also.…
How long have you worked on it and how did you approach the writing process? We worked for almost 5 years in total on the record. Writing was the easiest part, lol. We made about 30 demos on top of diggin into a back catolog of literally thousands of songs. Lyrics are extremly important to me, so we made sure that we knew exactly what the songs were about and that they were expressed in a clear and heartfelt way, and that the topics were things that mattered to us and were the best we had to offer as people. In that way the songs are much like getting to know us and what we value.
After chossing some of the strongest songs, we worked really hard on making the sound of the band. We would have multiple versions of the songs and make some tough decision to do our best to blend competeing ideas. For example, raw vs polished was a tough one. We wanted the urgency of raw performaces but the polished sound of futuristic rock. We wanted the charisma of sloppy ness but the moderness of tightness. We tried a lot of different approaches and always chose what felt right over what sounded right. Perfection is stale to me, and a lot of records sound similar because of that. I’m still learning how to get a nice balance in there like my idols do.
What do you hope your fans will take from your new album? That they aren’t alone. That life is a blend of joy and pain and that is ok. You are stong enough to handle pain and you deserve support. You also deserve to enjoy life and share joy with others. It’s ok to be yourself, no one will ever see life the way you do. No one will ever be better at being you than you.
According to you, does your new single ‘Will You Ever Know Me’ best reflect the spirit of this record? ‘Will you ever know me‘ is a very personal song about my relatioship with my father. It is a lower dynamic track about processing greif. I would say most of the record is heavier, louder, and more in your face!
What’s the story behind this track? My father was diagnosed with cancer at a time when our relationship was not at a strong point. I spent a lot of my life descovering myself, wishing that my family could be more a part of that process. ‘Will you ever know me’ is about processing the grief of a relationship you wish you could have.
Out of all the experiences you had as a band, has there been a particular one that has stood out to you? We are so new that it has been a blur of growing pains. What sticks out is that there is always more to learn and we are getting better at supporting each other when things are tough.
To finish, what is one lesson you’ve learned that you think is important to pass onto other bands? Figure out why you want what you want before you figure out how to get it. Its awesome to wear influences on your sleeve, but there is a fine line between that and trying to be someone else. Be yourelf, that is your value.