Exclusive interview with Welcome To Pleshiwar and their album Apostasi
1- Hello and welcome to Metal Music Midwest. Our readers are excited to get to know you and your band. Could you give us a brief description of the group? Where is the band from?
Hello and thank you for providing a platform for Welcome to Pleshiwar. We are very happy about this and it is incredibly important for the underground. We come from Hessen, which is a federal state in Germany. Originally we all come from Kassel, but in recent years we have scattered to different places within this region.
The band Welcome To Pleshiwar resulted from the fact that we have all played in other bands and we mixed a few members for Welcome To Pleshiwar who were all up for a good dose of 90s death doom.
2- "Apostasy" is the band's upcoming album. How long did it take to compose and record it?
"Apostasy" is the first full album, but in 2022 we released the EP "Unsolved". It took about a year from the initial ideas to the final mastering by Andy Claasen.
3- What musical influences inspire the band's compositions?
For me personally, the 90s were an exciting time, when death metal merged with doom and keyboards also played a big role. The main influences were Anathema, Paradise Lost, Tiamat and also many bands from the German underground of the time (Calvary, Basilisk, Absulr Existence.... the list is huge)
4- Can you tell us how did the members all meet?
I (Karsten) played in a death metal band with Daniel at the age of 16. After a few years the band broke up and our drummer Marco, who played in the band Immortalis at the time, asked me if I would like to play in his band because Immortalis had problems with the label. Lacrima Christi was formed immediately and the old Immortalis guitarist took over on vocals and guitar. As they were looking for a bass player, they immediately chose my old band mate Daniel.
2 CD's later, Lacrima Christi disbanded. Then all the band members took a longer break. I then played with our singer Sascha in the grind-death band Uncut Despite. Marco and Daniel got together in Bad Reawacan after a very long time. I watched the band's goings-on with interest and listened to them explain home recording to me. As I liked this way of working, I got everyone together to form Welcome To Pleshiwar.
5- The new album is called “Apostasy”. Why did you choose to name it in this way?
"Apostasy" describes humanity's inability to be human. All religions talk about a peaceful community in the world, but man interprets everything good in such a way that chaos, destruction and inhumanity arise from it.
6- Are the current members of this band part of another band or project? Or is everyone dedicated solely to the group?
How do you maintain a good balance working together?
7- Have you performed any shows in your area? If so, how receptive and supportive are the people of your music?
My baby is exclusively Welcome to Pleshiwar. marco and Daniel are working on new songs with reawacan and Sascha is working on new songs with the death grind band Bloodjob. Since we don't rehearse and only exchange files, there's enough time for all the bands and projects.
8- Are there any upcoming shows or tours you can tell us about?
Unfortunately, there are no plans on the live front. We need another guitarist and a keyboarder who understands our way of working and of course fits in with us on a personal level. Until something happens here, we won't be able to accept any live offers.
9- Thanks for your participation. Finally, what is the best way to get a hold of the group just in case someone wants to book or promote the band? Any final words?
Thank you very much for your time. Promo and possible fellow musicians are welcome to contact our label MDD or us via email@example.com. Of course you can also contact us via facebook and instagram. We look forward to any feedback, enquiry or just contact!Final words: Support the underground, go to local gigs and listen to more 90s death doom ;-