We had the good fortune of connecting with New Plague Radio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi New Plague, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The internet’s immediate access to music has begun pushing artists further away from the restrictions of musical genres. We define ourselves by our complete disregard for genre boundaries, and in fact often begin songs by challenging ourselves to combine sounds that we haven’t heard paired before. Everybody might not jump at the idea of a Britney Spears rap cover with mandolins and slide guitars, but we are staking our identity on the bet that that kind of disparate inspiration is the direction that music is moving.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We had been a band for about a year when the pandemic hit. We didn’t want to lose any momentum during quarantine, so we decided to all move into an apartment together. We wrote and recorded about a dozen songs, which we whittled down to the four that make up our debut EP, “The Beeswax”. We pooled our stimulus money, bought a bunch of filming equipment, and started making our own music videos. Our first video and single, “Methamphetamine Dance”, came out in December, and our follow up, “Rock Like The Smiths”, came out just over a month ago.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’d have to hit Grand Central Market, exploring the shops and stalls and making a few new friends in the process. We’d stop at Michelin-recognized food truck Mariscos Jalisco for a couple phenomenal shrimp tacos, and in the evening we’d head Upstairs at Ace Hotel to have a Mezcal Negroni and an incredible view of the city. We’ll leave a day to lounge in the house (they’ll be jet lagged, you know), but once they’re rested we’ll pack a picnic and head to Griffith Park to learn about space and maybe even explore the old LA Zoo, if they’re feeling adventurous. We’ll stop by the Venice Beach Bar and watch the sunset, and then take a walk through Santa Monica Pier to see the buskers and ride the ferris wheel. Before they head back home, we’ll make sure to take them to the beach (Zuma, if we’re picking) and swing by Freedman’s in Silver Lake for a reuben sandwich so good we’ll eat it in grateful, awestruck silence.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Hope and George from Maddwolf have been absolutely instrumental to us. They hired us to do the scores for their movies really early on, and have been integral to everything we’ve been able to do so far. Mia and Tina Pollini have also been wonderfully kind and made sure that we are supported in everything we do.
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