Tuesday, March 6, 2018

L.o.W Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We’re a four-piece band from West Pomeranian - Szczecin - Poland founded in 2015.
The group’s main focus is on combining 90's stoner/doom/sludge sound with fresh ideas, harsh vocals featuring antisocial/nihilistic lyrics.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings that you have released so far/

We released a demo in 2015 – Fuck your prerogatives - and frankly said we didn’t know what the fuck we were doing. It’s a mash up of the ideas we had at the time, a mixture of punk, grunge and stoner. Bones EP’s main concept was to sound dark, heavy, and aggressive.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?

Mostly nihilism, the idea of being forced into certain roles in our short live span, deceptions of faith and world order, antisocial tendencies – shit like that. It's strange and funny at the same time how our lives fit in with philosophy of people such as Carl Gustav Jung, whose speech you can hear in the intro to this record.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'L.o.W'?

Lack OfFucking Weed. Just kidding ha-ha. Well the first abbreviation was League of Waste which was a metaphor for mankind – eventually, in the end everything we do goes to waste. Until now, we’ve gone through so many - from which a lot were just for laughs - that we just like to say that we have many names. As many bands before us we like to utilize the concept of not having a single abbreviation for our name. Instead we leave it open to the listener’s interpretation.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

I think two of our best shows happened in small clubs in our hometown. The first one was in Pralnia with our friends from Black Smoke (Katowice, Poland) and Weedruid (Berlin, Germany). The second one was with probably the biggest stoner doom band from our country – Belzebong. On both shows all the guys from the bands were really chill, the crowd was awesome and we had a great time. As far as our performance onstage goes it’s trans like. We barely talk onstage, we just do our thing and hope the crowd falls into the same state we are in.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

 Not really, just one show with O.D.R.A in Gdańsk.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Theoretically signed but looking for a label. We have received interest but unfortunately currently the label does not have the means to meet their end of the deal.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge, stoner and doom metal?

Well we got some worldwide feedback but you know how it is – currently there are many bands forming so its not easy to break through.

9.Besides the bass player are any of the other band members involved with any other bands or musical projects?

Currently only Michał.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We’ll probably record something around November this year, but it will most likely be another EP. We’re still experimenting with new ideas and gear so we want to settle down a bit before releasing an LP. Right now, we’re doing stuff that I guess you can say has more grove combined with straight forward doom riffs so our next recording might oscillate around that idea.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

When we started out we were influenced by more retro rock kind of stuff - Graveyard, Vidunder, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats type. Then our influences shifted toward the genres’ precursor bands like - Sleep, Electric Wizard, Weedeater, Eyehategod - as well as newer bands such as Dopethrone, Windhand, Monolord and With the Dead.

12.What are some of your nonmusical interests?

Well no surprise we enjoy weed, beer and vodka. It differs from person to person but I guess we all enjoy blazing a fatty and play ping pong in a cheap motel after a recording session.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Yeah – thanks for having us, keep the scene going, light one up and have a great day!

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