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The Welsh Pop-Punk / Easycore band Special Ed joins POM Records! They were scouted on Youtube after stumbling upon their self-titled EP release. Now that the band has signed, they're contractually obligated to release an album on the label. They'll be joining other great label mates such as Hello Sunrise & Giant O' Mine and carrying the torch for the said genres. Hopefully they aren't stuck in remedial classes forever and graduate to the big leagues!
It’s a great thing for the band to be honest, it’s such a new thing for us so it feels nice to know we are on the right path so early on and have some foundation to build off of! - Special Ed
Randy (POM Records): What inspired you guys to create this album?
Sebastian Lukens: Well... Recently after our success we've been getting people coming up to us for pictures and all that stuff and its given me extreme anxiety as well now because me & my friends are people with eyes on them constantly now, and that's even more stressful because we're still in high school... I love all my fans and our supporters because we wouldn't be here without them but.. its just kinda stressful when we're just trying to go out and hang out and just take a break from the band for a little while, even Cade dyed his hair from green back to his natural color to kinda be out in public more without getting noticed as much. Also personal stuff in my life is kind of rough at the moment so this album has been me and my friends letting our emotions out into our art instead of bottling it up.
Randy: What are some of the themes we can expect with this upcoming album?
Sebastian: A lot of dark shit *chuckles* Me and Alec from City X were talking about albums we wanted to make and me and him had a lot of the same stuff he kinda wants to do. Don't quote me on that because I don't know if they'll release something like this so its not conformed, the themes for this album deal with suicide, heartbreak, mental disorders, and just beating yourself up constantly for shit you do..
Randy: How many songs will be on this album?
Sebastian: Right now we have 10 but more could come but we don't know. Maybe we'll release a deluxe edition for people who want to hear the unreleased songs because we have a lot.
Randy: Will we see more singles release off the album before the album release?
Sebastian: Yes! We want to release either one more or two more singles we aren't for sure yet so we have to see what our manager says.
Randy: Wyatt from League of Nations said that League of Nations and Plain Front are working on a split, is this true?
Sebastian: Yeah! I was about to say some stuff about it. I wanted to do a split with a band I respected and enjoyed the talent behind and League of Nations was one I wanted to do it with, when I heard Worlds Collide I loved the band and its one of my favorite albums. When we were working on our album the band just so happened to be at the studio so I asked them if they wanted to do it and they we're down! we haven't finished it yet so no release date at the moment.
Randy: Speaking of release date, does this new album have a release date yet?
Sebastian: Not yet probably will be released half way through March but we're not sure yet.
Randy: What's it like being apart of a big label with a lot of influential bands that you could work with?
Sebastian: We're really thankful for Sushi signing us to this label and liking our music and just giving us a chance to be something big. I've said in another interview that im not really proud of SSDT (Super Secret Demo Tape) because its songs we're early songs we've made but the more I listen to it the more I appreciate it but I wanted to make this album as good as we could and I think we did it.
Randy: Alright last question! I wanted to ask what ended up being the first song you wrote for this new album?
Sebastian: Umm... It was probably either Devils Advocate II or the first song called in my diary I wrote. With Devils Advocate we we're just jamming and messing around with sounds and we ended up with something we really liked so we recorded and got it all mixed and mastered. For in my diary I wrote we made a song thats thats unreleased at this time and when we played the ending cords it just spoke to me and Gus, so we recorded it... I actually played the drums & guitar on that song and Gus played bass & guitar because Dominik and Cade we're out playing football for school and we skipped to work on music.
Randy: Thank you Sebastian Lukens for coming down for this interview we cannot wait for this new album!
Your Worst Enemy Is Yourself
1: in my diary I wrote
3: Your Worst Enemy Is Yourself
4: Bled Out In My Apartment
5: Devils Advocate II
6: I never meant to hurt you...
7: now you're gonna miss it all...
8: did you read the love letter you threw away?
9: Mind Blown
10: break free
Brazilian metal band, Alcateia, has signed to POM Records! They follow in the footsteps of other great metal bands from the nation such as Sepultura, Soulfly, Sarcófago & Sujera! They are a young band getting started in making a name for themselves and will soon release some new music on the label. Read more about their band story, members & the meaning of their name on their brand new band page!
Alec (guitarist): Thank you for having us! Yeah man it's been crazy. When we took our break in 2013 we always had the vision of coming back.
Micah (bassist): We just didn't think it would be 10 years, haha!
Alec: Right! We got together around mid 2021 to kinda just jam, I had started playing the main riff for [A Cure for the Ache] and Brian was like "What is that?". That ended up being the first song we wrote for "Five"[V] and it kinda just took off from there.
Micah: Yeah. It was like a bomb had went off in the studio. Everyone had something to contribute and it was just gold.
Alec: That's what happens when you take 8 years off *laughs*.
Randy: What's it been like to grow as a band? I believe your first releases were about 12 years ago. How has song writing changed for you guys, if at all and tell us about the process making "V" and "iPledge". We also heard the band has been mentoring some other bands as well, such as another newly signed one to POM Records, League of Nations. I think that says a lot about how mature and experienced City X is now. Do you guys see yourself doing more of that?
Micah: That's an Alec thing right there.
Alec: Haha, yeah. I love helping people, especially with something we're so passionate about. League killed it with their EP and I can't wait to hear more from them... I mean yeah, we've definitely been around the block. With each album we're always trying to outdo ourselves. I think that's something every band tries to do. With us, however, we try not to stray too far from our roots. Every album has a theme, but sonically I think they're all pretty similar, they just evolve. I think iPledge is the biggest step forward we've taken so far and we can't wait to capitalize on that. We've been taking the last couple months to experiment with new sounds and better ways of recording. So far I think it's going great and it really allows us to stand out.
Randy: You guys probably shocked a lot of people when the band's name showed up again all over the media and on the label. Is there any message to all the fans out there? And also, what's next for the band? What can fans continue to look forward to? Any tours?
Micah: *Gestures* Buy the album! Buy the album!
Alec: Haha! Yeah man, I'm pleased to announce we'll be joining Faceless Culture on their upcoming European tour! I'm not sure how much I'm allowed to say yet in terms of special guests, but it's gonna be awesome.
Micah: They show boobs on French TV so we can't wait for that.
Alec: Can we get a fact check on that? *Laughs* As far as the future goes, we just re-released "The Show" so touring is going to keep us busy for the next few months. New music? We've got something small in the oven right now that we'll get cracking on once we get back from tour. We'd love to get working on a 6th album, maybe even have it out this year.
Micah: Yeah, man. We love getting in the studio, especially now with Alec's home setup, so we can work on our own time.
Alec: Definitely. We wanna thank everyone that's been supporting us over the years! We love each and every one of you and can't wait to share more memories in the future. *Lifts beer* Here's to the next generation of POM Records! *Drinks* Totally not contracted to say that by the way *laughs*.
Micah: Mr. Schultz is in the corner with a gun *laughs*.
Thank you to City X members Alec & Micah for joining us tonight. It definitely wasn't a forced contractual obligation type of thing....no...never *sweating..*. Be sure to keep up with City X not just on here, at POM Records, but their Youtube channel too:
2. Let The Devil In
4. C. Y. A. (Cover Your Ass)
6. In A Hurry To Die
7. Long Way Back
9. Achilles Veil
10. Social Asylum
11. Institutionalized (Ft. 1st Assault)
12. Immense Decay (Ft. Liquid Cosh)
14. Farewell To Crown
15. Let The Devil In (Heavy Mix)
16. C. Y. A. (Cover Your Ass) (Heavy Mix)
Sebastian Lukens (lead guitarist / frontman): “We already mentioned our hopes for this new album but now we have an idea and we’re in the process of recording it, we want it to be even better than SSDT (Super Secret Demo Tape). SSDT was like a starting point for us and we just wanted to write fun songs that you could listen to.”
Gus Farmer (guitarist): “We want it to be story focused and it’ll be a little different but different is okay and I think our fans will like it.”
Sebastian Lukens: “Yeah, I think so too. A lot of us struggle with mental health stuff-”
Cade Caldwell (bassist): “Me and Gus are really the only mentally sane ones here”
the band laughs
Sebastian Lukens: “But yeah.. um a lot of us struggle with mental health stuff and we want to tell a story with this album that people can relate to, so this album will be dark and gritty but we really want it to hit emotionally for people.”
When asked about the story of the album, Sebastian said he wants to keep it under wraps and keep it a surprise for listeners. We asked them some questions about touring and doing shows.
Sebastian Lukens: “We’re pretty tired from doing shows”
Dominik Roylance (drummer): “Yeah, been doing shows constantly trying to get some recognition and we’ve finally hit our big break and I'm done taking ice baths for awhile" laughing
Cade Caldwell: “We definitely want to tour in the future.”
Sebastian Lukens: “Yeah of course! We also don’t know how the emotion of this new album would translate for our fans who love mosh pits and having fun so I guess we’ll have to see.”
Dominik Roylance: “Mhm but I feel like we’ve earned a break from doing shows for a little bit.”
the band agrees
Cade Caldwell: “I’ll probably dye my hair again for the tour or I'll dye it for every show."
Thank you to Plain Front for having a chat with the label. We're excited to see and hear what they release and how fans of the label will respond.
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