Wassup ALCATEIA, welcome to the POM Records podcast! ALCATEIA is the Brazilian metal band, part musicians, part wolves, making waves here on the label and have just recently released their EP called SURVIVE. The band has also recently discussed some information about their vocalist. We wanted to hear more about the band and this release. So today we have two of their members here to chat a bit.
Hi guys, it's just me and Gabriel, Bruno and David went to Manchester, England, for our next plans.
Hi guys, we're happy to be here again.
Last time we heard from Alcateia, you released the heavy as hell C.O.F.F.I.N album in collaboration with Objctve. Tell us about that. Did that have any influence on your latest release SURVIVE?
Yes, we did, we actually took some ideas from Coffin and Eternal Torment for the songs Bleed and Survive, but we were more focused on making Nu Metal.
Tell us about the song writing process on SURVIVE and the concept behind the album. What was it like?
We started coming up with ideas for the songs on the EP 3 months ago. We wrote Bleed first, then Conflict, and we thought of a whole EP focused on Nu Metal and feelings like the conflicts we have in our lives, the pain a liar feels after his consequences hit him and things like that. About the main track, we wrote it after Bryan went to the clinic to quit his addictions, that was a month ago.
We heard the news about Bryan. How is the rest of the band doing? It seems like some rough times but also very good times too because SURVIVE is getting good reviews by fans & the media. We also saw songs being played on POM TV. How have fans been treating this release?
The rest of us are fine, we don't have so many problems with drugs, we only drink alcohol, but Arthur would drink alcohol if he could. (laughs)
(*Shows middle finger to Gabriel and smiles*) Well, our fans are enjoying the EP, we're happy about that, and we have other plans to release this year, and our next release isn't far away.
What are the next plans for the band?
Well, our next plans for the band are a new release, we won't reveal too much about it, but we think you'll like it.
Thank you for this talk with us here at POM RECORDS. What's a message you want to leave for anyone reading?
All I want to say is that Arthur is.... very flamboyant..
Look who's talking, broom hair! (laughs)
Okay, seriously, we want to say: we love you.
Thank you for all your support and thank you for inviting us to this podcast.
You can grab Alcateia's EP, SURVIVE by clicking the download button below. Thanks to Alcateia for the chat and POM Records for signing the band, hah!
Hello everyone! Over the past few months the band has been busy touring as well as going through some personal life changes. We just wanted to take this time to address a few points and let you all know what’s been going on with us.
Firstly, we want to thank everyone for the wonderful feedback we’ve received regarding our latest releases. We’re stoked with the positive reception from our 5th album, our first studio release in 10 years! We also re-released “The Show” for its 10 year anniversary as well as our newest song “iPledge”. Everyone had amazing things to say and we couldn’t thank you all enough! Which brings us to our next point. Earlier this year we announced a new 5 song EP, “This Is How the World Will End”. We teased it with a cover of Sum 41’s “Thanks for Nothing”, and while we were happy with that song and it’s reception, the rest of the EP didn’t give us the same vibe. As artists, we’re constantly pushing ourselves to be better and we’re always trying to outdo ourselves with every release. Unfortunately, we as a band felt that this EP was a step backwards, a step in the wrong direction. As a result, we’ve decided to cancel its release and instead release “Thanks for Nothing” as a single. We apologize to anyone that was looking forward to the EP, but we promise we’ll make up for it in the future (hint hint).
Another point we want to talk about is the departure of our lead guitarist and good friend Brian. Brian has been with the band since “The Show” and our friend for even longer. He’s also been a big contributor in the song writing process and we wish him the best in his future endeavors. (To clarify, there is no beef in this situation in the slightest. Just a personal decision that we 100% support.) Alright, we’ll spill. Since we’re no longer working on the EP, we’ve been taking some time to get into the creative zone. We’ve got some pretty cool ideas cooking, and we’re thinking about dropping a new album next year (2024). We’ve said too much already…
Stay tuned to discord and our socials so you don’t miss anything! That’s all for now. See y’all on the road!
-Alec, Micah, Dan (City X)
Earlier this month we sat down with some of the members of Special Ed to discuss everything post-release of their album Lobotomy. Here's what the band had to say.
Thank you to Special Ed for the interview! Be sure to download their album Lobotomy!
Today we're having a chat with Firat, the guitarist and Omar, the drummer, of the recently signed metal band Objctve. Metalheads around the world having been grabbing their album. Here's the fresh interview!
Randy: You guys signed to POM Records recently and got a lot of attention, in fact you are the most popular page on the site. How it is?
David: It's a feeling of relief and accomplishment. But we're only at the beginning, there's a lot ahead of us.
Arthur: For me it's a feeling of responsibility, because we have to deliver what people expect from Alcateia, and our idea is to make a sound inspired by Nu-Metal and Alternative Metal.
Randy: So Plain Front really pissed off their neighbors and you guys are going to Canada to do the show with them. This is amazing and kind of crazy. Seriously, "Fuck the neighbors" haha. Tell us about it!
Bruno: I think it will be a new and amazing experience that will make us improve our albums more and more.
Gabriel: I'm excited for this, I'm really going to enjoy playing with the Plain Front guys, City X, Special Ed and Faceless Culture. Thank you Plain Front for inviting us!
Randy: What's next for you guys? You guys have a lot to prove because there's a lot of good Brazilian metal out there, like The Divine Grace Beyond Gravity on The Corner. People are excited to hear your howls, I mean vocals!
Arthur: Well... the Demo with vocals will have 4 songs, Fuck The World and Mute from the EP and two new tracks with lyrics inspired by Death and Black Metal, Help Me and Black Priest, they said we're going to play Mute, Help Me and Black Preist at the Plain Front show, I'm really looking forward to it as it's going to be our first live show.
Randy: Alright, be sure to be at that show, cuz come on, it's @$#*ing FREE!
Randy: Damn, what an insane big budget video! Social Asylum is one of the biggest and best music videos we've seen from Faceless Culture! Tell us about the behind-the-scenes!
Faceless Culture: So with the success of Prisoner of Eternity and with how successful this new album is, all this money we've made we decided to put it back towards production. This is the best video we've made and not sure how my family is gonna eat this weekend but we'll worry about it later!
Randy: Architect of Destruction has been out for a little over 3 weeks now. What's the reception been like? How are fans responding? It feels like your best album and that's crazy because it's hard to top Prisoner of Eternity. What are your thoughts?
Faceless Culture: The reaction to Architect has been great. Definitely more than we expected. We didn't think we could top the Prisoner album but it's hard to not put out new music for the fans. We're gonna be like this forever it feels like. As long as the fans stick around, we'll still be here!
Randy: Faceless Culture is the biggest and most successful band with POM Records. You guys have a huge legacy with the label and well connected with many of the other label mates, like 1st Assault. What's it been like to be on the label since signing back in late 2012? Do you guys feel like you're at your best now? Maybe you guys can take on Metallica! Haha
Faceless Culture: We'll never be able to take on Metallica lol. I don't see any competition to be the best on the label but I definitely feel like we're one of the bests. It just feels great to be on the label for over 10 years and to be an inspiration to all the upcoming artists whether they're on the label or not, that's what means the most and keeps us going.
Randy: How's touring going? Any cool or fun stories so far? Also anymore videos for the album?
Faceless Culture: Touring has been good. I'd have a million stories to tell if I could remember them. I've got to cut down on the drinking maybe possibly. And we got some more vids coming for the album too. We plan on capturing a full performance and fully editing it and getting it on YouTube in the future. We got a European tour coming soon that we can't wait to announce the guests coming with us. Will be great.
Randy: We heard some fans are getting in trouble because they've been blasting the album so loud around the country. Whatcha have to say to all the fans grabbing the latest album?
Faceless Culture: If you're getting in trouble for blasting the new album, you may not be playing it loud enough. I don't know I'm not a doctor haha. We're grateful for the continued support from Untamed all the way to Architect of Destruction. We salute y'all for sticking around with us.
Randy: Alright, thank you guys for the interview. You guys are bring in a lot of cash to the label, thus my bank account has never been better! Keep it going!
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
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:
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