Interview with Wes MacDonald (Malacoda)
Hey there Wes, thank you for joining us today. How are you?
Hey man, I'm great Aaron, thanks for asking! Hope you're doing well as well!
Tell us a bit about your new EP Crawling Chaos, what was writing and recording for this album like?
This EP is the first of 3 releases this year for Malacoda. We decided to split these 12 songs over a span of 3 EP's to better tell the entire story of who we are as a band and as songwriters. Lucas had a good portion of these songs complete before I was even in the band, we fine tuned everything together and I wrote a few to round out the 12 songs total. The recording process was actually pretty smooth for the most part. Lucas being the singer and keyboard player is also an audio engineer with his out studio so for us, recording is actually a pretty seamless process. All of the music was bounced between Lucas and I, and honestly we did a lot of work remotely as I can record from home and have the tracks sent over to him. We didn't have a full time drummer when we started so we had to use some friends and hired guns and of course they delivered big time, I couldn't be happier with how this EP turned out.
Given the current state of the world, did it poise any issues towards the completion of the album?
At first it totally did, until our mindset changed. We decided to embrace the ability to record remotely and independently of each other and made it work. Even during the mixing process it was a lot of back and forth and changes but overall it ended up being pretty easy.
Of course the current state of things isn't ideal, have you started to plan for what comes next once the world starts opening up again?
Playing live has always been the reason I play music. To put on a show, is the goal...always. We want to really expand on the idea of coming to see a concert and end up seeing a show! The plan is to tour, and expand on that idea but we'll have to see how things boil down.
Tell us a bit about yourself as a musician, who influences you?
Ah man, influences range from Tony Iommi to Dino from Fear Factory to Chuck from Death for me! I grew up listening to Death Metal and it was my first love. Hearing Zombie Ritual, Hammer Smashed Face and Slowly we Rot changed my world. At the same time, I adore power metal, and the melody that comes along with it. Bands like Kamelot, Sonata Arctica and Dragonland just to name a few.
I've been playing industrial death metal with my first project Psychotic Pulse for the last 10 years so joining Malacoda and switching gears has been a pretty awesome experience.
Who is your biggest bucketing band you've shared the stage with? Who would you love to share the stage with next?
Kamelot would be the big bucket list band for me, maybe Dragonland and Rhapsody too would be pretty damn sweet!
What are some of the main themes behind the new album? What story are you trying to convey?
The title track for the EP is Crawling Chaos, which is inspired by H.P Lovecraft and goes with the artwork for the EP. We wanted to convey a sense of beauty in darkness, with a hint of aggression.
Last but not least, is there any message you would like to share with your fans?
We have a bunch of things planned for the next few years and we are super excited to share it with everyone! :)
Thank you so much for your time, Wes!
The new Malacoda EP Crawling Chaos, is available everywhere April 2nd, 2021