Sludge People Interview 14/4/21
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
Matt: We are called Shadow People. We’re a sludgecore emo trio. We cross genres from skramz to sludge.
We were raised on Louisiana bands from the 90’s(Acid Bath, Crowbar, EyeHateGod) so that’s kinda a given background.
The second main influence came later which would be screamo, punk and metalcore(VOID, Spazz, Botch, The Chariot, Saetia)
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
Matt: lyrically, definitely from experiences. I try to mend any experience I have in my life and sometimes I’ll mesh it with another story in history or I’ll say fuck it and just come and say what I’m feeling.
Musically, I’ll try to put something out that’s different from the last release. Sometimes it’s a matter of just getting in your practice room and whatever comes out, comes out. I try to convey any emotion through a sound.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
Matt: Lol its always the newest song we write because we get bored easy? Anytime there’s a new feel, we indulge in that as much as possible. Then we write another one and that feeling for that song is gone. It fuckin sucks lol.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2021
Matt: We definitely plan on touring! We have a list of bands we plan on doing that with for sure! We just recently bought a Chevy express to do so. Pretty stoked about that!
MM: What can we expect from you guys live
Matt: Crowd encounter! We fuck with the crowd as much as possible. I personally will jump in a pit while playing because the feeling of getting pushed around hypes me up. It hypes up the kids too. It’s all been done before. David Yow, Iggy POP...You name it.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
Matt: I like the element of surprise. Is there gonna be people there? Is there not? Are we going to play to three people? What can I do on stage to make these three people remember us in a good way besides playing the best we can?
The worst is the money and not knowing if you’re going to make 20 bucks to split between three people at the end of the night and not eat.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
Monte Luna from Texas
Having Kittens from Chicago
Roan Mountain Choir from North Carolina
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
White Stripes and Whirlwind Heat in 2004. I was 14. My friends mom got me high and drunk for the very first time. Good times I guess lol.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
Matt: buying this fuckin van! We hussled merch. Our fans helped us with that. I ate bologna sandwiches for months and saved money because of the high demand of people wanting to see us play out of state.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
Condensed Flesh - VOID
Mellon Collie - Smashing Pumpkins
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
Matt: I played live at 14 at some party in a church and we were the only kids getting drunk. We played weezer covers and stuff like that. And as excited as I was to play that music, no one watching us was. They didn’t grow up on that type of music so that was kind of a taste of how my music life would be in the future. People not exactly liking the stuff you play because it’s not topping the fuckin charts.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
Smashing Pumpkins, Korn lol
MM: Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
Matt: I wouldn’t say a person. I would say a band. And that band is Black Sabbath. You can argue it was LedZeppelin all you want but their stuff wasn’t as dark and heavy as Black Sabbath. It was more on the pretty side.
MM : What's the most important thing to the band right now?
Matt: Consistency. Going forward. No breaks. Write/Record/Release/Play on repeat or while doing one or all of those things at the same time.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
Matt: Man I’m not too big into covers but if I had to, it’s be Toni Braxton “I get so hot”. I could do that beginning with a cool slide if I wanted and distort it.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
Matt: it’s something different. How many times do you want to listen to the same ol shit? The same ol chords, screams, rhyme schemes, progressions, count? How many times do you wanna hear all that bullshit?
Now we do have structure in a lot of that but we’re always trying to break away from that as much as possible. Fuck being orthodox and fuck being the same.
And if you’re down for that, maybe our record is for you.
MM: Four words to describe your Band
We care about you <3
MM: Final Words for your fans and our readers
Matt: We love you. We’re so happy to have your support and love. We talk to the people that listen to us. If people listen to you, THE LEAST we could do is listen back on what they go through and how they survive day to day.
The record comes out March 19th if you wanna buy it and if you’re as poor as we are and can’t afford shit, message us and we’ll give you free shit.