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Going Indie: Winds of Plague frontman enjoys freedom of creativity

Winds of Plague came to a halt after 10 years of constant touring and four albums.

The hiatus sat well with most of the members of the band, except frontman Johnny Plague.

“We started this band back in about 2002-2003, just a bunch of friends in high school, and we did that for about 10 years or so,” Plague said. “We spent a lot of those 10 years on the road nonstop, so we decided that we wanted to take a break and work on grounding ourselves at home. I think everyone was pretty content, for the most part, kind of walking away from the band. I got a little restless, and I started missing it and needed to get out, start playing shows and making music again, but nobody else really felt that way in the band, so I actually started from scratch.”

Plague started booking shows and started recruiting band members. Soon he had a new lineup with the exception of returning drummer Art Cruz. It was not long before the band began writing for a new album, which took about two years to write and record. The band also changed record labels, from Century Media to E1. Winds of Plague released “Blood of My Enemy” in October.

“Those four records with Century Media, we recorded with kind of high-profile producers and really nice studios in Hollywood and in (Los Angeles) and this one, we decided to kind of take a step back,” Plague said. “We actually hired Noah (Sebastian) and Joakim (Karlsson) – they’re from the band Bad Omens. We met through our management. They’re very brilliant musicians. They kind of helped co-write and produce this new record, and we recorded this whole thing in Noah’s bedroom. So it was kind of cool going from these over-the-top studios back to the roots level.”

The scaled-back creative process resulted in the “best-sounding” record Winds of Plague has made, Plague says.

“I’m sitting in this younger guy’s room with a box of pizza, going, what am I doing with my life?” Plague said. “But no, it ended up being a really cool environment. We got to take our time. That’s another thing, the benefit of not being in a studio, you know you pay for studio time, with this we weren’t, so we could work on it whenever. The creative state comes when it comes, so I think that was a really nice situation at the end when you can work when you feel like working. … We really took our time with this record, and that’s something that I have not been able to say about previous records, where we had to hurry up and do it because of studio of time, because you’re in between tours – we didn’t have any of those factors.”