Here is a new interview with the Polish Thrash,Speed metal band Pandemic Outbreak who recently released their debut E.P Rise Of The Damned on cassette tape.Anyone into old-school Speed,thrash metal should defintly check this band out today.
Interview with Pandemic Outbreak done by Patrick
1.Hello please introduce yourselves to the readers? And at what age did you discover metal music?
We discovered metal when we were teenagres. We were like 13/14 years old.
2.Who were some of the first bands you all listened to?Who are some of your current favorite bands?
We started from most popular rock/punk bands like:AC/DC, Nirvana, Metallica Etc. At present we listen to every band, from black and death metal Obituary, Caracass, Toxic Holocaust, Death, Sadus, Dying Fetus to classics local bands from our city and neighborhood like Terrordome, Thermit or our good friends Hellvoid, Frenatron.
3.You all formed Pandemic Outbreak in 2015 when did you all get the idea to form the band?
Mencel: I came up with the idea in the middle of 2014 when my band „Mechanix” split up.
I met Szymon Wójcik in Słupsk (city near Gdańsk) and we decided to make a band. I found rehearsal room and thats how it began. Stared writing material and after couple of months Szymon Goralewski (bass guitar) and Kacper Lisiecki (rhytm guitar)
4.What is the current line-up for Pandemic Outbreak and for the readers who have never heard the band how would you best describe the music?
Our first line up is a typical thrash while the newest is a combination of death and thrash with black metal influences.
5.Pandemic Outbreak is getting ready to release their debut EP. "Rise Of The Damned" does the whole band take part in the writing the music or does one member usually write everything?
The first Ep was wholly written by Mencel once upon the time when band consisted of guitarist and drumer. Later on when our first rhythm guitarist left, we found Paweł, who is now our band's sex toy and also helps with writing riffs. Lyrics are still a monopoly of Mencel.
6.Where can the readers buy your debut EP and does the band have any other merchandise available at this time?If yes what is available amd where can the readers buy it?
Currently our merch is poor, we have only our CD's and cassettes that can be bought at the concert or ordered from us via facebook.
7.Has the band started writing new material for the next EP or will you all work on a full length release?
Yeah, the new EP is in progress but it is completely different than our first CD and we want to know how will our fans react to it.
8.Does Pandemic Outbreak play "live" very often or do you prefer to work in the studio?What have been some of the bands most memorable shows so far?
We play live concerts mostly in our City. One of the best concerts we remember was a gig in Gdańsk called DreadFest at the beginning of 2016. 7 bands, big stage and a lot of friends in the crowd.
9.Who are some bands that Pandemic Outbreak have shared the stage with?And are their any upcoming shows or tours that the readers should watch out for?
We played with a few more or less famous bands like Evil Invaders or Terrordome. But the best is still ahead. We were offered a concert with Nervosa and we are waiting for more details. We are also going to play with Lich king in may and that is confirmed. This summer we also gonna play at small gig near Szczecin called Mayhem Bonfire (Ognisko Masakra) organised by our friends From Frenatron.
10.In your opinion what does underground metal mean to you?
Underground to us is the passion to this kind of music. Small concerts where everybody knows each-other in a clubs that sometimes are total mess and there is no place for commercialism. Concerts played for a bunch of people who want to grab a beer and mosh.
11.I know that Poland has a pretty big death and black metal scene but what is the Polish thrash metal scene like?
It is not a good time for thrash. A few years ago there was a time that one of my friends called a “thrash metal supremacy”. Everybody was playing thrash, listening to thrash Etc. Gigs were played all the time and it was a blast. Hard mosh, fast riffs and nobody was giving a fuck about any injuries. Broken and bleeding nose was a sign of a good concert. Now it is gone. Itt on the top anymore. Some people still play it but it is not this same.
12.Who are your all-time favorite bands from Poland and are their any upcoming Polish bands you can recommend to the readers?
We recomend Frenatron, Hellvoid, Incinerator. They are our friends and they play really good.
13.Besides bands are their any honest and reliable labels or distro's you can recommend to the readers?
We cant recommend any becouse we dont know any label that release pure underground music. Bands often release CD's, Cassette etc by their own effort. We heared good things about Fukk and Putrid Cult.
14.Are any of the members of Pandemic Outbreak currently playing in any other bands at this time? If yes please tell us a little about them?
Yup. Our sex toy also playes at their grind project that will soon realese first Kraken.
15.When not working on new music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
We party hard drinking every thing that contains alcohole and smoking bambucho. All of us except bassist. He is busy with studying law. :((
16.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you all have any final comments for the readers?
Thanks man! We want to tell the readers that, (if they don't do that) they should support their local underground scene by attending to the gigs, buying CD's etc. It's a big help for the band and gives big satisfaction. We want to thank all people that helped us! Cheers!