Polish Metal Passion Runs Deep: Exclusive Interview with It Follows
With the release of their recent video/single “Lynch” and their debut EP “The Devil Put People Here” on the horizon, Poland’s It Follows is ready to show the rest of the world that the testicular fortitude involved in hardcore metal music is not limited to location.
We caught up with It Follows lead singer KLAMA and asked him a few questions as far as politics, suicide, and where it Follows comes from:
MHW: Thanks for taking time to speak with Metalhead World. For those new to IT FOLLOWS, tell us a little about yourself and the band.
KLAMA: Hello everyone! Thanks for the opportunity to speak for Metalhead World! I am Klama, the lead singer and guitarist at ITF. I come from the northern part of Poland - Malbork and I currently live near Poznań, in Puszczykowo with a woman of my life and two cats.
IT FOLLOWS formed about 2 years ago, but personal changes prevented a proper launch. It was not until September that we started regular rehearsals and recorded the first album.
MHW: What are It Follows core musical influences?
KLAMA: Musical influences for It Follows? Any kind of aggression, anger, disappointment caught in the sounds, the example of the first two Slipknot albums, a real hell.
MHW: Are you the primary songwriter? What are your personal influences that go into your writing?
KLAMA: Yes, I'm the main author of the lyrics. As I mentioned above, aggression, anger and disappointment are the best honest friends to write.
MHW: In the track "Lynch", you discuss the topic of politics. Do you think politics in general have been taken too far?
KLAMA: Politics have gone too far a long time ago, but never in the world dominated by the Internet has been as exposed.
MHW: What is your idea of a true revolution?
KLAMA: A real revolution is the moment in which we completely destroy the old order, it matures in our heads cleverly tempted by our frustrations.
MHW: With the single out, is this a sign of things to come for It Follows in 2019? What are your plans?
KLAMA: In January, we will release our album entitled "The Devil Put People Here" containing 8 tracks, which we will present on the largest number of concerts we can play.
MHW: In the track "Noose", you dedicate the track to artists who committed suicide. Is suicide prevention a cause that you feel dedicated to and are an advocate of?
KLAMA: Yes, the death of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornel shocked me enough that within 10 minutes I wrote this song, I was angry at these comments on the Internet about this tragedy ... disrespect, mockery. It's cruel thing. If someone would call me an advocate of suicide prevention, I don't mind.
I know it may seem trivial, but we can not shut ourselves up in isolation. Our human nature pushes us to decadence, especially in the darkest moments. We must have the support of loved ones. I've almost done it myself, it's a dangerous romance with which not everyone comes out in one piece.
MHW: You are booked to headline a festival in Poland and can book 3 other bands of your choice, past or present. Who would these bands be?
KLAMA: God damn it, that's a great question dude. It's so hard, but I know for sure…
MHW: Thanks again for speaking with us! We wish you and It Follows the best going forward!
KLAMA: Thanks, it's been a pleasure for me to say something from myself to you guys!