Italian goth rockers PLUGS OF APOCALYPSE aka POA released their new EP, entitled “Sad Songs For Sad Dreamers” on June 18th.
Metal Shock Finland‘s Tarja Virmakari had a pleasure to talk with the band about their new EP + else. Read the interview below.
- Hi Guys, and welcome to Metal Shock Finland. Let’s start by introducing your band and its members…
Hi! We are POA – Plugs of Apocalypse, a rock/metal band from Rome. Our singer is Giorgio Della Posta, then we have Alessandro Sajeva & Alessandro Cirlinci on the guitars. Iacopo Fichera plays bass, and our drummer is Davide Itri.
- Your “Sad Songs For Sad Dreamers” EP was released on June 18th. Please tell us about the EP concept and how the songs and topics came together?
The concept of our new EP “Sad Songs For Sad Dreamers” is probably its most important feature for us.
Everything revolves around the idea of dreaming. We are dreamers, we always have been, so in a certain way we can say that this path is completely autobiographical. We have been heavily affected by the covid-19 pandemic, and we wanted to invite our fans to keep dreaming in order to move on after this terrible period.
We put all our effort into conveying these feelings, and we really hope our listeners will get that.
- How would you describe your musical sound?
We tried to get a dreamy feel with intense, ethereal atmospheres – without losing our heavy influence.
The sound of this EP is warm like a nostalgic sunset and deep like the coldest of the nights. Our guitars, bass and drums have a rock approach, and our synths, pianos and vocals remind us the coldest gothic stuff. This weird mix of genres is made of sad melodies and heavy breakdowns, and we think it totally works. Hope you like it!
- Just recently you released your stunning video for the single “All The Things We Didn’t Say”, feat. Sara Mun. What are the things we didn’t say?
“All The Things We Didn’t Say” is the first single we released and the first song on the EP.
Imagine the moment when a crisis begins. Your dream starts to feel unattainable, everything you built starts to fall apart, coming to an inevitable end. We tried to express this feeling through the metaphor of a relation between two lovers that’s coming to an end, and there’s no way to fix it. “All the things we didn’t say” are the silence between us, a real distance growing, the first sign of the end of us.
- The EP coverart is very interesting, what can you tell us about it?
The artwork is drawn by Francesco Persichella (Piskv), a incredibly talented italian artist who managed to perfectly express the concept behind Sad Songs for Sad Dreamers.
The image of a vulnerable and lighthearted kid saved from a deep black hole by two smily ballons suggests the idea of us being saved from our depression, from our demons, by our dreams and hopes. The little girl on the artwork doesn’t know her future, she just trusts her dreams.
- As we don’t yet know when the proper shows and tours will be happening again, how will you support the album in the meantime?
The only way right now is spreading the word online. Reviews, videos, playthroughs, reactions etc. are some very welcome gifts for us. You can also buy the EP on iTunes.
We really can’t wait to hit the road again after this tragic moment, and start touring as we used to do before.
- And what about your future plans?
We’ll absolutely keep writing new songs and promoting them! We’ll do our best to not disappear and keep making our fans dream with our music.
- Now the word is yours, what is your message to our readers and your fans?
Don’t let life knock you down, keep dreaming and don’t ever lose faith. Don’t give up, but rise up and live your dreams.
Also, we invite fans and readers to go listen to “Sad Songs For Sad Dreamers”. Thank you very much, cheers!
Thank-you guys for this nice chat, and keep on rocking & dreaming!
“Sad Songs For Sad Dreamers” tracklist:
All the things we didn’t say
A little fragile moment
The last night we spent together
“Sad Songs For Sad Dreamers” is written and produced by Riccardo Studer (Time Collapse Recording Studio) and Plugs of Apocalypse. This EP increases the rock/darkwave influences of POA previous works creating a perfect balance between a softer and a heavier sound. A concept EP whose tracks involve nostalgic atmospheres and dark melodies – with the right amount of distorted guitars. A trip through dreamy emotions and melancholic melodies. Four sad and nostalgic tracks that reach every type of audience, from melodic metal fans to dream rock lovers. ARTWORK BY PISKV (Francesco Persichella).
PLUGS OF APOCALYPSE Line-up:
VOCALS/SYNTH – Giorgio Della Posta
GUITAR – Alessandro Sajeva
GUITAR – Alessandro Cirlinci
BASS – Iacopo Fichera
DRUMS – Davide Itri
All the things we didn’t say (feat. Sara Mun)
PLUGS OF APOCALYPSE, aka POA – Plugs of Apocalypse is an Alternative Metal band formed in Rome (IT) in 2008. The band is composed of four members that started their career with two Deathcore releases: “Necropolis” (2011) and “Ashes” (2012). Thanks to these full-length albums, POA started playing on the best stages across Italy, along with well-known bands such as Protest The Hero, iwrestledabearonce, Texas in July, Vitja, Ade, etc.
After the last EP release, the group decided to make some important changes, starting from the deathcore influences’ reduction in favor of more melodic ones , which can be found in their video “Tears” (promoted by Rocksound and Blubbermouth in March 2016), which can be considered as a manifesto of the new path started by POA.
In April 2017 the band increased its fanbase in Italy and all over the Europe thanks to the publication of the new album “Deeper Than Hell”, the final result of this artistic change. After their first European Tour, POA released the single “Disappear” in May 2018 on every digital store reaching more than 600K streams/views.
1 year later they announced and released their album “Stay” reaching more than 1MLN of stream/views.
This established the end of their “self-production” path.
In 2020/2021 POA wrote and recorded their latest EP “Sad Songs for Sad Dreamers”, which was released on June 18th, 2021 via Volcano Records.