July 1st, 𝐂𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐭𝐡𝐮𝐥𝐡𝐮 will share Quantic stage once more, this time with Mauna Sol and Sear Bliss – more about the gig, here. We had a short talk with them and we invite you to let all fear aside and join us in Quantic.
Hi! Thanks for your time, please tell us what have you been up to lately!
Hello and thanks for reaching out! We’ve been gearing up for the release of a new single, the final chapter for our upcoming album, which is actually more of an EP length-wise. But at the same time, we started working on new songs and a layout for our next album. We’re planning to hit the studio again this autumn for a release that will be out in 2023. As they say, no rest for the wicked.
Is there a moment with a song or an album, from your past, that really changed what you thought about music or made you want to become a musician yourself?
Well, all of us have been playing in various bands for several years now, so we got the urge to pick up an instrument while listening to some iconic bands we grew up with. Way too many to mention, to be honest. Picking just one wouldn’t do justice to the bigger picture since we’re enjoying so many genres. Not sure we’re musicians though. We’re just a bunch of guys playing loud, lol.
How does a Church of Cthulhu song come into existence? Does one of you guys write down a riff or do you jam it out? How do you start from nothing?
Both. Sometimes it’s a riff brought to the rehearsal room by one of us, sometimes we come up with a song while jamming.
Lately, you had several live appearances in Bucharest, sharing the stage with King Solomon twice this year. How were they perceived by the public in your opinion?
We got a bunch of good feedback, so we’re definitely headed in the right direction. Sharing the stage with King Solomon was a blast since they’re our friends and their guitarist produced our upcoming release.
Do you have any surprises prepared for the audience, on July 1st, on the Quantic stage?
We’ll have a slightly different setlist this time around, but the biggest highlight is our latest single, which will be released one day before the gig. We’re also playing a song that will be part of our next album. But we’re also bringing new merch with us, including a unique, limited-edition item that we can’t reveal at this point.
We know a new album is on the way, can you give more details about it to our readers?
As I said before, the upcoming album is more of an EP because it’s significantly shorter than the average album. It includes four tracks and will debut in digital format, but it will also get a cassette tape release later in 2022. Artwork will be provided by Raduta Calin, who also made a couple of visuals for King of Nothing and Killing Faith.
What sort of things do you like to do in your downtime? Do you have any side projects going?
Most of us are playing with other bands and that takes up most of our free time. Ovidiu has been playing with Tragic long before he joined Church of Cthulhu, while Mishu is drumming for RoadKill Soda. And both bands are currently working on new releases. Ciprian has a side americana/dark country project called Unexpected Error which will also publish new material by the end of 2022.
Will you share with us some under-the-radar music projects you recently discovered?
How much time do you have, because we have a really long list? But okay, let’s keep it short. We strongly recommend Bog Wizard, a really nasty sludge/doom band from Michigan. E.E.O.G is another stoner doom band worth checking out, even though they haven’t done anything since their 2020 release. There’s Frayle if you’re into haunting, female-fronted metal and Hepa.titus for experimental nonsense.
If you’d truly be a religion, what would you first and foremost preach about?
Be yourself and do what you like, no matter what everyone says. Embrace the weirdo in you.
Again, many thanks for chatting with us, if there’s anything else you wish to add, the mic is yours.
Thank you for The opportunity. Stay tuned for our new single coming out on June 30th, it’s gonna be spicy.