Photo Credit: Ashley Osborn Photography
Ohio Rockers, The Plot In You, have been breaking new ground in the world of Metalcore ever since their first EP release in 2010. Having just announced an upcoming tour with We Came As Romans and preparing for a frenzy of high-energy sets that are bound to create memories for fans throughout the states, the unorthodox and unnerving group are kicking off the new year on an exciting note. On the brink of the release of their highly-anticipated fourth studio album, ‘DISPOSE’, I caught up with Vocalist, Landon Tewers, to chat about the hilarious story behind one of his latest tattoos, relationships while on the road, the upcoming release and more.
Congrats on the upcoming release of your fourth studio album, ‘DISPOSE’. Tell us about the creative and recording process this time around and the lessons you have learned throughout.
‘DISPOSE’ has been done for almost a year now which is crazy to think about. I learned a lot through the recording process this time around. It taught me to stop being douche about always wanting to do everything myself and the benefits of allowing some other ears and hands help out. At least for The Plot In You, I think that whatever we do in the future will be more of a group effort rather than me stretching myself incredibly thin.
Tell us about a day in the life on set of your recent music video for “Not Just Breathing”. Where did you guys film and who created the concept for the video?
Well we (as a band) shot the performance in one day. Our drummer, Mathis Arnell, directed it as he does with all of our music videos. He’s a prick, just bosses us around and makes us feel like silly performers and then we make fun of him and try to crush his ego…and then a music video is born.
As you guys just got off of tour, what do you guys do in your downtime to keep you focused and creatively inspired on the road?
It’s different after every tour. Usually I go home and record bands, reconnect with friends and family. I’m normally back into a normal groove within a week. We haven’t been touring as much the past two years and that’s allowed me to develop a solid home life. These days, I just do a lot of work from home and write when I feel inspired.
If applicable, how has your close friendships, relationships and overall family life changed ever since you’ve been touring often and seeing more of the world?
Truthfully, touring has ruined every relationship I’ve ever been in, which I’m thankful for because it wasn’t meant to be. My lifestyle is very unconventional and it takes a strong person to handle that. As for family and friends, I see them probably just as much as I would even if I didn’t tour. I’m a f**king hermit when I’m home, I hate being sucked out of my hole.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the tattoo artists that you worked with to bring them to life.
Oh man. So, I told my very religious Dad last year that if he got a tiny little cross tattoo anywhere on his body I’d never get a tattoo again. I also told him if he didn’t get a little cross tattoo, I’d get his face tattooed on me. Well, he didn’t get his tattoo. Therefore, I got a picture of him from his old Rock and Roll days looking like f**king Prince on my leg. It was his Christmas present this year. My friend, Rob Sebastian, who is also the Bassist for Dropout Kings was the artist that tattooed this piece at Eternal Tattoos in Clawson, Michigan.
If our readers can take a trip through your current mindset, what would they experience?
Peace, ambition, and love. Not even being sarcastic, life has been great and I’m at a very good place.
What is your perception on the current climate of Metalcore?
It’s soul crushingly boring and overdone. I haven’t heard much notable innovation in a long time. Perhaps I’m getting old and I just don’t get it anymore.
If you have received any doses of wisdom that have stuck with you throughout the years that you can share with our readers who desire to start up a band, what would you say?
It’s not easy but if you can hang the payoff could be worth it. Your friends and family will probably think you’re messing up your life and it’s not a risk worth taking. But, if music is your passion why would you do anything else but that? Don’t have a backup plan, just throw all the chips on the table and go for it wholeheartedly.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Eat healthy and drink a lot of water.
PS…Here’s a sneak peek into the band’s new album, ‘DISPOSE’.
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