Final Curse's Mike says Thrash Couldn't Be Sexier


Final Curse formed a while back but have since released material, played shows, and even toured, with line-up changes occurring in between nothing has stopped them thus far! They plan on releasing new music, playing more shows and tours as they come up and so much more that these thrashers will not be forgotten! Guitarist/vocalist Mike Plowman discusses music, playing, and so forth!


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Mike: We formed in 2006 with Madison (guitars/backing vocals) and myself (Mike-vocals/guitars) in a friends bedroom writing songs! We put together a 4 song demo called "Cursing the Deceivers". After a few lineup changes and shows, we released our first full length called"Constructing the Destructive" which caught the attention of Dark Harvest Records. We signed with them and in 2012 we put out "Way of the Accursed" which was mixed by Mike Spreitzer of DevilDriver and mastered by Jeff Waters of Annihilator. There have been many mini tours, and shows during all these album cycles. Highlights include opening for Exodus and Warbringer/Mushroomhead, and winning the The Rock Solid Pressure award.

Current members are;

Mike Plowman(guitar/vocals)
Madison Stegall(guitar/backing vocals)
Ron Dalton Jr(bass)
Mitch Moore(drums)

By far the sexiest lineup!

2. Why did you pick the name that you did for your band?

Mike: True Story. On June 6, 2006 Madison and I were driving to pick up Eternal Pyre from Slayer, the single they released that day. While driving and listening to Reign In Blood and tossing around band names, the song Postmortem came on. The end where Tom yells "AWAIT THE FINAL CALLLLLLLL" I thought he said Final Curse, so I stole it, but then realized I just didn't know the lyrics. But my ignorance gave me a band name!!!!

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Mike: We are based out of Charlotte, NC USA! Our local scene is quite diverse and dwindling. There isn't a huge market for metal, and it's getting worse. Economical impact, as well as general lack of interest in live music and paying for music is hurting the scene. But there are some locals worth hearing about. A Vision Grotesque (featuring Ron Dalton Jr. on guitar), Rites to Sedition (featuring Mitch Moore on drums), and Ron and I also play in a Tribute to the Big 4 in all four bands. We are pimps.

4. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?

Mike: We are mostly a "thrash metal" band but we incorporate traces of death metal, and other modern metal elements. We just try to make songs we like and stand out a bit from the crowd and what everyone else is doing (deathcore and other noisy things). We are influenced by many different artists. Only Ron and I are sitting here currently so here is our top of the head top 10 favorites; Ron- Annihilator, Cannibal Corpse, Exodus, Slayer, Megadeth /Mike-Metallica, Pantera, Testament, King Diamond, Steel Panther. But we listen to outlaw country, blues, black metal and I even own Alanis Morrissette records! Metal as fuck!

5. What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?

Mike: Our releases were listed in the first question but we are about to release a new digital EP. It's working title is "Sheryl Crow Camel Toe". It has three new THRASH tastic tracks that will melt nuts and scorch breasts. Look for the free download soon! It's free!

6. Do you play live as well? What do you have planned in terms of shows and touring, if any?

Mike: We used to play live quite often but due to the slowing down of the scene and anger at losing all our money we have scaled back shows. We try to play higher profile gigs like festivals or open for nationals. There's no point traveling around playing empty dive bars. In today's market you have to build an audience to tour, not the other way around. The system has done a complete 180 and bands must adapt, unless you're super rich or one of the lucky ones with great support behind them. So we love to tour, but really seek the most beneficial opportunities. Basically, we're going to Europe asap. That's our plan.

7. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

Mike: They should know that we write monster thrash songs that stick in your head as well as make you bang it. We have groove, speed, and melody and mostly clean vocals. Lot of solos, and did I mention sexiness? Lots of sexiness. We destroy the audiences when we grace the stage, and incite many a mosh pit riot. We just play songs that we think the metal world is missing. Songs with statements,meanings, and depth. And sexiness.


8. What plans do you have for the near future as a band?

Mike: Write lots of awesome thrash jams, play some killer shows and get to Europe. We also plan on releasing more digital EPs quite quickly. We are writing constantly. And it'd be nice to get rich and famous. So we are also starting a hair metal band called LoveThrust to get woman and cash.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Mike: www.reverbnation.com/finalcurse  to listen free.  Buy our stuff at CDBaby.com and iTunes.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Mike: We like them to remember the RIFFS! The power of the riff compels us! And remember our name so they can buy our album THAT's FINAL CURSE kids! Thanks so much for the time and interview!

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