The Plot in You gears up for a new album and tourWritten by Mike Bauman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s only been about three years since The Plot In You formed, yet the Findlay-bred metal quintet continues to turn heads.
On its new album, vocalist Landon Tewers tackles subjects ranging from abuse, death, murder, betrayal, religion, rage, confusion and abandonment. The album, “Could You Watch Your Children Burn,” features a burning Bible as the cover art. It’s safe to say The Plot In You will continue to turn the heads of both detractors and fans alike in 2013.
“As soon as [our first full-length] ‘First Born’ was finished, Landon had started writing songs for the new album, just demoing stuff out, and all of us kind of came to the realization that we wanted to do something different than everybody else,” said The Plot In You guitarist and Swanton High School graduate Josh Childress. “Just different and try to just avoid, like, simple breakdowns and chugging riffs and do something new.”
Fleshed out by Tewers, Childress, bassist Ethan Yoder, guitarist Derrick Sechrist and drummer Cole Worden, The Plot In You is on the road with Whitechapel, Emmure, Unearth and Obey The Brave as part of the “Brothers of Brutality” tour in support of “Could You Watch Your Children Burn,” released Jan. 15.
“We toured with [Whitechapel] back in the spring, and they’re just all really good people and they’re definitely a pretty hyped band right now, along with Emmure,” Childress said. “The tour’s going to do really well, and us releasing our new album on the tour will definitely be a good time to put it out and everything.”
Just as he did with “First Born,” Tewers produced “Could You Watch Your Children Burn.”
Taking a different direction than “First Born,” a concept album, Childress said the band wanted to make every song about something different on the new record. The result in “Could You Watch Your Children Burn” is an album that’s raw emotion, brutal, chilling and powerful.
On opening track and lead single “Premeditated,” Tewers tells a story of somebody sexually abusing a girl, one in which he fantasizes about slaughtering the perpetrator who committed the heinous act. The second track, “Fiction Religion,” features a creepy choir sample and deals with a struggle of faith. It’s also the source of the album’s title.
Childress said Tewers is an honest leader.
“Whatever is on his mind, he speaks it and doesn’t hold back,” Childress said of Tewers, who recently declared that the song “Digging Your Grave” is about Of Mice & Men vocalist Austin Carlile, who Tewers has had public disagreements with. The track simulates the sound of someone urinating on a grave as the song fades out. “If he’s questioning something, he’s going to let everybody know that.”
The Plot In You started out as a side project in 2010 when Tewers was still in Before Their Eyes. Tewers eventually split with his former bandmates to make The Plot In You a full-time pursuit, and it didn’t take long for his new group to gain attention. The band signed to Rise Records that same year.
After making noise with its “Wife Beater” EP, The Plot In You gained steam with the release of “First Born” in 2011. By its second tour, Childress said he noticed how rapidly the band’s name and music had grown.
“Our second tour ever was the first time we were out in California, and we played Sacramento,” Childress said. “When we walked out on stage and started playing, the crowd just was super into it and knew all the words and [was] singing along to everything. I think that moment for all of us we realized that we were actually doing something that people cared about.
“Being from Ohio and playing all the way out in California for the first time and having a great show was just, like, awesome for us, and we all realized we wanted to keep doing it,” Childress said.
One of the latest in a recent line of successful metal bands hailing from Ohio, The Plot In You’s quick rise has taken the 21-year-old Childress on an unexpected journey, a path that he’s excited to keep traveling in the new year with a new album.
“When I first started I was just going to shows in high school and stuff, enjoying myself, and [I] just kind of fell into it,” Childress said. “It’s all pretty surreal, but it’s awesome. I can’t complain about it at all.”
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