Combichrist return to Australia for the first time in almost a decade in October, with a new album in tow, and frontman and founding member Andy LaPlegua says the band are champing at the bit to once again reconnect with their fans.
“Im excited man,” he enthused. “We haven’t been there for almost ten years so it’s about time to come back! We’ve got a lot of new material since the last time we were there so we’re gonna be playing all kinds of stuff. we like to please people so you’ve gotta play the old stuff (laughs) we’ve got a new album out so we’re definitely gonna be playing some of that too.”Combichrist are known for their intense live shows, with LaPlegua only too happy to elaborate.”It’s mayhem man,” he laughed. I know I probably say this all the time but I don’t talk to you all the time so I can say it I guess (laughs) I hate to play a show where people show up and it’s just seeing a band play. I like to be more than that. I want it to be something that I do together with everyone that shows up. its not just a band and the people who watch. I don’t want people to leave with the feeling that they just saw another show, I kind of want them to feel like they’ve just left a party. they left the place where they were hanging out with their friends all night – even though they may not know anyone going in – and that’s the beautiful thing about music is you get that connection through music. when you go to a show you don’t need to know anyone to have a good time. That’s what we’re bringing, a good time and a great party!
In the full interview, Andy discusses tapping into his creative psyche, how Combichrist have changed musically throughout their career, their latest album, fans expectations of a band ‘going back to their roots’, the reasons behind himself being the only constant studio member with a revolving line-up of touring musicians and more.