-Interview- Philadelphia Incident (9/4/23)

Philadelphia Incident talks about the concept behind their music, the Finland music scene and much more.



From: Finland
Sounds like: Metal

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name "Philadelphia Incident" and is there any meaning behind it?

SK: Well, I think TK had been thinking about the concept of this project for quite some time and in early 2022 he raised the issue on the table. The case led to another and very soon we had our first single out. I think our sound developed very naturally...one big melting pot of our influences. Although main ingredient must have been some kind of brutality.

TK: The name comes from the 2006 standup show in Philadelphia where Bill Burr single-handedly destroyed the hostile audience of thousands Philly locals. I love that rant and the description of it as The Philadelphia Incident stuck in my mind. I knew I wanted to snatch that and use it as a name for a project but was looking for the perfect time to do so. Later on, in 2022 I got to talking about Bill Burr in general with SK and while at it, sold the idea of a band project with the name to him. Next thing I knew was we had the song The Queueist out. At first our approach was much more tongue in cheek yet still brutal but eventually the content of our music became more and more serious. We are fun loving guys and do enjoy comedy in life and we do stupid shit on TikTok for example but our main focus is on brutally honest world view in lyrics and to provide the music to match.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

TK: That humanity is deeply flawed, we can fix things if we rise to the occasion, world is in chaos and there is no one to save us but each other. Musically, I want people to get some twisted energy to get on with their lives. I know how it is when you are depressed, anxious, tired and hopeless. I want to extend my helping hand in that one way I can.

SK: Personally I don’t want to preach any views or dogmas, not mine or anybody else’s. But it would be great if we could encourage people to be themselves, find their own ways, trust themselves and their abilities and so on. Musically I’d like to take people on a roller coaster ride. Fast and slow, ups and downs, twists and turns...give them an adventure.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

TK: We are like Gwar, Vader, Slayer and Impaled Nazarene had a kid that watched a ton of conspiracy related content on YouTube and loved Bill Burr’s standup.

SK: Well, what can I say...It’s extreme metal with diversity. Definitely it’s very dark and ominous.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

TK: I would love to tour with Gwar, just to get to see them live. I don’t really know who would be a good match with us, but if someone like At The Gates or Behemoth called, we would answer.

SK: There’s so many great bands / artists, that I can’t choose any specific three. Those who have the fire inside.

5. How has Covid affected what you do?

TK: Probably helped me make the decision to get this band/duo up and running. I had so many things change during that time and I simply had to drop out of full band activities that this type of working style suited me way better. And of course the bad vibes all around gave food for thought and then the Ukraine war started so here we are.

SK: As tragic as it is...it was almost a blessing in disguise for us, because it made us more focused in what we do, how we do it and why we do it. Something good came out from fucked up situation.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Metal?

TK: I am so far out of this scene, I don’t fucking know. Probably awesome to certain type of people, this metal/deathcore scene is blooming. More traditional stuff seems to be doing ok at some level but small bands like us are a fly shit on a galactic map so we need a lot of good luck in finding our audience. Metal isn’t going anywhere tho. Metal is forever.

SK: I think metal is doing just fine, in general.

7. What's the current music scene like there in Finland?

TK: Not entirely up to date with it all but Finnish metal scene has been full of astonishing bands since its early days. Hopefully many will keep going even if its hard. Lots of talent, lots of ambition.

SK: The current music scene in Finland is great in my opinion. Lots of great music is being made in lots of different styles.

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

TK: Could be better. Its close to ripoff and the fact that they are picking up their prices while the payouts remain the same or are even less seems to me like the same shit traditional record labels did before. If you are an artist you a re always the one who is fucked.

SK: To be honest...I think royalties like that are one big joke. Of course the whole music business has changed totally during last decade, and the new rules are yet to be written. But still..

9. What's next for Philadelphia Incident?

TK: New single Nightmother Despair planned for release in October. Mostly work, work, work on our stuff to find our audience and progress on our path. Live shows would be great but those will come later.

SK: New single Nightmother Despair is coming out in October 13th. So that’s the next thing to happen, and of course, as allways, we’re working on new songs and shit like that. Just another day in the office, you know.

10. Any shoutouts?

TK: Thanks to everyone who has supported us thus far! Find us online and follow, drop a like, subscribe and comment everywhere possible.

SK: Thank you to all who have supported us, spread the word and our music. Find us online and follow, like and subscribe. Roast the toast!