XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Peter: We’re excited to release our debut EP ‘Incarnate’ on October 25th, and we’re already knee-deep into more music and content for everyone. We can hardly contain the ideas flying around our think-tank.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Peter: The World Without Us has been making music since 2016, but our first live performance as a band was in May 2018.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Peter: I know it sounds cliche, but we just wanted to make music we thought sounded cool. That’s how it started. I’ve only been in the band since April 2018, but it was clear from the jump that it was our aim to push ourselves to be better musicians and to translate our wild ideas into a group-brain of sound in order and keep those listening on their toes at every show.
XS ROCK:What is your music background?
Peter: I grew up watching my dad create his own Swahili choral music, (some songs of which I still get to sing with him from time to time) If I had to bet money, that is probably where the spark came from. Then comes H.S. Chorus, orchestra, band, and a couple of side ensembles. Spent many a year marching many a Tuba. No official teachers when it came to the bass guitar, but I would soak up all the tips and tricks any musicians had to offer in person. The goal always was to find an approach to bass that would be subtle, but surprising to the ear. Who knew everything I’ve learned would work best in a prog metal band?
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Peter: Hopefully listeners will begin to hear a story being painted throughout the EP. I can’t say too much about it, but it definitely has a lot to do with Space.
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Peter: In the near future we’d like to release another EP or LP depending on how ambitious we’re feeling. We’ve talked about the logistics of touring and extending our reach, but we’re taking it one step at a time.
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Peter: “Being Philly-famous” is what the realist in me would say. “Playing a set live from the International Space Station” is what I usually start to daydream when I’m asked this question.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Peter: Playing for a live audience has always been the best part of what The World Without Us means to me. We get the chance to communicate a myriad of emotions to friends, family, and total strangers. I want everyone to feel like their ears are at the circus!!!
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Peter: Space, War, Humanity…did I mention Space?
XS ROCK:Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Peter: We haven’t been on tour yet, but we have waged war on each other while driving. Volleys of tater tots have been thrown into each other’s car while in transit. We’re 10 year-olds.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Peter: Luckily, we haven’t had any weird requests from any of our fans. But if they’re reading this interview, one of those miscreants is cooking up something to be the first.
XS ROCK:Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Peter: My parents have always been supportive of anything I do musically, and I am more than grateful for it. They’ve worked feverishly to give my sisters and me a comfy life growing up. They have always been there for me and never asked for anything in return.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Peter: “Things To Tell The Press” and a newer one not on our EP called “The Peril”
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Peter: The Mars Volta. Their live performances, let alone their music itself, take you on a rollercoaster every time. The lyrics and composition send me straight to the grave.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Peter: I’m not sure what order, The Mars Volta, The Contortionist, Jesus Piece, and Between the Buried and Me
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Peter: Honestly, being a part of the ‘Incarnate’ EP release is an insanely big deal to me. A lot of planning and a ton of DIY projects brought Us to where we are now, and above all, we as friends have grown with each other. Just creating this kind of bond and pouring it into our sound, has been our super-corny special ingredient to our sound. It drives the ever-evolving approach to what we’re trying to make you feel.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Peter: People tell me I have a nice radio voice, so I think I’d end up being an alpaca farmer.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Peter: I’m currently using an Ibanez SR 5-string. I’ve got an Ampeg B4R head and Ampeg cab. A compressor pedal is all I need right now, but we’ve got new ideas that will require some deadly distortion. The setup is evolving slowly, but surely.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Pretty broad question, but I can say this: If we can’t find a way to do this ‘organically’ and retain the heart and indescribable feeling that makes you move without knowing why, what are we as Peter: musicians really up to out here?
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Peter: My parents and three older sisters were all born in Uganda. I am the first person in my family to be born in America. I also have two younger sisters that were born here as well.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Peter: The World Without Us lands somewhere along the lines of Between the Buried and Me, and The Contortionist. If you add a bit of gristle and some visceral grooves, then you have what we’re going for.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Peter: We would like to thank everyone we’ve been gigging with, all the dope venues we’ve come across so far, and all the friends and family that have made this possible. We have so much love to give back, and we can’t wait for you to hear the fruits of our labor on October 25th!!!
XS ROCK:Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!
Peter: Been a pleasure!
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