Combichrist is ready to make its triumphant return to Buffalo.
After years of touring with the likes of titans like Rammstein, new records, including one this past March titled “We Love You,” and even video game soundtracks, the Norwegian Aggrotech/dance metal band from Atlanta is appearing Oct. 26 in the Waiting Room for an intimate show. Well, more like a party if frontman and creator Andy LaPlegua has his way.
LaPlegua took the time to chat by phone about touring triumphs and mishaps, what he’s looking forward to at the Buffalo show, and what he’s been up to for the past seven years.
Buffalo.com: I know some pretty big Combichrist fans are really excited about you guys playing in Buffalo. Is this the first time you’ve played in the Buffalo area?
LaPlegua: We’ve played in Buffalo before, but it’s been quite a long time. It’s been about six, maybe seven years. It may be even longer, but we’ve definitely played Buffalo before.
Buffalo.com: You have performed in arenas and in clubs. Would you say the show that you put on is more conducive to a smaller, more intimate club atmosphere like the Waiting Room?
LaPlegua: When you’re in a small venue, you really feed off the energy of being intimate with people. That comes through in the music and the band as well in a smaller venue, it gives it more of a party vibe. It’s a completely different feeling from playing a huge arena. In the small clubs, I really come alive and it’s a lot of fun. It’s what I live for.
Buffalo.com: You’ve been on tours promoting “We Love You” for a while now, and you’ve certainly covered a lot of ground. How has the experience of touring this album been as a whole?
LaPlegua: It’s been great. We’ve had a really good response, and the reception for the new songs has been great. It’s been a blessing for us to play a lot of new material on this tour and have as good a response as we have.
Buffalo.com: Speaking of the album, it’s definitely the most diverse record that you’ve ever released. Was this sense of exploration and diversity your intention, or did the record come together that way in the process?
LaPlegua: It did come together naturally, but I had to choose the material that I felt would give the album a natural transition from song to song. It felt natural to me. I’ve put so much effort into so many different projects before this, but instead of taking only influences from my other projects, I decided to just write tracks that I would have written for these other projects and made them Combichrist songs. I was told by a friend that this album represents everything I am as a musician, so that was very liberating to hear.
Buffalo.com: Being on the second “We Love You” tour, are there going to be any surprises or new offerings at these shows that you didn’t have on the first tour?
LaPlegua: Well, we’re playing a much longer set than the first tour, and we’re brushing the dust off of some songs that we haven’t played in a long time.
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave.