Potion is delivering crushing, fuzz-drenched, psychedelic doom with a hardcore attitude. The band is quickly becoming one of the names to watch for the future. Their Women of the Wand demo from June 2018 got good critics from Revolver and Cvlt Nation and received a massive support from people who like to be crushed with a heavy sound. Stella Leung is an exhibiting artist and commercial illustrator who worked for Prada, Vans and The Sydney Opera House to name a few. Her obsession with counter culture, occultism, and 18th-century romanticism formed her black and white drawing skills and she plays bass in Potion. Reason enough to let Stella curate our August playlist on Spotify which you can find at the end of the interview.
Hi Stella, let’s start with a short introduction. Who is Stella Leung?
I’m an Artist based in Sydney, Australia and I play bass guitar in Potion.
How did the members from Potion meet each other?
I met Lee around 7 or 8 years ago in college where we both studied design. We bonded instantly over our love of metal and horror movies and have been inseparable ever since. We met Chris a couple of years ago through mutual friends in the Sydney hardcore scene.
When Potion was formed, what bands were the biggest influences at that time and somehow helped to shape the sound for Potion?
We love the simplicity of early classic metal bands like Black Sabbath, the heaviness and “evilness” of Electric Wizard and the complexity of Mastodon. I’m also a really big Melvins fan. I love how loose and playful they are with their song-writing and their earlier records were what got me into stoner metal in high school so for me they’re a big influence.
Both demo tapes from Potion are sold out, any plans on re-releasing them?
Yes, we just did a third pressing of ‘Women of the Wand’ with a red cover (our first and second pressings were in purple). We’re also planning a vinyl release which will combine the two EP’s which should be coming out later this year through Black Farm Records.
You just got back from a tour through South East Asia, what was the most memorable thing that happened on the tour?
I really loved meeting people before and after the shows. I particularly loved Singapore and while we were there Nick from Marijannah took us to this really cool Chinese mysticism theme park called Haw Par Villa and we saw the sculptural displays of the 10 gates of Hell which was awesome. I loved eating the street food in Indonesia. The promoters in Solo took us to eat traditional Indonesian food and it was really cool experiencing that part of the culture for the first time.
Besides playing bass you’re also an Illustrator, with beautiful works. I noticed your art is mostly black and white and sometimes you use colors. Do you use color if a client has specific requests or do you let the art form itself and sometimes color suits better?
Thank you! I do use color depending on how it can fit with each piece but clients also specifically request color.
Favorite bands from 10 years back that you still listen to today?
L7, Melvins, Electric Wizard, Sleep, Marilyn Manson and Deftones. They just take me to another place.
You curated the Spotify playlist for August 2018, which 10 songs did you choose and could you give each song a short reason why you chose them?
Fast and Frightening by L7My favorite band is L7. This is a just a really good, fun song with memorable, hard riffs. It’s about a badass woman (apparently inspired by Becky Wreck from the Lunachicks) who rides a motorcycle and doesn’t give a fuck.
Satanic Rites of Drugula by Electric WizardWhen I first heard this song in high school I instantly fell in love with Electric Wizard. It’s evil, dark and hypnotic.
‘Profane Creation’ by Bolt ThrowerI was never that into death metal until I heard Bolt Thrower and I think it’s because of the groovier, “doomier” parts that aren’t common in the genre. I also am a big fan of the scooped guitar tone.
10,000 years by High On FireI love the very blatant Melvins inspired intro. I could listen to that riff over and over and not get sick of it.
Total Conquest by ConanFeel-good, “meditative” doom for the true fans of the genre.
Tourniquet by Marilyn MansonThe music video for ’Tourniquet’ was one of the scariest things I’d ever seen as a young teen. ‘Antichrist Superstar’ remains one of my favorite albums of all time.
Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the axe) by Power TripWeirdly, this song sounds a lot like an L7 song which is probably why I like it so much.
Into her Garden/Black Lily by Colour Haze I have had some really great times listening to this record with my friends. It takes you to a really positive place.
Snake charmer by MarijannahThis song is about Harry Potter apparently. I loved listening to this song live every night while on tour. It’s one of those songs that transports you to another place.
Night Goat by MelvinsWhen you walk home at night while listening to this song you feel invincible.