BUS

Okay, so my day (night) time job is to drive a bus but that is not why I’ve decided to interview BUS. Thus Greek bands is causing quite a stir right now with their music. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
-Ok…we are Bus! We formed in late 2011 in Αthens like a band trio, myself on the guitar, a bass player and a drummer…No Vocals!!!. One year later, we had our final reformation to the band! Four shit-heads who loves the rough 80s Heavy Metal sound and the beauty of the seventies rock scene came to complete what we are today! Two EPs and an LP so far, “The Impious Tapes” and “The Cross” [EPs] both in 2014, “The Unknown Secretary” in 2016.

How does your latest recording compare to the vision you had of it?
-Yes I think we approach the deserved vision of what the sound should be like! Pure, aggressive and raw heavy metal sound. Just like Hell!

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-We didn’t face problems with the sound, we have a special “formula” about this: we plugged our instruments straight to the amps, we cranked them up and guess what…? Heavy Sound, we all agree to this!

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-The lyrics are very important to our music, especially when you go with clean vocals, its the most melodic part or our songs. Lyrics have the power to pop out your music to the audience. We have to make them sing along, haha! We deal with topics like, medieval and biblical stories, myths and legends mixed up with personal thoughts. Philosophical and political quests and last but not least poetry.

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-The cover art is also very important, it’s the reflection of the music. I made the artwork myself, so it was easy to choose something. Artwork has a monumental character through the music ages like a piece of art.

Where outside of your country do you think your sound will be best appreciated?-I really don’t know. Anywhere that people listen to heavy stuff?

Is it harder today to get noticed both nationally and internationally than it was 10 or 20 years ago? Is the competition tougher today?
– The competition is really tougher now than 10 or 20 years ago…there are to many new and good bands all over the world. Internet gives the opportunity today to be noticed in a very short time, this is the good part.

What is your local scene like? What status does your band have in the national scene?
-Stoner Rock music has a great scene right now with a list of remarkable bands, also there are many scenes like metal & rock, punk, sludge, psychedelic rock and more underground stuff. I would say productive we are not very popular.

What is the general population’s opinion on playing music? Is being a musician a respectable choice?
-To be a musician in Greece it’s not an issue, but it’s difficult to livelihood like every artist in this world!

What does the future hold for you?
-Hope many shows, more albums and Rock n’ Roll…what else?!!! Thank you very much.

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