I have no idea what it is with the Ukraines but they do seem to love their hardrock/metal in all forms and shapes as witnessed by CELOPHYS. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
-Hi, we are Celophys, a stoner doom\sludge duo from central Ukraine (Cherkassy) formed in the beginning of 2012. Alexander Beregovoy – drums, vocals (guitars\vocals 2012-2013) and Miroslav Kopeyka – guitars. We already have three full length albums: Triassic Desert (2012), Phobos Elevator (2013) and Ammonite (2015).
How does your latest recording compare to the previous ones?
-Of course, the Ammonite is a big step forward for us compared to our previous works. But at the same time, each album sounds in its own way and has its own atmosphere. Now we are experimenting with different genres and with speed. We believe that having the same speed all the time is not necessary. The larger the scope of various ingredients, the more interesting it is for us and for the listener. At the same time we’re keeping the brand of the same prehistoric monsters.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-We come gradually to this kind of sound. With experience, new ideas come about certain aspects of the sound. In the first place, through sound, we strive to ensure that the listener, while listening to the sight, imagines a prehistoric creature that has its own voice, its own smell, its size. Coarse, fat-farting guitars and a tight bottom, in our opinion, should look like the voice of a huge monster that inhabited the Earth hundreds of millions years ago, and which now will come out of your speakers or headphones.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics are important to us, of course. Predominantly lyrics are paleontological, also some personal experiencing, mystical themes, space themes and of course some lyrics, traditionally, are about Mary Jane.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-Cover art is very important for us, especially since we touch upon paleontological themes. But we have a great artworker Alina, who understands us fully from the first words.
Where outside of your country have you had success?
-It is hard to say… We have many positive reviews from different countries. The latest reviews we heard were mainly from Russia, Germany and the USA.
Is it harder today to get noticed both nationally and internationally than it was 10 or 20 years ago? Is the competition tougher today?
-We live in an amazing time when anyone can give their creativity to the world in just a few clicks. But another question is the extent of recognition. Someone is trying to be popular and to earn money, and someone just does what he likes. We have a single purpose – to convey something to others. When, during the concert, we see a crowd of people who nod their heads to the beat of the music – this is the best fee and recognition for us. This signifies that we are engaged in the business that is appreciated.
What is your local scene like? What status does your band have in the national scene?
-Ukrainian local scene has a great potential and it creates all the genres of music, so you must only work on it. As one magazine wrote about us, “Celophys is a very well-known group in certain circles”. Our music does not fit all metal festivals
What is the general population’s opinion on playing music? Is being a musician a respectable choice?
-Doing music is primarily respectable for musicians. We believe that a person must have at least some passion in their life. This is not necessarily the music. The main thing is that this “some passion” has occurred. Otherwise, we are just immersed in everyday life and it starts to degrade and “rot”. Only through self-development, the world can be made a little better, at least for us. 🙂
What does the future hold for you?
-We will try to make more music, albums, concerts not only in Ukraine, but outside as well, and share the stage with great bands! Doom on!