OBSCURE SPHINX

Obscure Sphinx 1OBSCURE SPHINX are new to me but then that will come as no surprise if you know me. I love discovering new acts. If you too do so then read this interview. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
Olo: Well to us it’s just some other aspect of our band, like one of those things that makes us who we are. It’s not necessarily the band name that sticks it all together – I imagine the names as Slayer more or less predestine the band to play certain kind of music. To us the name of our band is one of the aspects of the art that we create.

What was it that made you want to do the band?
Olo: You know its starts usually the same – bunch of people get together to play because they good when they do so. So it expanded from just friends playing together into something bigger. But at the same time each and every one of us has this massive need to express feelings through music. Sometimes I think, that for me it’s the only way I can express them and perhaps the safest way. I need music and that certain kind of music as a form of catharsis, to find the way to let go of some of the dark stuff that is in me. I think other band members feel the same way too –especially Zosia, who also has another tool of expression which are words.

What is your definition of the metal you play?
Olo: That’s a tough question, because people could fit us in certain genera such as post-metal, doom metal, sludge, progressive metal… From our point of view we are using mostly metal music to express certain feelings. I wouldn’t call it emo but that would be a perfect word if it hadn’t been used so far but other style of music which I personally don’t like that much So let’s stick to something like disturbingly pleasing and enlighteningly dark post metal.

When you work more with “groove” in your songs how do you arrange the tracks
Olo: The more groove oriented songs usually revolve around one or two very strong heavy riffs and we try to surround them with whatever feels good for the song. It’s hard to explain, there is no prescription on how to write a heavy groove song. It’s more like whatever the certain song needs f.e. – Nasteiz is centered around one big main riff and it takes up 80% of the song because it feels right.. but on the other hand sometimes the song needs 3 solid riffs or just one at the end. We listen to what music has to say, as it was the sixth member of our band.

Where do you find your inspiration to create?
Olo: Unnamed darkness inside. Will to make people laugh and cry, to rip people’s faces off. To heal ourselves. To calm ourselves. To destroy something. To build something. To be free…

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
Olo: A lot – it has to reflect the music, or the vibe, or the idea, or the emotions. We took some time to work on our latest cover for Void Mother album. It open’s peoples mind to the feeling that you captured on the CD. It’s a hint, but not too obvious at the same time. It’s also a discovery for us – when you have parts of music, you start to look for the images that can go with it and when you find it, the music evolves too.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
Olo: Well we try to fit in the modern metal scene and we do so with great success so far. Maybe this music is too demanding for us to be a huge star like Foo Fighters and play at Wembley, but we find many enthusiasts all over the world – and they fill up medium sized clubs, and festivals but might also fill up arenas.

What does the future hold?
Olo: Currently we are starting a last European and Polish tour promoting Void Mother + we’ll play some festivals in summer. Then we want to concentrate fully on the new album and record it somewhere between the ending of this year and beginning of next one. And then the concert/ promotion cycle will start all over again.
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