PHRENETIX as a name doesn’t really say that much to me but as I am a total band name buff it was enough for me to want to know more. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Could you please introduce the band to us?
-Rhythm/Lead Guitar – Paulius Navickas
Rhythm/Lead Guitar, Vocals – Lina Vaštakaitė
Drums – Jonas Gedvilas
Bass Guitar – Daumantas Vizbaras
We are a Thrash Metal band Phrenetix from Vilnius, Lithuania, formed in 2012.
When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-When we formed we didn’t really had a vision or a plan on where our sound was going. It just kind of developed from what the band members were listening and what our influences were at that time. We started to jam, write a few songs and there it was – Old-School Thrash Metal with a little dash of what’s going on in the metal music world today. Simple as that.
How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-I don’t know what exactly we were thinking at the time we chose to name ourselves Phrenetix, but I guess it mirrors the music and the lyrics. We try to make our music aggressive a little ‘out of place’, frantic, like a crazy guy trying to keep it all within, but who is about to go nuts. Lyrics are mostly about the psychology of man – what are we like in the darker side of our minds or things we deny and etc. Also it looked like a name no band had that we know of.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is quite important. If it we’re just about the music, we wouldn’t worry about making a show. For us it’s kind of a principle that you have to go a little crazy for the music to ‘come out right’ live. Not really thinking about a message for the fans, but I guess one of the goals is for a person to see us and immediately get the idea what kind of music we play.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
– Very important. The art should not only reflect the music and the overall feeling of the title and song themes, but also the quality of it all. We actually took a long time after the album was recorded just to find the right cover art. We had our own idea for the title ‘Art of Jail’, but it wasn’t executed well enough. We tried out quite a few artists. It was a hard decision, bet we took our shot with the one you see today, renamed it ‘Fear’, and glad we did it. The art is by Mark Cooper.
When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-When most of your time you’re breathing and living metal, then yeah, it feels big, and it better be big when it is consuming most of your life. It can feel as massive and as little as you want it to feel actually – for us it does feel big most of the time.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot so on your own?
-We are not music marketing experts, but we think it’s important. We wouldn’t had enough money to release a good amount of CD’s, not to mention spread it around the world and get the word on the medias. The less time you spend doing these things – the more time you spend rehearsing and writing music. We started playing to play. But why we like INFERNO Records so much is because of the motivation – the band wasn’t doing well before the head of the label Fabien wrote us. That gave the band confidence to keep going.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We gig a lot, any chance we get. But we didn’t get any chances outside the border before – this is the first year we’re getting out and playing in western Europe. We were kind of dumb actually – we spend too much time in the rehearsal studio and not enough time on the phone or the internet or whatever. It took a lot of time to realize not only to take offers, but make something happen on your own. But touring is what the band should be about – for us it’s the dream and why we started playing. We’ll make it happen.
What will the future bring?
-A tour without end and a shitload of albums. But no ballads.