POKERFACE

I might have a really bad POKERFACE but that doesn’t stop me from playing it over and over again. Here we got a really cool Russian band. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-Whitevad (guitar): No, all the things just go as they should go, it’s ok. But it seems when you release an album you have to start working on the next one immediately. Time is critical in our musical life.

Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
Doctor (drums): We change ourselves every gig, every new member entered in band etc. But we have to be carefull with our fans, music symbols and phylosophy. So we are trying to combine new music patterns, image concept, arts with main and constant idea our music – speed, aggressive, to be scary and sexy.

How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
Xen Ritter (guitar): Thrash- and death-metal lyrics is very aggressive, and it references to reality. It must make a shock-effect on listener. It should sound like: 50% – a call to arms, 50% – a horror story.
If you hear some lyrics, even told with quite and calm voice, and you want to see, who is speaking, to stay away from him or to join him in his doings – you are not sure – lyrics is quite great.
As for the question “how hard?”… Our humanity has enough scary stories to tell, doesn’t it?

How hard is it to find the right art work? What are you looking for?
DedMoroz (bass): The main point of artwork is the idea. It’s quite difficult to describe it with words. And it takes long time. But when this task is solved, we can ask painter to realize the cover. Now we have some artist that we can work with.

Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the metal you play?
Whitevad: Usually, we don’t. Sometimes, we feel miscommunication between us and people down the stage – they just don’t get into the slaughter we do on stage, playing our music for them, and that could lead us to a certain question… What’s wrong with all of you, guys? What are we doing wrong? You came on metal gig or what? If so, don’t stand still and quiet

Do you feel that you get the recognition you deserve, nationally as well as internationally,
DedMoroz: I think no. Especially in Russia, but it’s ok since the audience prefer russian rock and western stars like Megadeth only. But in international scene we are gaining fame step by step. Many people from Europe are interested in our music.

Is the end of physical close by or is there a future for all formats?
Doctor: Thank you for this question, guys. Physical copies are going to hell, of course, and I hope Satan has enough CD players for that. Nowadays hard copies are target for collectioneers, artefact-keepers and some geeks like that. It’s absolutely clear. And now our main distribution strategy – online services, streaming, cloud-services, social networks etc. I don’t believe in physical future of music/video as common pattern.

I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-DedMoroz: Of course it’s hard. Especially for not well-known bands, because you do all the work. I mean you are the manager, driver, technician, promoter, etc…And you still need to perform a great show on stage! Because the crowd is not interesting how much you are tired. They want the show. So, it’s quite difficult in physical and mental way. But we like this 🙂

If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
DedMoroz: Like Arch Enemy on Wacken 2016

What does the future hold?
DedMoroz: We are about to release new album at the end of this year. Also we will be the main support for Nervosa in 3 shows in Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn this October. For the next year we already have confirmed EU tour with Frantic Amber and many more shows in process, so stay tuned! \m/

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