Once again I dig into the Ukraine metal scene. This time it is SICHGART that gets dissected in my usual way. Read what the band has got to say and then please check out the music too. Answers by Valeriy Havryliuk. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
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?
– I don’n think that we are stepping back. We permanently work on something. By the way, the next album will be ready very soon. Not so fast as we planned but anyway, we do not idle. At my opinion, we should avoid excessive haste. It is not a competition, it is creativity. Ov course, it is good when albums are released each year. But the main thing here is a composition and relevance of its content. I think, the best albums can be the best when they are released in appropriate time.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
– Yes, subject of struggle, Cossack spirit, historical events, revival of national awareness and thrash metal are essential parts of Sichgart. We’ve already played live some new tracks and translated one new track on national radio. The music became harder but it is the same Sichgart that you heard in the album «Do Zbroi!» (Call to Arms!). Current events on the East Ukraine couldn’t have no influence on our music, so all that was seethed within, you will heard in our upcoming album.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
– Lyrics needs deep consideration, our compositions contain big emotional content and hard expression. Mostly, some emotions appear in thoughts first, then on band rehearsal or during home playing, appropriate notes appear, the only thing left to do is composing entire lyrics and adding some expression. The most important part is my emotional state when I write lyrics. It can happen during travelling or or lyrics can being born before going to sleep if I’ve thought about that during the day . But the most important is to read the text in the morning. If it is not a junk and can be arranged with music then we start working on that.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
– I agree, indeed, the most people don’t care. It is sad that all the musicians’ work can be easily downloaded without paying any cent. It depreciates the music for a listener and he forgets or perhaps have never known that it contains months or even years of work. On the other hand, we are in 21st century and the access to all information and media is free. The fact that we people listen to our music and we can deliver the cry from our hearts – is the most important . Sometimes I buy albums, favorite vinyl to my home collection, but nobody must do the same. For me, it is also an esthetic pleasure.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
– Sure, everybody has his own music preferences. Our listeners are mostly old school and we were aware of that when we came to this because we are also old school. The most important is to be honest before listeners and the music must hook the soul. Our work is not oriented to the masses but we do what we like to do. If you like these things – we are together in one boat.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
– True fans disappear not because of easy access to the music. It does not matter if fans buy albums or download the songs for free. The most important thing here – if the spirit of our music can open the door to the fan’s heart. And it is the question: if the modern people have appropriate awareness and ethical values to be able to perceive the things we are trying to bring to them.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
– I think, internet is a heart of progress. It helps to spread and popularize the music. Let imagine that somewhere on the other side of the planet somebody just felt a necessity to listen some Ukrainian thrash metal. Without internet our music won’t reach him or will be reaching for years. Modernity makes one’s life easier and it is not necessary to surround yourself with tapes to be true. All is individual.
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?
– Not sure because we were not touring in that time. Most probably that harder, because it is easier to perform together with others and fans will go to a concert of several bands rather than one.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
– I think everything follows its way and every music must exist in the place where it exists. If I was able to decide, I would keep the scene as it is and would go and develop another part of the Universe.
What does the future hold?
– Future as well as the past hold the boobs, my friend! I believe that the Force will be on the side of beautiful! Thank you for the interesting questions. Cheers.