This is a band that I discovered in 2016 but it has taken until now to get this interview set up. So I present to you SOMALI YACHT CLUB. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
L: It just blinked in my mind someday. I thought it is good wordplay. However it would fit some noise rock band better. So no big meaning in the name.
I: No, it means absurd.
2. Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
A: Who knows us closer can see that we are different in music preferences (maybe with Lesyk I’m much closer in this). But this is not a problem – we understand each other, we can make a compromise, every one of us is opened for fresh ideas and we have only benefit from this! I believe, this is the recipe of interesting sound and good atmosphere inside the band.
During all time we have been delighted by different bands and it changes every time. At the beginning we all were impressed by Queen of the Stone Age and Mocassin (it’s brilliant!). Latest common preferences – Tame Impala, Greenleaf, Elder, Weedpecker, Baroness.
For me personally, speaking about closer psychedelic experience and top band, there is King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
In general, I’m listening to punk-rock and midwest emo 🙂
I: Actually I’m trying to listen to different genres. And when I say different, it doesn’t mean stoner/doom/hard-rock/whatever-rock, that means pretty much everything. I’m constantly trying to develop my musical taste. Sometimes, I force myself to dig in some genre which I would never listen just for fun. So, it’ll be absolutely decent to name even some of the names.
L: Guys said it all – diverse music listened while composing songs probably was the main thing. Probably doesn’t matter that much what exact bands – but the diversity of genres itself played huuuge and tremendous role in that.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
A: I’ve never thought about this. We don’t have such differentiation. Flow and course of composition are more important for us. If we feel that composition goes to the faster tempo, we will just play that way. But I can say that sometimes slow parts are technically harder. Your Captain Obvious 🙂
I: Nope. We’re just trying to feel whether it’s too long or too fast and try to reconfigure that on the fly.
L: As a drummer I just think how not to speed up on slow parts ha-ha . And yes, often it’s harder to play slowly than fast.
How does your music work in a live environment?
A: I think this question is not to us 🙂
From stage I often see dancing people, I’ve read many feedbacks that we sound greater on live shows. And it’s an obvious thing, because I believe in energy exchange during the show. So we try to make our live shows more emotional and atmospheric for the sake of a greater experience exchange.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
A: Label takes upon oneself the main work of production and product promotions. This greatly facilitates the work of musicians. But products should be accessible to the audience, it shouldn’t be focused on over-profit.
I: Well, I don’t see any negative consequences. We’re living in damn future and there is almost no magic left. Pretty every fan can find out our names, our photos and there is just no place for waiting. An average listener can get hundreds of releases per week, so why she/he should wait for our release? Nowadays, vinyls and CDs are rudimental and are just for fun. But I could be wrong
L: There is definitely nothing bad if people can reach out to music and art. I’m not Lars Ulrich to see something bad if people just download music. I’m sure that those who want to download our music for free will easily do this (and that’s awesome), and those who want to support – will support it (which is even more awesome, thanks!).
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?
A: No, I absolutely do not think so. Easy access doesn’t cancel that magic, when music catches you. You can’t get past the things that you like. And an easy access just opens up new horizons of the unknown.
I: I feel the opposite. Easy access filters all pseudo fans. And I really appreciate all the fans, who despite of our music being totally free, still buy a digital copy. That’s insane for me. Thank you all!
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
I: For me the great cover is when you’re looking upon the wall of CDs/vinyls and your eyes get attached to a single image, which will be the best front cover.
L: Yes, it has to be an eye magnet.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
A: The national scene? Strange wording 🙂 We are part of the national scene, because we are from Ukraine. No more and no less.
Metal-scene in Ukraine has always been rich and varied. Kharkiv, Kyiv, Uzhgorod have always had a few metal bands. But now it’s not the best of times for metal and Ukrainian music in general – little live-shows and thematic festivals, very few active groups. After all, it concerns the whole “underground” Ukrainian music. I don’t know the reason. Economic factors may affect this, maybe something else. But now there is a strong recession and it’s sad. We are waiting for new waves 🙂
L: Not sure if we feel as part of metal scene exactly, but more of a stoner scene. If think broader – rather as part of the passionate underground DIY music scene, where it could be from folk-songwriters to black metal bands.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as complement to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
A: I’ve never thought about it. If music is bought less, live-shows always remain. I only wonder what will happen next? Will any new genres appear or are we stuck in an eternal cycle of repeats with minor additions? Will be music transformed into something new?
I: I hope that future will hurry on its way coz I hate being stuck in modern medieval times. Music will be converted, transformed into something new. New feelings, new way of connect. But in the end, all we need is thrill and emotions, so does it really matters what form it’ll take?
L: What I don’t like nowadays is that albums became obsolete. And this makes me sad. Many people are into hits and playlists composed from just best tracks of different artists. Sometimes it’s OK, but you can’t claim to dig an artist if you listen only for 3 songs of that artist. Albums are more than just a playlist of songs. It’s like 1+1=3.
What does the future hold?
L: Our new album!
I: Endless space adventures!