TIRAN is a really cool Russian thrash metal band that you ought to check out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
– The choice of the name of the future TIRAN band was a rather long and painful process. We already had a few songs ready, but there was not a suitable title. We had a whole bunch of options, some would be more suited to punk bands, some were hard to read or translate, and some, in general, later seemed absurd. TIRAN is a slightly modified English TYRANT. So my guitarist once called me when he heard that I was swearing at the drummer for the absenteeism of the rehearsal. We exchanged glances and the thought that this could be a good name for the band came to us almost simultaneously. The name was approved and I still believe that it suits our music as well as possible. It is cruel, aggressive and very capacious. In addition, I have not met any group in the world, which would have the same name.
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place? *
– At first place in TIRAN has always been and will be music. This is the most infernal, chaotic grinding, huh! Throughout the history of the band, my attitude towards the lyrics has often changed … There were records on which I sang in Russian, on others, in English, on third, in general, in fact, there was no lyrics, I just yelled into the microphone some slurred spells, huh! So yes, definitely, music comes first. A good riff can say much more than words, image or anything else.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
– I’ve never had in my mind to play any particular music copying riffs and melodies of other groups, but it is definitely the music that I listen to every day, has an impact on what TIRAN’s releasing on the albums. Usually, the idea of a riff or even the whole song is born in my head, I play it in my mind over and over again, then I try to transfer these ideas to the guitar fretboard. Only a few times there were such cases, we specifically for rehearsals sat down together and started “writing” … in this case the songs are more complex in its structure, as each party is trying to bring something of their own.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
– Rather yes than no. Over the years TIRAN has acquired a sufficient number of contacts around the world. Bands, labels, magazines … And it’s cool to be part of the underground movement not only in your country. We have the opportunity to communicate with other groups by correspondence, to drink beer at joint concerts, these are the truly magnificent feelings.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
– As I said, the main thing in the band is its music, everything else is the second level. The big show business has a different point of view, but we are not superstars, therefore, I can fully defend my opinion. Yes, beautiful covers, cool photos and stuff – that’s certainly good. But, if your music is complete shit, then no super design and wild PR will make it better. In my opinion, these days a lot of bands get hung up on this, forgetting that the band’s main goal is to create music, and not to pose in front of cameras like brainless schoolgirls.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
– I already touched on this topic a little bit higher. I don’t think that the lyrics are very important, especially if we are talking about extreme genres of music. At some period I did not write it at all, and the meaning of the song was, as a rule, in a few lines of the chorus, which also could change from case to case. Words have long lost their value in modern society. Only by deed can you prove something. Deed is much more important. Yes, and a rare case, when the bands are writing really interesting and high-quality lyrics. If I want to read high-quality poetry, then I will re-read the classics of Russian literature, they left us a rich inheritance. For “Apocalyptic Tales” I still wrote lyrics for each song, but it was an important moment rather for me than for TIRAN music.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
– Definitely, now is not the best time for heavy music, but we could not release albums in 70s and 80s, since we were simply not born there yet, hahah! We live now and do our own thing. There is no point in endless speculating about what happened before, you just need to remember and honor those glorious times. Perhaps, in about 30 years, someone will talk about how it was good to release albums in 2018 … do you think such an option is possible, haha?
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
– Digital releases have almost completely eradicated physical media from the music market, but I still continue to collect my vinyl collection, I buy CDs from time to time, and I’m not going to stop doing it! And I’m far from being alone in it. There are also those who appreciate these releases on real media. And I’m almost sure they will always be. There will be few, but they will be.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
– We try to keep the bar of 10-15 concerts a year, and that’s enough. Maybe we would like to play more often, but music is not our professional occupation, everyone has to work, most of the band members have families … This is not an excuse, but this is a reality that we must reckon with. Every year we try to visit at least one new city for us, where we have not played before. On November 2018 we have a trip to Bulgaria, where we will play 4 shows and take part in the annual festival Autumn Souls Of Sofia. I think this trip should be interesting and we will return with a lot of positive impressions.
What lies in the future?
– Metal! Tons of Metal! We are here for this, and that’s what’ll be continuing creating!