You also said that you were planning to release new album next year, which was actually released at the very beginning of 2018. Why did it take you so long?
L: Various reasons & excuses. First half of the year we did remote mixing and mastering, then we were a bit late by the end of the year with the release. We could just put it on the web, but decided to work with Robust Fellow on some PR and stuff, so the album wouldn?t be unnoticed. Still excuses, right?
A: We believe that good stuff takes time..
Could you tell us something more about Robust Fellowship and your cooperation with them? They seem to be getting bigger every year. Is it thanks to Fillip Dobrov and Val from Ethereal Riffian, or there are more people involved?
L: I guess the main person behind it is Fillip Dobrov. He is moving engine of the label. And we want to say thanks to Fillip and Val and other guys for the work and all the help.
A: They do their job with real passion! If you have ever seen their products or merch tables, you will understand me.
Who is responsible for the music? Was it like the regular rehearsal stuff: ?Hey guys, I was digging on some new riffs at home and? here it is. Is it cool enough to play?? Or are you working on it altogether?
L: Kinda like this, but sometimes unplanned jams become really productive.
I.: Most of the time it?s like jamming around some ?home riff?. Sometimes it comes from pure jams which are transformed into more meaningful music later.
A: Jams occupy maybe main part of rehearsals, but I think a band can?t exist without a ‘driving’ person who brings ideas. Mainly Ihor does this, sometimes I do. We take ?home riff?, carry it through jam, change or add something and do it until song satisfies us all. It could take a lot time, that?s why ?The Sea? was being made so long.
The same question about lyrics.
I.: As for ?The Sea? I decided to put a lot of effort into the lyrics. Usually it goes like this: first of all, we decide on which theme it?ll be based. Then I?m trying to generate a few sentences which later will be transformed to suit the already existing melody. I think we?ll stick to this approach in our upcoming release.
Are lyrics, concept albums important to you?
L: I?ve always been more interested in listening albums with some story. Also many of my all-time favorites are concept albums. Sure, music comes first, you can?t enhance bad music by a great story, but it surely adds some value.
I.: To be honest, I never payed attention to the concepts until I became a fan of prog music. I remember how I was listening to Mars Volta?s De-Loused in the Comatorium and was curious what they were trying to say. I read about the concept in wikipedia and was shocked. I was like ?It is a book, like a real story!?.
A: Concept albums are like an additional layer, additional history to album. It makes the album much ?deeper? for me. I like this move.
Do you have some favourite lyrics or some catchy phrases constantly coming back to you?
I.: ?Sitting alone, I?m sitting alone, alone and watching porn?? or this one ?Sands are everywhere, I can feel it in my balls?.
L: Did you mean in our music or in general? Cause in general that would be a lot hardcore punk singalongs. In some circumstances some lyrics are just carved into your brain.
A: In our lyrics I really like Sightwaster and the way it?s sung. In general, I?m absolutely solidary with Lesyk.
A: I remember funny moment with band As I Lay Dying. There was a popular video, where lyrics were replaced by appropriate Russian words. And when they had a show in Moscow, people were singing that Russian text. Tim Lambesis was surprised at the number of people who ?knew? the words.
You created a amazing song called Religion of Man. What?s your religion?
I.: Well it?s not about a particular religion, it?s more like an allegory. About a man that has his own obligations and he has to deal with them. But, fuck religions! More knowledge, less belief.
A: I was a catholic for years. But after Maidan revolution in 2014 I lost the faith. Absolutely. Religion is for weak and scared people. I believe we live in some kind of video game. We were created for some reasons and now we?re just forgotten. Creator is not a god. It?s just creator. The only meaning of life is to celebrate life and not interfere with others, develop and progress, follow Elon Musk.