16. 7. 2017BELOW THE SUN – We don´t want to exist in a boundaries, we want to explore the edges of the musical freedom
Greetings from the Czech Republic! First of all, can you please introduce Below The Sun to your fans ? We can say that you are new, but really interesting band.
Hi! Thank you very much!
At the beginning, I would like to return to your debut called „Envoy“. I worship this album. You are totally monumental here. The theme of the universe and the "soundtrack-like" sounding doom metal is great. How did you manage to do it?
From the very beginning this project was first of all an experiment. We took funeral doom and drone doom as a canvas to put on anything we like layer after layer, any genre and style. We didn't plan to play strictly at one genre, so we didn't know what will come as a result.
Are there any bands that inspired you to record such material ? I can hear american Evoken, or famous artist Hans Zimmer, but also Pink Floyd.
Pink Floyd inspired us, there's no question about it, And not only us. They've inspired all the musical culture those times. This is one of the greatest bands of all times!
You have been traveling through the endless universe for two years now and with the current album you landed on the planet Solaris. Why this book from polish writer Stanislav Lem?
This book amazes the imagination!
Solaris also has its movie versions. Did you have opportunity to see it ? Did you like it?
I saw two movie versions: those one by Tarkovsky, and a Hollywood one with Clooney.
You sound more "heavy" on the new album, I can hear also stoner elements, but on the other side you sound even more softly. Was it a matter of intent ? Put wasteland side, but also beauty of Solaris to your music?
Music is a subtle instrument when it comes to expressing the feelings - those things you can't express with words. And we try to work from that perspective where it is it's main function - expressing the feelings.
What are the responses about the new album so far?
There are a lot of a positive responses. A lot of invites from a different places. Some faithful fans appears. The most importantly - our music is listened, recommended to friends. Our audience grows bigger. Those are the people who feels our music, just like us. It's like some kind of a mental contact. That's why we love to play live! On the live shows this contact is at it's greatest!
see ourselves through the eyes of our audience in order to advance in development.
How do you participate in creating music in the band ? It looks like that you have permanent members of the band for a long time.
Yes, we have permanent guitarists and drummer on both of our albums. First two years we had some vocalistsfront men, but we decided to play as a quartet after all.
I was able to see your live performances on Youtube, can you manage a longer concert set nowadays?
We had a 90+ minutes shows, second album presentation, for example. We played the whole second album and some tracks from the first one. This was great and emotionally powerful show!
And what about Russia itself? Clubs, fans, music support? I know you have a great doom metal scene in Russia. How can you explain that?
Well, it differs from town to town. Russia's subconciously follows western culture and in a lot of aspects we're falling behind for a dozen of years. The majority of russian bands choose to imitate one favorite band, as a results they become a parody, and it doesn't matter how much quality there is in the copy, it's still a copy.
And what is your opinion about religion ? What role does religion plays in Russia ? We all know about a few canceled gigs in your country (Bathuska, for example.)
Nowadays Orthodox church is pushing an agressive propaganda in our country. Religion is imposing at schools, children gets brainwashed without the chance to choose. Some ridiculous laws appears, infringing peoples rights and freedom. And with that laws appears "religious activists", who feel a right to cancel anything they don't like.
„Solaris“ is out. What is next for you?
We're going on tour this november. Then we're set to record our third album. We plan to record ambient soundtrack for one game, too. We're going to expand our sound as much as we can, search for anything interesting we can find. We don't want to exist in a boundaries, we want to explore the edges of the musical freedom.
Do you already have a vision for another album?
Sure, we already have some works and even almost completed songs for the new album. I can tell it will be pretty dark and melancholic, but pretty diverse concerning the sound.
Thanks for the answers. I hope to see you in the Czech Republic!