Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Grave Siesta Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are now in the process of writing new material. We also try to play as many gigs as possible. Gig offers are always welcome.

2.last year in June you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Our new material is more tight, raw, nasty and furious than the previous material.  Taito also now uses his voice in much more pronounced way.

3.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time period?

Since we all have day jobs and all, we cannot do this 24/7/365. Our next release will come out faster though. The band has been there to keep things together no matter what happens in the band members private lives.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Lyrical concept has been pretty much the same since the beginning. Short stories about life and death and usually fucking things up in between. Man is the scum of the earth and to deal with that we tend to fuck others up unless we get screwed ourselves. There are no happy endings but still the reality is usually more harsh than this nihilist fantasy world.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Grave Siesta'?

It has several meanings, one is related to finnish proverb which translates something like "time enough to rest when dead". It can also mean that death is just one phase in the circle.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Our best show was probably at a mini-festival called Dooomstock, back in 2011, since it was sold out. We always aim to perform very loud and energetic shows. The “funniest” gig was probably a one where the police arrived because of the noise. Also it´s been a pleasure to play in Tallinn couple of times.

We like it raw and simple: to play the songs live with fury, sweat and beer!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Not really. Since we're not a name band we just cannot plan these things ahead. We will play any gig that we can get. At this point there is one gig booked in June, at Helsinki at Lepakkomies (one day before Tuska-festival, if you’re coming..)

8.The last album was self released, are you open to working with another label again in the future or do you prefer to be independent?

It depends. We really don't want go into details with our previous deal. But let's just say, that if we could get at least semi decent deal from some label, then of course we would take that. Otherwise we stay independent.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and sludge metal?

Mainly very positive. Actually the worldwide feedback has been much more positive than the feedback from Finland. Local metal media has labelled us as some sort of Reverend Bizarre copy band, which is not the case at all, if you have heard the music. Some of our songs are heavily influenced by Pentagram though, maybe it comes from that.

10.What is going on with 'Rite' these days, a band that also shares a couple of the same members?

Sami ja Juha also plays in Rite, though Rite has been on some kind of hiatus past years. But there have also been rumours that Rite will hit the stage next autumn. You never know...

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

The general direction will be pretty much the same as in Piss & Vinegar. But of course there will some changes. For example some of our new songs do not sound doom metal at all, while still being really heavy and abrasive.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Our main influences are doom metal, sludge metal, death metal and even some black metal. (Who would have guessed?). And bands like Pentagram, High on Fire, Celtic Frost, Entombed and even some Primordial.

Taito: I listen to a lot of non-metal music as well and try to keep up with new releases at least those available on streaming services. Generally not top-40 chart stuff but spanning different genres.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Mikko: Hitting the gym and sitting in seedy bars.

Taito: Food, beer and running.

Juha: Family, TFW Helsinki

Sami: Staying alive

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Spread the word of Grave Siesta, dig into the new stuff and get us playing near you! And if you want to order the awesome  “Piss & Vinegar” vinyl, send us mail: !!

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