Many believe that the entire Russian rock is just
Vladimir: Not quite so. I've heard a
lot of prototypes, a lot of secondary bands,
but we have a lot of unique musicians. Let us
take Sukachev for example. His album "Between
water and Fire" is actually very russian
and unique. Late Grebenshikov is very much national
and unique too.
I even know the case, when one french girl
cried while listening to the song "Dubrovsky",
not knowing any russian words! So the case is
not just in lyrics... And let us take Kinchev!
Only on the album "Chernaya Metka"
there are many Russian unique songs!
On the other hand, can we say that the western
rock is all that original? The song "Child
in time" by Deep Purple - the main riff
from there was stolen too from some older band
of the 60-ies. Although there was no law processes.
Drive: What can you say about the band
"Black Obelisk" and personally about
Anatoli Krupnov who tried to combine the lyrics
in the tradition of Russian rock with heavy
Vladimir: Well I can't say much, because none
of us listen to "Black Obelisk". Yes, and
me too. But as a person I find Krupnov interesting.
I saw some programs on TV about him but never listened
to his music. But regarding to this very principle,
I say yes, I would like to have metal songs with good,
deep lyrics, so that people won't say: "Ah! They
don't know how to write good lyrics!"
Drive: Who is writing lyrics and music in
your band? What is the main principle?
Zack: First, of course, there is a music channel,
and then there is a text laid on it. Otherwise we
have that very Russian rock! (everybody laughs)
Vladimir: I am writing lyrics. Usually, I
do that for a very long time. Sometimes it is so that
the music has already been written, but still there
is no text. But I do not like to write "official"
lyrics, that are "just to be". It is important
to bring in your heart. However, we have a few texts,
that are fairy tales, pure fantasy. That was Zack's
idea, and I just translated into Russian. These songs,
of course, also has some personal position in life,
but it is more simplier, than in other our songs.
Drive: The song "Black Label" is
probably refers to this theme?
Vladimir: Yes, it is more a fantasy, although
there is also a position of a strong character. But
for me it is less important, for example, than our
other songs, that are more philosophical, such as
"In the Wind's Eye", "Death."
A "Worldstone", in my opinion, the best
thing we have, it is good both in music and lyrics.
Drive: On your official site it is said, that
you have traveled a lot, and so after that the song
"In the Wind's Eye" appeared. What kind
of place, what incident gave you the ground for writing