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DISCORDANT SYSTEM

progressive post doom / Severodonetsk, Ukraine 

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Blitz Interview. 

1. Let's start with the presentation. Introduce your band. Maybe few words about the history of the band?

Hi! We are Discordant System, a band from Eastern Ukraine. Not sure that our history is in any way significant – thing is, we much more are about the music than about history or achievements. Guess we are exactly the type, they call “underground band” – as we are sitting in the basement and weave our little inner magic – creating stuff we like the way we like. When you are a band from a small town 30 miles from the front you won’t get many live shows and attention of the media. We do our share of gigs, but mostly they are more or less local. We don’t mind that actually – because our main focus is on the studio work, the process of creation.

2. Everybody, as a rule, give stylistic labels. What about you, how do you stylistically indicate your music?

Well, in that case we are not everybody. Actually, it is rather a problem than an advantage – when you cannot strictly define the style your band is working in, it became much harder to convince someone to hear your music out. There is a hell of a lot of bands and new records appear each day in thousands – so it is natural for a listener to seek any hooks to let him know I advance what will be on this particular record.

And that is where our problem lays – we are not doing anything exactly unique, but we mix a lot of different features from different musical styles. Guess, it is the prefix post- we like most, be it post-doom, post-metal, post-rock and even post-punk (yep, JD is also somewhere near us, at least sometimes). Really all this post-… stuff is more or less about post-modernism, without irony, but with mixing all the traditional forms into a new sense. Groove, prog, djent, math – we are into all of them but to none – completely and selflessly.

3. Your album is already available to listeners. How would you describe it?

“Orlando” – is a conceptual work, based on the novel of the same name by Virginia Woolf. It is not an album, rather – a maxi-single. There are to bipolar tracks – Orlando (male) and Orlando (female) – the same song but in two aspects. Male is rough and hard, while female is soft and gentle. Lyrics are also completely different in these songs as well as vocal parts.

Working on Orlando we wanted to create a deep studio work showing not just simple repetition of what we are doing live, but something more, a different side of our music. And that’s how it was done. The record features guest musicians who not just added a new sound to the songs, but give them new emotional weight. 

In 2016 we released 6 track demo album “From beyond the Fringe”. It was instrumental and rather raw in sound and approach. Now we see the evolution between this record and Orlando, yet still, we see it as a good work and display of our evolution over the years. Still, we remained true to ourselves – our music still denies boundaries and limits, we are still doing more what we want than what other would want of us.

4. If you still separate the music from the lyrics, what is more, important to you? Or is it still a mutually complementary symbiosis?

To answer this question we should describe how we compose our songs. Mostly it is a collective work, we all bring ideas and start to mix them together, reform and recycle them one by one into the song. The ideas may be very different and it is always a long process of diving into our collective subconsciousness to make it right. The lyrics are born at the same time – from different words and phrases spat up to the mic, step by step forms a conception of song and then – the first lyrics. These may (and will) be rewritten more than once before the final version will emerge. The same with the music – arrangements or particular lines may be changed, new added. So we cannot actually separate one from other – the music and lyrics are both parts of the same process.

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5. Do you create ideas for visual creation of your music (cover) by yourself?

Yes – and no. Our guitarist is also a graphic designer. He created the band’s logo, for example, as well as the cover art for our demo-album. But with the Orlando we cooperated with the great artist, illustrator, and comics-artist Katerina Parkhomenko. She created Orlando’s cover art and booklet and will also work on the cover art of our forthcoming maxi-single “Reclusives”.

6. What about the live performances? How does the public perceive your work?

Pretty good, actually. Despite our music is more for the brain than for the legs, people are usually quite enthusiastic about it. At first it always kinda stun, when people do not know how to react – when the groovy part changes into downtempo doom downfall or into the melancholic post-punk trance. But at the second or third song they actually starting to live it – and heat rises drastically.

7. Is there any foreign bands that influenced your music, style, lyrics? If there, which ones?

The band name kinda hints… Yep, Meshuggah had (and still has) a great influence on us, as well as math-metal as a whole. We love all these 7/4, 13/8, polyrhythms and stuff. It is not our top priority and only influence of course – more like the earliest one. Funeral-doom of bands like Ahab, post-metal from early The Ocean Collective, sludge from Cult of Luna, industrial aggressiveness of Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad… Soundscapes of King Crimson, Kingston Wall and Pink Floyd. Hell, we can go on with this forever. Music landscape nowadays is so vast, that you can live listening only to unheard songs each day and never run out.   

8. Which Ukrainian doom, stoner and etc groups do you like? Recommend someone to the readers.

Oh, their name is Legion for they are many! ))) Mother Witch and the Dead Water Ghosts (magical female vocals traditional doom from Odesa), Soom (deep and heavy as hell experimental sludge-drone-doom from Kharkiv), Somali Yacht Club (definitely you know them), Ethereal Riffian (powerful and persistent psychedelic stoner-doom formation, absolutely must-listen/must-see), Khvylyny Tysiachi Milioniv (Minutes of Thousand Millions, one of the post-metal pioneers from Lviv, RIP), Stoned Jesus and Krobak, of course – both project of the same talented person Igor Sydorenko; Drudkh, cult underground folk-black/doom band signed on Season of Mist, 1914, death-black-doom band with lyrics influenced on WWI.

More deep underground: Megalith Temple (our own Ukrainian Summoning, but unique and self-sufficient), Sorrowful Land from Kharkiv, Obiymy Doshchu (Rain’s Embrace, soft and melancholic band from Kyiv, balancing between the neofolk, doom, and prog) Seductive Silence, MDB-influenced band from Kharkiv, Fretting Obscurity, Kyiv one-man funeral doom band.

We can easily go on with this list, really, Ukrainians are not strangers in doom, sludge. and stoner. To prove it, one can just visit “Doom over Kyiv”, doom-fest that are running for 10 years already.

9. Share your plans for the future?

The recording is our main priority now. We have enough material for the full-length album already and now working hard to record it. But it won’t be a one-piece issue. We plan to record and release singles one by one, all, not just separate songs but rather conceptual releases with more than one track, featuring many guest musicians from Ukraine and abroad. Our next single Reclusives is also not just a song but official soundtrack for upcoming dark fantasy visual novel of the same name, and will be featuring Marktsackpfeife, classic acoustic guitars, keys and electronics and other stuff that, we are sure, will make it sound unique and powerful.

10. Good luck and thanks for your time.

Good luck to you and thanks for your interest in our music!

 

19 november 2018

 

 

Discography:

“From beyond the Fringe”  full-length demo 2016

"Orlando" EP 2018

 

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