20 -May -2022 - 17:12


Psychedelic stoner doom / Kharkiv, Ukraine

Blitz Interview

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

We're the band called Soom, what translates from Ukrainian as grief/sadness/sorrow. History starts somewhere in 2010 with not so cool and too raw projects where we (Al Kova and Tomrer) played sludgy stoned psychedelic,  typical 0-3-5 pentatonic stuff with noise and lo-fi.
Now, from 2013, when Soom was born it's the same. But this time we've decided that our music must be based on ukrainian folk elements, like NOLA's sludge based on southern US' blues. And we decided to sing in our native language - ukrainian, at least in this we were first. 

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

Really, we hate tags. So, I think it must be sound like if sludge was born in Ukraine and influenced with different styles as jazz, drum&bass, hip-hop, disco, death/black/thrash/industrial metal, etc, but only other listeners can really feel and know how it is. I prefer tag "junkie metal".

3. Your albums are already available to the listener. Is there something that unites them, or there is something individual in each of them?

Our debute album "Нічнаполонині" ("Night on the meadow") is the junkie surrealistic fairytale about three brothers an Grandpa, who lives in Carpathian mountains in Western Ukraine and everyone get high to start their trips. First brother has stay with Grandpa and get high by salvia divinorum with the cat, second has a pornful bad trip in a Kherson desert and regurgitate on the stone, third died after the growing the weed in a barren and meet the Weed God, and the Grandpa was an Electric Molfar (something like carpathian druid) and giving highness for all.
Our next album will be something like continuation of this album, but more evil, junkful, not so fun as the first.

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

We're using vocals only as atmospheric instrument. Texts has no sence, just surrealistic absurd to complete the many minutes of noisy doom.

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

I hate the designers but I can't draw, so we talk to our friends to understand and help us to paint something, what they feel with our music and some idiotic ideas. Our new arts will be completely done by amateurs. 

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

Our shows everytime is loud noisy lo-fi madness. Atmosphere of music maybe doesn't coincide with our metalpunkish and stoned theatricals. Once I said that people come to our show to have a slow headbanging and some good vibes but have a problems with a mindfucks and maybe bad trips.

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

 Not so long time ago I thought and spoke with my friend about it and write a list of influences. Most of tracks are influenced by Burning Witch and Unsane. But also here was Sons of Otis, Yob, A Place to bury Strangers, Sleep, Electric Wizard, Loinen, Corrupted, Earth, Esoteric, Miles Davis, Godflesh, Khanate and Author & Punisher.

8. Which Ukrainian doom / stoner / occult groups do you like? Recommend someone to the readers.

Ok, little list from A to Z for you:
- Celophys - monolithic Pombagirish sludge played by two  dudes from Cherkassy;
- Chainsaw Jack - southern sludge/low hardcore toughguys from Kharkiv;   
- Drunk Diver - cool booze-influenced sludgegrind from Lviv;
- HΛUΛ - outsized dronegaze like as The Angelic Process played witch house, one-man band of Soom bassplayer, located in Kharkiv;
- Keepleer 18 - Eyehategodish sludge with AC/DC-like dude on vocals from Chernihiv;
- Monmuuth - monolithic sludgy death doom one-man band from Dnipro;
- Mozergush - EW-pray alcotrips stoner doom cult, split-up now, earlier from Donetsk, after - Kiev; 
- Reptile - antihuman sludge sideproject of Mozergush's dudes, split-up;
- Shiva the Destructor - light psychedelic progressive stoner rock for girls or good trips from Kiev;
- Suffer Yourself - Esoteric-like funeral doom with the balls, earlier from Kiev, now they're in Sweden.

9. Share your plans for the future?

Of course, new album at autumn-winter 2017. And we want tours after its release. Maybe it'll be.

10. Good luck and thanks for your time.

And you, guys. As we, ukrainians, says: Навседобреінехайщастить!    



"Fear and Loathing" EP 2015

"Nagno" full-length 2016


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