Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
HT: The ones trying to avoid clichés at all costs, probably at the expense of not being friendly to everybody’s ears.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
HT: The two of us (Paschalis Vichoudis and Stefanos Leontsinis) met 12 years ago at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland where we both worked on experimental physics. After playing together in a couple of cover bands, we felt the urge of composing our own music and founded Haneke Twins in 2018. Since then, we released the eponymous EP in 2018 (self-released) and the mini-LP Astronaut two weeks ago via The Animal Farm (UK). Earlier this year we drafted in fellow CERN scientists Andrés G. Delannoy (guitars, vocals), Paul Aspell (bass) and Emil Koulouris (drums, vocals) to complete the band’s formation for the upcoming gigs.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
HT: As you can tell from the band’s name, the great filmmaker Michael Haneke is a major source of inspiration. We could also mention (among many) the street artist Shepard Fairey and the independent journalist Aris Chatzistefanou. Music-wise, our strongest influences come from post-punk, dark-wave and post-punk revival artists such as Bauhaus, Joy Division, Interpol and Editors (just to name a few).
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
HT: Our short-term goal is to reach a broader audience and play some major venues and festivals by 2023. The long-term goal is for our music releases to outnumber our scientific publications, but that might take some time! The dream is to see one day our band listed in music magazine articles about post-punk acts worth listening to.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
HT: There isn’t a standard recipe or method we follow in the songwriting process, nor discrete roles. Interestingly enough, we often find ourselves in “inverted” roles; Stefanos — the guitarist — writing lyrics while Paschalis — the vocalist — writing music. Lyrically, we mainly deal with social, political and psychological subjects.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
HT: Fully support it! Especially for independent artists like us, it gives the opportunity to be heard worldwide, something that would have been very difficult to achieve a couple of decades ago.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
HT: “I Can’t Escape Myself” by The Sound (from their 1980 album Jeopardy). Hypnotic and explosive, expressive and sincere, simple and ingenious. A truly underrated masterpiece. RIP Adrian Borland.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
HT: The fact that people still use the word “anarchy” to describe chaos…
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
HT: Opening the concert of the goth giants Burning Gates at the legendary Death Disco (Athens, Greece).
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
HT: We are working for our first full-length album, hoping to record it sometime in 2022. At this moment we have about 20 compositions in our “drawer”, and we are currently in the process of selecting which ones to record.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
HT: Both albums are available online through the most popular streaming platforms such as Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music etc. Just head over to our website, all info is there – http://haneketwins.com
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