Psyanide – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
P: “We are a Death metal band from Greece that like aggressive riffs with a lot of groove mixed with crushing melodies while screaming our opinions in everybody’s face.”
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
P: “We started out in our teen years playing local shows around our hometown Katerini with bands from across Greece. Then as we published our first EP “…a violent stating” we slowly started ascending the path to bigger audiences both in northern and in southern Greece. With the release of our first album we took part in various fests and concerts all over Greece supporting names as Biohazard,Rotting Christ, Malevolence etc.”
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
P: “We all grew up around each other so we kinda discovered the same new music at the same time. We all had our different backrounds musically others mainly in the more thrash genre from both sides of the ocean such as Pantera, Sepultura, Kreator, others in a more aggressive path with bands like Death,Lamb Of God, Hypocrisy,Gojira. Yet, music is not our source of inspiration, we see ourselves as observers of all these things that constantly happen around us and find it easier to express ourselves on these matters through music.“
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
P: “We all share the same dreams we did when we were teens and that is being able to play all across the world and meet people and stuff, but as we grow up we slowly found out that there is more driving us to playing this music. The ability to express yourself and your thoughts on stage and find that people relate themselves with it is becoming the driving force behind all this.”
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
P: “On our albums we try to capture our current mindset on things that happen in real time around the world. In a way we absorb all the noise, the fumes, the anger, all the inequalities and injustice,the violence mixed with our personal experiences and try to express it in our own way. Most of the time we get a riff idea stuck in our heads and start building on them individually until we feel it fits well with what we want. On our coming album George and Kostas, who are on guitars, had most of the riff structure ready and then after weeks of listening to it, new ideas, the drums, solos, vocal flows and even lyrics come naturally.”
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
P: “There are many ways we try to reach as many people as we can. A good chunk of the work of the work goes straight into the internet business. Uploading new music and video coverage from your shows or studio time,interviews, photos from touring or general moments in the bands life connects the viewer with the artist. The merchandise has helped a lot in the promotion of the band’s name as we start to see people wearing Psyanide T-shirts in shows or in rock bars we might go. But since news, especially in the Greek metal scene spread from mouth to mouth too, at the end of the day, performing a hell of a show does the best trick.”
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
P: It’s simply another form of the same thing. Of course owning a physical copy feels different being more of a collectible. Still, internet has brought access to much more audience from a band’s point of view and has made it easier for the listener to find way more bands than we ever could. As a band we can also see in which country you have the most downloads, get feedback for our work, connect with more people and there are many tools and sites online that combine more kinds of merchandise, not only music. But still, when you go see an underground band that’s been on tour for like a mont or more, buying their cd’s or a t-shirt can really help. Plus you get to add something new to your collection!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
P: Pretty much anything by all the bands that have inspired us up until now. We have had lots of fun jamming Metallica, Pantera, Death, Gojira, Lamb Of God both on stage and in the studio. Yet after voting on this question we pick Voice of the Soul by Death. (All of the Sound of Perseverance)
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
P: Not that many. We are pretty easy going people.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
P: Supporting a huge name feels really good and in many cases can be an actual goal for a band. Yet, one of our proudest moments was when we first gathered up and sat down to listen to our first freshly finished album.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
P: We are currently in the studio working on our second full album and playing shows across Greece. So far we have found a lot of support and made really good friends in all the cities we have visited in the past years. Also playing gigs between the recordings gives you this extra kind of edge in studio performance.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
P: We are already announcing dates all across Greece and those who have seen us in the past years know that we always give it all we got and at this point being so eager to release all our new stuff, adding some of them to the setlist really sets us on fire.