Bongs For Satan – A Interview With Kamni ..   Leave a comment

Aleks is back to hoping to introduce Kamni to a wider audience with this great interview. They are a great stoner/doom band and if you like Electric Wizard, Sleep, YOB, Ufomammut, then they are essential listening. Thanks to Aleks and Pavel from the band for getting this together….Read On ….

Q: Hi Kamni! Who is on-line?

-Hail, it’s Pavel!

Q: Well, hi Pavel! What is current line up of the band? Is it stable enough? And I will not ask you to show me your health certificate!

-I play on guitar and provide vocals, Andres is on bass, Ruslan is on drums and we have a new member –second guitarist Den. Everything is pretty stable, just trying to be in touch with each other.

Q: Kamni has only one release (though at the moment of publication they have released an second EP), let us talk about it – how long did you spend composing that stuff?

-It appeared in a half of a year since we started rehearsing.

Q: Oh, so you worked out such great melodies in very brief period, accept my sincere congratulations! Did you already have concrete ideas when you go into studio or was it only improvisation?

-Well, Bong Of Satan was ready was ready for recording, the other tracks were finished during the record.

Q: What did you aim for when recording these songs?

-We just wanted to play gigs and that worked.

Q: This is first interview of Kamni, am I right? Then I just can ask you to tell us something about band’s foundation and etc. From where did “Stones” fall?

-There is nothing unusual, I knew Ruslan for about six months, we played in another band. I suggested him to play stoner, but we needed a bassist and found Andres through the Internet. He turned out to be a big fan of doom, stoner, sludge, also likes Neurosis etc. We began rehearsing, made Bong of Satan, it’s our first track, then recorded a EP and began playing gigs. We’ve recruited a second guitarist recently.

Q: Where did you dig out that distorted sample in “Intro”? There’s a television anchorman tells some funny things about Ozzy.

-That’s a famous video, the TV-show ‘Vremya’ (“Vremya” is an only news TV-show in USSR of 70s) from 1972. The narrator says really ridiculous propaganda bullshit, that’s why we decided to make a sample.

Q: So that man told that Ozzy was (well, it was 1972) already distorted and insane, of course it was a very bad example of Soviet boys and girls… But don’t you think that it’s true and his sanity is under question indeed?

-Ozzy’s sanity is quite more normal, than average people have.

Q: There were words about “violence and obscurantism” in your “Intro”, is it said about your own vision of music?

-Violence and obscurantism is about all human civilization, I guess.

Q: Ha, the answer is fitting! Here we go – your song “Bong of Satan” sounds really powerful and groovy, and there’re a bunch of good riffs anyway, but true to say I see this track only as a tribute to Doom Cult traditions. Didn’t you ever think to enrich the genre with some new ideas?

-Yeah, Bong Of Satan is some kind of a prank. It’s really hard to bring anything new within this genre, that’s why more likely we are tying to find our own sound and our own face.

Q: The band’s name Kamni is written in Cyrillic (?????), but why don’t you use Russian lyrics in your songs?

-Yes, the band’s name is written in Cyrillic. We had an idea to make lyrics in Russian, but it didn’t work. Russian is not an easy language to write the lyrics in.

Q: Did any Russian bands ever inspire you? I still wonder how would Kamni sound with Russian lyrics about vodka instead weed and other hangover deviltry…

-Well, Andres and Den both don’t listen to Russian music at all. Andres is a huge snob and he really likes only sludge, doom, black metal and so on.

Personally I like some genres in Russian music and listen to many bands.

-By the way your drummer is a fan of hip-hop and other heretical stuff, does his manner of playing add something special to Kamni? I remember American Enoch which CD was released on R.A.I.G. records, and their drummer really kicks ass! The man makes Enoch’s sound very special indeed!

-He is interested in gospel, maybe it gives something special to us, but in my opinion our sound is standard.

Q: Man, what is track “1947” about?

-Do you know s about the crash of a UFO in Roswell back in 1947? There’s an American hoax film about it, where aliens are disemboweled and have their intestines explored. And the track is about that shit, about a guy who believes in that.

Q: So do you think what it was just a fake?! As it was when they were flying to the Moon and back?!

-Exactly like the Moonshot.

Q: What’s the hell!! But well… As I know Kamni work with new stuff planning to record full-length album, what is a current state of your record session? How many ttracks will be included in LP?

-We are not working on a LP. Currently we are recording a new EP, and the presentation will be in Mantra Music Club in Moscow, on 24 of June. We’re hardly pressed for time, but as far as I can see we’ll make everything on time.

Q: And how will the new stuff sound? Can you say that it will be some psychedelic relaxing material as in your track “Sun Inside” or will there be more harsh and hard doom as into “Repatriation of God”?

-You’ll hear it yourself)

Q: And this answer isn’t fitting at all! Lay your cards on the table, man! You have nothing to hide!

-Okay, psychedelic rock, doom, meditation. We’ll print DIY stuff because we want to have our music released on CDs as fast as we can. The tracks, also will be uploaded to the internet, but after the presentation.

Q: What did drive you to compose instrumental track “Sun Inside”? I was feeling it’s vibes very well when we share few portions of vodka with my comrade after hard working day.

-Obviously, I had that riff and we decided to finish our record with a calm psychedelic track.

Q: What is the best to do listening your music – to drink, to dope, to pump iron in gym?

-To fuck chicks.

Q: Well, maybe… Okay, Kamni got quite positive – I’d rather say enthusiastic – reviews, let’s take for example stonerrock.ru or even doommantia.com (Hi Ed! How are you?). so don’t you feel a bit giddy? Why am I asking this? I know some bands who getting few good responses after their first release and have their nose bloody high in the air. I do not sure that Kamni are one of such swelled heads, but let us clear this situation!

-Hah, are we supposed to be overproud bastards?) A couple of reviews on the Internet doesn’t make us more professional, talented or anything. We are just trying to make music as good as we can, we just fucking play what we like. It’s really cool to see people coming to your gigs, that is real feedback from the listeners.

Q: Indeed I do not think so, I was meaning mmm… 3 concrete bands but let us don’t sound their names. I would like to hear your point of view – are there really original stoner/sludge doom bands in Russia? Bring it on dude!

-We are more impressed by Ukrainian scene, the guys there play just awesome! Mozergush live show was a killer. Being a totally underground band they are very serious about music they make. The persons in the band are charismatic like no one in any Moscow band. Both Snakerider and Stoned Jesus are cool too (Hail, Igor!). Also there is a good band BOMG from Monastyrische, formed by a father and his son playing heavy stoner doom in the vein of Electric Wizard. To tell the truth, we want to make a fest of Russian and Ukrainian doom, sludge and related genres in Moscow, but the main problem are the finances.

Q: But similar gigs have a place in Moscow time to time, is it too difficult to call few bands from abroad to play at one stage?

-We know guys from other bands and it’s cool to hang out with them, but the music from the most Russian not defunct stoner- doom- post metal and so on bands didn’t impress us very much. There are cool projects, but they are not active and do not play gigs. Anyway, we are glad to communicate with all guys from Moscow gang. The only releases we wait for is a LP from The Moon Mistress (Moscow) and a EP from Bone Machinist (Saint Petersburg).

But, personally I often go out to see Stone Cold Boys gigs with great pleasure, they play really cool despite they are quite different sub genre.

Q: Ok, I’ll be waiting for gig of Kamni in Saint-Petersburg, come here and play your new songs! That’s all for this time, do you have few final words of wisdom to enlighten our readers?

-Thank you for interesting questions, we’ll come to Saint Petersburg as we’ll have chance to play a gig there! Hail to all guys out there who listen our music and support our gigs!

Do not shoot up, do not smoke-

Better go and pray to God!

Interview By Aleks Evdokimov ( Metal Library )

Kamni @ Myspace

Check out the new EP “A.T.O.M. – Here

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Posted June 30, 2011 by doommantia in Kamni

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