Monday, February 9, 2015

Kooba Tercu Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band consists of Johnny Tercu and his crew. Johnny gathered around him a number of creative individuals from bands that were active in the greek scene : Cube, the Bliss, Misuse, Masturbation goes cloud. It is now a six people band and is slowly morphing into a collective of musicians that like noisey, heavy and rythmic music. Major inspiration in our endeavours has been the crisis in Greece and  the idea of an anti-hero, anti-rock band thats rocks very hard.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
All songs are composed collectively through jamming. The album is consisted of the snappier, shorter versions of those ideas. It is a varied record that touches upon different aspects of the same aesthetic that revolves around the heavy, the odd, the noisey and the punky attitude of playing whatever you want.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Similarly to the music, the band wrote the lyrics collectively. More often than not, it’s process rather than content - oriented. The songs include vocalisations in non-languages (nanana nanana & ooo! nana) and themes such as Batman, boat panic, mollusk orgasms, bullying and the technology vs environment.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kooba Tercu'?
Johnny Tercu is behind it all. Kooba Tercu means the summary of Tercu. Once a Tercu, always a Tercu.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our last show with our friends The Dive, celebrating both our bands vinyl record releases, took place in an occupied theatre in Athens and was self-organized by ourselves. When playing live our goal is to get the crowd into the mood to dance and trip out. Compared to the album live shows are definitely more fluid and the music has greater impact both on the heavier and the quieter parts.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are now in the process of setting gigs around Greece and looking for venues/festivals around Europe.

7. The album was released on Spinalonga Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label
Spinalonga Records ( is an non-profit collective based in Greece, established in 2005. It was founded to promote underground bands in Greece through networking , economical support, information sharing and skill building to enable the bands to autonomously produce and release their music.
BodyBlows co-released the record. Bodyblows is run by Bob. Bob likes Johnny and Bob  always prefers trading to selling. Bob puts out punk, garage and rock n roll records and is based in Crete (

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your album by fans of underground music?
Most people have a hard time classifying the record and usually they will see in the music the bands that they like and listen to, which is probably a good thing. It might take people a few trials before the record grows on them but for the most part we have been getting positive feedback. If anything, the only downside is that we’ve released the record from a small label in the edges of the universe so not enough people had the chance to listen to it yet.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We still have to develop our current concepts and ideas further and we’re already experimenting with new material. In parallel as a growing collective, the vision is to start producing recordings (EPs or splits) and allow different configurations of Johnny’s crew to compose within the band.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Influence and listening nowadays mixed: The Melvins, Sunn 0))), Wolf eyes (great live shows), Aluk Todolo, Fugazi, Hella, Minutemen, Zu, Jesus Lizard, Boredoms.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
There a few common threads that run through the members of the crew: politics and history, cooking, Eastern martial arts, political agroecology and rough trade

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for your interest

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