Monday, February 27, 2017

Radien Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

 Radien is a five piece band from Helsinki, Finland. We started in 2014 and after few changes in the line-up the band found its current form in summer of 2016. After some demos we released Maa ep digitally in 2016 and physically on vinyl in January 2017.

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

On Maa ep our goal was to offer a raw feel of a live recording. The songs were composed mainly by jamming together and slowly developing them as a band. We wanted to capture the energy we have in our rehearsals on the recording and everything on the ep was recorded at our own rehearsal space.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Original themes of Radien include northern mythologies, dark side of the mind and dystopian visions. On Maa ep we wanted to concentrate on the last days of humanity. Maa means "earth" or "land" in Finnish and that is what is left after the era of humans.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Radien'?

In northern Sami mythology Radien is the god of sky, one of the most important deities among people. Radien is the god of fertility and is the one who greets souls which arrive to the underworld. It is said that Radien can make the whole world crumble down, which can be prevented with the right sacrificial rituals.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We have played two times in Vastavirta club in Tampere and both times we have played with punk and crust bands. We try not to get too locked up in one genre when it comes to live shows, and it's been great to have a chance to play with bands from different genres. It is a challenge for both the band and the audience, but thats the way we like it. We aim to give our audience a strong and spiritual audiophysical experience.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Right now we are composing new songs and concentrating on doing random live shows in Finland. Later this year our goal is to do some gigs abroad and at least a small European tour.

7.The ep was released on 'Bunkerri Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

We tried to find a label to publish our ep. Because no label showed green light and we wanted to get this ep done so we could move on, we decided to put up our own label, Bunkkeri Records. Currently our label is only dealing with Radien-related matters, but we are very interested on releasing music from other bands also in the future.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of punk, drone, sludge and doom metal?

We are happy to find that people all around the world dig our music. Seems that we have been successful in combining those genres in our output, so that people with quite different interests find our music fresh and interesting. Instead of genre-based feedback we have got more positive feedback on the atmosphere and the overall feel of the music. Todays technology with digital distribution and social media is a gift for a band like Radien, making it so much easier to find new music, no matter what style of music you listen to usually or where you live.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We are hitting the studio again in spring or early summer to record new songs! No exact plans for a release have been made yet, but there will be enough material at least for a full length album. We will continue to challenge ourselves and open-mindedly explore new ways of working as a 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?

We all listen to quite broad range of music.  The style or category doesn't really matter if the music itself has a soul and is made with passion.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

All the time we are also working with the visual aspects, such as artwork and video art, which we think are very important sides of any band or artist. Especially the guitarists and our bassist are very much in to musical gear, always developing their setups for a better soundscape. And bigger stacks.

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

Stay tuned for info on future shows and releases, many things are happening in the near future!

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