Thursday, February 2, 2017

Vvorse Interview

> 1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

1. Topi: Hi there, things are looking good at the moment. We have a couple of gigs coming on this winter/spring time, so now we're rehearsing for those dates. We haven't played
together that many gigs yet (two w/ this lineup, three alltogether), so it's a pretty new thing for us. So yeah, I'm excited, I feel that the band is just starting to work properly and there's something happening. Meanwhile, it's just juggling between homelife, dayjobs and rehearsal space, making new hardcore music,but what else is new?
> 2.So far you have released 2 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
2. Topi: Well, for me, our first release is more of a demo or promo than an official album. It's more or less the first seven songs that
we ever wrote together. So that was kind of our first take to how to even write songs. Productionwise it's more raw, primitive and demoish sounding than Näkyjä Helvetistä. It was really a learning process for me how to play this kind of music as well as it was for Manne, our former vocalist who "sang" on this one also. But it was a fun experience and I'm proud that we made it from start 'til finish by ourselves.
Before our second release, Jussi came in the band and took over the main vocal and second guitar duties. Along with that, we could focus
more on arranging twin-guitar stuff, harmonies, solos etc. and overall, a fuller and more detailed band sound. So, that had a good impact on our newer songs
and it was something that we felt we were lacking before. The songwriting process itself was pretty much the same as before, Lauris had
an idea of a song and then we all arranged it together until it started to feel good. This time we had better equipment to
record, so it sounds more like a real album. Again, we recorded and mixed it ourselves + we had professional mastering on it as well.
I think on this latest one, the music is little more diverse. There's more slower/mid-tempo stuff, faster songs, longer songs and in general, songs that have more identity on their own. Otherwise, both releases draw from the same well of dark, hardcore music.
> 3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
3. Lauris: Dealing with personal demons and negativity in everyday life. Nothing positive anyways. Actually quite depressing and dark stuff. I guess this genre is the background sound of the end of the world.

> 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vvorse'?
4. Lauris: Doesn't really mean anything else than what this word actually means. Its just has this double letter thing to look a bit different and that's about it.
> 5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. Topi: Considering our modest history of playing shows, I have to say our latest gig in Tampere has been best so far. But our other previous shows have been equally important. What comes to performing, it's a work in progress.
> 6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. Jussi: Right now we have a couple of shows booked for February. After those we don't have any confirmed shows, maybe we'll book something for the spring. We've been talking about making a small tour in the Baltics at some point.
> 7.The new album came out on Inverse Records, are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
7. Jaakko: I actually work at Inverse Records myself. This was the first time I released my own music through Inverse Records. So I guess that things have been as we wanted them to be considering the album release.
> 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge, crust and hardcore?
8. Jaakko: There has been very variable feedback. We've got both praises and dislikes. But as we do underground stuff it's part of the game. We are not even trying to please everybody. If we would - we would easily lose the edge from our material.

> 9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. Lauris: I hope we continue to experiment within this "genre" and see where it takes us. Last thing i want to do is to write another "Näkyjä Helvetistä", that is something we will try to avoid. So I would like to raise the bar for ourselves for the next record!

> 10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

10. Jussi: I think we all listen to all kinds of music. I myself am keeping my ears open for cool stuff - be it in a techno, pop or black metal track - that I could maybe use in my own music. The hardcore bands I have been listening to lately include Martyrdöd, Tragedy and such.

> 11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. Jussi: The usual stuff, movies, reading, arts, occasional drinks - nothing special. I'm a devoted supporter of our local football club, JJK.
> 12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Jaakko: No.

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