Sunday, March 5, 2017

Nula Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? We formed band in late 2013, we’re from Belgrade, Serbia and basically, we gathered around the love for heavy riffs and mighty grooves. We came from different musical backgrounds including death, thrash, sludge metal and hardcore punk but were united by our common passion for aggressive, raw and essentially emotional sound and intense live delivery.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings? We are not into putting labels on stuff, but the best way to describe our music would be as a mixture of sludge, doom and post metal, with a hardcore approach. Although the music is dominated by heavy, groove oriented riffs, we also throw in some moody passages to emphasize the atmosphere from time to time, and are absolutely hell bent on drawing the listener to a specific emotional state that makes him question his own inner space and mindset (that’s maybe caused by our local musical influences, traditionally seen as emotionally intense).

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music? The goal is always to be as sincere and as personal as possible, cause it’s the only way to feel the emotional and mental release that comes with playing this kind of music. Lyrical themes are mainly tied to personal inner struggles and often convey a pessimistic worldview that is in itself a call to strength, a form of expressing our protest against all that is predetermined.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nula'? Nula means 'zero' in Serbian and for us, the name symbolizes a state of perfection and internal/external balance, a 'clean slate' so to say, a feeling of fulfillment that is reached through emptying one's mind. Or something like that.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? All of the band members have their own favorites, so it’s hard to say. In most cases, the more ‘personal’ the show, the better. At most times, it just feels more natural and easy going to play clubs then, for instance, festivals, cause the vibe is clearer and the exchange between the people and the band is more intense.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? We would be thrilled to have the opportunity to promote this EP live as much as possible. A tour around Serbia is almost certain, and it would be great to visit other Balkan countries and hopefully Europe.

7.So far you have worked with 'Grim Reaper' and 'Black Bow Records, are you happy with the support these labels have given you? Having in mind that both labels are basically more or less underground and conceived on the basis of love for the music and not financial success, we were and are perfectly satisfied with the treatment we were given, cause we always considered ourselves to be a DIY, independent band, centered around the love for the groove and the pursuit for, so to say, a perfect personal expression and complete artistic freedom.

 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge metal? We’ve received great feedback from fans and reviewers/critics alike and are basically happy with the way things are developing. We hope that people will dig our vibe and that the fan base will grow.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? We try not to confine ourselves to a certain genre and we are always looking for new ways to expand our musical expression. Most of our songs are conceived through jamming which allows us to experiment a lot. Currently our sound is evolving towards being more atmospheric but without leaving out the skull crushing riffage.

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? As we already said, we come from different musical backgrounds so that is kind of a hard question for us to answer. Our main influences include Neurosis, Crowbar, Down and a local band called Bjesovi (check them out). We are also influenced by other genres like electronica, industrial, post punk, ambient and of course good old seventies heavy rock.

11.What are some of your non musical interests? Pork, beer, hard liquor, harder synthetic drugs, fine arts, philosophy, and a strong breakfast. Also, contemplating the noose and promiscuous women.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Life is death, death is life, but before you die, check out our EP.

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