Grenouer – vocalist Andrey Ind and guitarist Alexander Motor

June 26th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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Vocalist Andrey Ind and guitarist Alexander Motor – Grenouer

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Mausoleum Records for the promo pictures of the band
Thanks to the band for the additional promo pictures

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From St Petersburg, Russia comes the legendary alternative metal act Grenouer. It has taken the band six years to follow up the previous album LIFELONG DAYS. Last year came the new opus BLOOD ON THE FACE and I had the pleasure to talk to vocalist Andrey Ind and guitarist Alexander Motor. Amongst many things we handled the return of Grenouer, the work behind BLOOD ON THE FACE and the trouble the band have experienced with record labels. We also spoke about how it was to work with the new producers Dualized & Eddy Cavazza and how is metal really doing in Russia today? Read more below.


Hi, GRENOUER, it’s really nice to talk with you again. Hope you are ready to take on my questions. Let’s start with talking about the band’s brand new album BLOOD ON THE FACE that was released last year.

Andrey Ind (lead vocals): It’s a big pleasure to talk to you, Andres, and to meet Metal Rules readers!!! It’s always an honor for us to get to such a large audience!!!

Motor (guitar): That’s right, in May 2013 GRENOUER’s seventh full length album saw light under the dynamite title “Blood on the Face”. And here we are, ready to throw the spotlight on it.

For how long have you and the band worked on the material to the album?

Motor: It took the band less than six months, because the initial thought was only about adding songs to the EP “Computer Crime” that saw light in November 2011 in UK. We estimated to have that re-released at other territories with bonus tracks.

Andrey Ind: These “bonus tracks” turned out more exciting and promising and we arrived at the decision of making a new full-length album instead. Five songs from the EP “Computer Crime” were also included, yet they were rearranged, and even some lyrics were modified.

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Who in the band writes the music and lyrics? And what are the lyrics about this time?

Motor: That was pretty simple with “Blood on the Face” album. I composed the major part of music and Andrey worked on vocal lines and lyrics.

Where do you find the inspiration to write songs? Do you write about things that you have experienced?

Motor: It is definitely experience that finds reflection in music. A positive morning, a glass of brandy, headline news, whatever. Songwriting includes the ideas that appear in the shower, in the metro, on the street, so it’s great to have a voice recorder at hand. You press “on” and that might be a terrific start. So, life in itself is an encourager, and you might have thousand ways of perceiving and representing it with your songs.

The previous Grenouer album LIFELONG DAYS came in 2008, what have the band been up to in between the releases?

Motor: GRENOUER were touring and playing terrific shows (that included supporting TESTAMENT in Moscow). We were also composing songs, shooting videos and doing promo stuff. Well, time flies fast, and it takes months and months for an independent band to bookstrap and to move forward; and disintegration of our record label, Locomotive Records, was honestly sad news. Anyway, we were not relaxing, and, as I have mentioned earlier, in 2011 GRENOUER’s EP was released.

What are new songs about?

Ind: These days I prefer fairly simple consonant words which have emphatic undertones, giving way to various interpretations. That is not thrusting my viewpoints on listeners but giving them pegs to hang things on. After all, all of us have ego-syntonic understanding of pain, love or happiness.

GRENOUER – Brain Fever – TRAILER (Teaser)

http://youtu.be/9yC6pKmuoJw

 

Did you put out any teaser of any of the songs on Youtube or such before the release of the album for the fans to listen to?

Motor:Two songs – the title track “Blood on the Face” and “Brain Fever” were put out as teasers. Since they marked the groundbreaking conversion of GRENOUER’s sound, the fans of our old-school era were confused, but still, a lot of people liked them very much. Several months before the official release of “Blood on the Face” we toured and the reception was unbelievably cordial. That’s a great feeling indeed!

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In July 2012 was the first single from BLOOD ON THE FACE released. What did the fans think of it?

Ind: It was released in July 2012, but the record label we entered into unhappy relations with at that time did nothing for its promotion. A bit later we canceled that single and don’t reckon it as a part of our official discography.

Motor:Still, die-hard fans that follow all our activities reported that it was a pleasant surprise. So, no one was indifferent and that’s evidently the best reward for a musician.

You put out a video documentary and an introduction of the album on Youtube what did fans think of that?

Motor:That documentary was designated to introduce the album properly either to fans or to anyone willing to know anything about GRENOUER. After I watched it myself for the first time, I realized that we have done a great job indeed and no wonder, other people were impressed.

GRENOUER – Documentary – Album Introduction

http://youtu.be/MW58dqBHs4g

Do you think that the band have gone through any musical changes since the release of the album LIFELONG DAYS? If so what kind of musical changes?

Motor:During the first post-LIFELONG DAYS rehearsals we started to modify the sound and that included versatile genres that were never tested by GRENOUER – sludge, stoner, punk, yet frankly speaking, the results did not sound convincing, even though we composed something like 20 songs. Then one day the drummer and the bass player left GRENOUER, and Andrey and me resolved to check what music we actually love. It turned out that we listen more to bands like Alice In Chains, Velvet Revolver or Sevendust rather than anything extreme and sophisticated, and the answer what we had to do next was more than obvious. We recruited new rhythm section and the first jam-sessions went perfect. That gave impression of something fresh and well-set.

How come you named the album BLOOD ON THE FACE? Does the title have any special meaning to you and the band?

Motor: Originally that was the name of the song and we didn’t see it as the title of album. We had another name and perhaps another concept. Mausoleum Records, the record label GRENOUER signed to today, suggested to change that, picking the name of the song, since it looked straight between the eyes.

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Who has done the cover art-work? What do you think of it? Does it reflect the essence of the album and the bands music?

Motor: The artwork was done by Didier Scohier (ARTCORE Design), and he managed to create a picture that suits the album perfectly. At a first glance it seems brutal, but if you take a closer look and switch on humor, you will behold that it has different attitude. It is more allegoric. A crazy little nurse with a Teddy bear, that can be KORN’s frontcover, ha-ha!

Were there many songs that didn’t made it on to the final edition of the album?

Motor: Because of rather tight schedule there were no extra songs, yet due to “no bullshit” approach, all of them sound worthy and make a great album. At least the album has terrific reviews in press.

You shot a video to the song “Brain Fever”. When and where was the video shot and how was it to shoot a video?

Motor: That music video was shot and directed in Saint Petersburg by the creative team supervised by director Alexander ‘True’ Afanasyev and director of photography Alexander ‘Gipnoz’ Evdokimov. They did a fantastic job at different locations, including the palace where the band plays the song.

GRENOUER – Brain Fever – Official Video

http://youtu.be/j-RYXHxWFcc

 

The biography labels the music of Grenouer as being heavy metal. Do you think that is correct or how would you like to describe what kind of music Grenouer plays?

Motor: Since Grenouer has seven albums, and they belong to different eras, of course Grenouer might be labeled as an extreme metal band. Yet, it has never been heavy metal. Come on, none of us are Iron Maiden or Judas Priest fans.

Ind: I am sure that is written in one of press-releases. Different distributors also label Grenouer differently, thus “Blood on the Face” is described as death metal in one catalogue, as pop-metal in another one and as hard rock in the third one. What we actually play now is contemporary alternative metal.

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Did you experience any pressure from fans or media when you began to work on the BLOOD ON THE FACE?

Ind: We are too much independent to feel any pressure from anything or anybody. We don’t have to prove anything to our fans, they already know that Grenouer is changeable. We are concentrated on making good songs, but however great the result might be, criticism always makes appearance. You just cannot not be good for everyone’s tastes.

Motor: My intention was to make an excellent album. The previous album LIFELONG DAYS was great and thus we had to take great pains. Moral responsibility was a sort of pressure, yet we also had a very good time, you can feel that the album is saturated with emotions.

Do you think that fans of the older album is going to like BLOOD ON THE FACE?

Motor: Many of them understand Grenouer’s evolution pretty well, though it is an ordeal for the fans of our first albums. Still, it is always a matter of choice. Some bands play the same riffs, some bands change a lot, and fans have to resolve whether they take it or not.

The song “Midday Show” is sung on both English as well as on Russian. Was it given to incorporate both languages in the song?

Motor: The rap part of “Midday Show” is basically in English, yet it also includes words in Russian and Spanish. The song deals with mass media and three most common languages in the world were taken in order to represent the mess that is going on TV.

Who sing the part that’s on Russian? There are also some rap-singing going on, who does the rap?

Motor: That part is performed by the musician from USA named Jarlath McGuckin, he is actually married to a Russian woman and thus speaks fluent Russian.

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How come you chose to do a cover of the Stone Temple Pilot song All in the Suit That You Wear? Are you fans of STP?

Motor: We are big fans of STP, the song All in the Suit That You Wear was picked for several reasons, and that “suit” is great to “wear”. By the way I highly enjoy their collaboration with Chester Bennington. That album is going to be a big hit!

There’s also a ballad called “See No Sun” featured on the new album. Was it obvious for the band to put a ballad on the disc?

Motor: It is not a typical ballad. I’d rather call it a song with a touch of 70’s, and also shades of indie-rock.

GRENOUER – See No Sun – Official Video

http://youtu.be/Ohs2omrnaLQ

Videos was shot to the songs “Midday Show” and “See No Sun” but are they also going to be released as singles?

Motor: These songs were chosen by directors. At least half of the album is exhibited through music videos. Different directors were involved into that and they decided on songs and what to do with them.

Grenouer – Midday Show (Official Video)

http://youtu.be/xWB0h2ZN5mI

The new video “Blood on the Face” have been clicked 32 000 times on Youtube, congratulations. How does that feel?

Motor: It is the title track and it makes perfect sense that it has more views than other videos from the album. Perhaps, over 30,000 views is nothing special within music industry, yet for an independent band that’s a fairly good result. I wish to see all these people at our gigs!

Personally I think that the album is brilliant and jammed with some great modern alternative metal music. Are you happy with the outcome of the album? Do you feel that you should have done anything in a different way now that you look back on the album?

Motor: I would love to play tours outside Russia, and I hope that we shall manage that with the next album. Otherwise I am happy with the outcome, and musically I don’t see anything that should be substantially changed. I mean that it is not ideal and there’s always room for improvement, still, sometimes you’ve got to calm down and enjoy the outcome.

Did the band threw any release party to celebrate the album?

Motor: The album had different release dates in Europe and North America, and in Russia it is only in digital distribution. So, no party took place partially because we partied two weeks before at “Brain Fever” music video presentation, when we booked the whole bar.

Have you read what the critics and media thinks of the album? Do you and the band care about reviews and what the critics thinks of your work?

Motor: We do track the reviews and what reviewers say. “Blood on the Face” got a lot of positive reviews. Yet a bad review is also an instrument of promotion, different opinions are expressed and there’s no need to take everything close to heart. Rock history includes a lot of brilliant bands hated by critics and loved by fans, and there are also bands loved by critics only.

Grenouer – “Blood on the Face” new video

http://youtu.be/SB56xlsFH70

The bio says that “Grenouer aspire to become a dominating force in global heavy metal”. What do you think of that statement?

Ind: I bet that’s another pompous extract from the press release. Of course we aspire to become a big band, and that’s a tied labor. A lot has been done and so much is in advance.

Labelissues

The album was originally called SHOWDOWN and was going to be released by The Metal Den Records in August of 2012 but so wasn’t the case. What happened and why wasn’t the album released as planned?

Ind: It is a long and unpleasant story, yet I am afraid it has to be told. Metal scene is a place where you chance to meet great people, either true professionals of various kinds or devoted enthusiasts. Yet sometimes you come across swindlers who manage to rip you off just because you are too devoted to music. Mr Randy “Rocket” Cody is exactly such case, and GRENOUER is not the only band that “fell a prey” of his activities. In times of struggle, big labels are not willing to take risks. Unless there’s a guarantee of reward, you are left with nothing. Very small labels are now beginning to become the same. If your music does not have a recognizable following, you are set aside for the sake of “building momentum”. Any promotion done by these small labels is merely a cut-and-paste job with no heart and soul, or sales quality. When submitted to news outlets, it is discarded as amateur and unworthy of release.

We made the unfortunate mistake of signing with The Metal Den. Randy Cody was sending e-mails full of jubilation that is going to become bigger than Roadrunner Records. A site that is good at only promoting itself, but not really. It touts itself as world-renowned, yet only receives less than one thousand unique visits per day. A site like Global Domination, which does far less self-promotion, garners at least over three times as much traffic daily. It’s also much more professionally designed and does a far better job at music journalism.

Back to our mistake, though. Be aware that a novice label asking you to pay them money is the worst mistake one could ever make. It enables them to have no risk at all. Is it right for a label to request an exorbitant administrative fee? Is it right for them to then send out short, uninformative blurbs about a release that is never met? If it right for them to then not hold up their end of the bargain of promotion because their efforts are unenthusiastic and pedestrian? Is it right for a label to itself delay a record release and blame it on the bands own decision? Is it right to cancel interviews? If a label has good contacts, it can get things done, even if the music is not up to par of other acts. It can still gather exposure. The Metal Den didn’t release the album on announced date and it became obvious that Randy Cody has nothing to offer except promises and loud statements – no distribution, no promo and no respect towards musicians. The best thing we could do was to lose the money (amounted to exactly 3,000 USD) but save the album and exit that label as soon as possible. And that was the right decision because afterwards GRENOUER signed a proper deal with Mausoleum Records. I have recently checked The Metal Den website and its artists section. It is comprised of three bands two of them are indicated as inactive.

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From what I understand was also the cover art work different and the cover of the STP song wasn’t featured, is that correct?

Ind: That’s right the album’s initial title was “Showdawn” (show + dawn). The frontcover was made anew after the album name was changed to “Blood on the Face” and yeah, we also added STP cover.

Studio and production

The album was recorded in Zeta Factory Studio. Where is the studio located and how come you chose to record it there?

Ind: The album was recorded in Finland and in Russia. Zeta Factory is the studio in Italy where the album was mixed and got additional sound design. Turn of events brought us to this studio but this was definitely a happy turn, and we have to thank a lot our friends from Italy – terrific bands Figure Of Six, Logical Terror and Overunit Machine.

How was it to work with producers Dualized and Eddy Cavazza?

Motor: They are professionals of a very high level! Easy to deal with, very cooperative, responsive and scrupulous. We had unbelievably great time, even though we were not present at studio in person. We were sending files, giving our suggestions and then receiving amazing mixes for review. I dare say that this team perfectly knows how to produce alternative metal adding unique vibe and atmosphere.

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The disc was co-produced by the well known Anssi Kippo and Joonas Koto. Was the band involved in any of the production-mixing or master work?

Motor: Anssi and Joonas were involved into the recording of three songs, plus Anssi alone recorded and produced two more songs and played bass in See No Sun. But the mixing session took place in Italy.

Ind: We did some engineering and edits ourselves during the recording session in Russia, and there were things that we finally had to learn.

Earlier on you have worked with Anssi Kippo as producer, why didn’t you chose him as head producer this time?

Motor: That’s right, LIFELONG DAYS album was recorded and mixed by Anssi Kippo at Astia studio, and that was really great experience. Still, if you develop as a band you might be always searching for more options. Dualized managed to change GRENOUER’s sound substantially giving us a fresh charge.

The mastering process took place in Finnvox Studio. Why did you chose to do the mastering over there?

Ind: GRENOUER have already worked with Mika Jussila, “Blood on the Face” was actually our fourth album mastered there. We searched for different options, including mastering studios in USA, and arrived at the decision that we still want to travel to Helsinki since Mika is one of the best mastering engineers in the world, not to mention that he is a very nice person to deal with! In this case there was no need for a fresh charge, ha-ha.

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During the mastering process did the band members all stay in Finland?

Motor: Oh, mastering is a very fast process, it takes no more than one day. By the way there’s no urgent need to travel there in person, unless you want to take a chance of visiting that legendary studio. So, me and Andrey traveled there enjoyed every minute of staying.

What do you think of Finland?

Motor: It is a country of technology and of metal music. At a first glance it might look uneventful and gloomy, yet, Finnish people do know to have fun and to amuse themselves.

Ind: Since Saint Petersburg is very close to Finland, we happen to spend our time there quite often. I like Finnish independent scene, and somehow the easiest way to see such bands alive is to take a small trip to Helsinki. Unfortunately a lot of bands disintegrate and I am happy that I managed to see shows of DIABLO, LULLACRY, NORTHER. Acoustic set by The 69 Eyes was also a very memorable show for me.

How long took it to record a disc?

Ind: GRENOUER’s debut album was recorded just during 6 days and in my opinion it has very credible production. Time is not always the issue of making a great album, pretty much depends upon the atmosphere within the band and objectives.

Motor: How people devoted are and how they prepared. Whether studio work presupposes experiments, jamming and smooth finishing or not. Anyway, at a certain point you have to stop, otherwise the recording session will never end.

Do you think that you’re going to work with Cavazza and Dualized in the future?

Motor: The next album will be made with Dualized. That’s settled, yet probably according to a bit different production model.

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Past and present members

You and guitarist Alexander Motor founded the band back in 1992. For how long have the other current members been a part of the band?

Ind: To be more precise the band was formed in 1992 and then re-launched a couple of years later, and even though we explain that almost in every interview, the people who make up press-releases and biopages just write only what they find necessary. Don’t ask why we didn’t change the band name. We attempted that more than once, but every time we did, we got the feeling that something was missing and the bandname wants us back.

Motor: 1992 was just a formal start, and neither me, nor Andrey were in that line-up. Actually, none of the members who were recording debut demo remain within music industry today, though, I am sure, Andrey still remembers lyrics of that songs, because he was performing them live. He took the stage in 1994 and took the lead, because the band was almost at the vanishing point. The debut album was recorded and released in 1996, while I joined Grenouer in 1999 to commence the preparation of the third album. We got along so good that finally Andrey and me became the core of the band. Together we came through a lot of events and modifications. Line-up changes, oh, due to various reasons they do take place, sadly, yet looks like always only for the better. Grenouer’s rhythm section today is comprised of our old friend Danny D on drums and Al Bolo on bass, who used to be our FOH engineer for more than 10 years. This really makes a family!

Have you had a lot of line-up changes during the years?

Motor: Yes, we have to admit that we had a lot of them. The people were changing their priorities or just didn’t belong to the band. The most important is that the captain was always on the bridge and kept the ship’s course.

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Who is the bandleader?

Motor: Of course Andrey is the frontman, who manages the band and who dedicated his life to Grenouer. Still, 99% riffs are composed by me. It is mutual trust and everyone is important here.

Is Grenouer a democracy where everyone gets to decide which way to go or who’s in charge?

Ind: All depends upon how you understand democracy. If that’s an excuse for doing nothing, then – to hell with democracy.

Motor: Sometimes there are decisions that got to be fast, and there’s no actual time for discussion. Well, friendship and mutual trust can be a substitute for democracy especially if everyone minds his own business properly.

Dmitry Daemon is participating on the album as session bassist. How was it to play with him?

Motor: Dmitry is our old friend and true professional. He is just into different music, his own band performs traditional hardcore. Still, we are really grateful to him for everything.

Have you found a solid bass player yet?

Motor: We hope so a lot! Al Bolo gives us a feeling that the band is strong like never before.

I see that also drummer Michael Coroner have quit the band, why?

Motor: It was really sad to realize that after the great album and after a great tour we just have to part with Michael.

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Was his departure expected?

Motor: Definitely. And his departure was a relief for both parties.

Was it hard to find a new drummer to replace him? How did Denis Stepanov end up in Grenouer?

Motor: We recruited a new player quite soon and even performed a gig with him, yet, again he seemed out of place. Then someday Denis “Danny” contacted us himself and asked if we were still looking for a drummer. That looked like a pick of destiny because he is exactly the person we were looking for, passionate, hard-working and full of humor.

Is the current line-up a solid one do you think?

Motor: I very much wish to say YES.

Label and management

The previous album was released by Locomotive Records but not this one. What happened with your co-operation with LR?

Ind: We received an official letter from Locomotive that said that the label was closing activities and therefore that was the end of cooperation.

Who own the master to the previous album LIFELONG DAYS?

Ind: The contract length has expired, and we own masters now, yet, since Locomotive was distributed by Warner, we still received bullshit copyright notifications from robots whenever we upload anything to Youtube.

Was the band without a record deal for a long time or?

Motor: Grenouer always managed to release albums through labels, yet we never managed to get a serious long time deal.

Were there many labels that showed interest in the band?

Motor: Getting a proper signing has turned into an impossible task, though we never gave up and kept sending hundreds of demos. The biz has changed a lot indeed, it is not a matter of good music anymore.

The 2011 EP COMPUTER CRIME was released by Copro Records, what label is that?

Motor: The biggest name in Copro’s catalogue is death metal classics Cancer, yet today the label is also focused on alternative music. Copro has also an affiliate named Casket Music that provides independent artists with self-financed deals. So, Grenouer has three Casket releases and one Copro release, which means that we have progressed a little bit. Copro has good distribution and they are quite nice people.

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The band have been linked to quite a few record labels during the years. What do you think of the music industry in general and record labels in particular?

Ind: Computer technologies made the process of recording music unbelievably easy, so everyone can become a musician without much practice and that forms a crowded market. I do understand when labels say they hardly sell music, yet I don’t quite understand when they release a pack of mediocre bands without listening to their music. Is A&R department limited to checking photos and Facebook likes? Perhaps, there’s no A&R department at all today.

Motor: Industry is filled with either lazy people or the ones too much focused on here-and-now profit, and we all see evident results. Compare 90’s with today from the point of view of rock history.

Mausoleum Records is the name of your new label, what do you think of that label? Are you happy with the work the label have put into the band and the album?

Motor: It is a label with background, history (it set up Warlock with life) and with great back-catalogue. But we just have to go on working hard ourselves in order to reap the harvest of that cooperation.

For how many albums are you signed for at MR?

Motor: We have recently agreed on having another album with Mausoleum, which means that the story continues.

Is the album released worldwide yet? Is it possible to download the album legally? If so where?

Motor: It is released in Europe and North America, and easily available on iTunes, Google Play Music, Deezer, Spotify and everywhere.

Is it possible to get hold of your older albums today?

Ind: I am sure it is not a problem if you know how to use Internet. No need to gain them through mail-orders, just surf E-bay or Amazon, alternatively refer to iTunes.

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I have not see any or you albums here in Scandinavia what do you think of that?

Motor: You’ve to be signed to a major label to be everywhere equally. In general I have no idea how records stores in different parts of the world adjust supply situation, yet one day we received a feedback from a fan who bought our CD in Japan.

Are you working with any management at the moment?

Motor: We are still negotiating with various agencies, and it is obviously the matter of payment. It is all about money, yet The Metal Den left a bad aftertaste, and we don’t hurry to take loans and to pay for empty promises.

Past, present and future

The band comes from St Petersburg in Russia, does all of the members live there at the moment?

Motor: Andrey and me come from Perm – Grenouer relocated to Saint Petersburg in 2003. Al Bolo comes from Irkutsk, and Danny is a native Petersburger.

What’s the climate for metal and hardrock in Russia today?

Motor: A lot of bands yet not much possibilities. You’ve got to rely on enthusiasm only and keep hoping.

Are there many clubs and venues for metal acts to play at?

Ind: Well, here are a lot of venues, and many of them are of great quality, since Saint Petersburg is always included in tour dates of famous artists. Some of the smaller clubs are also good, the only issue is how many people are going to come.

Grenouer has got a really nice website, who runs it and is the band active on other social forums? Is it possible for fans to interact with the band throughout cyberspace?

Motor: We are absolutely interactive, just enter contact section and write “Hello!”, since all Grenouer’s Internet presence is monitored by ourselves.

What’s the most common question the band gets from fans?

Ind: In most cases it is something very routine like how to buy our T-shirt or a rare edition, since our albums were re-released several times.

Motor: Some guys switch to a more personal level, many of them are friendly, some of them not – the ones who disliked our makeup in new videos.

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Do you think that you have get bigger with very new album or what do you think or that?

Ind: We put all our life in music no matter whether it gets us really big or not. We have no other choice other than to go on and to fight it tooth and nail.

Is there any interest for the band in USA and Canada and Asia?

Ind: Booking agencies are able to suggest us dates, but in each case we have to consider practicability. It’s no use in paying a lot to a booker, playing small shows, selling no merch and coming back home completely wasted.

Did you do any live shows during 2012/13 if so where did you play?

Motor: We toured through Ukraine and Russia, and played a lot of gigs in Saint Petersburg.

Have you done any shows in Russia so far this year? 

Motor: Of course.

Any festivals booked for the summer yet?

Motor: No.

Are there any plans on heading over to Europe on tour or to do single shows?

Motor: No definite plans, but this doesn’t mean that we shall not have them.

In April you played at the PPM Festival in Belgium, what are the bands feelings towards that? Exited?

Ind: More than excited, it is terrific to play the same festival with Saxon, Amorphis, Pain, In Extremo, Rage, My Dying Bride, Masterplan, Therion, Finntroll… Enormous stage, perfect organization, splendid experience, during these moments I feel alive and forget about any troubles.

How would you like to describe a live show with Grenouer as?

Motor: It’s pure energy, and a lot of melodies. Rock ’n’ Roll!! It’s pretty hard to try to describe what you see in a mirror.

Would the band have liked to play more live that you have done?

Ind: Absolutely. We are musicians, we are a band and we have to play A LOT, instead of wasting our time at work and hanging in bars on Fridays.

Are you happy with what Grenouer have come so far or do you wish that you have done more with the band?

Motor: I am happy with my band and we just have to complete our purpose. It is long path indeed yet I feel we are at the beginning of great happenings.

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Does the fans have to wait another 6 years for the next Grenouer album?

Motor: Not at all! Right now the band is in full swing of making a follow-up. That’s the actual reason why Grenouer is not playing at open-air festivals this summer.

Could you give the readers three great reasons why they should buy BLOOD ON THE FACE?

Motor: These days a worthy album is a rare case, most of the albums have the same sound and lack emotions, while Grenouer did their best to uncover our feelings. I don’t want to seem presumptuous but if you enjoy the album at first listening you will be referring to it again and again, because it implies hidden agenda.

What would you like to say to the ones who haven’t discovered the music of Grenouer yet?

Motor: Give us a chance, and the only thing you need is to sacrifice 40 minutes of your life. Give the album a spin. And dare to watch our music videos. They were made for you, friends!

Do you have any final words of wisdom to share with the readers and fans?

Ind: Such a responsibility! Maybe it’s too much! First of all I would like to thank everyone who has read this long interview, it has been a long one. I don’t want to sound pathetic, just want to be sincere, though sincerity is often mistaken for ass-licking. Then, I wish all of you to maintain your own love story with music. Don’t belong to other people’s opinions or criticism, and don’t explain anyone your preferences, go on pilgrimage, keep your head up and your favorite music will be your major supporter in life.

 

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Youtube Page
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Label
www.mausoleum-records.net

 

 

 

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