Alex vocalist of the Russian gothic,electro new wave band RUARE gives an interview to subexistance.
You create the band at 2006. Why do you decide to play something completely different from what you did before?
Right, in our previous bands we played metal. As you know, a typical metal band usually consists of four and more people who need regular rehearsals to make it sound good. Rehearsals, in its turn, usually don't go very smoothly, 'cos there are always various slip-us, conflicting schedules, and other organizational problems. Not to mention personal issues. That is why over time those people we played with started getting tired of playing music. Some got families, kids, others simply moved to some other towns... As a result, our bands split up. When it happened, Anton and I teamed up together. We both didn't want to bother ourselves with all this stuff like line-ups, rehearsal studios, etc. again. So it was natural that we decided to try something different. Now there are two of us and if we want to make a rehearsal, we don't even need to leave home :) It's convenient. Don't get me wrong, I still love metal and my CD collection consists primarily of metal bands, but I'm not gonna do this kind of music again.
Which are the members and how each member take part in the music composition , lyrics etc...
Anton is responsible for about 80% of music on our debut album. No wonder, he's the keyboard man. The rest 20% we did together. I did all the vocal melodies for the songs. Arrangements were done together too, but here we are also thankful to our sound engineer Nikolaj Injushin who really helped us a lot. As for lyrics, most of it was written by our good friend Olga Prokopjeva, except for two songs written by Ludwig "Ravenshade".
Can you give us more details about your debut?
Yeah, this is our debut album. We decided not to give it a special name, so it's left self-titled. It consists of nine original songs with additional remixes. Stylistically it is something between synthpop, new wave and futurepop. This is a digital release which is to be out on Synthematik, a very cool young label. The release date is not set yet, but it should be the end of October or the beginning of November.
What inspires you?
Well, many different things, actually... For example, walking, foggy weather like in London, Karelian nature, epic movies and their soundtracks, booze, hangover, autumn, black-white pictures, and also music of different genres and styles (if there's some soul in it!) Oh, and love, of course. Though, when you break up with a girlfriend, the songs come out like more honest and darker :)
Can you describe me your music?
Strong melodic songs with a shade of melancholy. I think that our music has something in common both with 80s electropop bands and German synthpop bands of the 90s. But I believe that we doesn't sound too similar to any other synthpop band one can think of.
Have you any live experience so far?
Yeah, when the songs were ready, we did a few shows in our native city of Petrozavodsk. Once we participated in a festival in Saint-Petersburg. After that we put our band on hold for a half and a year. That was due to some personal reasons. The project was frozen, so to say. In 2009, when some of our tracks appeared on compilations like Synthematika One and Synth Radio Russians, we got a very positive feedback from fans and critics, which gave us a second wind. We sat down in a studio and finished the album. Now it's gonna be available for the masses soon :)
How is the scene in Russia? Are there any new good bands?
Well, I'm afraid I'm not that competent to speak about new bands, 'cos I don't really keep track of them... But if you want to know what does the Russian synthpop scene sound like, be sure to check out the following artists: Mechanical Apfelsine, Floor Seven, Sector 516, Spektrum, BeRain, Neonim, Lie Detector. Most of them have already released an album or two. I would also highly recommend to listen to Monoclast from Belarus and Alpha Point from Moldova - they are pretty cool as well. If we take other styles related to the so-called 'dark scene', there are a way more bands I could name.
What are the comments from the fans who listen to your music?
We get a lot of messages on various social sites where we have our pages and profiles. Most of them contain encouraging words, good luck wishes and stuff like that. Many messages come from western countries like Germany, USA... There are negative ones too, of course, mostly from our fellow countrymen :( At first, we felt very upset about such things, then started feeling irritated. Eventually, we got over it, and now we just ignore messages with unconstructive criticism. I think that we have managed to record a good album. And the next one is gonna be even better!
About your future plans?
Well, I don't like speaking much about future plans. The main thing for us right now is to get feedback about the debut album. Maybe we'll play several shows in support. We also would like to release a single in the beginning of 2011... And of course start recording of our second album, ‘cos we already have enough new material.
A message to the people that support you?
Thank you for your support through all the years, even when we were keeping silence. Feel free to download our debut album. More info will be available at http://synthematik.net, so keep checking it!