Grieving Interview 11/09/21
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
We call ourselves Grieving and we play doom metal. I think the main and most obvious influence is Black Sabbath, especially the first six albums with Ozzy on vocal duties. Other bands that had an influence on our style are definitely Catherdral, Candlemass and Trouble. But we don't limit ourselves only to the classics – we do enjoy newer doom bands such as Pallbearer, Messa or Dread Sovereign.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
Horror movies, in particular older ones such as the Universal monster classics, the Hammer series, old Roger Corman flicks, 70's Satanic films. Same goes for old comic books, especially things like “Tales from the Crypt” and similar. Anything connected to the Devil and the Occult.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
I'm gonna go out on a limb and answer for the rest of the guys: “Black Sabbath” by Black Sabbath. I don't think they'll hate me for that one.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2021
I would love to get back on the road but we'll have to wait until early 2022 for our first shows. Right now we;re still in the middle of forming our live line-up but once it's done, we can't wait to bring “Songs for the Weary” to your homes.
MM: What can we expect from you guys live
That's a pretty good question and I'll be able to answer it once we play our first show :) But I think we'll be focusing on our sound and the atmosphere of our shows.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
Meeting new people, seeing new places, putting smiles on people's faces with our depressive music – these are definitely the highlights. The worst thing is probably the travelling people rarely have the understanding of how touring really works. It's 1/4 fun and 3/4 stuck in a van with a few other dudes, drunk, hungover or just tired. I can think of a few better ways to waste one's time :)
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
Tough one, since we don't know that many bands outside Poland. But then again, we are very nice and easygoing people so I'll say we can tour with anybody. Bring it on!
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
I remember my first Shawn James show in Poland. The guy is sort of a singer-songwriter type but occasionally travels with a whole band. Back then it was just him with a few guitars and a small kick drum effect. But once he started singing everyone in the venue was blown away. One of the most amazing voices in modern music, check him out.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with Grieving.
I think the fact that we managed to release “Songs for the Weary” on both CD and vinyl is a pretty sweet deal. We're really proud of that album and we hope it will get the attention we hope it deserves.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
Another tough one, as my answer could change in a matter of minutes. For now, let's say Faith No More's “King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime” and Poison The Well's “You Come Before You”.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
It was a bit weird, a bit ecstatic, a bit uncomfortable. Luckily I got used to it over time but it doesn't come easy.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
I don't recall having any to be honest – maybe Guns N' Roses? I definitely had some horror movie posters though.
MM: Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
Well, Black Sabbath invented metal so that's something we can all be grateful for. I guess The Beatles were also quite the influence on music altogether, although I was never a huge fan. And then there were countless other bands who carved their own niches in rock and metal, like The Ramones, Type O Negative, even Korn. I appreciate a lot of them.
MM : What's the most important thing to the band right now?
Keep making and releasing new music. We're not getting any younger.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
I'd really like to do something absolutely obscure that no one knows about. Just like Monster Magnet did on their last album – a lot of the bands they covered are completely forgotten now. I'd need to dive into some of my old tapes to pick something really good.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
Because we're putting all our black hearts into this music. And while not reinventing the wheel, we like to think we're adding some minor upgrades to it.
MM: Four words to describe your Band
Have. You. Heard. Doom.
MM: Final Words for your fans and our readers