Weird Tales Interview 08/03/2021
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and who's your biggest influences
Dima: Obsession with nasty riffs and a disgust for life are certainly two main influences for me. With tons of blues rooted heavy bands from the 70’s
Kriss: If, “Weird Tales” would be a horror movie it will be the one which animals are killed in.... (laughs) It's hard to talk about influences in this case because we don't feel we need to be associated with any existing or non-existing band. It's easy to assume we're some kind of descendants of all doom/sludge/stoner bands that came before us so if you hear one influence or another it is good for you. We're operating in this music's genre scope, but if you call us a punk or metal band we won't be very surprised or offended.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from?
Dima: Riffs just flow into my mind, usually when I'm pissed off about something.
Kriss: I'm just polishing stuff that came out of Dimas head... with everything that is in my head. I draw inspiration from everything I've ever listened to... .
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
Dima: Listening to our discography you’d say that we are pretty experimental with our songs. The main point for us is to do what we want to do and not be stuck with tags and genres. We are trying to make songs interesting for us to play as well as listen. I like different songs for different purposes. But let me chose only one – Madness, because I think this song has the essence of what WEIRD TALES is all about.
Kriss: My favorite is “Nightmare”. It has that “groove”, an attitude and dark undertones. It's like you find yourself playing in 1970's Black Sabbath for those couple of minutes.... .
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2021?
Dima: Dude do you see what’s happening around (laughing). No plans at all.
Kriss: If there will be any, count me in... .
MM: What can we expect from you guys live?
Dima: LOUD. Grim, disturbing songs. Mindbending sounds. Howling vocals. A live act that pushes you out from your comfort zone a little. And a tons of rock’n’roll fun.
Kriss: We'll give You everything we've got thats for sure... .
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring?
Dima: Hangover for sure! one enemy on the road. To avoid it you have to control yourself and that’s not what rock n roll dudes like us wanna do.
Kriss: Touring is the best. The little inconveniences that comes with it is nothing in comparison to playing live. Trust me this stuff is the stuff worth livin'.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies?
Kriss: Any band who likes to have fun onstage and backstage and are not assholes. We had a great time playing with Rising Sabotage and Tankograd, during our tours. These guys were awesome and became our frends eventually.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why?
Dima: Primitive Man. If you saw them live there would be no need for explanation. And if you don’t – go and see them when the possibility arises because they are sick. The heaviest band in the world. I mean it. It’s like the essence of heavy music, when dudes just say “We wanna play even slower, heavier and louder then everybody else” and they literally did it. Not like other bands trying to, but it’s a new level of heaviness. People on the gig are shocked and confused and don’t know how to behave and what to do with that expirenece they are been going through. Doing such things to poor people minds. Beautiful.
Kriss: Ohh definetly my second concert of ELDER. I kind of have an obsession with these guys and developed an almost “cult follower” atitude towards 'em. I've been listening their “Lore” album since first single came out and I'm still listening to it until today at least once or twice a week. And my all-time favourite song is “Lore”. So when they added it to the playlist and played it live I melted completely. After that I know what people must've felt like listening to Led Zeppelin/Beatles back then... .
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
Dima: We have released our latest EP on Vinyl, thanks to Interstellar Smoke Records. One life goals have been reached! Check this stuff out, the edition is really rad. Coloured 45rpm with inserts, poster and sticker. So proud of it!
Kriss: Anything I do in Weird Tales is an acomplishment. There is no turning back, we seem to always go further and further... . It seems like there is more to come our way everyday and it's almost in reach of our hands.... .
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
Dima:I like this one! Two favourites, makes it easier then choosing only one. But we all understand that it is not enough, right? I’d go with Fun House by Stooges and Rocka Rolla by Judas Priest.
Kriss: Ohh man, these questions are always tough. I've got like ten albums that I can easily enlist here without any hesitation. But if you tell me that I've only got two hours of life left I'd listen to “Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath” and “Elder – Lore” and die happy... .
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
Dima: Like everything you do for the first time - a little bit weird and confusing and very interesting.
Kriss: I've never been shy or an introvert person. Playing in front of people is what draws me toward being in a band in first place. But I'd be a f*ckin liar if I tell 'ya that I don't have jitters before goin' onstage but that's what it is all about. No pain no gain!
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
Kriss: Guns'n'Roses. Like allover the place... . (laughs)
Dima: some Russian punks and Megadeth!
MM: Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
Dima: Definitely Iommi. But he was influenced by Jango Reindhart who’s playing gypsy jazz, so I assume there is some gypsy warlock behind all of this.
Kriss: I don't think there is like one person behind it... . You know that the bands are interacting with each other and there is a kind of competition included. One seeing the other try to out‐do their performance. And it's what makes music interesting. But if I have to point my finger on the who is responsible for all of that I'd choose Satan himself. (of course if you believe that stuff exists ).
MM : What's the most important thing to the band right now?
Dima: Right now it’s hard to stay sane because of the lack of gigs. Lot’s of musicians doing what they do just to play gigs, and if someone don’t, then why the fuck are they doing it at all?
Kriss: Keep going, believing that concerts will be back soon. Writing new material and keeping ourselfs in “shape” for gigs to come.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
Dima: Dude we just released hundred year old blues cover EP, what else is there to say?
Kriss: If I'd tell you someone would read it and do it before me even better than I do. So I'll keep it a secret... .
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band.
Kriss: In poland we have a proverb: “Curiosity is the first step to hell”. So let us be your guides if you dare to take that step.
MM: Four words to describe your Band
Kriss: In one of our new EP review some dude called us a “vulgar embarrasment to the doom-metal comunity”. And you know what? We liked that! (laughs).
Dima: Oh yeah, this one is brilliant. I'd go with this. We should name an album like that.
MM: Final Words for your fans and our readers
Dima: You shouldn’t do drugs, but if you really want to, you can.
Kriss: Have fun guys, whate else left to do?