L’Homme Absurde – promising post-black metal band from Russia!
Hi! Tell me about L’Homme Absurde. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hi! This is philosophical term by Albert Camus. The man who fills his life with his own meaning, in brief. There is no problem in Russia with understanding the ideas of 20th century European philosophers – our cultural background is very close. You have no choice if you read “Crime And Punishment” being 13 years old.
“Monsters” album was released on October 25th. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
I feel myself like a person who has completed a lot of work – maybe, some kind of hangover. Change something? I can’t predict the future of the album, but I hope that it have a chance.
Time will tell.
Tell me more about “Monsters”? Album ideas etc…
The main lyrical theme is social isolation. On the one hand, we are talking about the imperfections of the modern world. On the other one, it’s about a person, unable to take it as it is and trying to escape. Each song has its own theme, but it’s the easiest way to describe the main idea.
How do you like the cooperation with FONO so far? I had never heard about this label before, but seems like they are something like big one there in your country?
They are one of the biggest Russian labels releasing the licensed music. It’s an opportunity for many people to buy low priced high-quality editions of foreign bands. Unfortunately, they don’t make any promotion for the bands outside Russia. The reason to work with them is to get a quality CDs. And then you’re doing yourself everything else.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
I try to listen a lot of different music. Sometimes ideas just happen. But usually I just pick up the guitar, turn on the amp and try to play. Sometimes the inspiration comes, sometimes not.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define L’Homme Absurde’s sound?
We are aggressive, but melancholic and at the same time. And we are more depressive than those bands, that playing heavy distorted dream pop now.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
I have new ideas, but I’m not hurry to start a new record. I want to understand our strengths and weaknesses first, and reviews is the good opportunity. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t do anything – I keep everything that comes to mind, and perhaps this is something for the new album.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
I try to take ideas from different sources. In clean guitar parts my main influence is Japanese post-rock bands Toe and Mono. Bass lines is heavily influenced by post-punk bands, The Cure and Bauhaus. Of course, most famous bands in our genre influenced me too, but I can’t choose the most important for me. But most important record for me in genre is Alcest’s Écailles de Lune, of course.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
I am open to any collaboration, but I think it would be possible only if well-known musician notice me himself. If it’s a fantasy, I would like to make a song with clean vocals of Patrick Walker (Warning/40 Watt Sun).
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
I don’t have a special strategy. In whole world the only way is send your promo to the large number of media, especially the biggest, and wait for feedback. (And hope that big cheese will notice you of course, like 30 years ago). In Russia everything is easier: there is only one media, most popular social network, vk.com (also known as the biggest porn site in the world without any restrictions). If you popular here – you popular everywhere.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Unfortunately, I haven’t enough time. I’m interested in photo, video, graphics but it’s all about music too. Also I’m sound engineer/producer in studio.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
I can’t speak for everyone, but I couldn’t do anything without support of my family. It gives me peace, primarily.
How’s the metal scene in Russia right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
There are many problems, of course. But there is many talented people that ready to work hard too. I see positive changes and hope that we have good chances to become single mediaspace with Europe one day. We live in Moscow and here we have really good clubs and recording studios. There is no problem to play gigs. If you want to buy CD, the simplest way is to order it via the internet. Or, as I said, you can buy licensed one. I bought some recently and was really shocked with the perfect quality.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!