Hi, Alcotopia. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
Keeping a good balance of rehearsing, writing new music, promoting the album and getting hammered as always.
Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music?
It’s a hard hitting meteor to the face kind of sound with life draining lyrics, ferocious metal riffing and escalating madness.
Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
Our guitarist had some riffs and songs going on but needed a band to actually make the music happen. He found our vocalist drunk inside a utility closet and when they came to the rehearsal studio, they heard someone playing drums in the room next door. That’s when they met the drummer. The next logical step in forming a band is of course to get hammered at the local pub, but on the way there, they rescued a stray bassist living in an abandoned Opel wagon.
At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?
It varies among the band members but averages out at about the age when we got the need to get laid.
Alcotopia recently released “It Hits The Spot”. Tell us something about it. Walk us through all the tracks lyrics and meaning.
It’s a story of tyranny, madness, war and desolation. All the scary thoughts you get when you realize that you drank enough to get alcohol poisoning and there’s no turning back.
How has been the response so far by the listeners? Have you started working on new songs already?
It’s been way beyond our expectations. We were kind of hoping more people would be pissed off by it, but seeing listeners appreciate it is even better. We started working on new material way back before we even started recording “It Hits The Spot”, since we took a “different” approach at recording it which took way longer to finish, but the end result was much better.
When and where did you play your first gig? How was the experience of going live for the first time?
It was at the same bar where all of the bands from Vilnius used to do their first shows. The beer there was made from pure liquid hangover but the first time was probably still one of the most fun shows to this day, it was a pure thrash out the way we wanted it to be. Kind of sad that place has been closed for years now.
What, according to you, is the secret behind the band’s success?
Not giving a single fuck about what’s “current”, “correct” or trendy among other bands or what subgenre bounds we’re supposed to fit into. We play metal from the heart.
Ever had an epic fail moment during a gig?
One time we played in Tallinn and someone from the audience brought a huge plate filled with tequila shots on it. Our vocalist didn’t see it at first so he knocked it over and spilled all of the booze on the stage carpet. Our bassist was already drunk enough to decide to try and suck the tequila out of the rug at the front of the stage. Our guitarist looked over and saw the bassist face down on the floor and almost stopped playing, thinking that the bassist randomly died or something. The rest of the show we mourned those tequila shots.
If asked to differentiate Alcotopia from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
As said before, we don’t really give a fuck about what’s trendy or what major band we should try to sound or look like, we do things our way and that’s the only real way to make metal music as far as we’re concerned.
How compatible are band members with each other?
Much less compatible than you’d think, but that’s a very important part of the heavy metal creative process.
Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from? Which are your favorite local bands?
We’ve went through hundreds of bands during the formation and existence of Alcotopia and every single band we had listened to has contributed something to our musical imaginations. Venom, AC\DC, Witchtrap, Raven, Black Sabbath to name a few. The same applies regarding local bands with some exceptional acts being Hellhookah, Phrenetix and Raskladūškė.
How do you guys manage jobs and gigs? Also how often do you guys gathering altogether just to fun?
Most of us have nine to five jobs with flexible hours so managing real life and fun life isn’t that much of a problem for us. Every rehearsal for us is fun, especially the shows. We also regularly end up drunk in some part of town together.
Alcotopia is very promising formation. Talking of your future, 3 years from now, where do you see yourself?
Same place, an even better album, maybe a tour, definitely drunk.