Q&A With LOMM

WEIRD TALES Interview

LOMM: Can you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up? 
Dima: The first WEIRD TALES lineup consisted of me, Kava and Luke. Luke disappeared just before WEIRD TALES first gig. And when I say disappeared I mean it. Dude just vanished. No one has heard from him upto today, And actually every member of WT gets in some strange trouble as a result. That’s definitely not an accident. It just should be that way in the band which I’ve started with Kava after I got fired from work for sniffing speed at my desk and drinking beer on break. So the band was started in the summer of 2015. All of 2016 we were gigging with our second bassist named Luke too. Luke the 2nd. It brought a lot of troubles to his life as well. We wish him all the best from the heart. Then my buddy Bincock get the bassist place in WEIRD TALES and we recorded WEIRD TALES first two EP’s in 2017. Bincock left the band after 1 year, it was just too much for him. Then Kriss joined us and stayed until today. I’m sure as hell the only way Weird Tales will play without him is if him died. We recorded our first album “Hell Services Cost a Lot” in 2018 and toured after it. After that, tough life came for Kava and he left the band. Or maybe it’s me so fucked up no one wants to stay. You tell me after we’re done the interview (laugh). Then Matt joined us on drums. He is a big metal head so now with him WEIRD TALES songs sound much heavier. We had a lot of rehearsal to prepare.  Newly rearranged set of old songs to be ready for tour, but then Covid came. After lockdown we started to work on new songs. As a result we have new concept EP will be released on 15/01/2021 called “Y’all Motherfuckers Forgot ‘Bout Good Ol’ Son of a Bitchin’ Blues”

LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard. The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys have been holding up?
Matt:  We are still alive. We never lived off music, only our mental states have changed, but it’s gonna help us create better shit.

LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?
Dima: Yes, that’s right. We are releasing new EP called “Y’all Motherfuckers Forgot ‘Bout Good Ol’ Son of a Bitchin’ Blues ” on 15/01. It will be released on every physical medium via Interstellar Smoke Records. Vinyls, tapes, cds. We are really happy co-working with ISR, Jacek (director) is as passionate about music as we are. He advised us to release this one on 45 rpm 12” Vinyl. I don’t have ones like that at my home, but it was the best decision ever! The sound slays. Really massive. We are so excited about the final result.

Kriss: We were supposed to show off with our new drummer this year… and we prepared some sick revisited versions of our old hits but then lockdown hits hard and we need to figure out what’s next… . Then Dima came out with an idea that “times like these, need a special soundtrack”. And what could be more appropriate than a blues? We’ve consented upon this and started to jamm the shit out of riffs that came out of Dimas head from abusing his favourite blues songs. And that’s the whole story. We have done that and god have mercy on you (dear listeners) we’ve squeezed that lemon ’till the juice runs down a leg”… (laughs).  

LOMM: Modern sounds are my thing  How about you? What does your genre means to you, why did you choose this genre?
Kriss: We’ve never been into so called “modern” sound. What the hell for? We enjoy vintage sounds and we only try to grow some of our own mold on it.
Dima: i enjoy vintage sounds more too, And that’s the direction WEIRD TALES are going right now.

LOMM: How did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
Kriss: Ohh… it evolved a Lot! Since this band was created, everyday experience has an impact on creative processes… . But we stood true to our main theme which is everyday psychosis of living…
Dima: Yes, the anger which fills me after 1 minute outside around people is what drives and rules here.
Matt: Musically I feel like every person brings different energy to the band, that’s what a power trio is all about!

LOMM: Are you happy with your product? I mean, what aspects of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve upon?
Dima: For me the best part now is that the recorded songs sound really close to what I had in my head. It’s getting closer and closer every WEIRD TALES release. I’m happy with that though. I think it’s a natural process. It’s so important from me to be able to transfer what I have in my head into final tangible form, like the music.

Kriss: We think there is no artist fully happy with their creation… so that unfulfillment is what drives ‘em (us) to improve upon our music. We must admit that some parts we’ve created truly stand out, however, they used to come out by accident. It simply comes and goes.

Dima: Yeah, there are always 3 types of what you will record in the studio. Parts that you have rehearsed and recorded. Parts that you planned to record but never rehearsed. Those ones could fit the song or not. And some parts of music you never thought you will record and you just came up with it on the recording session. And those ones always are my favourite.

LOMM: How has the overall reception been?
Kriss: We’ll see after release. Look at our Bandcamp page or Interstellar Smoke Records website on 15/01/2021.
So far the single was received well, so the hopes are high. GO and check it out “Got the blues for Murder Only” available on our bandcamp, spotify and everywhere. The only concert we played this year showed us great interest in our new release too. People dig new shit.

LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?
Kriss: We had performed many concerts and a few small tours. This year we played only one gig and it has a great impact on metal performance (we need like 20 gigs played to stay sane). Performing for us is like oxygen, so the lack of creates anger and frustration, which turns out into great riffs.
Dima: Yeah. My mind is fucked up completely. We are living only for playing gigs. And this year only with 1 gig played… I’ve been dead for the whole year. Tripping corpse.

LOMM: What do you see for your future? How is it looking?
Matt: We are all doomed. Unless the lockdown will be lifted and we start playing gigs, we will rip apart dead bodies and fulfill our cannibal needs.
Dima: I see no future guys. Really. But it could change any time. (Cracking a cold one)

LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?
Dima: Our songs are about drugs, killing, faith, mental issues, and much more. Lyric themes are quite wide and stuck to this dark and morbid mood. We tell our tales often in metaphoric ways but it reflects our current existence. It often comes to me when I’m outside the house, something pisses me off and I just write a song about it.

Mostly I’m the one writing lyrics, but on “Hell services cost a Lot” Kriss helped a lot. He wrote almost half of the lyrics, he really feels the WEIRD TALES vibe, no wonder, he’s lived in this sick town 3 times longer than me so we are bothered ‘bout the same things. Now we are working on the second album, lyrics there will be more extrovert. Scream outside, more straight, directed to the listener in comparison to our first full length which was more like speaking to yourself and answering those voices from your head.

LOMM: Which is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
Kriss: Touring is “cherry on top” kind of life… . Studio brings all the demons living in us out and touring helps us to express such. 
Dima: Like I said, I’m happy that stuff from my head is transitting onto the final product faster and more precise with time. But I enjoy live playing more. Maybe when we nail recording it will be more equal, and there is no one part without the second one. We have to record good stuff to see more people on gigs. I’m happy that we have those two sides existing here.

LOMM: Who is composing the songs?
Dima: That’s me mostly. And guys helping me a lot with arranges, bass and drums parts of course and lyrics.

LOMM: What bands do you draw your inspiration from?
Kriss: I’m taking bits and pieces from all things I’m listening to… . It can be anything… . You would be surprised what I’ve stuck into the mold  (with or without acceptance of “main man – Dima”. We just turned blues into acid doom metal, what more will you ask for?xD But If I have to choose only one? Black Sabbath! Definietly. (yeah I’m not the orginal one XD )  
Dima: Judas priest

LOMM: What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
Kriss: We’re doing it for our own sake… . If somebody likes it, good for them…
Dima: Yes, that’s it. I’m having great fun playing music for it’s own sake in front of audience.

LOMM: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Matt: Not died yet… . we’re still alive and doing what we consider fun… .
Dima: Thanks for calling it career (Laugh)
Kriss: This is the thing I presume I was born for… and living a life of creating and performing is the biggest accomplishment  of all. Nothing else quenches that thirst!

LOMM: Anything else you think your fans should know?
Kriss: We’re coming for you guys… . You’ve been warned!
Dima: Yes, they will implant a chip in you with the vaccine! (but shhhh it’s a secret).

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