Kyiv based ‘On The Wane’ are a truly Immense musical force! They released their stunning debut album ‘Dry’ on the 19th December 2014. We had the pleasure of viewing it for the Primal Music Blog & you can check out what we thought of it: HERE
‘On The Wane‘ are well balanced, competent musicians who are not afraid to experiment with sound. Not only do they create sonically astute soundscapes through the medium of high octane shoegazing but they also breach the barriers between genre’s to produce a melodic concoction of 80’s/90’s Post-Punk, New-Wave & full on Noise-Rock. On the verge of their first Ukrainian tour, we caught up with the band and asked them a few questions on influences, shoegaze, future plans, their beautiful country & inspirations. Check it out:
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BAND? WHERE ARE YOU FROM? FORMATION? BAND MEMBERS?
We are “On The Wane” from Kyiv, Ukraine. Eugene, Daria and Alexander played together in another band previously. 1.5 years ago we decided to play another music in a new band. Few months later we met Anna, she became our drummer. So “On The Wane” was born. It was March of 2014. It was a very hard time for our country The revolution was over but Russia had just started a war in Ukraine. All of our songs were written in this past year so they are maybe a little bit gloomy.
DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND?
We want to unite guitar noise and the groovy riffs of rock music. We are between noise, rock, punk and shoegaze. Now we are trying to introduce elements of other non typical(for us) genres of music like surf and even twist! But we still play noisy alternative rock.
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
Of course, our biggest influence is “Sonic Youth”. It can be heard by everybody who listens to our tracks. But now we try to find our own sound. It’s like “Blonde Redhead”, for example. Their first albums were similar to “Sonic Youth”. But later they found their sound which can’t be confused with anything else. Other our influences are mostly alternative bands of 80s-90s: Cure, R.E.M, Wire, Pixies, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Cocteau Twins, Iggy Pop etc.
DESCRIBE YOUR LIVE SOUND?
It’s noisy! 🙂 There are many pop-rock or britpop bands in Ukraine. So most of soundmen in clubs can’t understand why we ask them to set vox quieter and to set guitars louder. They think it’s unnormal. We must argue with them at almost every our gig. That’s why it was difficult to find good soundman for mixing and mastering our tracks for album too. Fortunately we found Alexander Chabanenko. He have done all that we wanted and even more.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT PLAYING LIVE?
We like to feel the energy. We like when people slam and mosh under a stage. We like when people know the words of our songs. When people give their emotions and energy, we give it to them too. Playing live is the best feeling in life. It’s like sex ……. but better!
BEST LIVE GIG THAT YOU GUYS HAVE PLAYED SO FAR?
We are young band, so we haven’t played on big stages or at big festivals yet. Now we only play in clubs. Our last gig in one of these clubs was cool. The general public were nice. In a months time we go to our first Ukrainian tour. We hope that the public in other cities will be cool too.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START MAKING MUSIC?
We just love music. Music is our life. We can’t stop listening to it. And we can’t stop playing it either. We love our guitars & drums, our garage, our city. All of this inspires us. Kyiv is a nice place. It can be very friendly and blooming. But it can be gloomy and frightening too. We live in scary but great period. It’s time of great changes for our country & for us. We’ve already showed that we are not a part of the USSR or ex-USSR already, we are just part of a civilized world. This inspires us too.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SHOEGAZE?
We like that guys like Kevin Shields or Robin Guthrie decided to play music that it wasn’t similar to music played by other bands of that period. It was challenging. They invented a new sound and a new type of music and it was great!
IS IT A SHOEGAZE REVIVAL OR A REBIRTH? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THR RECENT FILM ‘BEAUTIFUL NOISE’ AND REUNIONS OF BANDS LIKE RIDE, SWERVEDRIVER, MEDICINE & SLOWDIVE?
It’s a revival. All these band reunions are really great, but we don’t believe that we will hear new “Souvlaki” for example. The world needs new bands, new brave guys that can invent electric guitar anew, like Hendrix or Thurston and Lee did that in their times. Alternative rock more dead than alive. Its a sad statement but a true one. ‘Beautiful Noise’ is a good film about old times. But we prefer to listen to bands instead of watching films about them.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR THE WORLD TO HEAR YOUR MUSIC? WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH INTERNATIONAL LISTENERS?
We don’t know if it’s important for somebody to listen to our music. We are glad that somebody thinks it’s good. If somebody feels something hearing us, this is awesome! One message that we can share with our listeners is don’t spend your time listening to bad music! Listen to music that evokes emotions! That’s all.
MUSICALLY WHAT ARE YOUR BANDS PLANS FOR THE NEXT YEAR?
We plan to record our new EP or maybe a new LP. Maybe it will be this year? We do have some new tracks. We dream about a European tour. If we could find label that help us to organize gigs in Europe, we would be delighted. This is our main goal now.
CAN YOU NAME SOME BANDS FROM YOUR COUNTRY OR ELSEWHERE AS RECOMMENDED LISTENING?
We are proud that we lived in a country with “Ummagma”. We think they are one of the best dream-pop bands ever. Another nice shoegaze Ukrainian band is “Mandarinaduck”. We love their songs. And we like other nugaze/dreampop bands like ‘Ringo Deathstarr’, ‘Place to Bury Strangers’ & ‘DIIV’. One of the best punk-bands of this past year is ‘White Lung’. And we adore ‘Savages’, they are a perfect post-punk band.