Paul: I feel frustrated about any hope for political ways to change our lives for better. No one needs and no one cares about guys like us, common people think we are just stuck in our childhood for too long. Even if we have a nice relationships with people around us, our kin and them have too different dreams inside of us. Lots of people still think that we are some insane satanists, but this is just because we have too much of a different basis of ethics. I can't trust or sympathize to any political movement because for any of them we are too inorganic.
In Russia communism is seen like some retro stuff for grannies. It's supported by people feeling nostalgic for the old days and for the country they grew up in, because USSR and RF are pretty different countries in some ways and in some days they lost all that they believed in, when idealistic Soviet image of our country crushed and it's true face was revealed.
I don't know if it’s good or bad that there is some communists in the "first world”. For real i think it means nothing, because splitting human thought on a few directions opposing each other is for real a "mental cold war" situation... or maybe just a delirium of society that consists of people feeling finally lost. We all better think about how to be real Humans not pieces of shit.
Well, let’s go back to more stories of the band. You have toured and played shows in Europe. How do you feel about those experiences meeting local punks in every city? Some years ago I have traveled to Europe, from France, Germany, UK to Poland, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece and of course I felt some differences especially between “West” and “East”.
Tsyrik: We went on tours in Europe for several times and all the time we got mostly positive experience and brought a shitload of unforgettable moments and funniest stories ever. Touring is the main point for every a band along with making albums. For me personally this is the best thing I can do in my life or one from this short list of my activities.
We saw completely another life when we started going abroad to gigs, and there’s no need to compare lives in our country and in the west because of it’s absolutely different- mentality, life styles, abilities, local customs and features of all kinds. I just can say that it is much more productive to tour Europe than Russia. The venues and people are mostly incredible. P. A. systems are also on high level so most gigs are really amazing. DIY punk culture has old roots on the west and for Russia it is quite young and odd in some ways…. But I should admit that support on Russian gigs is much more insane, wilder and more powerful than in Europe. Huge pogo and slamming at every gig, so Russia is also a place to be toured at. Foreign bands are usually stunned with the support they get here… tour life is awesome and it is worth all the odds we have to face with to manage it and make it happen.
I saw pictures on your Facebook page, some “big” bands like Discharge, Antisect, Mob 47, and recently Power Trip have played in Moscow. How were those shows?
Tsyrik: Those shows were top notch, and the gig with Discharge was the best and the most significant for me. It was the first gig we played with the current line up. We were nervous and got pissed very fast to calm down a bit but at last we did well and it was a great night. Guys from DISCHARGE were amazing. We drank Russian vodka together until Rat got too drunk hahaha. It was splendid.
The mini tour with INSTINCT OF SURVIVAL that took place last Summer was also a total RISE OF CRUST. We met our real brothers from another mother. Those were the greatest gigs and party time for last several years here.
You have a song called “The Man behind the Sun” and mentioned Unit 731. How did you get the idea to sing about this notorious brutal unit of our embarrassing ancestors?
Tsyrik: I was deep into this dreadful story of 731 unit, reading the facts and details of it shocked me to the bone so that’s why the song appeared. The title was taken from the movie THE MAN BEHIND THE SUN which shows all the shocking terror and disgust of their activity in China during the war. Sick shit…
There are, of course, some historical revisionists here who insist that the whole facts of Unit 731 are fabrication by China or leftists in Japan…
What do you usually do besides playing in the band?
Tsyrik: Play in other bands! They take all my spare time, drinking and raising hell is also our big duty here hahah… also should say that there’s no welfare for the unemployed so we have to go to bloody work and it takes a big deal of time too which sucks.
I just watched a new Russian movie “Loveless” (Нелюбовь) by Andrey Zvyagintsev. It was a very depressive and sad story where solitude in this modern society encroaches humanity. Have you seen the movie? Do you think it represents today’s Russian society?
Tsyrik: Sorry I do not know about the movie but our drummer said he’s seen it and tells its quite honest representation of some Russian realities.
What is your image towards Japan in general or Japanese hardcore punk? Do you have any bands you like from here?
Tsyrik: We always have been keen on Japanese scene and bands- huge addicts of it. Mostly hc punk, but metal also, and some other genres as well.
For me the most favorite are DEATH SIDE, POISON ARTS, GISM, RANDY UCHIDA GROUP, CROW, THE COMES, VIRUS, WARHEAD, ZADKIEL, SABBAT, SOCIETIC DEATH SLAUGHTER, DISCLOSE, CONTRAST ATTITUDE, KURO, XENOLITH OGER, 44 MAGNUM, ZOE, TETSU AREI, FRAMTID, ZOUO, S. O. B., BASTARD, SL(A)NG, REALITY CRISIS, EFFIGY, LIP CREAM, FINAL BOMBS, CONFUSE, THE SEXUAL… a numerous list of bands,
Modern scene is also very different and insanely crushing. Axewield, Isterismo, Akka, Zay, Disturd and many more - all that I heard is intense and very powerful. We will be happy as fuck to share the scene with some of these bands on our Japanese tour!!!
Any last words to punks in Japan? Anything you want to do during the upcoming Japan tour?
Tsyrik: Looking forward to our together tour with Zay!!! No doubts that visiting Japan will be one of the most exciting things in our lives. Excited about it as fuck and waiting for it with the hugest interest and feeling of complete happiness!!!
HOPEFULLY SEE YOU SOON PUNKS OF JAPAN!!! Thanks for amazing interview, Satoshi! Cheers from Moscow!