Sunday, June 26, 2011

Weird Anxiety Interview With "Great Soul"



Flowers which welcome the valiant , thorns the weak,
Thorns , which adieu the martyr , flowers the eternal wreath.
To the "The Great Soul"



This time we talk to an Indian band of young talent "Weird Anxiety" ... They still have a long way to go, but despite the difficulties ahead, the final guess will be brilliant.





Nuno Ribeiro-I have to share with you a secret ... The first time I heard your sound I was delighted, coming from India I was amazed, this is a pluralistic, multilingual, multiethnic society despite the economic reforms since 1991 have transformed the country into one of the fastest growing economies in the world, it also suffers from high levels of poverty, illiteracy, disease and malnutrition. 
1.1how does it feel to be "Extreme Metaller" in a country like this?
Weird Anxiety- Growing up in a country blessed with such rich culture one always finds himself draped in the feathers of colours and traditions.Social extremities do exist in our country, on one side we have this rich multi-racial and multi-religious society and on the other social desparities like poverty and illiteracy exist. Unlike the Scandenevian metal scene ,extreme metal in India is still widely unpopular.As a band, we just limit the "Extreme" factor to our music.When we write music, nobody really cares about how extreme or brutal it may sound, It's like we suddendly find ourselves playing this type of music.Though, we are not really pretentious of our being, however in our hearts we are proud of what we do. After all we are just simple people belonging to simple families. Also as far the long hair and beard image goes, the hindu sages have been wearing the similar look for centuries. Socially, it doesn't really make one stand out as the Hindu mythology and philosophy is based around  the similar principles of nature worship.

NR-Four major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated in the country, while Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the first millennium CE and shaped the region's cultural diversity.
Given the high level of illiteracy and an overwhelming presence of religion, they are both victims of prejudice, how do you manage this situation?
W.A.- The best thing about India is even after being gripped within religious extremism and social backwardness, it still remains a secular nation unlike Her neighbouring Islamic states. This is the place where different races and cultures meet. One is free to have his own opinion and prespective on things.The common man is free to do whatever He/She likes.Metal has always been more than a genre, it's more of a culture and being in an Extreme Metal band doesn't actually make us victim to religious or social prejudices. However, people are not aware about this type of music, and it is always difficult to get live shows and venues. Releasing and distributing music over here comes with it's own share of problems. There are lack of labels and sponsors willing to support extreme metal.However, the scenario is slowly changing in the cities, people are opening up and the KVLT movement is slowly taking over the commercial and mainstream stuff.

NR-The Indian Constitution rejects discrimination based on caste, in line with democratic and secular nation founded. Barriers of caste ceased to exist in larger cities, but remain mostly in rural regions of the country.
What do a Head banger think about the social division in society based on caste system?
W.A.- Caste system was initially started in the Hindu society to promote specilization as it was profession based.However with time, it changed to being endogamous. Not only the head bangers but every single Indian understands the evils of caste system. Metal has always signified freedom rather than socaial rebellion.And as a metal head, one finds himself above such practices.The metal heads are more open and assembling in herds of thousands for a metal concert or gig regardless of His/Her caste, religion is just one such instance.In reality, caste system has been removed from the society although it's cultural impression can still be seen and felt.

NR-I got to know a little bit of "Metal" in India with the documentary by Sam Dunn "GLOBAL METAL" and the difficulties it takes to be a head banger in a country with conservative and cultural traditions....However in the end we can see the mega concert of Iron Maiden, a room crammed with notes and in which fans sing by heart the lyrics / music of Maiden ... that leaves “Bruce Dickinson" perplexed.
Is this a change in attitudes of younger generations?
W.A.- In the same documentary Bruce also mentioned that"...A child remains a child regardlless of where he belongs to". I believe that we Indian metal heads are always under estimated at par with our western counterparts. We are just as aware and open as we share similar musical sensibilities.Also as far as being conservative lies, a Jew society in the west might be just as narrow minded as our society is. The younger generation was just as open a decade back as it is today, had Iron Maiden played  back then, they would have received a similar response if not less. But yes, the attitude of younger generation has changed drastically towards Indian metal. They are more open towards original music.

NR-wich are the effects of metal in India with the globalization?
W.A.- Rather metal has been a major contribution to globalization of our society. Firstly, we got acquainted to othter civilizations and philosophies.The foriegn bands have started including India in their tour lists. Also some of the Indian bands get to tour outside India and play in festivals. As a metalhead one can feel the brotherhood spread throughout the globe.

NR-Defined as Progressive Dark Metal, WEIRD ANXIETY is a progressive metal band coming from the Himalayas in India; they define themselves as a single gender in the World! "Explain then what makes you unique.
W.A.- Well, if you are talking about the music we make there is more in the picture than what meets the ear! We have been at times labelled as black metal, but our lyrical themes dont fall within the realms of black metal. Vocally, we use deep growls as a canvas for the vocal parts which is distinctive for death metal, again we use screams, screeches, howls, grunts and pig squeals which are symbolic with a wide variety of metal sub-genres. Musically, we use the keyboards for ambience and harmony, which gives us the dark touch.The music arrangement for guitars and the bass is done in lines of jazz and progressive music. A lot of intricate details lie in our music. The drum grooves and patterns are also not genre based, on one bar we may be playing a blues or a jazz groove and  on the other death metal skanks and blast beats. A lot of our acoustic stuff is classical and flamenco inspired. We dont limit ourselves and thats what shapes our sound.You can say that we are a sonic kaleidoscope.This is not a fight for being unique but the way we approach music matters a lot. We don't play to sound like somebody or to be like everybody else, we are here just for the sake of music. You can define us in single genre, but that should be left upto the listeners. At times we have been written off as being "monotonous", "banal", "unskilled" etc. but again as it is said "imperfections make one unique". We may not be perfect but we aren't mainstream either. As I have always said music makes us and not the other way round.

NR-After many delays and endless wait, Weird Anxiety have at last come up with much awaited Their debut effort. The offering is in the form of an EP, titled 'Act I SceneI'which released in March have as a free download.
Why the delay?
W.A.- Well the project started as an one man project by Hitesh in the winters of 2003 when he was 14. Over the period of time a lot of members came in and  left, The sound of the band slowly but perpetually changed. It  took roughly 8 years  for the debut E.P. but a careful listening to the songs and one realizes the technical intricacies involved, even in the smallest of the parts. It’s a long process from writing the lyrics and the music till the careful orchestration of the entire piece. Due to lack of infrastructure facilities locally, New-Delhi was the best option left for a decent studio. Hence, the album took a bit of time and it was worth it.We are never in a hurry and try to give justice to each song till we reach a level of self-satisfaction,

NR-Why the free release?
W.A.- We have been asked this question a lot of times although in different contexts. The reason is we don't do it for money, nor do we for fame. We are here just to make good music. But that shouldn't be misundeerstood as an attempt to spread our music just because its for free. That was one of the reasons it was an independent release.We have seen a lot of bands gone sour over money. But that isn't the case with WEIRD ANXIETY.It's against our ethics you may say.

NR-The 'Act I Scene I' track listing is as follows, explaining in detail each songs idea.


1. Just When It Started To Dark out In Heaven - (8:45)


BEYOND THE CRACK IN THE DOOR,
I HEAR THE SILENCE IN THESE WOODS,
I SEE DARKNESS ON THE LONELY SHORE..

THE SUN POURING IT'S FURY OUT,
STILL THE DAYS DRENCHED IN NIGHTS SO LONG AND DARK.
THE SUN SHINING , FIGHTING WITH ALL IT'S MIGHT,
STILL THE HEAVENS SMOTHERED IN MOONLESS NIGHTS.

WHEN WE SHIVER OUT IN THIS NIGHT,
WE TRY BUT FAIL TO FIND THE LIGHT.

CUZ THE SHADE MEANT TO SAVE US FROM SUNLIGHT,
HAS BECOME THE SHADOW THAT FRIGHTS YOU IN THE NIGHT.
CUZ IT'S DARK , IT SETS IN DARK IN HEAVEN WHEN IT SUMMERS HERE;
IT'S JUST A DARKOUT BUT SHADOWS SQUARED.

THE SUN POURING IT'S FURY OUT,
STILL THE DAYS DRENCHED IN NIGHTS SO LONG AND DARK.
THE SUN SHINING , FIGHTING WITH ALL IT'S MIGHT,
STILL THE HEAVENS SMOTHERED IN MOONLESS NIGHTS.

SO HOW CAN WE BE BLIND,
WHEN WE NEVER STOOD IN THE LIGHT ?

CUZ WHEN THEIR SHADOWS DRENCH IN IN LIGHT,
ALL THEIR CONFESSIONS AND GUILTS LIGHT UP BRIGHT.
CUZ IT'S DARK , IT SETS IN DARK IN HEAVEN WHEN IT SUMMERS HERE;
IT'S JUST A DARKOUT BUT SHADOWS SQUARED.

LIKE THE FOG IN THE WINTER'S FROST,
WHEN DARKNESS FILLS YOUR MIND ... YOU'LL NEVER ,,, NEVER FEEL SO LOST,
THE ICE WILL BREAK ... FOG WILL DISSAPEAR,
EVERYTHING BAD WILL BE CLEAR.

YOU MAY SEE THE BRIGHTER SIDE,
YOU MAY FEEL THE DAY TO FIND THE LIGHT BLINDING YOUR EYES.

SO GIVE US, SO GIVE US BACK OUR SIGHT.  


W.A.- Corruption! this was the best we could have done to discourage such practices.


2. God Still Hates Me - (8:27)


BLESSED IS HE ... THE ONE UNREDEEMED ... THE ONE UNREDEEMED

WHAT CAN A BETRAYED MAN SAY WHEN SOMETHING'S SNATCHED FOR WHAT HE CARED?
HOW CAN A STREWN SOUL FAST WHEN DESOLATION WAS EVERYTHING HE HAD UPON TO LAST?
YOU SLUMBER IN ETERNITY WHILE HELL AWAITS ME IN DAMNATION,
RELEASE ME FROM MY SINS .... SET ME IN SALVATION.

BEHIND THIS LUSTRE AND PRIDE THERE IS SOMETHING YOY HIDE,
YOU SHOWED YOUR BACK WHEN I FELL FIGHTING BY YOUR SIDE.

GOD STILL HATES ME ... A FAITH DIES ... CAN'T YOU FEEL ME?
IS THIS ARROGANCE A MERCY OR OUR IGNORANCE A SLAVERY?
IS RELIGION AN ILLUSION , AN INSTRUMENT FOR DESTRUCTION?
OR A SOUL IN OPPRESSION CARESSED IN DELUSIONS?

FORSAKEN IN ETERNITY , EVERY OPPESSION ENDS WITH A FIGHT ....

HAD RELIGION PERVERTED YOU TO CEASE WHEN IT DELUDED BRAINS TO BLEED?
WHEN I FELL UPON MY KNEES , I COULD SEE YOU LAUGHING BUT SOMEHOW COULDN'T READ,
THE WORLD'S GETTING BLANK ... SEASONS LOSING CONTRAST,
GREED RULES THE DAY ... ANGELS CRY IN THE DARK.

YOU CAN PRETEND BLIND BUT CAN YOU IGNORE THIS PLIGHT?
YOU TURNED YOUR EYES THOUGH I SAT BY YOUR SIDE.

GOD STILL HATES ME ... A FAITH DIES ... CAN'T YOU FEEL ME?
IS THIS ARROGANCE A MERCY OR OUR IGNORANCE A SLAVERY?
IS RELIGION AN ILLUSION , AN INSTRUMENT FOR DESTRUCTION?
OR A SOUL IN OPPRESSION CARESSED IN DELUSIONS?

JUSTICE UNSERVED IS PUNISHMENT UNJUSTIFIED ...

FOR TRUTH AND ILLUSION  CANNOT CO-EXIST,
THE SUN COMES BUT NEVER GOES THIS MIST.
THE LORD HAD MADE HIS THOUGHT,
WHEN HE RAINED TO FLOOD NOT TO QUENCH THE DROUGHT.

TEACH ME ... HOW TO PRAY TO A GOD?


W.A.- Targets the gap between religion and spirituality.Considering how religion is turning out to be an instrument for spreading wars and destruction.


3. Maid Of The Mist - (6:36)


BEWARE OF THE SHADOWLESS IF YOU PASS BY THE WOODS,
A SOUL UNRESTED , UNDONE WANDERS BY THE BROOK.
IN THE MOUNTAINSIDE , SHE ROAMS BENEATH THE BRIGHTEST NOONTIDE,
PENSIVELY SHE ROAMS , UNDER THE FADING TWILIGHT.
WHEN VULPINES CRY UNDER THE ECLIPSED MOONLIGHT,
IN SOLITUDE SHE WANDERS , UNTO THE DAWN OF THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT.
OAKS SLUMBER, PINES STEW , CROWS DIRGE IN WANING RUES,
MIST THICKENS, SOMBRE HUES , OCCULTED IN SILENCE RISES HER SILHOUETTE.
WINDS WISPER, STREAMLETS CASCADE IN FEAR,
OBSCURED IN EERIE SILENCE , HER WAILFUL CRIES SLOWLY FILL THE AIR.
HAIR WISPED, ENTANGLED , SKIN PALE AND OLD.
WITH TWISTED, CRIPPLED FEET SHE LIMPS , IN THE VALLIES DAMP AND COLD.
STREWN HAIR, SEVERED FLESH , AMASSED FETUSES , DISEASED IN DEMISE,
LONELY SHORES IN GRIM SUNSETS , GROTESQUES HER GHASTLY EYES.
AND IN THOSE EYES IF YOU EVER DARED TO DIVE,
SOME DROWNED TO INSANITY , OTHERS GAVE UP THEIR WILL TO LIVE.
MAID OF ... MAID OF THE MIST
MAID OF ... MAID OF THE MIST
WHEN YOU FEEL HER PRESENCE , WHEN YOU FEEL HER BESIDE,
YOU MAYST WILT YOUR FEAR , BUT WHERE SHALT YOU HIDE?
LIKE EVERY BLOODROP HAS EMPTIED ITS REDNESS,
LIKE EVERY THOUGHT HAS ESCAPED THE CONSCIOUSNESS.
HYMN O' ... HYMN O' MYTH
MAID OF ... MAID OF THE MIST.


W.A.- Based upon true supernatural/paranormal incidents and local legends.

NR- GOD STILL HATES ME ... A FAITH DIES ... CAN'T YOU FEEL ME?
IS THIS ARROGANCE A MERCY OR OUR IGNORANCE A SLAVERY?
IS RELIGION AN ILLUSION , AN INSTRUMENT FOR DESTRUCTION?
OR A SOUL IN OPPRESSION CARESSED IN DELUSIONS?
Why a church on the cover album?
W.A.- Well the band was founded in Shimla, which was the summer capital of the erstwhile British rule in India. The church is symbolic with the place. Also the church as seen from the cradle of trees signifies the narrow mindedness in the common man's perspective when it comes to religion. As an album , Act-I Scene-I aimed at taking on the gap between religion and spirituatility. The church represents religion in general.

NR-FOR TRUTH AND ILLUSION  CANNOT CO-EXIST,
THE SUN COMES BUT NEVER GOES THIS MIST.
THE LORD HAD MADE HIS THOUGHT,
WHEN HE RAINED TO FLOOD NOT TO QUENCH THE DROUGHT.

TEACH ME ... HOW TO PRAY TO A GOD?
This message is echoed in India? Or is absorbed more abroad?
W.A.- While we were writing this song, it was our lives and personal experiences which shaped the direction of the lyrics. This is the by-product of six anxious souls living a life of despair and desolation. It doesn't matter whether you belong to India or not, if you are able to relate to our lyrics and music.

NR- Now let's talk a little of the new plot around the band. The new album is in preparation called "The plot thickens," (acoustic) it goes in a direction opposite to the last work, why the comment "Hitesh" saying that this is a continuation of “Act I Scene I”?
W.A.- Firstly, the album Act-I Scene-I was planned as a full lenght album featuring 9 tracks.However due to some feasability issues it ended up being an E.P. The remaining six tracks would make our second album The Plot Thickens which shall potray the flow of events not only in our lives but also in our music. The name itself signifies a change in events, musically it shall highlight a different side of Weird Anxiety and a very integral one. The last album was heavier, contrary to that a lot of acoustic material shall find place in this album. The heavier songs are more heavy , have more punch and for sure there shall be some surprising material in the vocals. Yes, we shall be going clean in some of our songs but the suspense doesn’t die over here. All in all it would be a full length album not just in context with the playing time but also in terms of quality material.It has a fair amount of acoustic material but not entirely acoustic. It is a balanced album, one can quote.

NR- Beginning of a shift to a more commercial market?
W.A.- As I mentioned it is not entirely acoustic, verstiale is the word. We would go far beyond the realms of extremity bench marked by our previous album. So, you can expect this album to be anything but not commercial or mainstream.

NR-The distribution will also be free?
W.A.- Yes, the distribution would be free, though we might release it under some record label.

NR-More news to leave here at premiere…
W.A.- Well we can reveal atleast one of the surprise, we will be collaborating with an international artist on one of the songs. Things are in the pipeline though.

 NR-"YOU RE PRIDE OF INDIA GO GUYS GO"
"Like ur songs!! killer!"
"Would like to know more about your band guys.....You guys sound brilliant....let me know more!"
"Awesome Native Metal Band :)
♥♥♥♥♥,,,,,,
Good Going :)
We're With You Guys :)"

These are some comments that can be read on the official "WA" Face Book.
 Do you think you are at the level of expectations generated in your fans?
W.A.- One of my good friends once told me "expectations is a disease", the more you expect, the disease spreads further. Same is the case with music. The expectations of fans continously increase.But we are always seeking self satissfaction, we admit that it is not possible to please everybody.The only person one can please is he himself. However we regularly take feedback from our fans and try to impliment and improve.

NR- What can they expect?
W.A.- As we mentioned, this album will bring with it a lot of surprises and ofcourse pleasent surprises. This album shall take off from the heights Act-I Scene-I reached. But expecting mainstream and commercial stuff from the band would only meet dejection.

NR-One last question you as a band with a strong message in the lyrics of songs ... are you followers of Satyagraha? ”The force of truth"
W.A.- In it's literal translation, every extreme metal band falls within the category of Satyagrahis. However, it has a deeper translation. Satyagraha is aimed for national welfare. On such lines we fail to comply.It's not that we are not nationalistic, but we havenn't explored such lyrical themes in our songs.

NR-Just a comment using this name: "The Great Soul" or "Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi"
W.A.- Flowers which welcome the valiant , thorns the weak,
Thorns , which adieu the martyr , flowers the eternal wreath.

NR-Thank you was a pleasure doing this interview and wish you the best for the future.
W.A.- It was a pleasure indeed.Thanx.



Album: Act I Scene I
Release Date: 1/03/2011
Year: 2011
Type: E.P.Size: 31.72 MB
Total playing time: 25:48





Track list:

1. Just When It Started To Dark out In Heaven – (8:45)

2. God Still Hates Me – (8:27)

3. Maid of the Mist – (6:36)





Members

Neiseituo Sharma - Drums

Karan Sharma - Vocals

Saswata Debnatha - Keyboards

Abhinav Sharma - Rhythm Guitars

Samar Singh Rana - Bass Guitar

Hitesh K Salhuria - Lead Guitars





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