Ind, Motor, NV - Grenouer - Back
Interviewer: Jeffrey D. Adkins

Hailing from Russia and serving out a new brand of metal, Grenouer is now making a name for themselves on the scene. With a few albums out and a sound that’s growing more distinguishable, this band is bound to get the attention of metal heads worldwide. I have vocalist Andrey Merzlyakov (Ind), guitar player Motor and keyboard player Alexey (NV) here to answer some questions for Metal Fanatix all over planet.

Metal Fanatix: Thanks for taking time to do this interview!

Ind: Thank you so much for your interest in a Russian metal combo. Russian bands are a rare guest for American metal resources. So, it’s good to hear from you and nice that you appreciate Grenouers’ creativity.

Metal Fanatix: First off, what made you want to be in a metal band? And if you weren’t in a band what would you be doing now?

Ind: I’ve been into metal since I was a kid. I became really interested in bands like KISS, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper and of course Metallica, they pretty much inspired me to put my own metal band together. I used to spend loads of time playing metal air guitar with a hockey stick in front of the mirror, I suppose this is when I realized my ambition to be a lead singer. I’ve got to point out though that my first band was actually a punk band, this was because we couldn’t play our instruments particularly well yet, but the desire to play metal was still there. To be honest, I really don’t want to think about what I would be doing if I wasn’t in a band, it’s my life…I love it!!!

NV: I guess it was my addiction to music that got the whole thing started for me, and later on I just came to realize somehow that I wouldn’t be able to live without it anymore.

Metal Fanatix: It’s hard to find a band that has a unique sound since there is so much experimentation and hybrids of genres these days. How would you describe your distinctive sound?

Ind: Experimenting with different genres is the best way forward now, sticking to one genre really restricts you. To be honest, Grenouer used to be a death metal band, but now we play a variety of metal styles.

NV: Mechanical, tech, cold, abrupt, non-compromising, that’s what Grenouer is about these days!

Metal Fanatix: It seems to me that you took a different approach with “Try” than you did with “Presence With War”? Is this so? Can you explain a little about the transition?

Motor: That’s so true! We are taking a different approach and as a result we’re playing the sort of music we want to play. I think a lot of it comes from the musical skills and abilities that we’ve acquired over the years.

Ind: It’s happened very naturally. We opened a new chapter of inspiration.

Metal Fanatix: Then where do you acquire your inspiration? Anywhere out of the ordinary?

Motor: I just enjoyed listening to various types of depressing music, for instance; John Zorn; Sadist; Fantomas; Bjok and Massive Attack, as well as watching David Lynch movies.

Ind: Blimey, life is full of unexpected things and you could probably find inspiration on the tip of a pencil if you looked hard enough, but in reality we just rehearse a lot and compose our songs in our rehearsal studio. Simple as that really!

Metal Fanatix: Has anything previously written by Grenouer not made it onto a record yet? If so, are their any plans to use it on future recordings? Have you guys thought of any songs you might want to cover as a bonus track? What would that be?

Motor: We have at least 5 songs that are just the other side of Grenouer. We performed them on stage and everyone was really surprised how close to Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots our approach was. At the moment we’re not really ready to record any of it yet, but I hope that someday we’ll carry on experimenting with this sort of post-grunge sound.

Ind: We also recorded a cover of A-HA’s "Take on Me" for our third album in 2000 and it was a positive experience. Playing covers is not a problem, I remember Sepulturas’ “Roots” song was a good ending for many of our gigs, but naturally we’re more interested in playing our own material.

Metal Fanatix: Sorry to bring this up, but I was quite surprised when I heard about the fire you guys had in your rehearsal studio. I survived a fire at my friend’s house a few years ago, and it has changed my outlook on life. Has the fire changed you and the direction of the band? Was it hard to replace your equipment?

NV: So did I and since it wasn’t the first time for me I find it all so predictable. The same sort of situation; a big soviet factory where nobody gives a fuck about anything. The first time I almost experienced death, but now I only feel that I should work harder to get better equipment. Our equipment did suffer some minor damage, but miraculously it’s still functional, despite a somewhat wild “out of the flames” appearance. Replacing it won’t be as hard as finding a really decent place to rehearse, somewhere where nothing like this ever happens again!

Metal Fanatix: I also think I heard that you had to cancel some shows because of the fire. Is this true? Will they be made up in the future?”

NV: It is true, but there wasn’t anything particularly special about those gigs anyway. It is quite depressing though that we won’t be able to play live for quite a while yet.

Motor: Hell, this fire changed our outlook big time! But what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger! At the moment we are buying new instruments and equipment which requires a lot of money but we’re handling it ok.

Ind: What’s more, we had to reschedule our studio session because our budget has gone on other things now. The band has taken a bit of a beating and it’s still too early to think about how we’re going to make a complete recovery. At the very least we’ve got to start rehearsing again and get back into living and breathing music again.

Metal Fanatix: Live shows are a great way to spread the word of a band. Describe what the band is like live? If you could put together a world tour, what bands would you like go on tour with?

Ind: It’s quite hard to describe being on stage, it’s a very emotional experience as all your senses are directed into the audience.

Motor: It’s quite crazy! There’s definitely nothing like playing live!

NV: Everything is changing so rapidly and so dramatically right now, in terms of sound and approach it’s all about further experimentation, so it’s pretty hard to say how everything is going to sound and feel in the end. I find the whole experience both intriguing and stimulating.

Metal Fanatix: Have you guys created a music video? If so, tell us about it…If not, explain what you would have in it if you had an unlimited budget.

Ind: We tried to film some videos but the budget was a major problem that limited the outcome and all in all we weren’t too bothered about the end results. We do have a lot of footage from gigs but that’s quite different from a real video.

NV: If that was the case I guess it would have been fun to get some cult director, say, Anton Corbijn to shoot it, then tell him that he is absolutely free to do anything he pleases. The result would have been beyond even the wildest of fantasies, that’s for sure.

Metal Fanatix: It’s about time to wrap things up, thanks for the interview!! Are there any last words you would like to share with us?

Ind: Thanks a lot for your questions. Keep the world metal and you’re welcome in Russia anytime as long as you’re not afraid of large piles of snow and buckets of vodka.

Metal Fanatix: Thanks again…METAL!!!

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http://www.grenouer.com/ - Official website