Interview with Курск
is really nice to meet you here at the Nosturi backstage. So our first question
will be why you decided to take part in TUSKA afterparty and not in the main
program? Was it your choice or not your choice?
Kursk: It was not our choice. we already
performed once in the main program of TUSKA when our first album came out. And
you know it is usually so that those who have come up with the new album are on
the line up. So maybe we should get another album.
it feels to be a finnish person and to sing the songs not in your language but
Kursk: Mostly it feels very unreal. But
we're doing that. For how many years? Five now. So more or less like stepping
to your friend's house. Not really that comfortable.
did you learn the language so well? Probably you have some roots from Russia?
Kursk: No, we don't have. No relatives.
do you see this fact - are you promoting russian language among finish people?
Kursk: It is one of the reaosns why we
did it. There even were some people who started to study russian. It gives some
more inspiration to language study. It is not really our goal but yeah, it
have any problems with your audience perceiving your texts correctly? Do you
need to make extra-effort to bring your message through?
Kursk: Not really. We always have our
texts translated as well. So if they want they can read them first and then
image includes the elements of russian history, namely the revolution and first
years of soviet period, you have many songs connected with image of Stalin. So
why did you choose this exactly period of russian history? i mean that there
are others as well.
Kursk: i think this develpoed quite
naturally. The imagery ixs one thing. IT is connected with the style of the
band and it does not have much to do with the lyrics. So on our album we have
songs that are related to the older period of history and many songs are really
timeless. So the soviet military style it just looks good.
not only have such imagery but we know that you use some really rare musical
instrument. Designed in the shape of weapons and that unique one-string guitar.
So how did oy umake such choice and how is it possible to play such instruments?
Kursk: YEs, they are like Kalashnikov. We
think that it suits to the music that we play. Like one idea came after another.
First one made a Kalashnikov-guitar, and then the other created his own bass. It
is more interesting this way and it is also fun for us to play them.
which band is closest to you in the musical sence from the major line up of
Kursk: Maybe Swallow the Sun. The most
such tough guys, playing heavy metal, does it happen to you ever that you
listen to some pop song and unexpectedly like it?
Kursk: yeah! often.
Kursk: Depeche Mode. This finish girl, Jenni
Vartiainen. Especially when we are hangover.
you noticed that many fans now are not throwing their fists in the air, but
puting up ipones? Like shooting the shows. Do you think does it make the
process of perceiving musicn adn the atmosphere worse for them?
Kursk: YEah, we noticed. i don't think so.
Maybe they just want a memory.
about plans for the future? New album? New tour? Any gigs in Russia?
we now have one more show in Estonia
on our calendar and then we want to focus on the new material. And we have some
new songs already.
you so much for the interview!
Varvara Murasheva , Julia Andreeva