Unborn - There are plenty of plans and in case that at least half of them will come true, it would be huge... (2011-08-31, read 1708×)
Unborn are a trash-metal band from Prague, which is already many years old. They have done plenty of concerts and four albums. In case you haven’t heart about them yet, it is highest time to put this right – you can now read an interview with them, which is connected with a review of their new CD „Six Ways of Suffering”.
Well, I have studied through your biography and I see that you have dealt with many deals and line-up changes. Could you tell me how the band works nowadays? Have you already found the right teamwork or are you preparing some more changes?
Saša: OK as for me personally, I am maximum satisfied now. Roman and Filip fit in perfectly concerning both musical and human aspect, tranquillity rules the whole band. We absolutely do not plan any changes in line-up. Roman: Sure there were enough personal changes, but 15 years on the scene is long time, nothing to do. This can not be avoided by anybody. Anyway, now we have many plans, so I hope that the line-up will hold up for at least few years. Filip: I am convinced that this line-up operates perfectly; I can not remember any single hassle. Well, so I hope that it will last for some more years like this.
In any case soon after the two new team mates Filip Rytych and Roman Freisleben joined the band, the new album „Six Ways of Suffering“ was produced. In view of the fact that most of the songs contained on this album were composed by your previous guitarist, I presume that the album was planned for longer time already. Was it changed conceptually after coming of the “new blood”?
Saša: We have talked of the new album since the moment when the previous album „Voice of Hate“ was released. Jonáš, who came to the guitarist post at that time, and who recorded „Voice of Hate“ together with us, began to create his own songs soon, and he brought such elements into these songs which were not used by Unborn before. We liked that and we intended to create material for new CD as soon as possible. In case that the things did not complicate, I think that we would have produced this album already lets say 2 years ago. Conceptually, an album like that would have been much more metal core, into which Jonáš started to be orientated. I dare say that Filip’s two songs („Triumph of Manipulation“ a „No Second Chance“) have amended desirably the mix of songs on „Six Ways of Suffering“; they have added the diversity to the album. Anything would be missing without them.
Talking about „Six Ways of Suffering“ – please try to characterize this album in few sentences.
Saša: The name of the album is derived from the fact that all six songs do describe somebody’s suffering in some detail. Originally, the album should have been named according to one of the songs, but the problem was that none of them stands above the others either musically or topically so significantly that it would be able to define the whole album. Six compositions seem to be few to many people, and I understand that, but we did not want to add more songs, quality of which seemed to be doubtful to us. Moreover, we did not want to play some songs written by the previous line-up. They would not fit absolutely to our concept and we intended to provide space for Filip´s ideas, to move on again.
Roman: The whole recording process and the preparations and issue was quite essential for the band. The long tandem will crosscheck the band members perfectly, so we have tested and strengthened the whole line-up immediately. Now we have in our hands actual material, which has maybe shorter footage for anybody, but we were able to make one more line for the past. There is plenty of plans and in case that at least half of them will come to fruition, it would be great. Filip: With regards to the pause which the band had to get through when the two members left it, this album of Unborn was quite important. After the line-up change it is always quite hard to tune again to the right wave and continue to operate in normal mode, this album has helped us a lot in this. Moreover after the new line-up had fixed itself a bit, it was clear that it is necessary to make any new record, because the temporary Unborn do sound somehow else than they did on „Voice of Hate“. And this is also directly related to several times mentioned footage of the album. You were recording at Honza Kapák´s Hellsound studio in Čestice. Did everything go on smoothly or did any problems occur directly while recording? And what about any funny stories from recording – did anything like that happen in studio?
Saša: The recording with Honza was amazing. The last day we were finishing the vocals till five in the morning. Just one clear supporting vocal for „Silent Evil“ was missing, which I however already invented, but its realisation was a bit more demanding. We said to ourselves, no big deal – we will just try it and we will see, or we will delete it was just an idea. When we made the record and Honza was a little fiddling with it, it suddenly sounded like it was sung by Pet Shop Boys and the text being repeated in the loop sounded similar to „Piss when I open the door“. We all got hysterical from this for five minutes, and the loop continued on and on, we were already much overwrought. Finally we deleted that and went to sleep. That supporting vocal is not in the final record, but on the contrary there are plenty of other things which we tried as an experiment.
Roman: Me personally, I have enjoyed only two first days in studio because of work, but funny moments of course, was not an emergency. Even a couple of messages circulating in the band is still. There were lots of changes and modifications, that is almost certainty in the studio, but fortunately, we missed the problems. Moreover Honza is a real professional and what does not resolve knowledge, would catch up wit. Filip: As we have recorded the album in batches, and only
I was in the studio the whole time personally, so there is many of these stories. In any case, Saša has already disclosed one of them, so lets leave the others for another time, maybe for the beer-discussion after any concert. In terms of recording, we did not have to face any major problem, just at the beginning the computers were on strike, but this was solved after a while.
Unborn were established in 1996 – It means that this year you are celebrating notional 15th anniversary. Are you coming to make any celebration? Maybe by special birthday concert?
Filip: The birthday concert is being discussed in the band already since the beginning of the year, but we have yet no idea about appropriate implementation, time, and venue yet. And as we are already planning many concerts until the end of the year in Prague, I foresee this rather for 20th anniversary.
And now about the concerts – please tell us, where are you going to perform now, and where the fans can hear you live.
Roman: September is full of holiday, but 1.10. Graveyard Session in Prague in Chapeau Rouge, in November Massacre Tour with Tortharry, F.O.B. and Deathstar. One concert each weekend, each time in another city. Then 25.12. Dobříš and Santa Must Die and 14.1. Prague Winter Metal Attack, of course. Details are available on our Bandzone profile.
Do you have a regular fanbase on your gigs? People who go to a concert just because of you? And are you familiar with them? Do you usually have a drink with them with pleasure after concert?
Saša: In Prague it is like that, in other cities we have to work on this yet – until now we have been in them just for the first time, the people were just trying to figure us out. We will see the second time. Roman: I think that there are several of these fans also outside Prague, but this is rather in the hundreds of individuals. Specifically, now we have met Láďa, who still remembered Unborn in the very original line-up, at festival Týnecký Mazec, and even he has got the very first audio cassette issued by Unborn. This one is already not being owned by anybody from the band.
Could you reveal me, what is being reminisced by you the most often in connection with Unborn? Did anything happen to you, what you really will not forget any time?
Saša: Well I will never forget the recording of clip for the older song „Something in my Head“, which is mainly merit of our former bass-player Jakub Janků. The next super experience was concert in Trnava and generally tranquillity at journey to Slovakia and back. And thirdly: I suppose, that nobody of us will forget how certain person was driving us to a concert in České Budějovice. I will not go into details, but it was a little strong coffee… Roman: As I already mentioned, I was much impressed by recording of the CD „Six Ways of Suffering“. Everything – preparations, pre-production, and the actual recording , visual dealings and issue. From concerts definitely Ostrava per revolution and eve of the last year´s Basinfirefest. Filip: For me it is similar as for Roman, I remember most of all recording of the CD, its preparation, its tunings and the following christening with the help of Petr Korál as well.
Gentlemen, thank you for the interview and eventually obligate – in case you want to send word to fans, friends or the whole world, now you have the space…
Saša: Please visit the concerts and support underground – without you it is not possible. It would not be anyway cheaper to visit pub for a bear instead of it (drinking is quicker there) and the experiences from concerts are more intensive. Roman: There is nothing left to add to it, just to say thank you and I hope we will meet on any concert. Filip: Thanks that you have read this interview and maybe we will see each other on any of our concerts.