Friday, January 16, 2015

The Inquisition: 030.Kubark

1. How did you came up with the name of the band ?

Kubark is the moniker of the CIA heavy interrogation manual, focused on intimidation and domination. We aren’t interested in military stuff, but we were enthralled by the humiliation concept.

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it?

We started our musical process by jamming, but for this new record we worked in a different way: we were interested in composing something near to the pop concept of song. Working in this direction we found that writing a “verse-chorus-verse” composition is more difficult than joining together a couple of riffs united by a strong musical identity.

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home?

We all listen to different kind of music. In the last few years we started listening to a lot of electronic music because we think that nowadays some of the best and groundbreaking ideas come from electronic machines and their employments. Sometimes, when we want to listen some good rock records, we look to the past, but we all know that this kind of approach is quite easier, because nowadays if you take a look at the music scene, you can find great bands mixed with a lot of shit.

4. What's the first record you've ever bought ?

Two band members are answering to this interview, so the comeback is a little defective. Anyway, the first record bought by Enrico was Led Zeppelin IV and the first record bought by Elia was In Utero by Nirvana.

5. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with ?

Nirvana and all the 90’s alt scene (Sonic Youth, Melvins…) Amazing.

6. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to?

We think that the internet, and especially social networks  has a strong impact and gives a new dimension to the band’s work. The other side of the coin is that a social network can’t always select people who are on the same wavelength with you. This creates a strange situation. On the other hand, blogs, webzines and of course specialized magazines make possible that bands can approach a smaller number of people but that are really interested in the right kind of musical scene for their tastes.We were really surprised to know that our music reached Teheran.

7. Do you support the idea of Bandcamp, where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify?

We think that the price of music has to be made by the band, not by the fans. And by the way, we prefer something like Bandcamp rather than Spotify which has killed the concept of music. We know that Spotify is something like a drug because it’s easy to use and gives you access to an incredible library of music but absolutely doesn’t help the artists on the economic side.

8. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Probably where we are right now.

9. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era?

Absolutely. We think that the graphic side is very very important and we hope it’s the same for other bands and people who still buy music.

10. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format?

Vinyl has a different sound quality and the large packaging help to get involved with the album.We definitely love the 180gr. vinyl.

11. What's the funniest story or moment as a band?

We enjoy a lot the trips in our van. Sometimes strange things happen!

12. Are you planning any new releases or tour right now?

Actually, we released our new album and we are working to make the largest possible number of gigs in Italy and Europe. And we hope that this will happen.

Kubark released their new album "Obedience" a few days ago.

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