This week in our series of interviews with bands performing at Aarhus Psych Fest, we sit down with local heroes: Spökraket. The band is just cutting the cord on their brand new full length self release Darling Adharma, and after a busy and fruitful summer, which has seen them release a vinyl split l.p. with The Road To Suicide, a compilation of jams and studio outtakes entitled “Catharsis” and now their 2nd full album (very full, it’s a double). We asked them a few questions about stuff, and they gave us some pretty interesting answers.
[chat question=”Who are Spökraket and can we expect from your show at Aarhus Psych Fest?”]
Bjorn: We are Spökraket, hopefully you can expect a lot from our show, since we, for a change, have got time to practice a little up to it.
Hans Christian: Spökraket is four souls in one celestial body. A mediator. The love child of Ziggy Stardust and Aristotle. Or, in layman’s terms: Something that makes you ponder, something that makes you forget, something that makes you dance, something that makes you stand still. Spökraket is escapism. Spökraket is a collective. It’s ‘you’, ‘me’, and ‘you and me’. All that, and hopefully with a groove underneath.
[chat question=”What has been your favorite “psychedelic” experience?”]
Jonathan: There are a few candidates but generally I sometimes experience a strong sense that all people on the stage are one organism of companionship and loud psychedelic music. Nothing can describe how euphoric that can be under the right conditions.
Hans Christian: Life and being. People are generally the most wondrously complicated things to analyze. Each of us is a tiny, precious, unique drop of eternity and our colors and shapes are flexible in accordance with the radiation around us.
Bjorn: If you mean drugs, I think I’ll just keep that to myself…
[chat question=”So what have you got planned for your listeners for the rest of the year?”]
Bjorn: We’re going to work on our third album, and hopefully, probably the process and the product is gong to be a bit more focused. Not so focused that it loses its charm and life though.
Jonathan: I believe they’re bright enough to make their own plans.[/chat]
[chat question=”Aarhus is known as “smilets byen” (the city of smiles), what do you have to say about that?”]
Hans Christian: That advertising usually only shows us the glossy surface. Below there are always multiple layers. Every environment has its weeds. We’re probably a bit gritty, but at least we’re eco-friendly.
Bjorn: There has been some cases in the recent past, where someone, including one from the band, got beaten in the street for either looking the wrong way, or being at the wrong place and time. Unfortunately these are not rare cases, and I’m myself not too pleased walking through the city alone after dark. Apart from that I really like Aarhus. There will always be jerks in whatever city, I guess.
Jonathan: It’s true in the sense that there’s a bunch of great people here. The mentality amongst musicians here is often very open-minded, people are friends and don’t give a flying fuck about competing each other. On the other hand there’s an old problem with Nazi cunts beating up whoever they don’t like. Racism isn’t common within the broader population here but the few who’s into it can be very dangerous. With capitalism in crisis we can expect things to turn very much to either the left or the right. Personally I’m a lefty, identifying myself with Trotskyism.[/chat]
[chat question=”What are some acts that have really inspired you to write and perform some music (I know this is kind of Cliché, but…)”]
Bjorn: I think, preferably you shouldn’t be too aware of where you find your inspiration from, unless you are by accident ripping something off. I like and find inspiration in a lot of different kinds of music (probably some of the not kosher things as well) and it changes according to mood and all that. There’s probably at least one act in almost every genre I like or get inspired by. Some names would maybe be My bloody Valentine, Ride, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Smashing pumpkins, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Blur, Slowdive, Lush, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Suede, T-rex, Nico, Underworld, Black Sabbath, Neil Young, Dinosaur jr, Pixies and Donovan.
Hans Christian: For me personally these last couple of years: the sounds of spaces and everything in-between them; the momentum of NEU!; the conventional un-convention of The Beatles; the irony of Kraftwerk (and the cliché of Kliché?); the “Deus in Machina”isms of early Gary Numan; the Darwinism of Joy Division/New Order, and the evolution from cadence to decaDANCE; the overpowering bliss of My Bloody Valentine. [/chat]
[chat question=”Apart for yourselves, which other performance(s) are you looking forward to seeing at Aarhus Psych Fest ’13?”]
Bjorn: Almost all of them I think. Especially Road to suicide, Narcosatanicos, Acid Twin, Fright eye and The Wands (the last one being the only one of these bands where I don’t know members personally, but the 2 songs I’ve heard with them on the internet are fucking amazing)
Hans Christian: All of them, actually. We’re familiar with about a quarter of the line-up; know of another quarter (having played with bands from both segments) and I’ve only heard nice things being said about the rest. [/chat]
To me, the more I speak and listen to this band, the more it becomes evident how passionate they are about their craft. It’s rare to come across a group in this age that truly seem to live, breathe, sleep and eat their music. Darling Adharma does everything it should and more. It reflects their influences, mantras and love of life, both the light and darker sides. I might be as bold as to say that it could be one of Denmark’s most inspired pieces of modern psychedelia. Please do yourself a favor and go as fast as you can to their bandcamp page (Spoekraket.bandcamp.com) and download your “pay what you want” digital copy now for a limited time, or come see them at Psych Fest in a few weeks when they take to the stage in the flesh and perform and bring physical copies of their catalogue.
Darling Adharma is out today digitally, and tickets for Aarhus Psych Fest ’13 are available at: http://billetto.dk/aarhuspsychfest http://
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