Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Spaceslug guitarist/vocalist Bartosz Janik.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
JANIK: I started the band around june 2015 by asking Kamil the drummer about playing some space stoner psych jams. Jan the bassman joined and we started a project that turned into full working band. We drifted around space stoner, doom, grunge, post rock influences and now we are still developing our own way in music. We have two full LP and one EP in our portfolio and the third full album is on it’s way to be released this month in July.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
JANIK: If we speak about heavy music most of all my inspirations are Neurosis and Yob, next to it we have classic rock from the 70s in lead with the prog rock (YES is my all time favorite). Also im very into post kind of things with the If These Trees Could Talk and Mogwai as the top ones. Also im into Black Metal things like Wiegedood, Taake, Shining and some obvious classic from the genre. Im a big fan of Hank Williams III, all acoustic projects from Neurosis, Shawn James. In free time also like to listen some old school Jazz like Coltrane, Miles Davis, and blues like Gary B. B. Coleman.
METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
JANIK: “Eye The Tide” is our most personal release to date. We looked into our deepest and darkest sides of mind and soul and transferred them into sounds. The release shows a lot of the complex states of mind and pain that was in all band members in the period when the album was created. It is also in some sort end of an era for the band. We split the journey into three parts and this is the definitive last tale in this trilogy. Also the lyrics this time are little different and we created less of a “space tale” kind of lyrics for better exposure of the topic. If people want to listen more darker and heavier side of Spaceslug this is the best way. The band is evolving with every record in terms of sound and we are looking forward what to be next in our path.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
JANIK: Most of all some sort of cosmic experience that is created by our music. We always try to take our audience with us on the trip and to other dimensions with our music and live performance. We gather all energy we have and we try to expose it the best way possible with heavy and loud tones of our instruments.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
JANIK: It’s really hard to tell in one category but most of all I hope to play on most of the important festivals like Roadburn and DesertFest. Also to play some tours with bands that influenced me to write music.