What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
It all started when Nikos and Angelos met Ilias in a live bar of Thessaloniki in 2005. They all participated in various musical bands since children and decided to create a cover band that marked the beginning of a successful 10 year journey in Thessaloniki’s, Larissa’s and Volos’ music scenes.
This 10-year fermentation of musical ideas and influences took shape in 2016 and MINORFASE were born. They immediately managed an explosive meld of their influences that did not go unnoticed. Heavy rock genre with deep rooted southern groovy elements and heavy down tuned guitars. The English lyrics with clean vocals that reach quite high are accompanied by metal and grunge rhythms with emphasis on melody, shaping the special and distinctive character of the band.
In November 2016, the first demo of the band ‘As I am’ was released and in the summer of 2017 the debut EP entitled ” Thoughts ” was released. They have released a video clip for the songs ‘THOUGHTS’ and ‘MONEYMAKER’, which already count thousands of views.
With Sakis’ entry on the drums in the summer of 2017 the band has already climbed to a higher level and has found its character. The recording and editing phase of the second album titled “5 Symptoms of spiritual awakening” was completed and it was released in August 2018. The album includes half an hour of music with the heavy groovy parts and melodies that characterize them and is the cornerstone of the music character of the band.
Active with a lot of live shows presenting their first EP and their second album, Minorfase have shared the scene with Sasquatch, Nightstalker, Planet of Zeus, Potergeist, Black Hat Bones, Puta Volcano, Hidden in the Basement, Sober on Tuxedos, The Restoned, Dendrites, Beyond this Earth, Out of the Earth, Jacks full!
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
‘’5 Symptoms Of Spiritual Awakening”, talks about certain symptoms of spiritual lifting. Hereto life, death, peace, magic and nature. The concept of this work was conceived during the time that the band needed a drummer that could follow and contribute to the fast musical growth that we were experiencing.
When Sakis joined the band, from the first moment that we jammed together we sensed a deep bonding that made it self stronger and clearer every timewe played together. We considered that state of the band as an awakening that had not only musical but also spiritual status.
We then began to compose music on the general base of spiritual awakening and throughout many alternative options we chose these 5 topics as the most important and we embedded them in our songs. That was the birth of ‘’5 Symptoms of spiritual awakening’’.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
We were always drawn to the style of Alice in chains, Soundgarden, Tool and Pantera but we always carry with us the musical roots given by Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.
As far as non music influences are concerned, we draw inspiration through everyday life. Reality has been hard for the last years for most of the people.. We all try to support our families, our friends and ourselves. Every day, people face really difficult situations that take significant part in their future lives.
Our lyrics and music spring from these everyday situations that try to take control of our lives but also from the strong inner will to react and overcome them.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Our sound is based on the Heavy rock side with deep rooted southern groovy elements and heavy down tuned guitars. Metal and grunge rhythms with emphasis on melody over clean vocals that reach quite high shape and complete the special and distinctive character of the band.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Black Sabbath – Sabbath, Vulgar display of Power – Pantera, Dirt – Alice in Chains
Lord of the rings, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Matrix
Silmarilion- Tolkien, O Hristos xanastavronetai- Nikos Kazantzakis, The Murderess-Alexandros Papadiamantis
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Definitely live is our thing. The energy drawn from the crowd is incomparable! Each one of us has been forged through many live scenes of Greece and playing live is like our secret super power(lol..)!I can’t tell you more, you will have to see for yourself.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Actually there are too many, but let’s stick to the most recent. A couple of months ago we had a show in Ioannina opening the night for Puta Volcano.
We were traveling in a small car with all of our equipment together and 15km before our destination the car radiator gave up and we fried the engine!! As you understand we were left on the highway in the middle of the night and it was raining ofcourse!!! (lol) Very soon we had the police coming to check on us and had to leave the car to the breakdown assistance. We got a free ride by the police though!!!
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
That’s really difficult to tell, but if we had to chose, we would say ‘’Psycho’’. Mainly because it combines most of our influences in the album as far as musical style is concerned.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Our future plans are mainly to play as many shows as we can till summer.
Many dates are already arranged in Athens, Thessaloniki and summer festivals and will soon be announced.
We would like also to reveal that new tracks are already composed and the new album is already underway.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Let us make a statement instead..
Support your local bands! Greece is flooded with talented bands that work hard and will be recognized sooner or later. Be a part of it and stay heavy people!
Thank you very much for your time.
Photo credits: Petros Dimoulas (1st one), Vicky Papaggeli (2nd one)
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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