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.
Sara-Devika: Oh damn! Punk. The runaways. Both being outcasts, Anna and me basically bonded over our alternative music in high school. One night we watched the Runaways movie and since I had been playing multiple instruments/writing songs for over 8 years already I was like: yo, let’s go for it, let’s make a punk band – let’s be the new Sex Pistols! Musicians like Led Zeppelin and Nirvana made us want to take music more seriously eventually. After a few years, we went through a lot of genres and a lot of drummers until we found the perfect drummer for us: Stein <3
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Sara-Devika: ‘i remember u’, yeah. I basically improvised the synth melody and produced the rest of the song from there. I had a weird childhood being a lot in hospitals and nursing homes due to my dad’s health. It left me with years of severe anxiety, depressive episodes and other mental health issues. I guess the theme of ‘i remember u’ evolved out of a feeling of grief, depression and feeling like you’re losing grip. Due to this, I realized at a young age already that the only thing you can do in life is ‘to give yourself to someone’s eyes’, basically ‘making yourself a memory’ for someone, this often made me feel like there isn’t much else than waiting for the end of the road – since also people their memories come to an end. I see very strong colors with songs I write and listen to – therefore it’s also important to me that the videoclip represents whatever I’m seeing. Luckily everyone around me agreed to me making this clip myself (thank you <3) – I directed, edited and designed the video all myself. The clip is really mostly about creating your own world in an emotional crisis or at least how it can feel like when you do – the escape seems difficult or even impossible in your own head. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you’re inside your own mind so you can’t escape it. The process of grief and depression can both have nauseating alienating and dissociative sides, that’s basically what brought me to the idea to disorientingly pan the vocal.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Sara-Devika: Damn, are you looking into my eyes? My brain. Actually, Hungarian rock I grew up on, nothing can beat it in my opinion – even Kanye West samples it. Also, punk and hip hop are crazy big on me in the last few years stylistically as well as lifestyle wise. The whispery voice of Kurt Cobain and the high notes of Robert plant had the biggest influence on my vocals. Elliott Smith is also a BIG one. I listen to such wide variety of music; hardcore punk as Disorder to Cave’s the Birthday Party, The 1975, Lil Peep, Lana Del Rey, Modest Mouse, Amnesia Scanner and a lot more – it’s very wide, it makes it hard to pinpoint where my subconscious inspiration for songwriting exactly comes from.
Stein: My music inspirations are Royal Blood, Nothing But Thieves and J Cole. Also, my dad is a big inspiration to me. He taught me so much in music and he is really good at his job. I really look up to him and I want to become as strong as him in the music world. Besides music I have my friends and boyfriend who always inspire me in a lot of ways.
Anna: Big musical influences would be some gothic and punk bands because that really got me more interested in music as a teenager, mostly bands like Bauhaus, Christian Death, Sex Pistols and the Stooges. Now I tend to listen more to hip hop and pop. Furthermore, Kumamon is my spirit animal.
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?
Sara-Devika: Being different seems to go easy as my brain doesn’t accept alotta typical stuff with writing, which is often not great. I ponder about songs a lot. That’s something I always have on my mind. I improvise a song but it sounds too typical, we throw it out. I really truly feel like rock music as a whole can reach a new genre, and I’m working on it. More specifically; genreless. Guess this wasn’t a good description. Let’s say trappy poppy ambient electronic minimalist rock, still doesn’t sound right though. One thing is sure; I really hate the idea that a band can only have one aesthetic and sound in an era, every single needs to fit each other, all tracks on an EP need to fit each other, even that a song needs to be continuous in itself – it’s extremely limiting, I try to write tracks only having the best for that one track in mind; soundwise as well as with aesthetic. Guess it’ll be more clear when our next releases will be out!
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Stein: The 3 albums I would take to an island are: How Did We Get So Dark from Royal Blood and 2014 Forest Hills Drive from J Cole and Don’t Smile At Me from Billie Eilish. I don’t really have a favorite movie I would bring; I love so many movies I can not choose so I would like to bring Netflix haha :). If I had to take books with me, I would take all the parts of The Hunger Games. I love those books, I can keep reading them.
Anna: I think I would have to be in quite an absurd mood to go to a desert island in real life, so I’d probably go with Raw Power from Iggy Pop & The Stooges and have that on loop trying to find drinking water and food to survive. Movies I would take with me would be Taxi Driver, Fight Club & Kill Bill. And as a book I would take One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sara has given me that book about 5 years ago and I still need to read it.
Sara-Devika: I’d take One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for Anna to finally read. Further, probably a survival guide with edible plants or something would be my other option. I don’t think I’d take a movie but I’ll just watch anything Stein can show me with her Netflix subscription. I’m a sucker for sentimental movies like Her, Eternal Sunshine Of A Spotless Mind and Lost In Translation so I don’t think that’d help me survive. Music wise: most likely the first days I’d be bumping to Lil Pump winning the survivalist game and having to calm down Anna, until I crash as well and I’ll have to accept my dying fate with some Elliott Smith.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Sara-Devika: All the years of me bleeding and getting concussions on stage; definitely live! You just can’t really emotionally move and provoke studio furniture, and I like seeing everyone’s cute lil face in the audience.
Anna: Live, there is no added value to jump around in the studio and it is way more fun to interact with the rest of the band and the audience on stage.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Anna: Sara and I can communicate with just cat memes, we have conversations like that
Sara-Devika: We actually talked about this and none of us remembers a funny story, seems like we don’t know what fun is :’( I like cat memes though. We have also learned the skill to communicate through melon emojis now. Oh maybe: having a fire alarm go off, guitars breaking and amps breaking A LOT when we’re performing, might actually be a bit funny sometimes.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Sara-Devika: Ah! That is so stressful cause it always changes – our tracks are extremely mood related and since our tracks that we have laying around as next releases are quite genre diverse – it’s hard to pick on ‘uniqueness’. Guess the one I like the most right now is not released yet, but has a trap beginning and a rock ending – it will be out later this year. Exciting!
Stein: My favourite song of RÊVERIE is an unreleased song we play live. From the first time I played it with Sara and Anna I just loved it. The song has a lot of energy and I feel really powerful when I play it. The drums play a big role in this song and I like that because I really get to shine due to it; that makes me really excited. The audience always goes wild during this song and that makes it even better to play it live.
Anna: I think I have the same one in mind as Stein, but that one is still unreleased 🙁 Another cool song would be ‘iiii’ (pronounced four eyes), which is our previous release, it has a really nice minimalistic pop vibe.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Stein: The future plans for RÊVERIE, I believe we are going to be big, we’re going to travel the world, play our music at as many places as possible and inspire as many people as possible. We’re a girl band, we have so much energy and we’re so different from other bands – I want people to get inspired by the power trio we are 🙂
Anna: And in the short term future, another month from now we’re planning to release another song!
Sara-Devika: What Stein said! Showing my face on y’all screens and hopefully showing y’all something new, hope that’s all good. Thanks a lot for reading and thanks a lot for having us lovely Last Day Deaf, we love you all <3
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