A Czech quartet that has recordedthree albums of chamber prog using string instruments only. Formed in 96, their first self-titled album dates from 1999, DIP dating from 02 and Luff from 06.
I got in touch with the band and Martin Alacam answered my questions.
When, where and by whom was your band born ? Did any of you, past and present members, play in any other bands before joining up in your
band ? Why did you choose that name ?
Metamorphosis was born in
the nineties in Austria. We were/are all pretty active in other projects too,
like music for contemporary dance, theater, other bands, improvisational
collaborations, even music for computer games etc.
Why did you
choose to do this type of music you are playing ?
It was not
really a choice, it feels like the right thing to do. The unique sound is
caused to some extent by the instrumentation (2 guitars, violin, cello), but
that wasn't really planned either, we just happened to meet and understand
each other musically and personally.
Over to your three albums.
Your debut album Metamorphosis was released in 1999. Please tell us more
about this album.
It is the most raw of the three, and you get
slapped right away with the first song "Unterm Teppich" (Under the carpet).
And on it goes. Screaming violins and vocals, viking choirs, short
sentimental breaks just to make you ready for the next explosion.
Your second album DIP was released in 2002. Please tell us
more about this album.
This one was released by LeoRecords, which
was a great thing, we love a lot of the artists they release and we were all
pretty proud of it. The music is more relaxed although of course there is the
usual dose of madness. It ends with an abstract improv (Sudler's nightmare),
which I like a lot.
Your third and most recent album Luff
was released in 2006. Please tell us more about this album.
favourite. I think we really found our sound on this album. Listen to it!
What have you been doing since 2006 ?
We all live in
different countries since many years (Czech Rep, Russia, Austria), which
doesn't always make things easier. Nonetheless we managed to play some tours
every year and started working on new material. We are meeting next week to
play 3 concerts (Prague, Vienna, Pardubice) and rehearse, so I am already
looking forward for that.
How would you describe you music and
which bands would you compare yourself with ?
I like the
description an Italian concert organizer came up with: Contaminated Chamber
Music. I think it describes pretty well what we do. We all have a lot of
different musical influences. From the newer (past 20 years) bands we also
like and respect many, to name a fex: the EX, Radian, The Necks, Kletka Red,
Dunaj, and many many others.
How is the gigs scene in your
area now ? Is it easy to get gigs for you ?
As I said above, for us
it is not easy, because we are not particularly connected with any local
scene, being divided between Prague, Vienna, Brno, St. Petersburg we played
in all these places and also in other countries, f.e. 2000-2004 we played in
France regularly, we had some tours in Germany etc. Luckily we always got at
least one good offer and managed to get some more gigs around. But I'd be
lying if I said it was easy
Is any of you involved in any other
bands or projects ?
Yes, it would take a whole page, so at least
the very current ones:
Richard Deutsch: The Frozen Orchestra (St.
Petersburg based band, song orientated music, at moments energetic, at others
soundly grooving. Studio work, producing, recording
BOO (kick ass rock band with ex-Dunaj guitarist Josef Ostransky)
Kavan: Chamber orchestras, composing for computer games
(yes that's me): SU (vocals / guitar duo with female vocalist from Istanbul) delia|alacam (mbira guitar duo)
What is your latest
update ? What is your plans for this year and beyond ?
As mentioned we
are playing next week, in the summer after that. We are working on new
material, we plan to make a new CD, probably in the winter next year.
To wrap up this interview, is there anything you want to
add to this interview ?
All our albums are on Bandcamp, hearing
Thank you to Martin for this interview
Their PA profile is here and homepage is here