We are pleased to offer you in this article an interview with a Czech band offering Psychedelic sounds tainted with Stoner and Doom traits whose new debut “Afterglow” was released on February 22, 2022. Welcome to Acid Row.
Hi how are you?
Alex: Hi there! Quite good. Still trying to catch up all the work that was left behind while we were on tour with Swanmay haha.
The genre you propose is a Psychedelic Rock with different contaminations and 70s reminiscences, where does your passion for these sounds come from?
Dominik: For me it is probably connected with the fact that I’m a guitarist. When you play this instrument, you will definitely go through this era and you’ll be affected by it for sure. But for me it was more like Black Sabbath than psychedelic that hit me in my face the first time I heard it.
Radek: I’ve never actually been into 70s that much, I’ve mostly played hardcore-punk and stuff like that. I love that this band allows me to project that into the music while the psychedelic vibe makes it new and challenging for me.
Alex: As mentioned by Dominik. Mainly Black Sabbath does that affection. But for me it came from many more 70’s bands like f.e. Led Zeppelin or Captain Beefheart and much much more. The other era that affected us was the 90’s era, but that’s a whole another chapter…
Your debut album “Afterglow” was released on February 22, 2022 How would you describe this work?
Dominik: Important lecture in self sound engineering and recording. Therefore it was also a lot of nerves but also fun. And at the end there are also a lot of emotions, cause this album is also connected with some personal changes.
Radek: It slaps. I didn’t record on this album so I get to praise the hell out of it haha.
Alex: It was wild! Some people left during the process, so in some moments it really was kind of improvisation and a lot of last minute changes. It taught us a lot!
Long-lasting tracks and massive riffs, with a vocal that alternates aggressive passages with others more enveloping, what are the themes of the album?
Dominik: Hah you can feel 70’s in this one as well. It is probably not that hard to say that there is a big movie inspiration in our songs. In our music I like to make those weird parts that you have to listen to that song again to realize what actually happened.
Alex: The lyrics of the songs mainly referred to a psyche of the 21st century mind – simply how living in a post-modern society affects thinking and behaving. Mainly from a bad perspective. That’s why you can find there themes connected to serial killers, depression, pain, changed states of mind etc. Creating those songs and lyrics and playing them afterwards is kind of a cleansing ritual for me, which helps me to get rid of anger, negative energies and frustration.
Your music is full of guitar texture changes, lead bass lines and solid rhythm sessions, how is song composition done?
Dominik: I’ve never recognized any composing steps or strategy when we were doing it. For me it was always a mystery how we ended up with finished song actually.
Alex: Yeah. There ain’t any pattern in songwriting. What we want to do is always to add something new that wasn’t there before. And that keeps the song interesting. Sometimes we start doin the song from a riff. Sometimes from the lyrics, sometimes from a bassline, sometimes from a drum rhythm and I think this might affect a lot how it evolves in the end.
Many of your fans and readers are wondering if there will be a chance to hear your music live, do you have any plans for that?
Radek: Totally, this spring and summer is gonna be reeeeally busy for us, bye bye vacation.
Alex: We’ve just returned from a tour with Swanmay around Czech rep. Germany and Austria.. It was 12 days long and freaking awesome! Lots more to come! Some notable mentions are: 6.5.2022 Dresden Chemiefabrik supporting Bongzilla, 11.5, Zurich Dynamo supportingBongzilla too. 9.6. supporting 1000mods in Prague, 26.7. supporting King Buffalo in Prague again and much much more! Just check our fb and ig. It’s all there!
Yours is a very interesting album full of ideas, do you already have plans for future releases?
Radek: Oh yeah, there’s too many ideas for new songs so now we just have to actually finish them at some point.
Dominik: Yeah that is the thing. Our phones are full of recorded ideas, so now comes that difficult part, finishing them!
Alex: As soon as we’ll have some free weekend or week, we’ll turn those ideas into a new album!
The music market has changed a lot in recent years, how difficult is it to establish yourself with a more sought-after music genre like yours?
Dominik: Maybe it takes more time to build up some fanbase since it is pretty easy nowadays to start a band. So the amount of genres and amount of good bands is very high globally. But it is also more challenging which is fun.
Alex: Yeah it takes some time. The hardest part is to get the attention in the beginning. You have to make some material first, and a good and quality amount of that. That might be a breaking point for some bands, but if you withstand, than the real fun begins haha.
What advice would you give to a young band approaching the modern music scene by offering Psychedelic sounds?
Dominik: Luckily I think that some basics didn’t really change. At the beginning you should just hang out in the rehearsal room with your bandmates and have a good time while trying to get the best out of you rocking.
Alex: Be patient. Work hard. Focus on your goal. Don’t let go. Don’t let anyone fuck with you haha.
As usual I leave the last question free, to allow you to talk about any topic of your choice not touched on in the previous questions.
Radek: Fuck Putin and get high.
Dominik: Yep, I kinda like crazy things. But this world started to be too crazy for me as well. A quote from one great czech movie says: “I’d say that people don’t smoke enough weed around here.”
Alex: We’re all going to die! Maybe soon. So come and have some fun, since you still can!
Thanks to Acid Row for the pleasant interview, wishing them the best for the continuation of their musical career.