EMQ’s With Leprethere
Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Belarusian Dissonant/Math Metal/Progressive Death Metal band, Leprethere. Huge thanks to their Guitarist and Vocalists, Anton and Anton, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Anton (guitar): We are Leprethere, a band playing Dissonant/Math Metal/Progressive Death Metal. The history of the band begins from the band Frequency Diversity (2009-2013) where we first played mathcore/technical metal. Afterwards, we left the group and started working on new material with new ideas from other genres of metal music.
Anton (voice): It was an amazing experience. We were young, experimented a lot and gained experience. =)
How did you come up with your band name?
Anton (guitar): It is just some unique name without meaning.
What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?
Anton (voice): I can’t say that the Belarusian metal scene is constantly actively developing and taking tons of feedback among local listeners now. But it has many nice and unique bands that are widely accepted. These bands have made an enormous contribution to the development of the metal and punk scene in Belarus. Some brightest representatives for me – SERDCE (prog death metal), Appleshout, Contra la contra, Bagna (hardcore punk), Relics of Humanity (brutal death metal) and Nebulae Come Sweet (post-metal).
What is your latest release?
Anton (guitar): “Tarnished Passion” (Album, 2023).
Who have been your greatest influences?
Anton (guitar): We like mathcore ’00 (Ion Dissonance, Psyopus), avant-garde and dissonant death metal (Gorguts, Ulcerate), math metal-influences (Meshuggah, Vildhjarta) and progressive music (Dysrhythmia, Between the Buried and Me). All these influences and our souls created our style. 🙂
What first got you into music?
Anton (guitar): I was 11 when I first heard U2 and at this age I wanted to create a rock band. Yeah, my tastes have changed a little bit, but the desire to create my own music is still alive.
Anton (voice): I decided to try vocals after listening to one of my favourite metal albums (Ion Dissonance – “Solace”). The rawness and pure anger in these vocals inspired me to make my career in this way. =)
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Anton (guitar): Colin Marston (Dysrhythmia, Gorguts).
Anton (voice): Ulcerate.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Anton (guitar): I was only on Euroblast and Brutal Assault, and it was amazing.
Anton (voice): It doesn’t matter where we play (at a huge festival or in a small bar). The feedback of listeners – that’s the only thing that matters for me.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Anton (guitar): I don’t remember the weirdest gifts.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Anton (guitar): Just relax and catch the wave of music magic.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Anton (guitar): Daniel Krauss (Admiral Angry). After the album ‘Buster’ (2008) I think he had a lot of ideas for their band’s style that didn’t get realized.
Anton (voice): Mieszko Talarczyk (Nasum).
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Anton (guitar): I enjoy composing music. Also, I like to find some interesting things in other musical genres and combine it with our style. But I don’t like to talk a lot about my musical works.
Anton (voice): I enjoy the new challenges and experiments. Music composing is a massive space to create. I don’t like excessive self-criticism and the occasional crisis of creativity. In the last few years, it’s related to the hard times in my country (Belarus) and now to the war in Ukraine.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Anton (guitar): Stopping the process of making soulless music 🙂
Anton (voice): To each his own, I guess.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Anton (guitar): It’s a difficult question. I chose The Arusha Accord – “The Echo Verses” (2009) because this album has a big range of emotions and I like its technical structure.
Anton (voice): Uhh, it’s not easy. Let it be Ion Dissonance – “Solace” (2005). Just listen in and you will understand me. 😉
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?
Anton (guitar): Vinyl and Digital!
Anton (voice): I always buy vinyls and CDs.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Anton (guitar): Leprethere is a studio project and we didn’t have any gigs.
Anton (voice): Sure, I was in the same band with Anton before Leprethere. Also I have another band where I’m a singer. But that’s another story. 😉
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Anton (guitar): Music is not our fulltime work. Music is our passion and infatuation where we realize our feelings and ideas. If we talk about other creative works, I think I would be a movie director and make movies in the style of John Cassavetes, Nicolas Winding Refn and Quentin Tarantino.
Anton (voice): I can’t imagine a normal life without music, sorry! Maybe I’d be sitting back at home, playing video games and drinking beer till death, lol.
What’s next for the band?
Anton (guitar): Mixing and realizing our new material.
Anton (voice): In addition, a lot of stuff further. A LOT…
What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Anton (guitar): https://www.instagram.com/leprethere/ |https://www.facebook.com/leprethere | https://leprethere.bandcamp.com/album/tarnished-passion
Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun, a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?
Anton (guitar): Hah, I don’t know the correct name in the UK but I would choose Barm.
Anton (voice): The Great British bread debate, lol. I think BAP sounds good.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Anton (guitar): Thank you for your questions! We hope you will enjoy our upcoming album “Tarnished Passion”. Best Regards!Anton (voice): Love each other, support each other… and listen to our stuff. Cheers!
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