Interview with Kooba Tercu

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

The Band is still under continuous formation. Johnny Tercu started it all around late 00’s.

What does the name Kooba Tercu represent?

Love and bustle.

Can you tell us about your main influences? 

Athens’s stench, noise rock and exotic grooves.

In 2015 you released your self titled, full length Lp. How did the recording session go and how has the reception been so far?

Basic tracks were recorded live in our basement/rehearsal space over 3 days by Ilias Flammos. No clicks or headphones used, we were just trying to capture the live feeling of our rehearsals. Overdubs/refinements were added later in the studio. In terms of reception, we’re trying to get the word out there through our live shows. This is just the beginning.


In my opinion, your sound is really diversified. Would you agree with that? How would you define your sound?

Maybe just a bit diversified, John Zorn is even more so… We are trying to push our limits and expand our sound towards different directions, but in the same time we are trying to keep it concise as a whole. The wide media consensus on our sound’s definition is: exotic noise rock.

What inspires you the most? 

Johnny Tercu inspires us the most; no doubt. It has been a weird trip these past few years, because suddenly, by being part of Kooba Tercu, everything one experiences becomes inspirational. You end up thinking “What would Johnny Tercu do?” in such a situation. Going to random gigs, reading, listening to people, sounds of the city and nature, watching films, finding out about other people’s creative processes .. pretty standard stuff that turn magical through Johnny.

What are you listening to these days? 

We keep on sending tracks to each other but it’s not certain that Johnny listens to them: Terminal Cheesecake, Seawhores, African Force (Ginger Baker), Perez Prado, Miguel Baptista Benedict, Richard H. Kirk, Nisennenmondai, The Thing, Shit and Shine, Cattle, Vince Staples

Any live shows planned for this year? 

Next gig coming up on 16th of April – Record Store Day @ Six Dogs


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