Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?
We are Allochiria, a post-sludge band from Athens, Greece. The band was formed in 2008 with a different drummer and a different vocalist.
Can you tell us about your main influences?
Bands that were our references when we started playing music were Isis, Cult of Luna, Neurosis, Russian Circles.
What motivates you to write music?
What doesn’t? We express ourselves through music, so for us everything is an input, everything translates to music. Humanitarian, financial and social crisis, fanatics, nationalism, racism, radical beliefs everywhere, making people divide instead of unite. All this saddens and frustrates us.
‘’Omonoia’’ was an excellent album. In your Facebook page, you mention that the recordings for your new album are almost complete. What is the new album’s current status?
Well, thank you very much. Yes in fact the new album is ready, within the next weeks the vinyl printing process will start. So expect it hopefully around February 2017.
How is music produced in Allochiria? Do you follow a specific procedure when writing new songs?
Most of our songs are products of jamming around in the studio. Sometimes, some one of us might come to the rehearsal with a riff in their mind which we’ll jam. After the formation of a basic structure the vocals kick in.
Which is your favorite way of enjoying music? What would you choose between digital and physical format?
Stavros: I don’t think there is something to choose. Listening to physical format is like a ritual, it’s when you are really listening to music. Digital (just hitting play at your computer) is a way to have some “background noise” while working, company at the subway. Don’t get me wrong, I mostly listen to digital format but I know for a fact I would enjoy more/pay more attention to physical formats.
Irene: depends heavily on the situation. When there’s the time I prefer listening to vinyls. When the music is more ambient-noise-oriented I prefer digital versions so that I won’t have to switch sides on the pickup and lose the moment. And of course at work you can’t have vinyls or CD’s! But I try as much as possible to focus on what I listen to, no matter if it’s in physical or digital format.
What are you listening to these days?
Irene: Phantom Winter’s “Sundown Pleasures”, Ortega’s “Sacred States”, Sinistro’s “Semente”.
Stef : The past year or so, I usually listen to hip hop/jazz bands like BadBadNotGood, J Dilla and Robert Glasper but lately I’m into ‘”The Violent Sleep of Reason” by Meshuggah and “Eros/Anteros” by Oathbreaker.
Any live shows planned for this year?
So far 2016 has been a difficult year for us all, for many reasons. Having a live show before the year ends is quite tough.
What does the future hold for Allochiria?
Some Balkan and European touring, gigs, festivals and a lot of music 🙂