Hi there! Congratulations on your new album! First of all, i would like you to introduce us to Art of Simplicity. When was the band formed?
Hello, and thanks for the support! Me and Nikos, our drummer, formed the band in 2003, while our demo “asymmetric” was released in 2005. It created a buzz that led us to our then record deal, to release our debut “Caught in this Iless Storm” in 2007. After quite some time spent on regrouping we finaly released “When Fables have a Bitter Taste” this October. The current line up consists of Chris Kounelis on vocals, me on violin, Dim Koskinas on guitars, George Pagidas on the bass guitar and Nikos Miras on the drums.
What does the name Art of Simplicity represent?
We picked that name for several reasons, but mostly we thought that it better described the way we write music. It describes a balance between a cerebral approach against a more emotional one.
‘’When Fables Have A Bitter Taste’’ is your new album. How did the recording sessions go and how has the reception been so far?
We worked with Yiannis Fasoulakis at Uprising Studios, and he did an amazing job, we are very happy with the results. He really made his best, it was like he was part of the group. Since it’s release, “fables” has only got favored reviews from greek and international press. This is very encouraging, but what really makes us proud is the fan reaction we have so far gathered, which is really great and we hope that it continues that way.
I realize this is a concept album. What is it about?
It is a comparison of the world we dream about against the one we are actually living in. In pretty much all of the songs we examine a story of an individual, trying to compare what he or she was dreaming about and what finally happened, and what significance the fairytales we heard, believed in or dreamed about, have in a more mature age.
How would you define your sound?
This is a tough question. When we first formed art of simplicity we labeled ourselves “progressive metal”, because we thought that at the time that gave us a flexibility to merge our different influences, and play something not very common. To be honest I am not very comfortable with the way most people understand the term anymore. I think that our way of thinking is closer to art rock, but on the other side we are definitely not a rock band.
Can you tell us about your main influences?
Not really… Our music background was never an issue so as to be a part of aos, we never cared what anyone was listening on his home, we cared on what he or she had to offer to the group. I can only speak about my influences, and that includes Pink Floyd, Pain of Salvation, Fields of the Nephilim, Isis, Psychotic Waltz, In the Woods… and other stuff like that. Of course since I play the violin, and my father was a contemporary composer, I have also been influenced by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Debussy, Stockhausen and more.
What inspires you the most?
It really depends on the situation. Sometimes it’s just poor experimentation, others it’s the reality the way I understand it.
Do you have any live shows planned for this year?
Yes, we have a show planned for 3/2, along with Immensity, Celene and AlphaState in Athens at MODU, and another one on the 12 of the same month in Patras, again with Celene, and we are really excited about both of them. Other stuff will be announced soon.
What does the future hold for Art of Simplicity?
As I said, more shows to be announced, we hope to appear on some festivals abroad, and generally promote our new material. We have however started working on new one, hopefully to be released next February.
And finally is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you very much for the support, both you and your readers, we hope to see you all at MODU!