THE MUSHROOM RIVER BAND
|The Mushroom River Band are back with a very hard and powerful album. The basspalyer of the band Alexander 'Saso' Sekulowski told us the news of the band and why Spice left his previous band Spiritual Beggars...So read below.|
my friend. First I have to say that your new album is excellent and very
heavy! I think that you’re in good shape. Well tell me the latest news
from the band.
Thanks Thanos. We feel like
being in good shape ourselves, glad someone noticed it. The latest news
as of now is that The Mushroom River Band has a new drummer and will go
out on a European tour starting in London on April 24th. The Awesome
Machine, Pawnshop and Hoek will be joining us through England, Germany,
Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Sooner or later I
hope we'll get the chance to play in Greece as well but this time I'm
afraid it won't happen, sorry...
2.Do you prefer people to
consider TMRB as another “stoner” group? What’s your opinion about
that? Personally I hate the word “stoner”!
S: I always thought of
us as a reggae band...
3.Can you tell me about
the musical background of each of the members of MRB?
past in Spiritual Beggars is probably the only thing worth mentioning.
The rest of us have been playing in different bands that have recorded
demos as the biggest achievement... nothing noteworthy really.
4.Are you enough satisfied
with the final production of the album? Would you change anything on it
if it were possible?
S: We worked up until
the very end to achieve the ideal tracklist, make a proper mastering,
get the right album cover and so on, I think we did a decent job. The
whole thing was actually delayed and finished after deadline but it
turned out well in the end. There's one disappointment as far as I'm
concerned. Bass and drums worked well together on this album, more like
a real rhythm section should sound but the bass guitar got lost in the
final mix, that's the only big thing I'd like to change. You be the
judge of the production of the album, I think it definitely has the best
sound of all our recordings so far.
5.Can you tell (this a
very cliché question) why Spice left Spiritual Beggars? He became after
that a full-time member of the band?
S: He quit for
personal reasons, not for musical ones. Since late 1997 he's been 100%
part of The Mushroom River Band, but of course since Beggars were bigger
and had more to do than TMRB he had to focus more on them back then.
Nowadays he's even with us at rehearsals...
6.I believe that you have
a very strange name for a band. Can you tell me why you call the band
TMRB? Are there any connections with the “magic mushrooms”(from
Holland!)? (Just kidding)
S: Many years ago we were all high and swimming in a river full of mushroom eating virgins. All of a sudden the band name appeared in the sky in pink neon, that's how it came up... or maybe it just came up when we were sitting in a coffe shop trying to break each other with the most stupid band names we could think of. Some people really like the name, some people hate it. Maybe it would've been a lot cooler if we called ourselves something more metal sounding. Hammering Steel maybe...? Maybe not...
7.Tell me a few things
about the lyrics of the album. And please explain to me what
“Simsalabim” means. Why did you give such a name for the title of
S: Spice wrote a song
called Simsalabim which we thought was so good that it would be great as
the title track. Simsalabim means the same thing as
"abracadabra". You need to see both front and back of the
album cover to get the whole concept behind the name and cover. Again
something that some people like and that some think is really phoney,
which is fine, but don't forget to listen to the music too. The lyrics
deal mostly with how Spice and guitarist Anders see different things in
life, they write most of the words. If you asked them this question
they'd probably tell you to interpret the lyrics yourself.
8.Now lets go to the weird
questions… Do you believe that the phrase “Sex, Drugs &
R’n’Roll” have influenced in nowadays?
S: If you're into sex,
drugs and rock'n'roll I guess it's influencing you... eh...?
9.If you wanted to make
someone totally freak out and stop dealing with rock and metal music no
more, which 3 albums would you choose to give him and why?
S: Five Leaves Left by
Nick Drake, neglected in his own time, a cult figure nowadays. Some good
guitar playing in another sense than the usual metalhead is used to. a)
10.Ok, thx for your time.
The last words of this interview belong to you.
S: Thanks for supporting The Mushroom River Band by doing this interview and thanks to those who cared to read it. Cheers!