Introduction: Due to time constraints as regular individuals running Witching Buzz and focusing primarily on writing reviews, we are limited to publishing only one (occasionally two) review(s) per day. However, we strongly believe in providing greater exposure to deserving bands and musicians who have put in immense effort. As a result, we have launched a new section called “Witching Riffs: Behind the Sound.” In this section, we have crafted a series of intriguing questions that we pose to every band or musician who wishes to share more about their unique projects. While the questions remain the same for each participant, the diversity among bands ensures that the answers will be fascinating and diverse. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this captivating journey as we delve into the minds and stories of these talented artists.
Void Cruiser / Finland
What drew you to the immersive and hypnotic sounds? How do you aim to captivate your listeners with this genre?
We enjoy overwhelming yet atmospheric and mellow soundscapes, but also contrasts in tempos and moods, especially in live music and this is something we have noticed some people enjoy in our music as well.
Can you share the story behind your band name? How does it reflect the essence of your music?
We landed on ‘Void Cruiser’ right after recording our first album. The name we’d been using, ‘Oliphaunt Riders’, was starting to feel quite cheesy.
What are some unconventional or unexpected influences that have shaped your unique blend?
We have been often labelled as a stoner rock band but our influences go from black metal and grindcore to folk music and jazz. Santeri has been making rap music for many years on the side.
How do you approach creating expansive and atmospheric soundscapes? What techniques or methods do you employ to achieve that signature vibe?
A big part of VC’s signature sound actually comes from the bass! We are also somewhat mediocre as musicians but when we get together magic somehow happens as we fail in sync. Only half-joking here.
Are there specific themes or emotions you seek to convey through your music? How do alternative music help you express those concepts effectively?
The theme that was being conveyed during the ‘Call of the Void’ sessions was eternity as in eternal life or death/darkness, and the concept of fate. It got a bit psychotic at times.
Share a remarkable moment or incident from your journey as a band that exemplifies the spirit of your music.
Every time a member is kicked out of the band they seem to return to band practice nevertheless.
In what ways do you envision your music progressing or evolving in the future? Are there any new elements or experimental approaches you’d like to incorporate?
Now it seems there will be faster songs in the future compared to previous albums. Effect-heavy guitars are also here to stay. Some new songs have very catchy hooks, others are quite progressive and long.
Is there a particular song in your discography that perfectly encapsulates the essence of your music? Please elaborate on its creation and significance.
Probably “I Didn’t Lie But I Know Now That I Should Have”, and then “Happiness”. Both of these songs feel the most “Void Cruiser” to us. “I Didn’t Lie” seems to have evolved to this day. “Amoeba” is a banger, we still always play it.
Are there any emerging or lesser-known artists within your music genre realm that you find inspiring or deserving of more recognition? Feel free to share their names and what you appreciate about their work.
Kaiser, Craneium, 3rd Trip, Ptrov…
What do you hope listeners experience or feel when they immerse themselves in your compositions? Is there a specific mood or sensation you aim to evoke?
Death and Suffering.
I don’t know who wrote the above but it made me laugh. I’d like to add Pain and Misery.
– Fuzz or distortion? – Fuzz
– Analog or digital effects? – Analog for amping, for everything else either one
– Sabbath or Zeppelin? – Sabbath
– Heavy riff or mind-bending solo? – Heavy mind-bending riff
– Vintage gear or modern equipment? – Whatever’s good. Sometimes a shit guitar is exactly what you need for the sound.
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