Tuber:Smoked Up Chords

 "Tuber grew up in a sunny place, south of Greece, in an island called Crete. They were hiding from the sun, jamming in dark studios and playing their music in rock caves. As they moved north, sounds became lighter, since they started miss hot ground. Balance came as a result of smash, dark embraced light and improvisation turned into an effortless and instinctive process. Tuber moved their interest into new forms, founding themselves experimenting with compositions that combine mixed styles and sounds from different ground. Focus is now on rock aesthetic flirting with psychedelic atmosphere and a touch of romantic mood. At this time Tuber live in Serres, forming their feelings and thoughts into music and words, still learning how to leave with reality and reinventing it with love." 
That's how Tuber introduce themselves.Paris, their bass player,kindly answers a bunch of questions. 

Tell us few things about Tuber.When did you start, how did you meet each other? 

Brothers Yannis and Nick where playing together since they where university students in Crete. They have this unique bond as musicians that you get when you play with someone for that long. They've approached me almost three years ago because they wanted to record a demo at my studio in Serres. They didn't have a bass player at the time and all the songs where structured around a 30sec guitar pedal looper in which Yannis could tap dance on it while rolling a cigarette! I agreed to play bass on the demo and after a few rehearsals I got excited with the songs, joined the band and end up recording and producing our first EP at parallel universe studio.

What did your first songs sound like and who were your main influences?

All three of us come from different musical backgrounds and that is what brings a nice contrast to our music. Our first songs are actually the four tracks on our first release of the EP.

How did you get your name?

Out of an English dictionary!
Are there any other groups that sound similar to you in your area?

I wouldn't say so, there are some great Greek bands in similar genres though.

How would you describe your music?

"It's like a beef stew cooked with rock ingredients and seasoned with heavy guitar riffs" as a reviewer once wrote. I don't know, I guess we prefer playing it rather than talking about it, we'll let the listeners describe it in their heads!

How did you get the decision to release your first project in a foreign label and not in a greek one??Have you sent any demos to a  label before you release it?

No we didn't went after any labels at all. We've just released it as a free download through bandcamp and two years later Krauted Mind Records contacted us over the Internet with a vinyl re release offer which was too good to turn down.

Tell me a few words about all 5 tracks of the ep.How did you choose titles etc….

Nick, our drummer came up with most of them. I think he tried to describe the feelings he got from listening to the songs.

Do you think of adding vocals in the future?

Not having vocals in our songs is what got as where we are today. I mean, instrumental music is international and it's much more easily conceived to people around the world than having weird English accent and funny lyrics. Obviously there are a lot of non native English speaking bands who have achieved international recognition but they fall in a different category and they are the exception to the rule.

What are you doing for living?

I run a provisions company and a recording studio. The brothers have an accounting office.

Describe the atmosphere in your concerts. How people react in your music? 

We've only had a few shows so far but the audience keeps growing and that is a very good thing for a new band.

What is the feedback you get from people who listen to your music?

Lot's of kind words and that's what keeps us going!

Through the years a lot of groups are mainly known via internet and not from the their cd or vinyl releases. What is your opinion about this?

The Internet is this new giant source of information. Intermediaries have been cut out and you can release your music with a few clicks, that's the easy part. The difficult part for a band is to find the right channels to do so and for the listener to distinguish good music from all the trash that's been released out there every second. Various blogs have helped us to spread our music all over the world and we are much obliged and thankful for their support! 

Which are your future plans?

We are currently working on new songs and we'll begin recording during summer. Also a European tour is in our plans for the winter. Plus we have a new member in the band, a second guitarist. The plan is to relief Yannis from all the live guitar looping which to tell you the truth was a nightmare both sound wise and for Yannis as a performer. So we'll be touring as a 4 piece from now on.


(As told to High Fidelity Stories)

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