Ganesa come from Karelia and most of you can remind them as participants in Paper Cut’s Grungy Bands World Cup, so, you know, it’s clear I think they are something special in a very positive way.
The Russian band has recorded several Eps, a full-lenght album (Первый Вздох) and a single (Voices) mixed and produced by the legend Tad Doyle.
Their work stays on the border between the Alice in Chains, The Melvins, Tad and My Sister’s Machine grunge type and the punky one for the shortness (most of the tracks are less than 4 minutes long).
Their album is written and sung entirely in Russian, but despite the linguistic difference you can feel an unusual attitude. Первый Вздох doesn’t let you breathe, is like as you are on a cascade and you have to go down safe with Ganesa charge and energy. Their rhytmic base is pretty excellent melted in that powerful sound given by two great guitars and the voice of Aleksander Rybkin who fits perfectly like the shoe of Cinderella. Listening to them you can feel the gloomy atmosphere that was taken out of Seattle.
How to know Ganesa better? Reading this interview with his frontman while listening their music (https://ganesaband.bandcamp.com/):
Paper Cuts: Why did you use Russian for the songs? Maybe your albums are intended for Russian people could be the general idea.
Aleksander Rybkin: Actually,I have no troubles to make an English-language lyrics, but I realise, that the big part of people couldn’t understand it even at native language but now, after co-workin’ with Tad Doyle, the idea to use English more took a place in band’s view, its sounds better, I think and if some people don’t cought the message (if the message would be in the lyrics at all), so which language we should used?
PC: In Russia you have a controversial President, how is really the situation with music, do you feel that atmosphere of censorship and bans or there are only too many stories about his guide?
AR: I think too many stories but I dislike today’s regime.
PC: How does Ganesa start and grew?
AR: Since I listened to Nirvana first time and visited the few rehelsals of a local band, consisted of my friends. After it my schoolmate, whose also like to play, but black metal, only shown me the person who became our guitarist and my bestfriend as close as brother (Sergey) we got too many names and members, but we both always stay together in spite of different look or listening and we mostly creatin’ the music. At our 1st LP there were someone feelin’ or something like that in the most of the songs (although some of them were written many years ago and we’d recorded the album at 3 studios, cause I’d try to find the whole stuff, we neened to) and here will be no such common part. During our performance I heard most people say things as: “Look, they sound like Nirvana, they are shit” at the same time from the other part of the concert hall:”It’s not the Nirvana sound! They shit and not the grunge at all”. But, when Fathers like half of TAD band, Nick from MSM, and singer from Malfunktion (brother of Andrew Wood)+Xana from Seattle’s grungestoryteller told me that we rock it means we’re really ok, for me. They are all very very great musicians.
PC: How do you create songs and lyrics?
AR: Close and different ways at the same time… Lyrics is just the additional instrument here. But not without ideas: I take some feelings and wrote some lines to describe it. About the music-collective soul here, mostly.
PC: Can you try to describe this soul?
AC: The soul of the band? We’re like the family (but sometimes some of fam are really bastards) one of us come to studio with riff and here we go!
PC: What’s your future plane for the band?
AR: Talkin’ about plans, now we already collect songs for new release (EP as minimum, but who knows? Album also could be great). It’d be without any concept, only the whole sound. So it’d sound like very angry My Sister’s Machine (Hi, Nick!) met TAD in company of Sonic Youth and decided to jammin’ with KOЯN and Deftones.