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Saint-Petersburg power post rockers VIBRACOBRA discuss creative amalgam of styles on their debut album “The Box”

After numerous changes, the final line up of VIBRACOBRA, an instrumental post-rock band from Saint-Petersburg, Russia, was finally established in the end of 2016. Since then, the three-piece have played several shows in their home town and released the first single. In 2020 the band has announced the release of the debut album which is entitled “The Box”, which explores various musical landscapes in a wordless way. The release is composed of 6 tracks that are hard to describe by adding just one default tag, which we tried to unlock by asking the band about more details behind this dynamic release. Coming as an explosive and multi-faceted offering, the record showcases exactly what we love about the post-rock genre and unveils a great new band that will hopefully go on to expand, diversify, and break new ground.

Most likely, this solid piece of work falls under the post-rock genre, however, heavy yet catchy melodic parts, as well as elements of metal/prog/math rock music, will change your perception during the listening of this ~ 35 min. record. Each track is full of relatively calm melodies that unavoidably evolve into bursts of aggressive lines that reach its apogee towards the end.

The band experiments with different musical measures, exploits elements of different genres while still preserving their own style. The results of the work were carefully picked out, sorted and packed in one little “Box” that is aimed to pull you out of the reality and immerse into the inner world. So, if you have suddenly found yourself feeling tired of words, choruses, verses, thoughts of other people, then you might want to open this “Box” and check what’s in there personally for you.

Asked about more background on their story, the band offered: “We have formed in 2016 during the New Year party at our common friends house. I’ve met our bass player and we talked about the music for a while. At that point his previous band where he played pop-rock has faced difficulties and eventually split.

I didn’t play the guitar in any band before Vibracobra, however, we have decided to meet and jam. At the initial stage, we had two different drummers and spent one year just making tunes in the rehearsal space, but at some point we were never satisfied with the drum lines. Finding a good drummer is not an easy task, but eventually we have found a drummer who has agreed to try and from the day 1 everything seemed to sound just right.

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We have played some shows and started recording our debut album. Definitely, it could have been released earlier but we had to learn the recording process from scratch. It is quite amazing that nowadays you can record your music almost without the help of professional studio and still sound good, however the drums have been recorded in studio, the rest was done by ourselves except for the mixing which has been done by MARSOV SOUND. The final result has exceeded our expectations.

𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑖𝑡𝑙𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑑 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑓𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝐷𝑎𝑣𝑖𝑑 𝐿𝑦𝑛𝑐ℎ’𝑠 𝑀𝑢𝑙ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐷𝑟𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑣𝑖𝑒, 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑙𝑢𝑒 𝑏𝑜𝑥 𝑠𝑦𝑚𝑏𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑧𝑒𝑠 𝑎 𝑏𝑟𝑖𝑑𝑔𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑡𝑤𝑜 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑𝑠: 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑣𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑟𝑦.

The track titles aren’t arranged by coincidence, during the listening you are slowly moving from the top “Augue” (Fireball in Latin) and “Helicopters” up in the air, down to “Sacre Bleu” that rests under the waters of “Cousteau”. Deep down there is the bottom of the Box which seems like a dark place to be. Thus, we wanted this “Box” to pull you out of the reality and immerse into its/your inner world.

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𝑃𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑏𝑣𝑖𝑜𝑢𝑠: 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝑡𝑜 𝑛𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑎𝑙 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑎𝑓𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝐶𝑂𝑉𝐼𝐷 𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑖𝑐, 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑦 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑤𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑤 𝑡𝑢𝑛𝑒𝑠.

At the moment we already have some material which will be released on our next record. Making new songs is a bit of a challenge as we expect them to sound new and not to be repetitive. We experiment with different musical measures, exploit elements of different genres in order to get fresh ideas. Moreover, it is now becoming obvious that the duration of our songs increases as it is simply impossible to put everything in 5-6 minutes, now we are moving towards 8-10 minutes, though nowadays trends show that the most popular duration is 2:30 minutes. Anyway, we are not making music to be in the mainstream but rather to make songs that we would be pleased to listen to if they were composed by some other band. I guess this is the main criteria that we follow.

𝑂𝑢𝑟 𝑙𝑜𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑚𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑒𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑦 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑜𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑝𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑡𝑎𝑠𝑒.

For example, bands like Vy Pole, Jaunt, Too Far East is West, Uniquetunes make/made some great instrumental music. However, our influences are not limited to instrumental music and it’s quite hard to short the list of bands that we like, just to name a few: The Dillinger Escape Plan, Nirvana, Gallows, Korn, Squarepusher, Maybeshewill, Sonic Youth, Aphex Twin, Materic, Trash Talk, Metz, Химера, Sepultura, Prodigy, Queenadreena, Aloke, Deftones, Lamb or Nine Inch Nails… This list can be endless and everything affects us in some way, thus it reflects our music, but to be honest none of the above mentioned bands could be considered as a main lighthouse on our musical way.”

𝑊𝑒 𝑠𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑦 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑛 𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑜𝑤𝑛.

VIBRACOBRA by Nastya Nikolaeva

VIBRACOBRA by Nastya Nikolaeva

Saint-Petersburg power post rockers VIBRACOBRA discuss creative amalgam of styles on their debut album “The Box”
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