1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The story of Sotds has started about year and a half ago. I Had an idea of presenting more nostalgic, atmospheric music some years ago, but there was not enough time to focus on it. Lockdown caused by Covid pushed me to organize these ideas and first songs were prepared. All those melodic riffs which didn't fit in Martwa Aura or Annihilation Vortex music came together in a consistent formula. I asked Uhu and A. Sarg to join me and here we are.
2.In November you have your first album coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?
SotDS music is a mixture of atmospheric and morbid, depressive moods. It's sort of a tribute to early Katatonia recordings with black metal background.
3.All of the band members also play in other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Signs Of The Dying Summer', that you are not able to do with your other groups?
Specific atmosphere of SotDS music is something different from music of Martwa Aura, Annihilation Vortex or Sarg. All those bands have roots in extreme music, but each group focus on various moods. Martwa Aura is more sinister, Annihilation Vortex is a mixture of crust, black and death metal, Sarg focus on harsh, ninimalistic vision of black metal.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
Lyrics touch such existencial themes as evanescence, vanity of life and dark side of human nature.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Signs Of The Dying Summer'?
The name of the band stands for specific mood, it is a mixture of nostalgic and gloomy atmosphere connected to some sort of painful and even traumatic memories. SotDS is a symbolic credo, a phrase that presents the generał mood we want to achieve in our recordings.
6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Album cover and all other drawings were prepared by Polish artist, Edward Kreft. Trees from the cover represent stages of life which interpenetrate themselves. Childhood, adulthood and old age, all coming Towards the inevitable end.
7.Has the been had any opportunities to do live shows or open to the idea?
At the moment we don't take such an option into account.
8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Reactions are positive. I saw some reviews of 'Oto jest Pustka' and it is really motivating feedback.
9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
I play the guitar in Martwa Aura and Annihilation Vortex. We finished Polish tour with Mgła few weeks ago and now we are working on Split with Yfel1710. With AV we are preparing second full length album. A. Sarg is involved in Sarg band. 'Demon' LP will be released soon. He recently joined Uhu's band called Gone. It is a mix of black nad death metal. They will finish works with new material soon. Uhu has another band Inside Her. They play synthwave with metal groove background. So as You Can see, we are quite busy fellas.
10.Where do you see the banf heading into musically during the future?
We do not have any demands or expectations about the future, time will tell if Sotds gets significant reception.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We listen to various genres of music, which are inspiring for us. When it comes to Sotds, we wanted to express our inspiration in bands such us Katatonia, Tiamat, Forgotten Tomb and Shining. Morbid and atmospheric mood of their works is the main factor for us to present similar emotions through music.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview. Greetings