In the Meet The Band spotlight this week is the Polish death/groove metal band RiseuP. Their latest release is Destructive Machine’s Chilling Time 3:27. Marcin Stanek (vocals/samples) introduces us to his band.
Chad Bowar: Give us a brief history of RiseuP.
Marcin Stanek: We were in different bands in the past. We’ve known each other for years. The majority of the band played in a band called Digger in which they were playing for almost 10 years and after they decided to disbanded it they formed RiseuP in 2012. We played as a RiseuP for two tours in the Czech Republic and Slovakia as well as we shared the stage at several festivals in Poland.
Describe the songwriting process for Destructive Machine’s Chilling Time 3:27.
It was a long process that took us around three years as some of the songs were prepared originally in different versions with Polish lyrics. We decided that we wanted to change them because our style was evolving and we came up with new ideas for those songs made years ago. When it comes to the songwriting process it always starts with guitar riffs that usually won’t change in the final version. Drums, samples, and vocals lines are usually changing a bit until we are happy with the final version of a song.
What will be your strongest memory of the recording of the album?
Me and David(lead vocalist) were the last to record our vocals and it happened during one of the lockdowns here. We had a lot of time to adjust lyrics and our lines which was something new for us as usually we had to deal with our recordings very quickly. When you see the empty streets while heading to the studio, everything around looked like beginning of the end of the world.
How did the pandemic affect the process?
It might sound crazy but it gave us some more time to record the album the way we wanted.
How would you characterize the album’s style/sound?
It’s hard for me to name it. Inside the band, we are calling it Silesian Metal as we live in the region of Poland called Silesia which is the most industrial part of the country with mines, factories, etc. so the sound has to be dark and heavy.
What inspired the album title?
We came up with this idea on the tour bus while we were getting back home after one of the concerts in Slovakia. It happened at 3:27 am while we were chilling after some beers.
What lyrical topics do you cover?
There is wide range of things that we are shouting about and they depends on our moods, situations in life and feelings. The common point to all of them is that we are not touching political subjects at all. Each of the lyrics express our personal point of view on some subjects. Some are more serious like “Rise” or “Prophecy” and some are hopefully funny, such as “Jim B.”
How did you come to sign with Eclipse Records?
I sent a demo to Chris Poland the president of Eclipse Records and surprisingly he emailed me that he wanted to talk about our record and that’s how it all started.
What are your goals and expectations for the album?
Spread the music and our message to as many people as possible. Learn from people’s feedback.
What has been your most memorable RiseuP live show?
I believe that would be a show in Czech Republic on one of the festivals. We were playing as a last band at midnight and the atmosphere there was great. I couldn’t sleep for the whole night although I usually go to bed at 8.00 pm. (laughs)
What are your upcoming show/tour plans?
We are working on a tour but the situation with Covid doesn’t make things easier.
How did you get started in music?
I have to say that some of us including me are older than the dinosaurs and our music path started back in 1993 or 1994 in a punk rock band.
Who were your early influences and inspirations?
I can only say for myself and there are two bands that I really love: Type O Negative and Life of Agony.
What was the first metal concert you attended?
I believe that was a small festival in my hometown sometime in 1991.
What’s the metal scene like in your area of Poland?
Our region is one of the most populated in Poland. There are many great bands that represent different genres and we know almost all of them for years now and hang out together after concerts.
What’s currently in your heavy musical rotation?
Tetrarch, Woods of Ypres, Devildriver, TON and many more.
Anything else you’d like to mention or promote?
Just recently we recorded a new music video to our song called “Rise.” It will be out soon together with the all album. It would be great if you would give it a chance and leave us some feedback!
(interview published August 7, 2021)
Watch RiseuP – “Prophecy” Video