Thrash Hits verdict: Despite our best efforts to keep the kind of bands we feature in Future Hits varied, sometimes we do fall back into the a few familiar subgenres. And that’s not on. It’s lazy. So this week we’re going for the complete opposite of who we usually write about, and instead are profiling the (to-date) studio-based Ukrainian drone-doom duo, Nonsun. We figured that we needed to do something to counteract all this positive feeling that this rush of good weather has brought to the UK over the last few days. We got in touch with the band’s guitarist, bassist, vocalist, keyboard player, and all-round ringleader, Goatooth, to put them through our Future Hits questions.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Fog. Space. Collisions.
How did you meet?
We’ve known each other since 2005 when I was seeking a drummer for my death/doom project Negative Plus. We recorded an album together in 2007 and then the band ceased to exist, but we remained friends. So, in 2011, when I decided to start Nonsun, I invited Alpha to join.
What made you want to start a band?
So many ideas have been piling up through years, so I just needed to release them one day, at least some of them.
Where did the name come from?
It comes from a Negative Plus’ song ‘Under the Non-Sun’, which has never been recorded. The song lyrics had this line: “When the fake replaced the sun, spread the hologram of light, Then I failed to take it wrong, got it oh so goddamn right.”
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
We grew up and live in Lviv, a city in the West of Ukraine. How it’s affected our music, I’ve been already asked this, and it’s not a simple question. Everything around has an impact on everything you do, you know, and we all come from our childhoods. But it’s interesting to find out what music I’d do if I was born somewhere else. I think I should check this out somehow, in the next life. Will let you know.
What are your non-musical influences?
I would name a few, but is alcohol brands advertising allowed on your site?
Apart from that, I love some old-school horror movies.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Talking about Nonsun, we had a lot of drunken fun while writing and recording our album. We just did what we felt like, no one expected anything from us because no one knew about us. We were high on making music. Freedom of creativity is the best thing about being in a non-mainstream band. You owe nothing.
With which band would your dream support slot be?
We admire so many bands from different musical areas, so it’s hard to pick even a few. Besides, we aren’t now ready to share the stage with any of them, we aren’t even ready to play our first ever show. So, I wouldn’t dare to dream about that for now.
Listen to all 18 minutes of ‘Jesus’ Age’ by Nonsun:
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
We don’t have a drone/doom scene here. However, I’m also a member of a doom/death band Apostate, so I can call these guys our peers.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
We have a pretty much eclectic sound, unlike most of the bands on today’s differentiated scene. Our music is heavy and brutal yet at the same time isn’t deprived of atmosphere and melody. Though, we’re still in search of our own sound.
What have you got planned for the future?
At the moment we’re planning to record one new track to include it to an alternative issue of our EP, which is to be released on two labels in summer, hopefully. Then we’re going to intensify the process of writing new stuff, which has already started. Wouldn’t be bad, also, if we found at least one more musician, to try to become a live band.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Kodiak. It’s a German experimental drone doom band. They’re my favourite band of the 2000’s so far. In 2012 they split up. Fuck.
You can pick up Nonsun’s 48-minute long EP, Good Old Evil, directly from their Bandcamp page. Right now there are no live dates on the agenda, because Nonsun are primarily a studio-based band, but as you’ve no doubt read above, they’re looking to change that situation as soon as possible.