INTERVIEW: Ukrainian metal band Jinjer heads to SA

Photo by Veronika Gusieva.

In May this year, Ukranian metal band Jinjer will be playing two exclusive shows in SA,  in Cape Town and Gauteng with special guests, UK progressive rock act, SÜMER. We spoke to the band about their SA visit and their latest EP, Micro.

In May, you will be heading to South Africa for a short tour. What can fans expect from your South African shows?
As this is going to be our first ever visit to South Africa we will bring a live set-list which will represent or at least will try to represent the whole discography of JINJER, though we will also play Micro EP in full.

What are some of your expectations for performing in South Africa?
We are very excited to play for you! After meeting and becoming friends with OhGod in May 2018 the idea of coming and playing in South Africa has been constantly on our mind and we couldn’t even imagine that it would happen [so] soon!

You’ve recently released a video for your track “Perennial”. How did you experience recording the video?
Painfully! We had to film it outside at -15 Centigrade. On top of this we were quite exhausted after almost nonstop touring during the whole 2018…basically we filmed the video same week we returned from [our] Latin America tour last December. However the director, his approach and vision inspired us a lot and helped to overcome all difficulties.

Could you elaborate more on the video’s concept?
The concept lies deep in the song’s message and lyrics which [are] about the neverending circle of life, neverending change of seasons…. The Fall and early Winter when everything dies only to be reborn in a few months when the Spring comes and the atmosphere of this decay, but at the same time its beauty.

“Perennial” appears on your latest EP, Micro. How would you describe the EP’s sound?
We got deeper into prog! Definitely this EP is a new step for us exploring new musical horizons and crossing boundaries.

Do you think the music on the EP is very different from what you have produced previously?
It is different for sure, but at the same time it is JINJER. I mean we did manage to evolve and develop but at the same time to preserve our own unique musical features which make up our unique style.