Hibernation Interview

Hibernation Interview

(The interview originally appeared in the zine Ripping Thrash, issue 16 (late april 1998). Thanks to yurigagarin for transcribing it!)
SO WHY DID CHAOTIC END SPLIT UP? ARE YOU STILL FRIENDS? HOW MANY MEMBERS OF CHAOTIC END ARE STILL IN HIBERNATION?

Well it was a bad period for Chaotic End. First we all had some personal problems and we also stoped to be all the time together like the other time. So we saw each other only in practice room and I didn’t like this! Also there were some musical disagreements mainly from drummer side. He wanted to make different style of music. And all these bad things made us decide to split up. But with Stefanos bass player we started together in 1989 Chaotic End and he is more than a friend for me, we’re very good friends and last time we’re together the most of the time and we have a great time, we have too much fun and we’re thinking to reform again Chaotic End. But we’ll see…

I’m the only member from Chaotic End that is still in Hibernation, I was doing guitar-vocals in Chaotic End and the same in Hibernation. But all the songs music and lyrics in Chaotic End were mine. So I was doing the most of the work in Chaotic End!

YOU PLAYED IN FORGOTTEN PROPHECY AS WELL DIDN’T YOU? SO YOU’VE BEEN IN THE SCENE A FEW YEARS. HAS MUCH CHANGED IN THE GREEK SCENE IN THAT TIME?

Yes. I was playing in Forgotten Prophecy but we split up very early in 1991. In all these years too many things changed in the Greek scene. In the period of 91-92 we had a great HC/punk scene. Too many great bands, too many people, too many gigs also from other countries, too many distros and zines. From 94 and later things were going very bad. The most of the bands split up, less gigs and few zines. 96-97 was the worst year for Greek HC/punk. Almost everything was dead. The good news is that this year seems very hopeful for our scene. Some new bands appeared and some new zines started. And also we will organize good gigs with bands out of Greece!

HOW COME ALL GREEK BANDS SEEM TO SOUND SO SIMILAR? CAUSE OF THE LANGUAGE? ANY MELODIC PUNK BANDS IN GREECE, OR 77 STYLE BANDS, OR STRAIGHT EDGE BANDS?

I don’t know why the Greek bands sound similar. I think we have the same influences from other bands and the new bands influenced from the old Greek bands. It’s not cause of the language that’s sure, cause there are also Greek band who play 77 style of melodic punk with Greek language. Of course there are bands with other style of punk like US hardcore, melodic punk etc (I’ve hardly heard any of them then!! All the Greek bands I’ve come across play hc/punk/crust style! – Steve), but the most of them are in a more commercial way and they’re not in DIY HC/punk scene (maybe that’s why I’m not familiar with them! – Steve). But we don’t have a straight edge band here, almost all the people drink and smoke here!

HOW’S HIBERNATION BEEN RECEIVED SO FAR? I GUESS IT’LL BE FAIRLY EASY TO GET THE NAME KNOWN CAUSE OF YOUR CONTACTS MADE THROUGH CHAOTIC END?

I think that hibernation received from the people very good and positive. I can understand this from the gigs that we have done here in Greece and from the rehearsal tape that we have. Things are always hard for a new band no-one know you and if you didn’t have anything out EP or LP it’s more difficult. Yes any contacts I had from Chaotic End help us a lot cause I knew too many people and I told them about Hibernation!

YOU HAVE A 7” RECORD PLANNED DON’T YOU? IS IT OUT YET? WHO’S RELEASING IT?

Yes, we will put out our first EP hopefully it will be out in the end of December (’97). It will be out on Malarie Records.

I CAN’T REMEMBER A GREEK PUNK/HC BAND EVER RELEASING A CD. HAS THERE BEEN ANY? DO YOU HAVE ANY OPINION ON THE CD VS. VINYL ARGUMENT? ARE THERE STILL A FEW VINYL PRESSING PLANTS IN GREECE?

I think that no band from the Greek DIY HC/punk scene has released a CD until now, this is true. But there are some punk bands like Panx Romana which are not in the DIY scene that release CD and the most of the bands now here in Greece release only CD (I mean metal or rock etc other music bands) and the most of the record shops stopped to sell vinyl. So I think vinyl is dying also here in Greece like everywhere in the world. Of course I prefer vinyl I love it and as long as we can we will release vinyl but I believe that in a few years no-one will release vinyl. I also prefer vinyl cause it’s cheaper for people to buy it cause CD is much more expensive. Yes, there are some pressing plants here in Greece but to release here vinyl is very very expensive so it’s better to do it somewhere out of Greece!

WHAT ARE YOUR LYRICS ABOUT? ANY SINGLE ISSUE THAT ANGERS YOU MOST?

Well our lyrics are mainly our personal feelings from our daily life. Things that make us sick and we see them every day. We’re talking about human relations how far we’re from each other, we lost our communication and our feelings. We’re writing about solitude how alone we fell the most of the time without real people around us. We have also songs about the destroy of the earth from the people and we believe in earth’s revenge against humanity! We also have lyrics about war but it’s only one or two songs we believe that too many bands write for this issue (war) and we don’t want to repeat the same things just some feelings about the pain of the war. Yes, a single issue that angers us most is APATHY. I think this is the worst thing. The most of the people don’t care about anything, they just keep on looking TV. Also something else I want to tell is about some people who think that they’re revolutionaries and they want to change the world, I think that it’s better first of all to change ourselves and then try to change the others.

DO YOU HAVE MANY PROBLEMS WITH A) POLICE B) FASCISTS C) RIP-OFFS?

Yes with police we had always problems and always we will have. But things now are more cool than last years. But the cops are always the same pigs. With fascists we don’t have serious problems. Even though they‘re a lot of people the anti-fascist movement is bigger. But these assholes make companies of 5 or 6 people and if they you alone they hit you with knives and this is very dangerous. But general they don’t appear enough, they just hit sometimes and they leave, but they‘re still very dangerous. The good is that also to many left wing parties and organizations are in the anti-fascist action. But we have always to take care for these stupid people (fascists) and to fight them everywhere we find the! About rip-offs personally I think that we don’t have any serious problem. Maybe there are one or two people who are not okay, but there are not any problems with rip-offs as I can remember!

ARE ANY OF THE BAND INVOLVED IN ANY POLITICAL ACTIVITIES? ARE THERE STRONG ANIMAL RIGHTS AND ANTI-FASCIST MOVEMENTS? IS THERE STILL A STRONG SQUATTING MOVEMENT IN GREECE?

Yes, all of the band we‘re involved in political activities, we‘re not in any organization or group but we‘re active when something happen. We‘re also working-doing several works in the most active squat in Athens VILLA AMALIAS.

No, I think there is not a strong animal rights movement, very few people fight for this problem. But there are some ecological organizations who support animal rights but also very few and this is really very bad, that people don’t care enough about this.

Now about anti-fascist movement as I told you before there is a strong movement with too many people not only from anarchists but also from left wing parties and organizations. The squatting movement is strong here in Greece, now there are 5 squats and some social centers in smaller cities. The most known squat is VILLA AMALIAS in Athens which is also a venue with record-shop-bookshop and also with a very good place for gigs.

DO YOU ALL HAVE JOBS? IS THERE ANY BENEFIT PAYMENTS FOR ANYONE WHO CAN’T GET WORK? WHAT ABOUT IF YOU DON’T WANT TO WORK?

Only two of us are working, me and Savvas, the other two, Joanna and Thanos were working before a month but now they’re looking for a job again. I have to say that too many people and most young people are looking for a job. This is a very big problem here. If you’re lucky you will find a hard job like worker and the money that the fucking bosses give you are totally shit, just to survive! Everything is getting more and more expensive and the payments are the same, the Greek state really sucks for it, they’re bastards.

They don’t give you any benefit payment if you don’t have a job or if you’re looking for a job. NOTHING! No help from these bastards and the bosses exploit all this situation and they give you very low payment. Life is good here only for the rich bastards. It’s really very hard to find a job here and in the most of Europe you take a benefit payment and you’re really very lucky here you don’t get anything!

ANY OTHER INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF THE BAND?

Yes, we’re also work take care in the venue of Villa Amalias some days, we’re also organizing gigs and we also run a small distribution here in Greece and we love to trade and to communicate with other people. Some of us are also playing football and basketball (ha ha) when we’re not drunk (ha ha)!?

WHAT PLANS HIBERNATION HAVE?

First of all we’re waiting to be out our first EP. Then we will play some gigs here in Greece, and if all go well to make a tour in Europe in June or July! And of course to release our new songs on vinyl after some time.

FINAL COMMENTS, AND ASK ME SOMETHING!
Thanx a lot Steve for the interview. I want to say a “hello” and a big “thanx” to all the people that helped or write us until now! Also if anyone want our first EP can take if from our address, also if anyone want to write us feel free to do it, we love communication.

STAY PUNK AND BE YOURSELF

LOVE – FRIENDSHIP

HIBERNATION

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