Septa have made a name for themselves as one of Ukraine’s most innovative acts for a few years, now. With Ukraine’s scene carrying a myriad of bands that have brought through their originality in some way, shape or form, Septa have been the ones to help light the way for the metalheads and punkheads of their country. We spoke with the band’s longtime vocalist and founder Eugene Tymchyk all about the band’s growth, their latest full-length ‘Sounds Like Murder’, the conceptual storytelling side of Tymchyk and their most recent single Redrum, which plays in line with the rest of the story in ‘Sounds Like Murder‘.
“The whole story of ‘Sounds Like Murder’ revolved around the idea of two lovers not getting along with each other – Redrum is apogee of this concept. It’s like the love story in reverse, hence the song title. I’ve always found it’s kinda strange and sad that we often get trapped in these endless cycles of promising ourselves to change for the better, and then snap and we’re back at square one, where we keep doing all these horrible things to each other. “Hurt people, hurt people” – That phrase got stuck with me for a while. Only empathy will break this vicious cycle, love and understanding, you know? We lack these things today, everyone is an egomaniac nowadays with no respect and no compassion.”
Septa’s music video portrays Tymchyk sitting in front of a screen projecting clips of late actress Audrey Hepburn’s past filmography. Asking Tymchyk about the reason for using her face as one of the iconic features that play into the music video, it seems that her elegance is what helped mix the concept of murder together in the final product.
“I’ve always liked contrast” he says. “The song is heavy, ugly, macabre and Audrey Hepburn, let’s face it, is a true beauty. I think it works well together. At least, it’s not trivial. We tried a lot of new things for this video, and I’m really proud of the outcome.”
A re-occuring trait in the work of Septa is that Tymchyk feels that putting a story into the persona of the band is what completes them as a whole. Despite the fact that they follow the traces of Coheed & Cambria and The Dear Hunter’s narrative perspectives, Tymchyk states that it’s a much easier approach for him to take.
‘Sounds Like Murder’ is a detective story about a man hunting down a serial killer only to find out that he was chasing his own tail all along. Or maybe not, the finale is left open for interpretation. But the protagonist is sentenced to death by lethal injection in the end, that’s for sure. It’s easier for me to write albums this way, when I come up with the bigger stories. Putting more context into songs is always a good idea for me. I mean, it’s not only a true crime story, album has a lot of layers, it’s for the listeners to comprehend it. Musically, I think it’s a journey, and I’ve always wanted this journey to end with a car crash or something, enter Redrum. A perfect dot, the storm after the calm, piercing through the whole album like a sword.”
Considering that they’ve been together for a handful of years now, Tymchyk knows that there have been changes to the aura of the band as the clock ticks. During the time they’ve been together, Septa’s main point of evolution in the band has stemmed from the confidence that has grown over the years.
“At the very beginning, we knew that we were doing something good and different, but we weren’t confident enough about it. Now we are strong as a band, we truly believe in what we are doing, and who is the receiver of our music. And of course, we are still growing as craftsmen, we practice a lot, always pushing ourselves to become better musicians.”
With Ukraine’s scene connecting a lot with what the Russian crowd enjoy, there are still a number of differences between Septa’s home country and their neighbours. As hip-hop is considered a nationwide phenomenon, Tymchyk says that Ukraine’s metal scene is just as loyal to the music scene as any other genre that the country enjoys most, and that there are as many incredible albums to enjoy as a band from other Western Regions.
“Hip-hop is huge in Russia, not so much in Ukraine. I think the metal scene here has a great sense of community. Everything is interconnected and the support between the bands is really huge. We’re really happy to be a part of it. As far as the music goes I think metal in Ukraine is very different in terms of quality from other genres, and other countries, as well. A lot of awesome bands in the genre are making amazing albums that can be as enjoyable as music from US or UK.”
So, with everything running like clockwork for Septa, Tymchyk is pretty confident about what’s going to happen with him and the band next. Regardless as to whether or not he knows about the future of the Ukrainian quartet, his idea is to allow the music to take control of him and see what will become of the next unit of production for Septa.
“I’ve had everything carefully planned for Sounds Like Murder release, so now I’m trying radically different approach. No plan, like, at all. Let the music do its thing. We are writing new songs, but don’t have any firm plans for 2018. Or maybe I’m bluffing, who knows?”