Q & A: HANEKE TWINS





PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR US WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOU AND

YOUR MUSIC AND TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.


Haneke Twins is the result of the collision between Paschalis Vichoudis and Stefanos Leontsinis at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva. If we had only one word to describe our music, that would surely have been “dark”. We draw our inspiration from a large variety of post-punk/new-wave, along with modern post-punk revival and math rock artists. The band’s name is a homage to the exceptional filmmaker Michael Haneke.


TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE?


The mini-LP Astronaut was recorded in Athens, Greece, with our previous live band line-up.

Astronaut consists of 7 tracks that complement each other very well even though all are quite

different. The album keeps the same post-punk attitude as our eponymous debut EP, having

this time a cleaner and much more “in-your-face” approach. The final mix and mastering were

done by Mat Leppanen and the album was released under The Animal Farm label (London, UK) just a few weeks ago.


WHAT INSPIRED THE ALBUM OR SINGLE?


The very warm reception of our debut EP by various independent media convinced us to

continue writing music, even though Haneke Twins was originally conceived as a one-off studio project.


CAN YOU SUM UP THE ALBUM IN A FEW WORDS?


Dark undertones with glimpses of light.


WHAT RECORD CHANGED YOUR LIFE AND WHY?


“Industrial Silence” by Madrugada, released in 1999. It was the first time that an independent,

relatively unknown artist had such an impact on us.


DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MUSIC VIDEO FILMED BY YOUR BAND OR ANOTHER

ARTIST?


We have not filmed yet a video-clip, but it is in our immediate plans. If we must choose one

music video (among many of our favorites), that would be “Lazarus” by David Bowie. Released

just days before his death, to us it seems like the ultimate ode to art, life and death. What a way to say goodbye to his fans! RIP David Bowie.


WHAT WOULD WE FIND YOU DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT MAKING MUSIC?


Most probably you will find us on our day-time jobs, working on physics experiments at CERN!


DO YOU GET NERVOUS PERFORMING LIVE, IF SO HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT?


Always! In every live show, we share our world with the audience, and in that sense, each show deserves to be unique and feel like one. And you know what? We don't deal with it; we live with it! To be perfectly honest with you, we have no idea what to do if one day that stress is gone!


HOW DID YOU FORM THE BAND?


It was sometime in 2018 when the two of us felt the urge to write our own music, after many

years in cover bands. In the same year, we recorded our debut EP with the help of our friends

Costas Verigas and Kostas Zabos (from the Greek post-rock band Afformance). In 2019, we

formed a 5-piece line-up for our first live shows and later recorded Astronaut. The current line-

up dates from the beginning of 2021, when we drafted in fellow CERN scientists Andrés G.

Delannoy, Paul Aspell and Emil Koulouris. With five PhDs between us, arguably we are one of

the bands with the most doctorate degrees in the world!


HOW DO YOU WRITE? - DO YOU HAVE A KEY SONGWRITER, OR DO YOU ALL WORK

TOGETHER?


Contrary to most bands, much of the songwriting does not take place at the studio but at our

homes, and our ideas are exchanged electronically. Currently, all songs are written by the two

of us, but this might change in the future.



WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

The main source of inspiration for our songwriting is various social, political and psychological

subjects.


WHAT IS NEXT?


After our two short-releases in 2018 and 2021, it is now time for our first full-length album. Most of the new compositions are ready, and hopefully we will record it sometime in 2022. We also hope to reach a broader audience by 2023 and start playing some major venues and festivals.


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