Zemezluc is a group from Czech republic which have been on the road for a while. All answers by šoty unless otherwise specified…mars 2022

Please tell me a little bit history of the group? You have been playing for a long time?
-We founded Zeměžluč with two other guys in 1986. Since we really couldn't play our instruments (except for one of us), the first gig took place in 1988. We played a few times by the end of 89, but during the communist era it was a big problem. So when totalitarianism fell, we rolled in full steam...  well, and then the line-up changed about a
million times - it's just me who is left from the original one, but the current line-up is great, so hopefully it will last.

Please tell me a little about every member in the group right now, age, family, work, interests and something bad about everyone? Earlier bands? Other bands on the side?
-Soty: 58, married, historian by profession, but I make pewter miniatures,
my 4-years-old daughter, travel and history. I can talk beautifully about how we shall love our neighbor, but the practice is worse. Just and only Zemezluc.
Barmy: 55, single, working in a factory, love traveling and creating sounds, speaker collector – Johan Segeborn's fan,I am good at yelling at my navigation Show me another way you idiot! and I'm also good at arriving and parking behind the stage just as the
band starts playing earlier: Vzor 60, Last Semtex for Saddam, Wild Screen. present: just Zemezluc
Sam Jr: I am a civil engineer and I deal with concrete, mainly for highways, airports and bridges, I do testing and checking microstructure under a scanning electron microscope. I'm only 43 :) and I have 2 little boys. My worst trait is probably that I like food and I'm also a sweettooth, so I can barely bear myself. I go to the shooting range from time to time, it's really relaxing for me. I have gone through a lot of bands of different genres, and the Mad Pigs punkers are definitely worth mentioning. I also play in punk rock band Bloody Mary.

I can hear much different influences but mostly punk and some hardcore, old Czech bands ? Favorites from the past?
Soty: Clash, UK Subs
Barmy: GBH, Exploited, Partisans, and many more outside punk genre
Sam Jr: I like hard music with rap and foreign elements. I love Biohazard, Pro pain, Clafinger or P. O. D. Otherwise, I like other music genres such as jazz, blues, funk, etc. I actually got into punk more than 20 years ago when I answered an advertisement :) And punk didn't let me go and I'm happy there :)

Zemezluc are you satisfied with the name? How did it come up? What does it mean? You weren’t afraid that some other band would be named like this? Which is the best bandname you know?
-It has more meanings:
 ze mě žluč - bile out of me
 země žluč - earth bile
 zeměžluč - centaurium (the flower)
It's the best name


What´s the best thing with playing live? Have you done any since the covid came? What is your strength as a liveband?
-The best thing about playing live is contact with the audience, in short, the atmosphere
Yes, we have played - fortunately there were sometimes a few months of so-called easing, so we played wherever it was possible. Our strength is that due to our age, we do not get drunk as a young man before and while playing …

And where is best to play? And the worst place?
-Best – small clubs, worst – huge outdoor stage

How is to play this sort of music in Czech republic right now? Which types of bands do you have concerts together with? Which is the biggest band you ever have played together with?
-Although the interest of people in live music is declining, the punkscene is still doing very well. Mostly with punk or h/c bands. With U.K. Subs (for me)

How would you describe your music in three words?
-Hippie Christ punk

What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
-Sure, it's a lifestyle, but I'm already settled, conservative and old punk.

Which song/album or group was it who took you into punk/hardcore?
-Definitely Sex Pistols – The first album

What shall a young guy do today to shock their parents as the way we did when we were young? They have already seen everything ;-)? Or isn´t it any idea to shock your parents?
-I don't know what he will do, but the opportunity to shock was, is and always will be there, using whatever ... and the fact that teenagers need to shock their parents and not only them, has belonged to a certain stage of adolescence since ancient times ...

How is it to live in Czech republic right now? Politically? Fascists? Antivaxxers?
-As anywhere in Europe - we have a new government that will hopefully be better than the clique of billionaire Babiš, the fascists here are completely behind other populists of which there is plenty of them here, and antivaxxers, although they have a legitimate right for their resistance, they sometimes spread such crap that it's a matter for a
psychiatrist.

Is there any good bands from Czech repuiblic right now? Is the punkscene/metalscene/hardcorescene big? How is it in your hometown?
-I think there are quite a few bands and punks for how small country we are

What do you know about Sweden? Have you been here sometime? What is typical Swedish?
-Pippi Longstocking

Have you heard any good bands from Sweden?
-I pour ashes on my head

Your lyrics, who does them and what influences you? Never in english? Please tell me a little about the following songs
-Fejsbuh
-Z Pozice Sily
-Revize
-I write the lyrics. Singing in English never came to my mind – we perform mainly at home and if our records go abroad, they have a text attachment in English. I like when the French sing in French and the Germans sing in German. English seems inappropriate and pointless to me if someone has no ambition to be a worldstar ...
Fejsbuh - it's horrible when you come to a pub where four people are sitting at a table and everyone is staring at their mobile phone
Z pozice sily - look at what is happening in Ukraine – there is no need to add anything
Revize - slowly comes the time that it is a problem to name a certain thing with a real name - put what you want there yourself

Is there any subject that you never will write anything about? Or isn´t anything sacred?
-I can write about anything

Politic and music, does it goes hand in hand? Which is your most political song? Is it important to get out your opinions in music? Or is it OK to play music and not sing about politics?
-Let others judge it, punk can't be apolitical in my opinion, it has to be engaged and about something – singing just about sex, drugs and rock'n'roll is not enough for me, let other genres fulfill that

Best political band/artist?
-Still Dead Kennedys for me

 



Do you think that music(lyrics and so on) can change anyones life, I mean people who listen to music? Do you have any example on that?
-Of course - I am an example of this myself and I also know about people we have further influenced ...

Your favorite recordcover alltime? Who does your recordcovers? And do you have any good recordstores in your hometown?
-I don't have a favorite cover, the covers of our records – I mean, most of them in recent years are made by a friend I share aesthetic feeling with, he's on the same wave ... I live in a village

Is it important to get out physical records of your stuff? Why or why not? Vinyl, CD, cassette, what do you prefer if you could choose whatever ? If you only would put out your records digital, have you felt then that you have released an album?
-For me, yes, because I'm from a generation that grew up on solid mediaand I have it strongly encoded inside me ... all our recordings have always come out on a vinyl - so definitely vinyl - you know I'm the old fox ---

Please tell me a funny thing which has happened during your career
and under some gig? With this band or any other band?
-I can't think of much, but maybe when we played at the other end of the country and we came by more cars from different places and the meeting point was on the stage - and Barmy arrived at the time we started to play - yes, we had 2 guitarists then - but recently it happened again at another place and we stood at the stage for half an hour and looked out for him in vain. We were just two so we couldn't start playing and in the meantime the poor man has been circling the city for half an hour and the navigation was still pulling him elsewhere ...

How does your audience look like? Which people do you miss on your concerts?
-The audience is very diverse and if a few people are interested, I don't miss anyone ...

Please rank your five favoriterecords, five favoriteconcerts and five most important things in life? And which is the record you have wanted to be part of and played your instrument(vocals, guitar etc)?
-I am not able to put so many records and concerts into some top ten, I do not want to be part of anything, and I will limit myself to the best 3 things in life  - faith, love and hope

First, last and most expensive record ever bought?
-I have never auctioned or bought a record for an extraordinary sum

Is it boring with interviews? Is it much interviews?
-Yes and no, but there aren't that many

Do you care about reviews? Which is the most peculiar you ever had, with this band or any other band you have been to? Have you ever changed anything after a bad review?
-Of course, we are interested in what people say in the end, but it has no effect, I mean, we would not change anything based on that criticism.

Which bands do people compare you to, is it boring that people compare you to other bands or is it understandable?
-We just play quite primitive punk, so it would probably be comparable, but I'm not aware of anyone doing that, either for better or for worse

If you could choose five bands from the past and the history and nowadays and both dead and living bands to have a concert together with your band. Which five have you been chosen?
-One would be enough – The Clash

Is music a good way to get out frustration and become a nicer person outside the music??
-That's a good question, of course it is, but it must be taken from the right end


Which is the most odd question you ever have got in an interview?(Except this one)
-I really don't know

Which is the question you want to have but you never get. Please ask it and answer it?
-If I mean seriously what I'm saying - yes I do

Futureplans for the band?
-Play concerts, make new songs and especially let us enjoy it, otherwise it's wrong and it doesn't make sense

For yourself?
-To be here meaningfully for some more time

Wisdomword?
-When you lie down in the evening and review the past day, so that there is at least a little thing that has made you or others happy

Something to add?
-Be yourself

A last question…. Beerfavorite sort? If you did a beer for your band, which sort would it be and what have it been called?
-I won't brew my own beer, but I like top-fermented, Bavarian wheat beers