"I’ve found this topic into Russian half-dead forum doom-metal.ru, it was dedicated to women who do their offerings to Doom Cult singing and playing in bands. Of course it was a good theme for our regular doom-quiz, and now you see first part of our interview with those ladies who bring their charm and sense of beauty to this deadly musical art. Hey, hold your jaw, mate, we’re not going to burn any witches today!
We have 6 questions for this time, here they are:
1. What is a current state of the band and what are your plans for nearby future?
2. What are your favorite doom-topics? What kind of songs lyrics do you like most and what is an example of perfect doom lyrics for you?
3. What did influence onto your manner of singing or playing? What are strong sides of your band?
4. How do you see women role in doom music? What is women contribution in that genre besides endless inspiration that makes men writes songs about their broken hearts and burning witches?
5. Do you ever deal with drunken fans who tell you words of confession and adoration during your gigs?
6. Do you care about your appearance during gigs?
Alunah (United Kingdom)
Sophie Day (vocals, guitars)
2. For me personally, the natural earth is my inspiration. I'm not keen on lyrics that are filled with hatred, fear and loathing. There is so much beauty and mystery in the world, that I love to tap into that. It takes me out of everyday life and into a different part of my brain. I also love pagan history, the occult, Greek mythology and magic.
3. I'm influenced particularly by Janis Joplin, Robert Plant, Jim Morrison, Lori S and Rose Kemp who I love. I love blues singers, and also folk singers - I adore singers such as Joni Mitchell and her ability to tell stories whilst sounding fragile AND powerful. I'd say bands such as Black Sabbath, Goatsnake and Acid King influence our playing but also bands such as Alice in Chains. We also love the blues!
4. I don't see us as having a specific role at all, and I don't see why we have to be segregated from men. I hope that when people listen to Alunah, or see us live, that they hear/see a complete band not just a women on stage (shock horror!). This isn't 1905, this is 2012 and the focus should be on each one of us.
5. Very rarely. I'm not sure if they're intimated by me or think that because I'm female (see question 4), they can't have a decent conversation with me, but a lot of our fans talk to the rest of the guys rather than me. I've had a few dickheads give me hassle in the past but I can more than stand up for myself... if they persist, my husband Dave is in the band hahahaha!
6. Yeah, I'm not sure how relevant that it to the music but yeah I care. Just like I care when I go to the shops, visit family and friends, or go to work. I don't go over the top, but I've always been interested in different fashion styles (I run a vintage shop), and love experimenting with my hair and make-up. I don't do it for anyone else other than to satisfy my interest, and maybe occasionally to look decent for my husband hahaha"