Sheeva Yoga

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CxAx RECORDS interview

Hi! A few words about your band(history, line-up, records...)

Hi, here´s FIDO from Czech hardcore band SHEEVA YOGA… So, let´s go to interview…

The first music experiments from 1992 were something between noisecore and industrial, than we played something between folkpunk and trashmetal and in 1994 we found a band called SOCIAL DEFORMITY... We were 3 members in band, I played distorted bass, VIKI played drums and our friend ROMAN sang... SKULDA joined us in spring 1996 as a bassist, so I exchanged bass for guitar and DAN joined us in spring 1997 as the second guitar player... We played grindcore and released a lot of split and compilation tapes, I think the best stuff of us was MCD "Daltonism" released in summer 1997... After this release we broke up,´cos of different opinions on next evolution of our music... ROMAN and DAN wanted to make only that radical grindnoise and we others wanted to experiment with other genres... So, we 3 others made a new band called SHEEVA YOGA and went on in that broached grindcore envision but with a lot of freedom and invention... We had 2 female singers in our band´s history, but it wasn´t very good idea, ´cos we´re gentlemen and made our musick more softer for our girls... It was quite crazy period of our history, we had 4 vocals and it was something between folk, punk, jazz, metal, hardcore, grindcore, industrial, everything... Simply unlistenable choas!!! So, when the last female singer BARA left us for au-pair in England, we forgot all the old songs and with our 3-members line-up again made whole new stuff which is more harder and more apprehensible now, we hope... In summer 2000 we released promotion tape "Promo 2000", we sent it to some labels and label HYENYZM RECORDS from Czech republic too released us 7"EP split with Czech fastcore band NOT in 2001 and 7"EP split with German scarecore band STERBEHILFE in 2002... We also have some stuff on many compilations, I think the world known one is CD "Obscene Extreme 2002" compilation from OBSCENE PRODUCTIONS, mainly with death-metal / gore-grind / death-grind bands... Next one is MC "Common Life" compilation with hardcore / punk / emo bands, for example MORE BAD NEWS, SOCIAL INSECURITY, HEAD TRAUMA, ILL SOCIETY, CRUCIFY YOURSELF, X-WING, ACTION, GOD GIVEN HATE, etc., which was released by DRUGS KILL YOUR MIND RECORDS and the fresh ones are 3-way split with Czech emo violence band CRUCIFY YOURSELF and Italian punk band ARTURO, released by OUT OF CONTROL RECORDS and free M.Y.A.´zine CD "Move Your Ass" compilation... The last 4-way split 7"EP is called "Open-minded Split 4 Open-minded People" a.k.a. "Free-Jazz vs.Hardcore" and we released it with US space-fast-core band GREEN BERET, US free-jazz band THE HUB and jazz band TRES HOMBRES from Austria in 2003 by HYENYZM RECORDS again… Now, we´re releasing next 7"EP split with our friends MORE BAD NEWS, they´re from Czech Rep. too and they play great dark-hardcore/emo-crust…

So, today´s line-up is:

FIDO - guitars, vox, samples & programming…
SKULDA - bass, vox, mouth-organ…
VIKI - drums, vox…

Your band´s name is Sheeva Yoga, I think this name has religion base... Do you believe in god???

Everybody still asks us what does our name mean and we always have to answer that there is no context between SY and buddhism or hinduism or any other belief… A literal translation from India language says that "sheeva" is "erected penis" and "yoga" is "connection"… But we don´t mean it sexistic, it´s about beautiful physical act of love for us… Me, my friends, you, simply everybody in the world knows, makes and likes it… But our name isn´t about main band´s philosophy… Simply it´s good sounding and original name… We express ourselves mainly by our musick and lyrix of course…

And if you mean belif in god like to belong to formal churches such as Christianity, Islam, Jewish belief, etc., so I have to say no, we don´t believe in god, we all are atheists!!! We believe in musick, love and friendship!!!

What do your band members do except playing???

We all have got a job… I´m an assistent of sound, camera and light in Czech TV´s daily news, VIKI works as a vegetable & fruit salesman and SKULDA sells slag from heap and he is also the only one student in our band, he studies history on university…

Except playin´ and listenin´ of musick, we like to play in our amateur theatre group and I like to draw surrealistic pictures and write symbolic poems… And there is a lot of other things we like to do of course…

Why do you think bands from Europe, USA and other countries don´t arrive to play in Russia???

Yeah, sometimes I think about it too… And I think the only one reason is that a lot of people still have some stupid prejudices about Eastern Europe and mainly about Russia… I think a lot of bands from the West still thinks something bad about our post-communistic countries, maybe that we are poor, dirt, uncultured, I dont´know… As I ´ve written - stupid prejudices… Now, there is better situation in Czech Rep. than 10 years ago with making of hardcore/punk gix, so I hope that it will be good soon in Russia too… We haven´t these prejudices, we have a lot of friends on the East in Belarus, Russia, Latvia, we plan a tour to Baltic countries now, so it´s not problem for us…

Is there somebody in your band who is sXe or who likes to sk8???

No, we´re not sXe, we all like to drink alcohol, mainly beer, so we can´t be sXe…;) But we all like skateboarding and mainly mountainboarding… I think an adrenaline is the best drug in the world!!!

What music do you like???

There´s a lot of styles of musick we like to listen to… Everything original from jazz to noise… Our favourite bands are:

MEXICAN POWER AUTHORITY, SCRAWL, SPAZZ, GUYANA PUNCH LINE, FROM ASHES RISE, REMAINS OF THE DAY, DEFAULT, DEFTONES, CODESEVEN, GLASSJAW, AT THE DRIVE-IN, JOHN ZORN, NAKED CITY, THE HUB, TRES HOMBRES, GREEN BERET, THE KONTROVERS, CHILDREN OF FALL, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, VIRULENCE, xTHOUGHTSTREAMx, FANTOMAS, MELT BANNANA, THEMA 11, LVMEN, RAVELIN 7, CONTRASTIC, MORE BAD NEWS, CEREBRAL TURBULENCY, MALLIGNANT TUMOUR, 7 MINUTES OF NAUSEA, ROTELO, LOVAGE, FANFARE CIOCARLIA, etc….

Your wishes to russian mosh boys&girls???

First, I wanna thank you, Timon, for good interview and a lot of thanx go to all the fans who read it…

Hey, Russian HC kids, I wish you and I really hope that situation with HC/punk concerts in your country will be better soon and more bands will come to play to you and mainly I hope that one day our band SHEEVA YOGA will play for you too!!!Cheers…

MUSICK, LOVE, FRIENDSHIP & PEACE FOREVER!!!

CxAx RECORDS

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