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1.) Give me a short story about how you started the band.

FIDO
Hi Felix and you, who is reading this interview now!!! I’m Fido and I play guitar and scream in SHEEVA YOGA...
OK, everyone always asks us for this question and it’s still the same answer, so here is our official biography:
Our first music experiments in early 90’s, f.e. our main projects in those days called ŽaVKG or OH DEE STIFF, were pure noisecore and industrial. Than we found a band called XÜCHT in 1992, and we played something between folk-punk and trash-metal...
In 1994 we found a band called SOCIAL DEFORMITY. It was 3 members’ band at its beginning - FIDO played distorted bass, VIKI played drums, and ROMAN growled. SKULDA joined the band in the Spring 1996 as a bassist, so FIDO exchanged a bass for a guitar, and DAN joined the band in the Spring 1997 as the second guitarist. We played grindcore, and we released a lot of split and compilation tapes. I think that MCD „Daltonism“ (released in the Summer 1997) was the best stuff of SD. After this recording we unfortunately broke up, because we all have different attitudes to next evolution of our music. ROMAN and DAN wanted to make only that pure grind-noise, and we 3 others wanted to experiment with other genres and instruments...
So, we 3 others found a new band called SHEEVA YOGA in the Autumn 1997, and we still wanted to make grindcore music but now with a lot of freedom and invention. We had 2 females who sang in our band’s beginning, but it wasn’t good idea, because we were so kind to their needs, and we made our music softer for them. It was really crazy period of our history, we had 4 different vocals, and our music was chaotic pell-mell somewhere between folk, punk, jazz, metal, grind, industrial, everything, and we changed each genre in a few seconds without repetition - simply unlistenable chaos!!! So, when the last songstress BARA left us for au-pair in England in 1999, we forgot all the old songs, and our basic 3-members’ line-up made whole new stuff which is more harder, and more apprehensible now, we hope...
We released a promotion tape „Promo 2000“ in the Summer 2000, and we sent it to some labels. The label HYENYZM RECORDS from Czech Republic replied us, and then this label released our first 7“EP split with Czech fastcore band NOT in 2001, and then next three 7"EP splits, and 1 CD split. And many other labels, and people still help us to release our records too...
And our hardcore story still goes on!!! :)

2.) What about your lirics. Are they important??? What do you want to transmit to the people???

FIDO
Yeah, our lyrics are very important for us and we hope they are important for our fans too... We try to write about a lot of themes, mainly about our statements to some social, cultural, political, natural, and personal things around us... For example I really like to think and write about communication between people – in a short - we all need it, but sometimes we don’t know how use this „weapon“...
We always give a lyrics sheet to our recordings,’cos we want people to read them... A lot of our lyrics also have comments,’cos sometimes we use metaphors and symbols, so you can read what is each song about in its comment...
But you know, we don’t wanna solve all the problems of the World, we’re not able to do it, we aren’t saviours of this Planet, we just show some problems, give some questions and ideas, and it’s only on your own if you’ll think about it or not...
If somebody wanna know exactly what we scream about, feel free to visit our official web pages on http://sheevayoga.czechcore.cz and there are our lyrics in LIBRARY section in Czech and English translations, and the most of them also have comments...

3.) What means to you "HARDCORE"??? And what about other subgeneres like "POWER VIOLENCE"??? We had a little conversation about that. What happened with all the POWER VIOLENCE thing??? Tell me everything you told me in that concert... jajaja

FIDO
HARDCORE IS MORE THAN MUSIC!!! :D This sentence maybe sounds for some people like a cliché, but for me not... I’m in a hardcore scene from my 16 (I’m 30 now), and this kind of musick and lifestyle gave me really a lot of ideas and ways how to live my life... But there are really a lot of ideas and a lot of streams in hardcore, and I don’t wanna say that you gotta keep all these things strictly!!! Hardcore isn’t some stupid religion with some fucking rules, even if some HC kids sometimes try to enforce us this opinion... I think that hardcore is about music of course, but ideas like D.I.Y.; friendship and unity; vegetarianism/veganism; anti-neonazism; social criticism; human and animal rights; ecology; and a lot of other things belong to HC too!!! But as I already said, it’s only on your own, what will you take from HC and what not... For me it’s really not about bullshits like if you’re sXe or not...;)
And if you mean it in that musick way, so I think that hardcore is mainly about that faster, shorter, louder, and harder musick with screaming vocals for me, but I think that you can play in pure D.I.Y. hardcore band even if you play folk...;D But I like more HC subgenres like raw-punk, crust, fastcore, thrash, grindcore, math-core, power-violence, and emo/screamo(but of course I don’t mean those modern mainstream shits like TOKIO HOTEL, I mean old-school emo/screamo!!!)...
And about that power-violence - it’s a specific subgenre of HC/GC which we all in the band really fucking like!!! :) It started in 80’s with the bands like NEOS, SIEGE, LÄRM, D.R.I., which weren’t a real power-violence in those days, but they played punk-hardcore in a fucking fast and raw way, so they influenced in late 80’s and early 90’s a few other bands like MAN IS THE BASTARD, NO COMMENT, INFEST, CROSSED OUT, SPAZZ, etc., and these ones influenced all that p-v „boom“ in the rest of 90’s - bands like LACK OF INTEREST, ASSHOLE PARADE, CAPITALIST CASUALTIES, CHARLES BRONSON, DESPISE YOU, DROPDEAD, FUCK ON THE BEACH, HELLNATION, etc.... But I think a lot of these „newer“ bands are more in fastcore, thrash, grindcore, raw-crust, or raw-punk style... But I don’t wanna say that they are worse or better, I only wanna say that those „old-school“ bands were pure p-v for me... And as we already said each-other from an eye to an eye on our live gig in Mogambo, all that p-v „boom“ ended mainly ‘cos of a stupid reason,’cos the most(practically all) of those p-v bands are from USA!!! And after all bullshits which were made by the most stupid Texas cowboy in the World with name G.W.Bush (mainly in Iraq), a lot of people in HC scene cursed everything which came from USA including p-v!!! But this boycott was a little bit funny and senseless of course...;) So, I’m glad that some new bands like IRON LUNG, MAGRUDERGRIND, TOWER OF ROME, etc., try to raise the faded glory of power-violence now!!! :D
And our band SHEEVA YOGA still try to experiment with this p-v style for 10 years, and I hope we will still play it, nevermind the fucking trends and booms!!! ;D

SKULDA
I think that P/V became the trend in the end of century. And as every trend, P/V started to be boring. The same is happened in whole society and I really don’t think power violence is any fuckin exception. It..s little bit cynical, and I said it as a sarcastic joke, but I also mean, that power violence is not often performed by any bands, ..cos it..s not easy to play this style. P/V is no fuckin..simple disbeat or old school, where you need just listen to bands which play it earlier than you, one rhytm of drums a few tunes to make a song:-))
Everything in HC genre is return back after some period, and I’m sure, that once the same happen to P/V. Look at crust, which spreads in the scene every ten years, or new boom of 80’s thrash…
As I said, the same you can observe in your everyday reality, hippies are back, stupid 80’s disco-yuppie-style is back, even in our country, which was part of communist block some stupid thinks and habits from that times are back. And it has nothing to do, with some political attitude. It’s just question of postmodern fashion. The similar phenomenon you can see in HC. I take it as the prove, that „HC scene“ is subculture, not kontraculture. I dont mean it in some negative way. It’s just confirmation of Fido’s answer. People in HC should realize it quickly,’cos than you have better „base“ to stay in HC scene for longer time, and not leave it with disillusion after two years, cos you find out, that you are not able to change world around you.

4.) Besides SheevaYoga what else you do??? Do you have other bands or musical proyects???

FIDO
Yeah, we all have other activities... We are a crew of 5 musicians and some other people around us, we call ourselves WIR MÜSSEN ZUSAMMENHALTEN COLLECTIVO, and we organise gix, and sometimes we make a vegan food for some festivals...
We have 2 main bands and other musical projects:
SHEEVA YOGA – screamo-violence/alternative-fastcore with 3 vocals...
DISNEY - scandinavian-styled disbeat-mangel/crust’n’roll with female/male vocals...
ALGORHYTHM OF DEDADANCE – industrial emo trip-hop project with female vocals...
COCONUT BULLDOZER - crazy strangcore project with Jason Flower from MEXICAN POWER AUTHORITY from Canada...
PRÜGELKNABE - power-violence project in IRON LUNG style...
And our bassist Skulda is the owner of our small D.I.Y. label and distro called OLGA HEPNAROVÁ RECORDS, which is continuator of our friend’s label HYENYZM RECORDS(I’ve written about it in the 1st answer, but this label is already dead now)... We release mainly our recordings on this label, but we also co-operate on other projects...
And in „normal“ lives we all work, Skulda is finishing University right now, someone has a wife or girlfriend, someone not, someone has cats, someone dog, someone parrots, we are just fucking normal capitalist people as everyone of you!!! ;D

5.) What's the story behind the covers cd that you have??? Beastie Boys, Charles Bronson, Spazz you really have good musical taste... jajaja

FIDO
We have never avow that we like and we are inspired by a lot of bands and a lot of musick styles... So, we freely „stole“ some musical ideas from our „idols“....;D But when we mix together BEASTIE BOYS, M.P.A., Le SCRAWL, SPAZZ, and f.e. DEFTONES, we will get the real meshuggah style from it, and nobody can recognize that we „stole“ some ideas from them!!! And that’s the way we like to do it!!! :D
So, this CD called „Heartotheque“ is something like a tribute to our favourite bands... But it was a big problem to choose only a few ones,’cos the list of our lovely bands is really fucking long!!! ;)

6.) What about a Ricky Martin's cover or a Elton John's cover??? Think about it!!! Jajaja

FIDO
No problem, we will do them only for you!!! :D

SKULDA
No we can’t do coversongs of these assholes. Ricky Martin is metrosexual guy, and we as dirty crustpunx hate his clean-whitened style. And Elton John is homosexual guy, and we are narrowminded homophobic idiots from Wild East, so we can’t even make his song.:-)))

7.) And what about your split LP??? It's a great record, from the cover to the quality of music. But, it's not almost the same people that play in both bands???

FIDO
Thanx a lot, we are really glad that you like our new LP!!! :)
As I’ve already written, our main bands are SHEEVA YOGA and DISNEY, so after the 10 years existence of both bands, we made a decision that it’s a good idea to release a split LP together, so we done it...
And for the order in our line-ups:
SHEEVA YOGA: Fido – guitar, vox; Skulda – bass, vox; Viki – drums, vox...
DISNEY: Marta – vox; Fido – guitar, vox; Skulda – drums; Peter – bass...
So, as you can see, me and Skulda play in both bands...

8.) When you're about to play a concert... What's your motivations??? What's your inspirations???

FIDO
I don’t know if I really understand your question now(you see – a problem of communication;))... Do you mean it like if we have some inspiration in some band to do live shows like them or what?!? Nevermind, I will try to answer how I understand it...:)
So, all the gix are great adrenaline for us, we like the atmosphere of live gix, we try to give all our energy out of our bodies, and give it to the people around us!!!
We don’t like HC/GC bands which play so fucking long!!! Our battle-cry is: „Don’t play more than 20 minutes!!! Play fucking short, fast, and loud!!!“... Hardcore is great musick, but a little bit boring, when you gotta listen to the same band with same style for 1 hour or more!!! :P
Also we don’t wanna be a static band... I really like to watch bands where their members not only play and sing, but they dance, jump, and make some fun!!! It’s great to see it, so we wanna do it too!!! :)
And also we don’t like the bands which talk more than play... We don’t like those „stage-messiahs“(we have a song about it), who proclaim „the only one truth“ on a stage with a feeling of some godlike exceptionality!!! If some band wants their fans to know what they sing about, there are better ways how to do it like to give them lyrics sheet or to discuss with them before or after gig, but don’t fucking talk too much on a stage!!! A band on stage is for playing, not for a conference!!!

9.) Talking about motivations and inspirations... Why do you think people lost those two things and stop to be involved in the HC/PUNK whatever "scene or movement"

FIDO
I’m not sure if people lost these things... And I’m not sure about situation in your Country... But I think we have a really big scene in Czech Republic, a lot of great bands, a lot of great organisators of gix and other D.I.Y. activities... And I also think that a lot of young people are interested in HC subculture now, and on the other side there are a lot of „old-school“ guys around 30 or over 30 years old(like us;)), who are still in the scene!!! I don’t like too much these cries about things like that scene was great 10 years ago and now is totally in asshole!!! Yeah, it was great when we started(writing letters by hand, sending them by normal post services, going to gix by train with guitar on your back, etc.), and now is a little bit different(Internet communication, own backline, going to gix by own car, etc.), but I think it’s still great too!!! Everything and everyone grows up, it’s a normal proggres, but I think the scene is still the same in the main basic things...
But I think I know how do you think - maybe a lot of those kids are just fascinated by HC musick, by „image“ of HC guys, they wanna be really tough and belong somewhere, but this is the end of their so called „hardcore“ activity!!! They don’t read lyrics of their lovely bands, and if they do it, they don’t care about... I think I already made it clear in the 3rd answer, so again – HARDCORE IS MORE THAN MUSIC!!! All of us has own head, so we gotta use it not only like a carrier for our ears, we gotta use our brains, and think about all the things around us!!!

SKULDA
I answer it in question no.3 little bit. To be little bit critical, I must say that is also problem of HC scene, which has not change for years. Ideas are almost same as 20 years before, musick is almost same as 20 years before, Image is almost same as 20years before, so what do you want to offer??? Because of this exist so big circulation in HC scene. People very often wants to find that „right thing“ in their lives, and HC can be one part of their trying. I think you must be quite curious, and quite obsessed fanatic person, to stay part of scene after 30-age. Your parents are scared, because you still listen to that awful noise, you wear weird clothes, you cross the world in smelly van, in lo-fi style, instead of spending holiday with your family on some stupid sunny beach. That power which runs you must be hide somewhere inside you. Trust me I don..t complain. I..m very happy, that I can live my life as I want, but colleagues from work (I also work, beside studiyng university…again problem of communication:-)) often stare at me with that merciful face. „Poor guy, he will never grew up from it“.
I don’t take as something wrong, that people leave HC scene so often. That’s life, and on the other way, I see around me a lot of some weird guys and girls, who try to somehow deal their lives with major society…and that’s great.

10.) Well I guess that's it. Do you have something else to tell us. Come on don't be shy.

FIDO
Thank you Felix a lot for this interview and of course for your support and dialogue on our live concert in Mogambo!!! :) Thanx a lot to all the people who read this interview, and all the people who like, support and help us!!! LOVE, FRIENDSHIP and HARDCORE FOREVER!!! Take care and cheers!!!

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