Following their stint across their homeland, US Drone Metal purveyors Sun O))) were more than accommodating to sit down and talk to GMA, although we could only see Attila's face underneath the cloak.
Hi guys, how was the recent US tour? What did you enjoy about it the most?
"Hi, the US tours went great. We split the US into 4-5 legs and we did separate runs. My favourite show was MOOG festival in Durham. It was pretty loud, they moved us to the outdoor stage cause they were expecting the building ceiling to fall down and I heard we still cracked some walls... also it was good fun to hang out backstage with the guys from Wutang Clan."
Will there be a UK / EU tour surrounding your European festival appearances? Or will it come later?
"We will have a smaller European tour at the end of August. There will be no UK date this time cause it is mostly south / middle and east parts of Europe. Though I love to play in the UK with Sunn O))) personally so I am looking forward to more dates in the UK. Hopefully next year.."
For those who don't know, could you explain in simple terms what 'Drone Metal' entails?
"I think it has something to do with the tradition of meditation, Indian ragas, mantras and altered state of consciousness. In a way it is a contemporary representation of the same ideas. It is called "Drone Metal" because it is heavy, loud, extreme and psychedelic... but the message is similar: open your sub / supreme conscious, open your mind, fall into a trance, leave your body behind, take a spiritual journey... "
What is the hardest part of touring for you as a band ?
"For me it is packing at home and travelling, missing flights and connections all the time.
But once I made it up to my people I enjoy it still so much. I love all the guys in the band (and the crew) and it is super fun to hang out every single time! Once I am there I just love touring!"
Regarding your latest album 'Kannon', what is your favourite song and why? What makes 'Kannon' a stand-out album?
"My favourite is probably 'Kannon III'. It has some cool melodies behind it. For me the most special aspect of this album is it's spiritual connection to the female potential and female energy in general. It is something I wanted to write about for a long time. It is obvious that female potential and energy has been suppressed big time through the history. Every single mainstream religion has been suppressing female potential and energy big time. I think it is a really big shame of mankind and I think we should bring back the balance one day. In a way you could call me a "spiritual feminist" ;-) (you can call me whatever, but I think that in a real society all leaders should be 50 / 50 woman and men)"
After your tour and festival appearances, what will your next plans be?
"I still have the same plan: making more albums and playing them live."
Finally have you got any hello's or thank you's you wish to send out?
"Yes. I would like to thank all of our fans for being with us on this spiritual journey. We keep banging and opening the doors to higher realms together, stay with us!"