Created in 2015 by the vocalist and bass player Jacques Saph, the Finnish Deathrock band “Virgin in Veil” will debut in Brazilian territory (first time ever also in South America). With William Freyermuth on drums, Suzi Sabotage on synth/backing vocals and Veikko Jokelainen on guitar, the band that has been performing a lot abroad (several gigs in Europe, Russia, Japan, USA and Mexico), will perform 3 three gigs in Brazil (28.06.2019; Rio de Janeiro – Rock Experience), (06.07.2019; Araras [SP], Brazil – Decadance Festival); (07.07.2019; São Paulo, Brazil – Madame Club). We just did an exclusive interview with them for the UJM, check this out!
1 – (UJM – J-Fora kei) how did the band start?
Jacques: I created Virgin in Veil back in January 2015. At the time, I really wanted to play deathrock music, with strong punk influences. So I wrote a few songs, and was joined by William on drums and Suzi on synth and backing vocals. Very quickly after the band has its first line-up, we started touring in Europe, as well as Russia and North America. Now 4 years later, we are finishing our third album “Permanent Funeral”, which will be released by Danse Macabre Records this spring.
2 – (UJM – J-Fora kei) What bands/artists influenced your band?
Jacques: All of us have our own influences, which are quite diverse. As a band, our obvious influences are Christian Death, early Cinema Strange, Phaidia, Radio Scarlet, etc. Mainly, deathrock from the 80s to the 2000s. We also add some punk elements, like bands such as Rudimentary Peni or Exit-Stance.
3 – (UJM – J-Fora kei) How did the band get its name?
Jacques: I wanted a name with some dose of mystery, which will allow our listeners to make their own meaning of it. “Virgin in Veil” refers to both religion, obviously, a topic which has always interested me and that I wrote a few songs about for the band.
4 – (UJM – J-Fora kei) The band is from Finland, right? What’s the Helsinki music scene like now?
Jacques: Yes, that’s right, Helsinki. It’s not a very big city compared to other European capitals, but it has a vivid music scene. Like in many other places nowadays, there are less and less spaces for live music, but it’s still thriving, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, here deathrock is virtually non-existent apart from our band. There are some post-punk bands, but that’s it.
5 – (UJM – J-Fora kei) You’ve just released your newest music video, “Darkness At Noon”. What’s like for a indie band to produce a video clip in Finland?
Jacques: You know… all our videos are totally DIY. We never spend a fucking euro to make them. We always filmed them ourselves, with our own digital camera and a friend or two helping in the process. While our videos certainly don’t look as professional as what many other bands are doing, I think their DIY style make them very authentic, which fits our music very well. I love how gritty they are.
6 – (UJM – J-Fora kei) What do you think about the worldwide indie music scene nowadays?
Jacques: I might sound like an old guy, but it was much better and more fun 15 years ago. Nowadays, it’s way harder to play live, and the current trends of candy-coated poppish post-punk is really… not my shit. I miss the craziness of the European deathrock scenes 15 years ago. But it’s so amazing to see that some people are still interested in the true deathrock spirit, it’s just even more underground than before.
Suzi Sabotage: I’m only in my mid-twenties but I agree with Jacques, a lot of dark alternative music that is popular these days is quite watered down and doesn’t have the same kick as in the past. But we’re not the ones to follow trends, anyways, even if it means having less success. We prefer to stay authentic, and our audience loves us for that and not for chasing after fads.
7 – (UJM – J-Fora kei) Last year summer you guys had gigs in Japan, right? Tell us a little bit about the experience of playing in Japan, the Japanese audience, the Tokyo’s nightlife. I’ve heard that former members of the Japanese visual kei band “Malice Mizer” went to your gig there. Do you like visual kei?
Jacques: That’s right, I met Közi (こうじ),who attended one of our gigs in Tokyo. That was crazy, I mean, I discovered Malice Mizer (マリスミゼル), in 2000 and have always loved them since, so it was really enjoyable to meet him. He’s an amazing musician and a very nice, humble person.
Tokyo night life is exciting and a lot of fun, while chill at the same time. There, you can smoke in bars and most places don’t have security guards as people are nice and won’t piss others off. Japanese people we met were extremely friendly and welcoming, it was truly an amazing experience to play for them.
Suzi: We didn’t know much what to expect audience-wise there, but our gigs were a triumph each time. People there are so hospitable and appreciative, one of the best crowds we’ve ever had, also the other aspects of visiting Japan were unforgettably wonderful.
8 – (UJM – J-Fora kei) What are the band’s next gigs?
Jacques: Before Brazil, we’ll play in Turku (Finland) on March 22, with our alter-ego Masquerade, UltraNoir and Agnosia. It’s gonna be fun and we’re very much looking forward.
9 – (UJM – J-Fora kei) Is there anything else that you’d like to say? Anything for the Brazilian audience who must be attending to your gigs?
Jacques: “Olá Brasil!” We are very excited about our trip there, meet people and see the gorgeous places in Rio and São Paulo. And most importantly, we can’t wait to share our music with our Brazilian friends! I’m also very excited that I’ll get to see Poetisa Dissecada on stage as we will play together.
Suzi: “It’s gonna be muito, muito bom” to finally visit your country! See you in June and July!
By Marcos Vinicius