The presence of the Polish stoner doom scene is on the rise thanks to the success of bands like Belzebong, Weedpecker, Major Kong and of course Dopelord. Having just released an absolute cracker of an album in Children of the Haze, I chatted to bassist Piotrek Zin to find out more about the band, the album, the scene in Poland and stoner music.
Jack: Good evening, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. How are you doing?
Piotrek Zin (Bass/Vocals): Hi there, I’m great, thanks.
Jack: How did you all meet?
Piotrek: We met through the bands we played in at the time. We shared practice space, or band members.
Jack: As your name was originally going to be Kozorog, do you think your career would have turned out differently if you kept that name instead of going for Dopelord?
Piotrek: Since I wasn’t a big fan of that name I’m just happy it didn’t stick.
Jack: Adum from the band Bong Mountain said in an interview that. Having a weed reference in your band name can be both a blessing and a curse. Do you find that to be the case?
Piotrek: There always will be people out there which will take your band name too serious, or won’t take you seriously enough for the same reason. I wouldn’t call it blessing or a curse though, because these things happen not that often.
Jack: As a band that is influenced by old movies and 70s music, what have been the biggest influence on Dopelord?
Piotrek: My biggest influence has always been music. It’s Pawel who is a big fan of the 70s cinematography. It probably can be heard in some of our lyrics.
Jack: Poland is known in the UK mainly for its black metal/death metal scene, what’s the stoner/sludge/doom scene like?
Piotrek: I’m not convinced we have a stoner/sludge/doom scene in Poland. But from the other hand, I wouldn’t know how many bands make a scene. If you are referring to those few Polish bands that are touring abroad, this scene is tremendous.
Jack: Do you think this scene is getting more recognition?
Piotrek: I wouldn’t know. I can speak only for my band, really. I guess it’s a matter of time. If you do something for several years, and it’s not total crap, you may be appreciated and you will get some recognition at some point.
Jack: With your music have you found more success abroad or in Poland or is it too hard to tell?
Piotrek: How would I measure it, man? Our first album was selling mostly abroad, stoner doom wasn’t popular in Poland at all back then. Now things got a bit different. Still we get the most attention from the abroad fans.
Jack: You’ve just released your third album Children of the Haze, are you happy with the response or is it too early to tell?
Piotrek: It is quite early, but I’m far more than happy.
Jack: Is the name a reference to Black Sabbath’s ‘Children of the Grave’?
Piotrek: It was not, at the beginning. It was just a name of our song. But yeah, we get that it seems like an obvious reference. We’ll live with that.
Jack: On the title track you sing “who wants to live forever?” Would you say this is a darker album at all?
Piotrek: Actually we sing that “we laugh at those, who want to live forever” and yes, I guess you could say it’s a bit darker and more serious.
Jack: What was the recording process like?
Piotrek: First of all, we invited Haldor Grunberg to record and mix the album. You need someone you can trust enough to let him deliver your baby, right? We booked the studio for four days, recorded the main instrumental tracks live, then we added vocals and guitar solos. This way of recording hasn’t changed since our first album. The process is quick and quite effective.
Jack: The album was uploaded in full to the Stoned Meadow of Doom channel, did you arrange this?
Piotrek: Yes, we did.
Jack: What do you think is the main attraction to stoner, sludge and doom?
Piotrek: I can speak for myself only. Its music, man, I always look for good riffs, good sound, good melodies, regardless of the genre.
Jack: You’ll be playing with your friends in Bezelbong on the 11th May in Camden for a night of Polish doom alongside Weedpecker and Major Kong for a night of Polish Stoner Music. Will this be your first time in the UK?
Piotrek: Yes, that will be our first show in the UK, ever. We’re very happy that we will play in the Underworld, that’s a great venue, it’s a dream come true for us.
Jack: What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Piotrek: Playing gigs, mostly, promoting Children of the Haze any way possible. At some point we will start to write some new stuff for sure. We got some other plans too, but nothing to share with you just now [Laughs].
Jack: Will marijuana ever be legal globally?
Piotrek: I have no idea.
Jack: Finally, as Black Sabbath recently retired, what is their best album?
Piotrek: I’m a sucker for their early works.
Jack: Thanks for your time and I’ll hopefully see you in the UK!
Piotrek: Thanks a lot, man!