Band of the Day: Nemesis

I don’t think think we’ve had too many bands from the Balkans before, and I’m pretty certain not an all-female act! Welcome to Nemesis…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Hi! We come from Serbia, a small country in the Balkans. All of us come from different cities but we met in Belgrade, where we have our rehearsals and meetings.

How did you meet?

The first contact was via Facebook, when Sanja and Aleksandra (vocalist and guitar player) contacted me (the drummer) about making an Arch Enemy tribute band. Since AE was my favourite band at the time, I instantly agreed to meet them and then we decided to form an all-female band since we only needed two more girls!

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How long have you been playing as a band?

We have been together for five years now, but the band wasn’t really serious about the future until Tijana joined. Up until then, we played only cover songs and had really small gigs. When Tijana joined we started getting serious about our original songs, and after than when Biljana joined the band, we felt that we are complete and started to get more involved in the band and playing bigger shows.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Since the Arch Enemy was the band most of us really liked at the time, we wanted to give them a small tribute by choosing the name Nemesis, and also we really like the lore of the Greek Goddess Nemesis, because she represents most of the things that inspire us.

What are your influences?

Arch Enemy, Kreator, In Flames, Death, Parkway drive, Pantera, etc. We all listen to metal, but all of us are loyal to different subgenres so we have a big variation of the bands we listen to and get inspired by different things.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

We play melodic death metal. The unique thing about us is that our songs are raw, full of energy but at the same time melodic and catchy.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Yes. Our lyrics are rebellious and the main theme is injustice. We know that it is not innovative or unique, but we believe that now, maybe more than ever, we need to keep poking that bubble and to point fingers at the corrupt things that surround us.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

I believe that we played more than 100 shows since the beginning. People often tell us that they really love our live shows and we believe that we can really transfer the energy that we feel to the audience. Our shows are often very intense and engaging for everyone.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

Although it may seem that we are pretty wild, we don’t do many wild things but we do tend to steal food or take very literary things such as all you can eat buffets. But there was one time on a festival in Romania, when our singer jumped on some kind of big speaker in front of the stage, but little that she knew that it had small wheels, so everybody was out of their breath for a second waiting for her to roll off the stage with the speaker. Fortunately, she only moved it for few centimetres and got back to the stage.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

I play Tama Superstar Hyperdrive kit with Sabian AAX-plosive cymbals. We use Cort and Ibanez guitars, Bugera 333XL heads and Markbass combo for bass guitar. But we believe that we are one of the few bands out there that are not very demanding when it comes to gear. We will play on anything that is available.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

Yes, we are promoting our debut album The War Is On, that was released earlier this year under the Grom Records label.

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What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?

First of all, we plan to survive this pandemic! And secondly we are planning to have as many gigs as we can, since we are used to playing a lot and this lockdown thing is not having a good impact on us.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

I would definitely like us to open for Parkway Drive or Arch Enemy, but any other band that inspired us could do a great job! Also if we had to bring one band along we would choose our friends from Malta, Decline the Fall.

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November 25, 2020 10:46 PM

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