Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with post-punk influenced band, Haneke Twins.
1. How did you get started as a band?
The “Haneke Twins” project was born in 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland, when we (guitarist Stefanos Leontsinis and vocalist Paschalis Vichoudis) decided to record our own music after spending many years in cover bands. Even though originally conceived as a one-off studio project, it later evolved to a gigging band drafting in additional musicians. Currently the band’s lineup is completed with Emil Koulouris (drums, vocals), Paul Aspell (bass) and Andrés G. Delannoy (guitars, vocals).
2. How would you describe your sound?
Razor sharp guitars blended with hauntingly abrasive vocals resulting in a brooding and gothic sound, best listened in dark and smokey underground clubs.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
In general, we draw inspiration from a large variety of post-punk/new-wave bands, along with modern post-punk revival and math rock artists. Bauhaus, Interpol, Joy Division and Editors are some of our main influences.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
Absolutely! The rise of the internet and music streaming services gave independent artists, like us, the opportunity to be heard worldwide, something almost impossible to achieve 20 years ago.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
When not making music, you will find us at our day-time jobs, working on physics experiments at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. It is an absolute pleasure and honor to work for such an organization that unites people from all over the world in order to push the frontiers of science and technology!
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
After two short albums — the “Haneke Twins” EP (2018, self-released) and the “Astronaut” mini-LP (2021, The Animal Farm), the time has come to record our first full-length album, probably sometime in 2022. For the same year we are planning some shows in Switzerland and France (and hopefully the UK).
By 2023 we aim to reach a broader audience and play some major venues and festivals.