Alithia describe themselves as 'astral space core', which is fairly apt considering their use of lengthy melodic dynamics and an approach to composition that's less 'in your face' and more 'in your atmosphere'. To critics, To The Edge Of Time leans a little closer to progressive metal. It's an album that drowns the listener in clean flowing tracks, featuring plenty of soft string and piano work that teases out and captures interest rather than violently dragging it out on a hook.
Alithia take to the stage at Max Watt's in Melbourne with Arbrynth in support of Alcest come Friday, April 28. We took some time to chat with bassist Tibor Gede ahead of their performance as part of our Two Minutes With... series.
What are five words you’d use to describe your band?
Tribal astral chaotic street dogs.
What’s been going on in the world of Alithia?
Preparing to release a new album which was recorded in Athens, Greece at the end of last year, as well as touring Europe and Australia to support the release. We also recently toured with an Austrian band called Mother’s Cake across the country and had a blast with those guys.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened at one of your shows?
On our first tour of Russia, we did a fairly extensive tour there with nine cities on the itinerary. We played a very poor town. People were so poor there that a local groupie, who, while making out with our singer, was trying to pick his pockets at the same time.
What’s the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into? Describe the situation.
Don’t even know where to start here… there’s way too much to tell. However, last year we spent three weeks in Athens recording the new album. We booked a cheap air bnb apartment. Little to our knowledge did we know that we booked a place that was in the roughest part of the city. We were surrounded by daily stabbings, muggings, street hookers (male and female), members of the local Mafia eying us up and down everytime we left the apartment… it was an edgy as fuck place!
What can people expect at one of your gigs?
Five weirdos losing their shit on stage to the point of collapse.
Ten years from now you’ll be…
The first band to play on Mars.
Have you got any interesting stories from tour or recording you’d want to share?
We kind of coined the term ‘street dogs’ and it’s what a lot of friends and family refer to us. We first used it on our second tour of Europe when we played in the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv. Our percussionist and bass player went out all night and returned to the hostel at about 6am. However they were locked out on the street as the hostel front entrance door had a massive lock and chain on it and there were no staff to open the place. So they started throwing rocks to the window of the third floor where the rest of the band was staying to wake them up but no luck. After about 20 minutes of trying the guys were bummed and noticed there were a bunch of homeless street dogs on the street and compared themselves to the homeless street dogs. Lucky for the guys, a couple of homeless men approached them and broke the chain and lock so they could get in.
What’s the best compliment you’ve received at a show? What’s the weirdest?
The best? This one is kind of funny. We played a mini festival in Bucarest and there was some big band from Norway headlining (we won’t mention who). After the show, we couldn’t stop counting the amount of new fans who were buying us shots and one of them said to us ‘you were the best band tonight… and everybody here knows it’. It was rather flattering and ego boosting for sure… but you can’t help but laugh when someone tells you something like that!
The weirdest? We were receiving messages from a fan in Russia saying… last night my girlfriend had a dream with you in it last night. We love you guys so much. Well… I mean, what do you even say to that?