Among those who have been impacted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the members of Jinjer have been struggling with a lot. It’s only been over the past few months that the band have been able to get back onto the road, where they have been raising awareness of what is taking place within their country.
Speaking to Oran O’Beirne of Bloodstock TV, Jinjer members Tatiana Shmayluk and Eugene Abdukhanov spoke to a variety of subjects. Among the subjects discussed, O’Beirne at one point asked Tatiana if the war has inspired any new music out of the band. This is what Tatiana had to say (the following was transcribed by Metal Injection):
“Not really. I don’t know why. Honestly, I’ve written some war songs way before Jinjer, first of all, and way before war even started in Ukraine. And I don’t know how, but it’s easy for me to write about war when it’s not happening around me. But when it started, I was absolutely devastated and paralyzed creatively. I cannot write about that. I still cannot process that. I think it’s such a great trauma that it takes years and years to process, not only for me but mostly for the citizens of Ukraine, for the victims. I really think that it’s not my time to write another war song right now.”
Band bassist Eugene Abdukhanov then spoke up and provided some clarity to Shmayluk’s “war song” comments. He also speaks to how the war in Ukraine has impacted the band’s writing.
“Actually, we’ve never had war songs. We’ve never written anything which is militaristic or anything like that… We have a number of songs in our discography which are peacemaking songs, songs which call for peace, and calling them war songs can be a bit misleading because it may just make people think differently of what they really are, to be honest. Tatiana says that, well, she hasn’t written any lyrics but we have written a number of compositions musically in these circumstances since the war started. So definitely there is a creative reflection of the events already.”
So while the band is not creating anything that may sound or be “militaristic” in spirit, their material has certainly been shaped by the Russian invasion of Ukraine (in some sense). Are you looking forward to new music from Jinjer? The band will be taking to the road soon for a North American tour. You can find all their upcoming tour dates below. You can also check out the interview involving the Jinjer members below.
We send all our love to the people of Ukraine and hope for an end to this conflict soon.
Jinjer Tour Dates:
special guest: P.O.D.
support: VENDED *
SPACE OF VARIATIONS
- 10/31 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues +
- 11/01 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades +
- 11/03 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore +
- 11/05 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore +
- 11/07 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues +
- 11/09 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant +
- 11/10 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live +
- 11/11. – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall +
- 11/13 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues +
- 11/14 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts +
- 11/15 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom +
- 11/17 – Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore +
- 11/19 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Roxian +
- 11/20 – Boston, MA – House of Blues +
- 11/21 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom +
- 11/23 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore +
- 12/07 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore *
- 12/08 – Greensboro, NC – Piedmont Hall *
- 12/10 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle *
- 12/11 – Nashville., TN – Marathon Music Works *
- 12/13 – Tampa, FL – Jannus Landing *
- 12/14 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues *
- 12/16 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre *
- 12/17 – Austin, TX – Emo’s *
- 12/18 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues *
- 12/20 – Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren *
- 12/21 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues *
- 12/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern *
+ no MALEVOLENCE, * no VENDED