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Interview with Hostia
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
St.Anacletus: Metallica made me want to play music. We all do our things outside the music as we do not play for a living.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
St.Anacletus: Love to do nothing, ‘cause always don’t have time for that! Free time is important, cause when I am too tired – it’s hard to be creative.
How long has your band been around?
St.Anacletus: Since 2017.
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
St.Anacletus: Czech Republic and Poland. Catholic sect and shitheads politicians in Poland give us more than enough of inspiration…
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
St.Anacletus: I guess most memorable are those where people go nuts and luckily – we had quite many like that!
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
St.Anacletus: For what we play small venues are the best. No barriers. Face-to-face with the audience type of venues.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
St.Anacletus: Napalm Death and us. I am ready!
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
St.Anacletus: Younger me would not listen anyway (laugh) I am not the one to advice anyone but – as simple as it is – do it from the heart the way you feel it. If you do it thinking of how to sell it and what to play to get the audience then it will never be true and people will feel it.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
St.Anacletus: I like them all, cause other way I would not record them. So for me is more about the mood in a certain moment. But there are some songs that during the writing process were kind of milestones for the album. On “Nailed” it was definitely “Ceremony”. It is a kind of definition of what we do – you have the speed and brutality of blast beats and fast drums but also typical headbanging parts. But now my pick would be “Siberian Werewolf” because I really wanted to have on this album some ultra-heavy slower moments and from the response we get – I guess this song succeeded as this field. From “Resurrected Meat” EP it would be “Bury The Lies”. It was one of the first songs written for that material but was thrown away couple of times cause sth was not right. Until one day I changed the verse riff and suddenly it became one of our most brutal and fast songs. There was a similar situation with “Slaves” on the “Carnivore Carnival” album. For me, it was the best one, opener, song defining the album. But the rest of the guys denied it couple of times and that pushed me to work more on it and at some point, it clicked. On the first album, it was definitely “Corroded Cross”. It was the first song we showed to the world as Hostia and thanks to it we got the label interested in releasing the album so yeah.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
St.Anacletus: After a couple of shows after the new album I think we have pretty kicking setlist and we have something from each album. My actual live top ones would be “Ceremony”, “Little Priests”, “Bury The Lies”, “Siberian Werewolf” and “Sister Bernadette”. People get crazy also while “Nailed” and “Christ's Soldiers and Other Delusional Disorders”.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
St.Anacletus: It’s always sth boiling inside of me, that’s where it is all born (laugh). So most of the time I record demos with programmed drums at home. Then show them to the rest of the band and we work together on rehearsals the ones that are picked.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
St.Anacletus: Except hammering nails to the institutional religion? I guess – use your own mind if you have it and don’t be so fucking serious!
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
St.Anacletus: Of course, we have some. We know each other so long that we have had some issues but it never got too serious and hopefully, we all like each other and what we do together strong enough to overcome the shit that blow up sometimes.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
St.Anacletus: More shows to promote “Nailed” album, but also “Resurrected Meat” EP. Stay tuned for more dates soon!