On Saturday 22th of February, the Gothic rock band The Nosferatu will be playing live at Temple club in Athens featuring original members Vlad Janicek and Louis DeWray from the original 90s era line-up.

First of all, what triggered the formation of The Nosferatu? Was it a need to express yourselves and create new music again or to fulfill something that was long ago left unfulfilled?

This is a long-complicated set of circumstances but to be brief it was instigated by myself. Some sudden life changes made me re-evaluate myself and I realized I missed music too much to keep myself any longer in a self-imposed exile.

Witnessing the “official” band (a term I do not recognize as it was not authorized) descend into a shadow of the original concept also contributed to my decision to resurrect my vision of the band.

Your lineup consists of original members Vlad Janicek and Louis DeWray from the original 90s era line-up together with Rob Leydon and Chris Clark. All of you have been involved in the Nosferatu story in various eras, but now for the first time all together with this particular lineup. How do you feel that this lineup of the band stands?

Both from a professional and personal point of view this is possibly the most harmonious and slick lineup I have played in. All members have a very dedicated attention to detail and quality and integrity permeate every aspect of our performance and writing.

Rehearsing has been an absolute pleasure from the start with the guys.

Nosferatu was considered one of the major Goth bands of the 90s. Your overall image and sound, blending old horror films with esoteric dark music with a romantic feel, a flare for the theatrical and the dramatic, has left its mark. Do you feel that this type of Goth needs to be served to the audience of today as a reminder of what once was?

We always stood alone during a time when the scene began to fragment and dilute. From the start the aim was to present a vision and style that connected the lyrical and musical elements to a visual expression in artwork and stage presentation.

I still believe we fill a void missing in the scene, but time will tell how big that void is!

This isn’t the first time that two bands share the same name. The same has occurred with Gene Love Jezebel for example. Although this can be very confusing for your fans, who also witness the rival between members, it’s the music that will justify each party in the end. What’s your opinion?

Firstly, I am a 50% owner of the band name Nosferatu, I never gave any authorization or permission for Damien to use the name.

But we decided rather than create a war to take a higher moral stance. The reason to use The Nosferatu has many facets but the prime one is to indicate a difference.
We felt we had to demonstrate a difference although minor and the use of “The” is partly to indicate we are the real band. Real in terms of attitude and aspirations.

Apart from live appearances, should we be expecting new material from you in the form of a new album?

It is very much our aim to complete a new album, currently 3-4 new songs have been composed and are already mostly completed. Perhaps I am being too ambitious but having my creative energy revitalized I firmly believe its possible fans might see something by year end.

How do you feel that you will be playing live in Athens? What should the Greek audience expect from your upcoming show at Temple?

We are very excited and honoured to be playing Athens, I know first hand the affection and loyalty of the Greek fans in the scene to our songs. Being able to finally present them with a show rammed full of classics as well as an opportunity to air some new songs is very nice.

Our Hellenic audience should expect a professional, dramatic performance with many classic songs some of which were rarely performed live previously, played with a style and panache in keeping with the founding principles.

Interview by Nick Drivas