Earlier this year, the members of Jinjer was among the many Ukrainian citizens affected when Russia decided to invade Ukraine. And in a new interview with Chaosbassist Eugene Abdukhanov tells a terrifying tale of when he knew the war had actually fled.
The bassist remembered, as transcribed by Blabbermouth“I met the war exactly when it started [of February] at five in the morning I was just driving and things around me were starting to explode. I came directly during the shelling, during the attack, and I thought, ‘This is the end.’ I tried to get out of there and drove 180 kilometers on a very narrow road. It was still dark. And I saw things that I only saw in movies before – huge explosions with all these pieces flying around. And they fell right in front of me and I drove around them, and all the smoke around. It was like a real horror, but you’re part of it. “
He continued: “I was on my way back to Kiev and I was just trying to get home as fast as possible. And I saw all these traffic jams – people were trying to get out of the city – and all the destruction due to the first attack. And then was the first week the most awful time because no one knew what was happening.I came home and one of the first things I did was contact everyone in the band.We made a post on social media.And everyone stayed home . “
He remembered: “Every half hour there was a siren. We went in the basement. I went in the basement alone because I lived alone – I took my family out. I was alone, just sat and watched the news and so every half hour went I in the basement, then I went up, basement, up, and spent half the night in the basement. [were] big explosions all around. Things there [weren’t] even close the first night – like five kilometers, ten kilometers away from me. This is not close; in our reality this is not near. But [because of] how massive these explosions were, the country shook. “
“The real horror started to happen,” the bassist says. “And that’s basically when the siege of Kiev started. And the next day I just wanted to say our position [publicly] and asserts our position. I made the video which is on YouTube. I was not able to realize that such things could happen. “
In terms of returning to the public and playing shows again, the bassist states: “Well, it has its pros and cons. On the one hand, being on stage for this 45.[-minute]50[-minute] or an hour [set] is the perfect therapy for me and it’s the only time I can forget all about the war – just playing music and connecting with the crowd. For all the other time, my mood really goes up and down constantly – it swings back and forth, back and forth. And I may feel perfectly okay at some point, but after a few minutes I’m totally depressed – depressed in the sense that I can hardly act. And being able to play is definitely a cure. “
Abdukhanov calls the start of the war “the most horrible times of my entire life”, but adds that the support has been great. “I was bombarded with lyrics – all my friends who just checked how things are [were] with everyone, “he said. I got a lot of lyrics from fans from all over the world. But somehow we got through this. “
As revealed earlier this month, Jinjer revealed that they were allowed to tour again, acting as official Ukrainian ambassadors. “We are very honored to announce that, with the help of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture, we have been granted permission to travel abroad as ambassadors for our country to raise money and awareness of the war raging at home,” the group said. after announcing their summer tour. Currently touring Europe, you can find the band’s tour dates and ticket information here.
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