TATIANA SHMAILYUK: New JINJER Music Will Have A ’19th-Century’ Flavor

Tatiana Shmailyuk

In a recent episode of Knotfest‘s “She’s With The Band”, Tatiana Shmailyuk, the vocalist of Ukrainian modern metal leaders JINJER, discussed the progress of their songwriting sessions for the follow-up to their 2021 album Wallflowers.

“My purpose is just to write lyrics and sing them,” she said. “I’m so behind right now with the writing lyrics. And I warned my guys. We were at least to get a really rough draft, rough sketch or a demo of one song, like maybe first single from the new album, at least get this, but nope. [Stress and creativity don’t] work with me.

“Well, but when the deadline’s coming, and everybody knows that — I’ve been talking, like, every single time we release a new album, I say that, I say this — deadlines push me. So I just have to write, so I get this stream of consciousness, basically. I write down whatever the bulls**t is in my head. And then you build it. At least you have to have bricks to build a poem or whatever it is, just lyrics.”

Tatiana commented on the musical direction of JINJER‘s new material, saying: “It’s gonna be different, first of all, because I feel that the music differs a lot. And to my mind, the whole — I won’t say how many songs are there; I guess 12 or even 15; let’s say 13; I don’t remember — but they all have… not all of them, but half of them, at least, they have a similarity in them. They’re similar to each other or they remind me. They have this concept within — without any lyrics, they still sound like they belong to one box.

“They are a set of songs. And I already think about all the… I’m not even thinking about like the lyrics — I think about the topics and stuff, but I think about the booklet or the cover or even the music videos and what I’m gonna wear there. And it has a certain flavor to me that… I feel like it has this flavor of 19th century. It’s very romanticism from the 19th century. If you listen to it, you will think, ‘Oh.’ You know, when you listen to MUSE, you feel he was inspired by a lot of classical composers — obviously. So our new music has this flavor. And I’m so excited.”