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TATIANA SHMAYLUK Says She "Can't Find The Inspiration To Write" For JINJER's Next Album

"There’s 99 problems that I have to solve right now – taxes, personal stuff."


For all the die-hard Jinjer fans out there, here's some news that might sting a little. In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, vocalist Tatiana Shmayluk revealed the band is putting the brakes on their next studio album.

While some might expect a creative surge inspired by life events, Shmayluk admits it's the decidedly un-metal realities of daily life that are holding things up: "I confess that I haven't started writing anything yet. I think I will suffer this year with writing lyrics. There are 99 problems that I have to solve right now – taxes, personal stuff. I honestly can’t find the inspiration to write."

The lack of inspiration due to everyday stress seems to be a double-edged sword. "You could say I'm inspired in a way," Shmayluk humorously remarks. "I could write lyrics about stress, but it's not as poetic. It kills an artist."

"I wish I had someone who could fix my problems for me, so I could only concentrate on beautiful things. While I'm sorting everything, in my head, I play 'God Am' by Alice In Chains. I play one particular line on repeat – 'world dies, I still pay taxes,'" she added.

It's not all bad news though. Since releasing Wallflowers in 2021, Jinjer has been anything but idle. They've kept busy touring with major acts like Disturbed and Bullet for My Valentine, with more on the horizon. Next month brings the release of their live album Live in Los Angeles, followed by a packed schedule that includes US dates kicking off in Milwaukee and a European/UK tour alongside Sepultura's farewell tour.

Shmayluk previously opened up to Bloodstock TV about how the war in Ukraine impacted her creativity: "It's easy for me to write about the 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, and for the victims. I really think that it's not my time to write another war song right now."

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