venerdì 25 aprile 2014

Grave Party is out today!

Tonight, at Death Disco in Athens, our friends SadDolls will release the new album Grave Party. Stay tuned for pictures and review!

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martedì 15 aprile 2014

"How I Murdered Our Love" - Interview With Luis Ullán

Luis Ullán is a deep and melodic spanish singer-songwriter.
Let's find out his love for the music...

LFdM: First of all, do you wanna introduce the concept behind your music for our readers ?
L: I guess that there is not a certain concept behind my music, because feelings can't be caged into single concepts. I write songs that start as feelings, and usually I don't try to give my songs a certain background, because I started writing music from the heart. It all happened with the first song I ever wrote; it was named "Dónde mirar" and it was the first one of my debut album. After that I learned that songs should never be "prepared" in any way before being written. They will come by themselves. And if they don't appear or they can't be finished... it means that that particular song was not something true. It's my humble opinion...

LFdM: If you should present and explain the new record to a person totally profane, having the opportunity to choose only one song which track would you pick up?
L: If I had to present and explain "How I murdered our love" to a profane... I would choose "Liars" or "Thelema". "Liars" because it is the first track of the album, it's the mixture of album every element you are going to find on it. And "Thelema" because it is the last song. If you buy a book and you go to read the ending, it will lead you to find out which things have happened before that. And I think that listening to "Thelema" has the same effect. People go to listen to the whole album just to find if it has any sense (you know, after all the screaming and that apocaliptic ending). 

LFdM: Could you tell us something about the lyrics of the album, is there a general concept running through every song?
L: Well... At first I tended to say that they had a general concept... But no. Hell no. I'm tired of trying to pretend that an album has to have a general concept behind it when it really doesn't. That was one of my biggest mistakes with "How I murdered our love". I treated that album as a masterpiece, as something magnificent... When in the end it just has 4 cool songs. Anyway... I have learned about all these things, I promise.

LFdM: What do you aim to create with your lyrics?
L: I want to express my feelings, thoughts and whatever my head is stuck at that moment. I am not trying to make the people think about anything... but to feel the things I am singing and to get to know me a little bit more. Even when cryptic, lyrics are a very precise mirror of my emotions and way of thinking.

LFdM: What are your main reference points as far as music is concerned?
L: My only reference point is music itself. 

LFdM: What’s the importance of words in a music written for the live dimension like yours ?
L: The importance of the words is only given by the person who listens. You can be listening to a song and give more credit to the lyrics or just listen to the song as a whole thing. I think that lyrics and words are overrated and many people try to express things in a very showy or overblown way... and they don't get the same result as if they had written it with another words. I say stop the drama and let your heart speak. And believe me, your heart will not talk as an old guy from the Renaissance!

LFdM: Have you ever been in Italy?
L: Indeed. I've been in Rome and Venice. And I just have to say that the first time I went there I was blown out because of the amazing landscapes, the stories that are hidden everywhere and the monuments. It was like being in an open-air museum! Hope to visit more of it soon.

LFdM: What kind of music or bands do you hear in private?
Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts. I listen to HIM, The Used, Bring Me The Horizon, James Arthur, Get Scared, Hannu Lepisto, Chiodos, 30STM, Massive Attack (actually I'm starting nowadays), Ed Sheeran, The Neighbourhood, DRUGS, William Fitzsimmons, Deaf Havana, Skrillex... And thanks to my brother Carlos I'm listening to some artists that I've never been into, like Wiz Califa, Drake and some hiphop artists that give me a new perspective about music (and some cool ideas too).

LFdM: What are your dreams now ?
L: Let's say that at this moment I am working for them to become real. Dreams are nothing without work, so I prefer to show the results of working instead living talking about things that may happen. But of course, a huge part of it is meeting you all guys. I can't wait to take my music to any place and to share some time with you all, because your support is what keeps me going.

Interview by Michela

martedì 8 aprile 2014

"I Wanna Walk All Night" - Interview with Hannu Lepisto

We are glad to introduce the world of Hannu Lepisto; Wonderful dark rock finnish songwriter...
Here’s what he say about himself..

LFdM: Hi Hannu, thank you very much for your time!

HL: Ciao Michela, thank you for asking, pleasure is all mine.

LFdM: I follow you on twitter from awhile and there was a song that captured my attention "I wanna walk all night".  I'll be sincere with you (we are, me and my friend Alessia) are big fans of HIM.

HL: Thank you. Yeah, HIM rules!  I’m very, very glad you have found my music too.. :-) Hope You liked the legendary fanzine Punk Globe’s April issue! A dream come through to be on the cover! Though a small feat. just on the upper left corner, but that don’t matter :-) and including another great interview with Jutta Gabriel... L'il plug for starters. :-)

LFdM: I love Helsinki especially during the winter’ nights... there is something to magical and mystical.

HL: I agree. I hope that I captured some of it on the video of the song ”I Wanna Walk All Night”, that captured your attention. Was filmed in various areas within a city, and most of ’em I’ve lived myself, like Kallio (hope You HIM-fans noticed something interesting there, in the video ;-), Sörnäinen and Töölö, and center, and Tuomiokirkko. Also the  ”Cathedral”, which I find very cool, mystical and inspiring - well nothing compared to Rome and Vatican.  I had the pleasure to spend a week in Trastevere, Rome a couple of years ago.  And, to me, it was so inspiring to just walk all days and go to churches etc. and the amazing Vatican area… That history, whoa! But, in Finland, especially the winter nights in countryside where ain’t city lights - that’s very inspiring and mystical. if you let your imagination run wild, I suggest to try that too. :-)

LFdM:  Tell us something about that song?

HL:  Well, the song is a good rocker with whacky bridge part. The lyrics are about the story of a relationship - the arguments, existentialism,  finding your own space, and also about being determined there will be a happy ending. Lol.  But it's a good rocker that I like to play live.  And like to vary it, sometimes play it more balladish, sometimes full steam-ahead rock. And in the recorded version there is so much going on.   But in the mix down, feels that I found a place for every instrument from accordion to banjo so that the main focus is on vocals, and my acoustic guitar, and the bass-, -electric guitars, piano and drums are in balance.  
I feel really happy that such a cool engineer mastered it - Matthew Agoglia.  He has has mastered greats like Emmy-Lou Harris, James Taylor etc...  and he put his magic in there and added the glue to hold  ”Have A Beautiful Life”- album together. I’m satisfied with the result.  And very satisfied also with the crazy video idea as well that I came up with my label.

LFdM:  Where does your sound come from? Could you describe it?

HL:  It took me awhile to find my own vocal sound, to realize it is naturally so low. So I fine-tuned and adjusted it with drinking lot of bourbon etc. and smoking like a chimney. LOL.  
Well, I don’t drink anymore. But I’ve drunk my own share of the world’s swimming pools of booze.  But honestly, my overall sound comes from hell of a mixture of influences!   As a five year old kid I was hearing Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Tom Petty, Elvis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, J.J.Cale, Hanoi Rocks etc. And goddamn, then I knew what I was gonna do when I grew up!  LOL..  And teen years added some heavy metal rock to my mix. Bands like Megadeth, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Kiss, AC/DC and also some Old School hip-hop, plus Grunge (Nirvana, Pearl Jam!!) and punk and noise (Sonic Youth!!!) era to folk to AOR, like Leonard Cohen, Phil Collins to americana to alternative country like Steve Earle etc. And I love all those.  And what I write depends, too, on the mood what kind of music I’m listening to.  But my sound and music comes mostly from those great influences.  Lyrically it's the Bible, existentialism, own and other people’s (mostly sad) stories to relate to, life threats, inequality in the world, love and death, survival, and also books from writers like Camus. Plus a few movies..  All with a good twist of (self)irony, good humor, and a die-hard rock’n’roll attitude thrown in for good measure.

LFdM:  Finland is a greatest country, what do you think about the artists who were born in this land, there were or there are someone who inspired you in particular?

HL:  Thank you. 
Yes, this is a good and safe country to live in, and for a person who likes the four seasons and winter, this is heaven. But I rather would have more summer here. Lol..  
Plenty of great artists here - and plenty still unfound in the underground.  Hanoi Rocks, Michael Monroe, Andy McCoy, Dave Lindholm, Juice Leskinen, HIM ...and my godfather’s band Esko Nummisuutarit which were very popular here in Finland in late ’70’s -
(Here are two of their tunes: their songwriting and his guitar playing inspired me the most from these great Finnish influences, maybe because I have had an honor to play and hang with him. But my main influences are from North-America and from U.K.

LFdM:  Coming back on the first question - you composed a lot of songs ... special one in your heart?

HL:  Well, right now I’m going through in my just upgraded studio my coming album’s tracks, so they tend to fill my mind.  But every song that I’ve released is very important in a way or another, so it’s so hard to choose a favorite, and they vary.  But from my  ”Run Away With Me” - EP: ”Wild Girl” & "There Is An Angel For Everyone”.   And from ”Have A Beautiful Life” album:  ”Homebound”,  ”Abuse Me To Soothe Me”,  ”I Wanna Walk All Night”,  ”Ugly Soul” and the title track, at the moment. 

LFdM:  What are you doing now?

HL:  Other than doing this interview, I’m gearslutting, just adjusting my long time dream:  a good, cool and robust pedalboard  or ”Pedaltrain Grande” ... so that my dear pedals find a safe and right place in my signal chain. And I’m about to start some decent demoing of the new songs with my co-producers and players for the next album, bassist Tuomas Kuusniemi and fantastic Aqualyra. The core team of the forthcoming album.

LFdM: Any plans for next months? gigs or something like that?

HL:  I have another interview to go and also concentrating on the forthcoming record and production stuff.   Got a lot of new equipment in and now just learning how to use all the new microphones and preamplifiers. Like Coles 4038!  Man, what a great sound when combined with Universal Audio 6176 and Neumann U87 Ai! to mention few.. I’m total gearslut and love all the gear and playing around with it to try to achieve the best possible results.  And adjusting the final acoustics for my studio. 
Thank You, Michela and Alessia - I had fun doing this. :-)  Kiitos!
Much Love from Hellsinki! 
Interview by Michela

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venerdì 4 aprile 2014

"LADY CRY" - Music Video Review

The Greek SaDoLLs aren't new to sensual videos.
To temper the expectation of their fans about the imminent release of the new album " Grave Party", (out  2 may 2014), they chose as the first music video the song " Lady Cry".
We have already enjoyed their talent with the beautiful  Johnny Cash cover "Thirteen",  that made us understand  the new melodic line of "Grave Party".
"Lady Cry " is a perfect combination of electro dark wave, keeping the attention towards 90' goth 'n' roll sound.
Eternal and obscure, the singer's voice fills the room, infusing the song of an atmosphere  at the same time dirty and romantic. Each instrument is clearly felt , the bass adds depth, while the guitars make up the discreet  use of keyboards.
Pure entertainers for a girl, who looks mesmerized the singer at the center of the room. Simple, direct, bewitching.
Like a movie by Tarantino, it doesn’t have to resort to metaphors or symbolisms that fill many videos nowadays. It  runs fast , attracts and entertains simply focusing on body language. You don't believe us ? Look for yourself! 
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