NMP: Eric, it’s nice to talk to you again! It’s already our second interview together and I’m sure also this time you have many things to tell us. From what I could see from your latest postings on various social media accounts you seem to go through a tough period of your life lately. So first of all, how do you feel?
FL: I mentioned briefly on Facebook and Instagram in a post about weight loss that I was going through some rough times. I recently went through a breakup. So I’m dealing with the emotions of that at the moment. I’ve seen better days.
NMP: You also post many updates which come directly from the studio. Can you tell us what you’ve been working on lately?
FL: We’ve been working on new mixes of the thirteen songs available on Soundcloud. I felt I wanted to go back and adjust some things. So that’s been keeping me busy for a long time now.
NMP: What are the differences between the old and the new versions of your songs?
FL: There won’t be a big difference between the new mixes and the old ones but there are some new things such as synths, melodies, vocals and effects. I feel that these new mixes are an improvement.
NMP: You did a couple of Q&A videos lately. How important is the direct contact with people who listen to your music? Do the interaction and their feedback have an impact on your work?
FL: Having a good relationship with the fans is very important. Their support means everything. I’ve become good friends with several of them. Positive feedback is always very uplifting. It makes the hard work worth it knowing that people appreciate what you do. Especially now that I’m dealing with a recent breakup. The fact that people enjoy my music is comforting in a way.
NMP: When you think about the future, what are your next plans for Foghorn Lonesome?
FL: The new mixes will be done in a couple of weeks and will be available for streaming and download. I’m still trying to get a band together. The goal is to play live but without other people it won’t be possible. I have some photoshoots planned for some promotional pictures and there might be new music video coming in the future. I plan on making some videos later about various things too. I will also be contacting record labels to see if there’s any interest in taking things further. I’ve had some offers already. The music industry is in bad shape these days. So we will see what happens. Foghorn Lonesome is just me. I do everything myself and I try to make things happen as quickly as I can but there are limitations to what I can do. Hopefully 2016 with be a good year for Foghorn Lonesome.
It’s time for some power! To be detailed – it’s time for some Finnish rock power!
We know that many of our readers are fans of Finnish rock music. For those of you we have a very special band presentation today.
Pasi Sahla (vocals), Matti Sahla (guitar), Roni Lehtonen (guitar), Pasi Vuohijoki (guitar), Antti Sahla (bass) and Klaus Rintala (drums) are STATE OF EMERGENCY.
This kick-ass rock band which was founded back in 2004 is based in Turku (Finland) and has its origin in the woods of Pöytyä. The guys consider the stage their natural habitat – people who have seen their passionate and powerful live shows will only confirm these words to be true.
The band members claim that ” SOE knows what the audience wants and they do deliver it 100%“.
Enough words now, it’s time to let the music talk!
“Feel The Rain” – the first official music video
“Touch Of The First Snow” – live
Their first EP “Freezing Nights and Rainy Days” is out now on Spotify, iTunes and GooglePlay!
Foghorn Lonesome from Stockholm, Sweden is a one-man band looking for band members in the same area.
The music is a mixture of synth, darkwave, goth and more. Female singer, bass player, keyboard player wanted.
The goal is to eventually play live.
Contact “email@example.com” for more information.
This will also be a nice chance for European fans to hear the band’s new single “Tell Me” in a powerful live version.
If you’d like to know a bit more about the band, take a look at the interview we did with them a while ago -> “SWEDISH BAND “REACH” – REACHING OUT FOR THE WORLD”
Bogotá (Colombia) – based rock band DANTE come up with some good news for their followers – a couple of new releases are on the way!
But before we talk about details, let’s go back to the roots (for the ones who don’t know this band yet).
The band consists of 5 members: Kami (vocals), Gonzo (guitar), Alexx (guitar), Carlos (bass) and GG (drums).
Everything started when a couple of high school buddies who were crazy about old school rock n roll, comic books and Finnish/Scandinavian bands realized how tired they were of what they saw on MTV and heard on the radio. So they simply decided to create their own version of everything they liked. The result of this plan was “something visual, chaotic, artistic, grotesque & beautiful”. In 2008 they put up first demos which soon got attention from people outside Colombia. Their home town Bogota has always had a very important impact on their music style.
Singer Kami: “A lot of people who don’t know much about our country usually think it’s all palm trees and sandy beaches but Bogota ain’t like that. First off, it doesn’t have a beach and it’s really high up in altitude which makes it a somewhat cold weather city. It’s more like Seattle, dark and rainy and cold. I think it’s been relevant to our sound, the influence of the city. It’s very new yorkish in some areas but New York kinda like in the 70’s with that gritty look”.
Recently they’ve been working on the second studio album “Gunblade Blues”, which has the aim to capture the band’s wild live-energy.
Here’s a lil’ preview of the upcoming music:
“We recorded everything that has influenced us from rockabilly to an 8 minute epic song with lightning in the background and much more. It’s basically an album that takes you on an adventure done old school style. We’re doing a piece of artistic venture for each one of the songs, including different types of videos & hopefully by the last quarter of the year a comic book on our website that goes with one of the songs.”
The album will be released in three triplets throughout the year. In this way, DANTE wants to give every single song an opportunity. By the end of the year they might release a Vinyl with everything they have recorded so far (some special tracks included).
Southern Italy’s Gothic-Rock sensation The Strigas have just released their new single and video “Sweet Bitterness”, extracted from their outstanding debut album
“A Poisoned Kiss To Reality” which has been published last February (SBR/Scarlet Records).
The video was directed, produced and edited by Vdpictures Video & Photo Productions (Matteo vDiva Fabbiani & Chiara Cerami) who have already worked with well-known artists like Hell Boulevard or Lord Of The Lost).
They found an impressing way to present The Strigas in a new style – dark, energetic, stirring and most of all intense.
The idea behind this video is to find a way of expressing the dichtomies love/hate, life/death, good/bad.
“Sweet Bitterness is our shout of refusal against narrowness of mind, it’s our creed. It’s one of the most personal songs of the empire album. I wrote it thinking about the importance of individuality in a reality that obliges a belonging to a group or to a predetermined mentality”, explains vocalist Fabio.
After finishing their first tour this year (read a live report of their tour stop in Vienna), they are planning to start a new tour through several European cities in 2015.
LUNA RISE – in Austria’s music scene this name is no longer an unknown quantity since a long time. Three years ago the 5 guys from Upper Austria released their first music video Dead Alley which was the starting shot for a successful journey. Now they are ready to spread their brand new video with the promising title “Valentine” all over the planet.
What they promise about the video is: “fire, horsepower and a lot of passion”.
In order to receive a better impression about what is expecting us, we were asking lead singer Chris about the video shoot and the band’s next steps.
Chris: “The wait is almost over and we finally have something new for you out there! I am super excited about it! The videoshoot was very intense, challenging and fun. We had such a great team and a superb model/actress. It’s the first song of our upcoming album, so there’s still so much more to come!
We’ve been working hard on all the new stuff for quite a while. Now it’s such a good feeling to see the light at the end of the tunnel!
But for now – be prepared for our musicvideo being released end of November! It’s going to be like good sex: hot, emotional, loud… (and lasting about 4 minutes, haha :D)”
The song and video will be presented at a special release party in Linz on the 28th of November 2014.
The band’s long-awaited debut album “Dark Days & Bright Nights” is planned to be released on the 20th of March 2015.
It will contain fine melodic rock with a mysterious touch.