Interview with Griffin (January 11th, 2006)

Hi, first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album. To newfans could your please fill us in on the history behind it all? 
Griffin - Well, this is an excellent opportunity to guide new listeners to our website located at www.griffin.no. Check out the biography, forum, pictures and videos.

How has your new album been received by the media?
Griffin - Mostly good, kind of like we expected. I mean, weíre not trying to invent something new here. Itís basically just a hard rock album, but a good, honest and catchy one. The ones that donít expect us to re-invent the genre, but appreciate pounding riffs and nice melodies, seem to like it very much. Journalists that like Norwegian Black Metal hate it.

I know artists donĻt like to put a label on their music - but a spaceship from outer space has just landed in your backyard, and is demanding an answer - so how would you describe your music to an alien from another galaxy?
Griffin - I would say that this album makes you want to have a good time, get wasted and fuck around.

If your music was an emotion, which one would it be?
Griffin - Frustration, maybe. Thatísí what triggers the song writing process, anyway. When I sit down with the guitar, a pen and a piece of paper, itís usually because Iím philosophizing too much over unanswered questions.

Who and what inspires you when you write a song? Walk us through the creation of a song?
Griffin - I get inspired by being with creative people, and luckily I work at a theatre, so Iím surrounded by creativity all the
time. If Iím involved in a good production, I usually write a lot. Lyrics and music are usually written at the same time, anywhere, anytime. I usually have some riffs made out in my head so that I can write lyrics no matter where I am.

Which subjects do your lyrics refer to, and who writes them? And what inspires you when you write your lyrics?
Griffin - I write about 80% of lyrics and music, and inspiration often comes from madness. Iím fascinated by the subject, and I like to dive into the world of insanity. I donít have to look far for material, because I usually carry my head on my shoulders.

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Griffin - Andy LaRocque, guitar player from King Diamond mixed and mastered the album. He did a perfect job. To him, metal is a form of art, and it was an honour just being in the same room with him. Itís the first time Iím 100% pleased with the production on one of our albums, and I have a strong feeling Iíll work with him again.

Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Griffin - I donít even remember her name right now, but she was cheap, and quite skilled. I like abstract images so that each viewer can make up their on minds on what theyíre looking at. To me the ďLIFEFORCEĒ front cover represents power and energy, but to others it may look like a cheese sandwich.

Do you have any touring plans?
Griffin - Yes, next year with a big headliner.

Letís speculate Ė you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice Ė who would be your ideal touring partners?
Griffin - King Diamond.

How do you feel about the co-operation with your label?
Griffin - There is no co-operation with our label. Are you saying that they are supposed to co-operate?

The internet is a very important source for many metal fans Ė how do you use the internet and how important is it for you and other bands?
Griffin - I use the internet for things like this, interviews and promotion. I correspond with labels and band mates through e-mail, and I read the gossip on blabbermouth.net. I donít think a band that wants to expose itself stands a chance without the use of internet.

And how do you feel about the metal scene in general at the moment?
Griffin - Well, itís quite big, isnít it? Too big, maybe. Anyone can start a label and a webzine, and thereís no quality check around. There are good bands popping up everywhere, and Iím thrilled about the fact that kids are digging the old classic stuff and learning to play guitar again.

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
Griffin - Well, lyrically, Iím fond of quite a few, like "Weightless from No Holds Barred", and "Moment of Madness" from "LIFEFORCE". I strive to be better all the time and I take the lyric writing very seriously. When it comes to music, I guess Iíll never be satisfied, and hopefully it will only get better.

Name an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your life Ö and why?
Griffin - When it comes to metal, I guess "Peace Sells" by Megadeth! At that time in my life, I had a lot of aggression in me, and Mustaineís riffs, attitude and lyrics helped me through a lot of shitty times.

Which music do you listen to at home?
Griffin - Iím hardly ever home, and when I am, my ears are too tired to put on music. But once in a while I put on some Pink Floyd. They are my all time favourite band. I check out new music in my car, and when Iím having a party, itís usually old stuff like Priest, AC/DC, etc.

Vinyl has had a small comeback lately Ė do you still prefer ďthe old soundĒ or are you a CD/DVD kind of guy?
Griffin - Oh, my vinylís and my record player burned in a fire 7 years ago, and I never bothered to get new ones. I donít care, really, and Iím a movie fanatic and collector, so I like DVDís. They last longer.

Last question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Griffin - Nah, Iím no poet, but thanx for checking us out. Hope to see you next year!

Griffin - Lifeforce

Album out on Massacre Records.

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