1. Hi, first off I
just want to congratulate you on your new album. To new fans could
your please fill us in on the history behind it all?
Lips - The new
Anvil album is yet another typical Anvil album. Weíve known our
direction and understand our style and kept quite true to those
roots all threw the years. Most of our newer cdís have had a great
deal of faster songs, which in our belief was our way of showing
that age is meaningless when it comes to playing fast. As time is
passing it is becoming very confining always playing in these fast
tempos. There are a multitude of other feels to explore as well as
other chord progressions and arrangement ideas. Of course being
stuck with my voice, guitar and Robbís sick drumming it will
always sound like Anvil!!!! No matter what we try to do about it.
Many people think of Anvil as one of those bands that hasnít
changed, much like Motorhead or AC DC. It would only figure as we
come from the same era, when you had to sound unique.
2. How has your new album been
received by the media?
Lips - As
it always has, mixed in a drastic way, with no middle ground.
3. I know artists are not happy to
categorize their music, but how would you describe your music to an
Lips - Traditional
heavy rock to old school heavy metal.
4. Where does your inspiration
come from, both musically and lyrically?
Lips - It
really depends on the particular song. Sometimes it starts with a
simple guitar riff, that you just start playing as soon as you plug
in your guitar, but sometimes itís a virtual study of an old piece
of music by another artist, and you do a note replacement, and adapt
just the drum track of a song. Itís an extremely difficult task to
do and not make it too obvious, but in a certain way still somehow
capture a reminiscent feeling. As far as lyrics go I play the
musical pieces for months sometimes trying to imagine what might be
an appropriate title. It can be the most difficult aspect but once
you have the title your on the way, usually a couple of hours from
5. What topics do you deal with in
your lyrics and why?
Lips - I
donít have any boundaries as far as subject matter is concerned. I
like to write about complete reality, expressing all emotions. It
mostly depends on what seems to fit the best on the musical piece
that is of paramount importance.
6. Who has produced and mixed the
album, and are you pleased with the end result?
Lips - We
have been working with Pierre Remillard and we are very happy with
his work. I just wish I could smoke cigarettes in his studio...
7. Who has done the artwork? And
how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Lips - The
artwork was done by Christoph Schinzel using our ideas. It sometimes
takes months to decide on a album title, and of course think of what
the artwork should be. In the case with "Back To Basics"
we thought the title best described the music and immediate
direction and we also thought that having a blacksmith working in a
shop would best display the idea of "Back To Basics".
Album covers are extremely important to us, however some people have
been very critical of our ideas but I still believe we have had some
of the most remarkable covers in the entire genre.
8. Do you have any touring plans?
Lips - NO?
9. How do you feel about the
co-operation with your label, and are you satisfied?
Lips - Iím
satisfied with everything really, Iím sure they have done the best
they could possibly do as I have.
10. The internet is a very
important source for many metal fans ? how do you use the internet
and how important is it for you and other bands?
Lips - I
use the internet everyday. It is the only way to communicate with
people in the music business. If you donít have access to the
internet as a band you are dead in the water.
11. How do you see the metal scene
at the moment?
Lips - Iím
completely out of touch as I donít pay attention. I extremely
rarely read magazines or go to see new bands if they happen to come
to town. I seldom listen to up to date radio stations, mostly oldies.
12. To finish things off - could
you pls. make a all-time Top 5 or sort of the 5 most important
albums in your opinion?
- Deep - Purple In
- Black Sabbath -
Masters Of Reality
- The Beatles -
- Jimi Hendrix - Are
- Scorpions - Tokyo
- UFO - Live In
Japan (with Michael Schenker)