One of Sweden's most distinguished and skilled guitarists and song writers, Robert Pehrsson is back again in the spotlight with the "Out of the Dark" album of his solo outing Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker. Perhsson has been a member of several bands, such as Runemagick, Thunder Express, Death Breath, Dundertåget, Imperial State Electric, Slingblade and Dagger, a proof of his diversity as a musician. Even if it's just rock or death metal, Pehrsson demonstrates with delicacy and finesse all his passion for guitar driven music. Myth of Rock had the chance to speak with Pehrsson a few days ago, and you can read our discussion right below.

by Antonis Mantzavinos

Hello Robert, I hope all is well with you. The new album is absolutely great and I can’t wait to see you playing live the new and old songs of course. Tell us a few things about the writing process, your inspirations, the people who have contributed, etc.

Thank you! I went to my studio and wrote every day for about 6 weeks. I was very focused and it was a lot of fun. Joseph Tholl, Andreas Axelsson and Tobias Egge also contributed to the writing. I always like to have more people writing, it keeps things more interesting. But I wrote the major part of the material as usual. I get a lot of inspiration from life itself. Also books and movies and of course music. But mainly from just living life and everything that comes with that.

You have always been busy with different bands, projects etc. How do you manage being so active in terms of time and availability? Do you have a full or part time job?

I have worked a part time job for the last 12 years. I wish I had more time, to be honest. It's really hard to make a living only playing music so I have to work also, so that eats up a lot of time that I rather spent making more music. I basically spend all my free time on music and not much else. it's the only way to get the things done that I want to accomplish.

Tell us a few things about this awesome album cover, the story behind and how did you come up with that awesome idea.

I wanted this sort of album cover since the first album. A painting, like Rainbow Rising or Dio - Holy Diver, that sort of thing. But I could not afford to have one painted for me. But then last year when I was searching online I found this amazing painting by John Martin from 1851. It's titled "The Great Day of His Wrath" and it's basically a painting of the apocalypse. I contacted the owners of the painting and bought the rights to use it as my album cover. Since it was over a hundred years ago John Martin passed away the work is public domain, so I could use it. It's an amazing work of art and I'm thrilled about how it turned out!

I know that you have your own studio for a few years and this must be really convenient, logistics wise but only that. Please give us some info about that, how did you start it, the various other bands that come and record or rehearse there, etc.

I always wanted a studio because I was always really interested in recording, mixing and engineering. So I have put all the money that I have earned from my bands into developing my own place. At first, I mostly did my own music and close friends' music in the studio, but now I do it commercially and it's open for anyone who wants to record here or have me mix their music. At the moment I'm doing the studio full time, so it's my job and I love it. I have recorded and mixed a lot of bands since I opened the doors. Check it out if you are interested (www.studiohumbucker.se).

Let’s take a step back in time, how was the time while playing with Dundertåget/Thunder Express with Strängen, one of my all-time favorite artists who was so sadly gone?

Me and Robert goes all the way back since childhood. We grew up together and were friends long before we started to play in the same band. We moved from our small home town to the big city and started playing in bands. I was only like 19 years old. I remember all the times we had together fondly and I miss him dearly. It's a tragedy that he is no longer here with us.

Are there any plans for a new record with Death Breath? Would you like to make another death metal album with Nicke Andersson?

There is actually a new album already recorded. Me and Nicke recorded it a long time ago, we just haven't got around to finish it and have it released. But we will eventually when we have the time and it feels right!

Which artists are your biggest inspirations since you were a teenager? Which artists you grew up with and how they have affected you as a song writer?

It's the usual hard rock bands for someone of my generation. Kiss, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Accept, Metallica, Motörhead, Thin Lizzy and such. This was how it started and what ignited the flame to start playing the guitar myself. I have since broadened my taste in music quite a lot and have all kinds of influences from many different bands. I have never quit listening to all the bands I grew up with though, I have just largened my music library.

Which one of the two is more enjoyable for you, singing or guitar playing, and why?

Without a doubt, it's playing guitar. Singing is really hard and it doesn't come as natural for me as playing the guitar does.

How do you explain the fact that so many Swedish artists are involved in so many bands and projects at the same time?

I think it's because Sweden is a small country. You get to be friends with a lot of people and have a lot of stuff in common. So a lot of the bands are based on friends playing music together.

Do you have any plans for gigs at the moment with the Humbucker?

I have a booking agency and they are scouting to see if there is any interest in Humbucker. It's up to the promotors and the people, if there is no demand then we can't play. I, of course, hope there is because I want to get out there and play our new music!

Do you listen to any new hard rock/metal bands at the moment?

The only metal band I can think of is Mastodon. I really like them and I think they just get better for each album. My friend Andreas Axelsson sent me a couple of tracks with his new band Sweet Teeth and it blew me away so I have been listening to that a lot lately.

Would you like to play in Greece at any time in the future? Any special message to the Greek fans?

I love your country. I have never played there, but I have been there on vacation 5 times. It's my favorite place to go on vacation. The food is awesome and the people are very nice and chill! I very much would like to come and play there!

Thank you very much Robert for your time, I appreciate that. Hope to see you soon playing live with your band! Skål

 

 

In a time that you find less and less melody in music, comes Leah and her ethereal music to bring everything upside down. Leah lies there, where metal and chill out music meet. Please welcome the "metal Enya" and listen to her Celtic fantasy metal songs! Her latest album, "The Quest", is a masterpiece and Myth of Rock is here to spread the news. We spoke with her and you can read all her sayings right below. The "Leah" chapter is a very interesting, an exciting part of the book of contemporary heavy metal. Enjoy!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos - Sylvia Crystal 

How did you decide to begin your career as a solo artist?

It's a bit of a backwards story as I didn't record my first album until after I was married and settled down with kids. Not very typical of me! I've been a songwriter since I was about 13-14 years old, though.

Your music is described as “Celtic Fantasy Metal”. Do you agree with this definition?

Yes, I think that describes it generally. Sometimes it's less metal, but even hardcore metal fans tell me they still want to listen to it when they're in more of a chill mood.

Why people should listen to your music?

If someone is looking to feel like they're in an otherworldly place, transported to another era full of magic, ethereal beings, and beautiful landscapes, I think they'll like this music.

How do you react, when people say that you are “the metal Enya” and your music is “chill out music for metalheads”?

I think it's cool! I usually embrace the terms fans come up with - it gives me insight into the music I didn't objectively have.

What does inspire you to compose your songs? Which artists/bands are your “music heroes”?

Inspiration often comes from places I've been, photos, and fantasy films and TV shows. I tend to bank it all up and then it comes out one day while I'm doing something mundane like doing the dishes. I have many music heroes, spanning across different genres, from The Doors, to The Tea Party, Sarah McLauchlan, Loreena McKennitt, to Symphony X, Dream Theater, Within Temptation, and many more.

Your unique voice is so warm and ethereal but also with a rock color at the same time. What do you feel every time you sing?

Thank you. I'm usually focused on the emotion of the song and lyric. I try to stop thinking about technique when I record and let it flow.

Give us all the details about “The Quest” album: when did you compose the songs, where did you record them, who did the production, who did the mixing and the mastering?

I composed the songs over 2 years, basically writing and recording them one by one, and adding all the final vocals at the very end. I composed and did all the pre-production from my home studio, and Oliver Philipps was the producer. He also did all the orchestration and we collaborated on the arrangements. Jacob Hansen did the mixing and mastering.

You have an impressive amount of great musicians contributing in your new album – Troy Donockley, Barend Courbois, Timo Somers, Sander Zoer and Chen Balbus. How did it come and you collaborated with them?

I asked! :) Most of all these introductions came by way of mutual friends or acquaintances.

Where would you trace the differences between “The Quest” and your previous recordings?

"The Quest" became its own animal and I decided to not try and fit into any mold. That meant accepting that it may not be as heavy as my previous album and just be ok with that.  The recording process was really different in that Oliver and I worked very closely and he's much more picky than I am, which is a good thing in many ways, but it made for a much longer process.

Which is your favorite song from your new album and why?

It changes depending on my mood, but I do love "The Quest"! Also "Ghost Upon a Throne" has nostalgic ties for me.

I believe that “The Quest” is such a good album that you will surely have a big success. Do you agree with me?

I hope so! We will see.

Why are you not a touring artist? Are you planning to tour one day or do you prefer to be a studio musician?

Mainly because I have a big family and the logistics never made sense for me. For now I'm a recording artist, but definitely, have the itch to tour one day. I'm also doing things backwards in that many artists tour when they're first getting started as a way to promote and get their name out there. Instead, I'm building my following online around the world first, so there will hopefully be demand for a tour.

How are you in your personal life? Are you the romantic fairy or the badass rock woman?

I'm more like a romantic fairy badass businesswoman.

You are the composer of your songs. How do you feel when you are composing your songs and which are your feelings, when you listen to them, after the mixing/mastering is done?

It's always magical when I get mixes back - it sounds so different! Always better. Mastering takes it to a whole new level once again. It's like waxing a sports car. It's good without it, but it doesn't really shine until after the treatment. 

What about the lyrics? Do you write the words of your songs? Where do they refer to?

Yes, I write all the lyrics. Sometimes I have no idea what they are about, as some of my songs "write themselves" - so maybe they come from my subconscious. Other times, I do research in Wikipedia on a topic, like in the song Heir - I was researching Scotland's national animal in Wikipedia, which happens to be a unicorn. So that's where that song got its inspiration.

Are you a person who is always inspired or do you sometimes need a boost to get inspiration?

Inspiration is something you have to tap into. It's there but is easily ignored. I find when I am open all kinds of ideas are already there, lying dormant. So I keep my phone nearby and sing into my voice memo app as soon as something comes to me.

Which are your hobbies? I am sure that you read fantasy books and watch fantasy movies!

I don't have a lot of time for novels these days, but I do love fantasy TV series and movies like Outlander, The Hobbit, and so forth. I'm often working on my music, so I consider that my hobby, and when I have time, I do like crafty things like chainmaille and sewing.

You had collaborated with Eric Peterson in the past. Describe to us how this collaboration was. Is there any chance of collaborating with Eric in the future?

Yes, that song was quite spontaneous and we often talk of doing more. I recently sang on his new Dragonlord record, you'll find my voice on several tracks including choirs and solo parts, such as in the song "Love of The Damned".

You are in Inner Wound Records. Are you satisfied with your record label?

Yes, we've been working together for the past several years. It's a different kind of partnership than most, in that I retain my independent status, which I love. It's great to have people on your side that truly care about you in this business.

Which are your plans for the future?

Definitely more music! I'd like to do a non-metal fantasy album, and then another heavier album again. Let's see what happens!

Leah, thank you very much!

Thank you!

 

 

It is been quite a time since Virgin Steele has released a very successful full-length album, commercially speaking, but the legendary American band is always here with us, alive, releasing new music and playing live! Virgin Steele belongs to the classic metal groups and its every move is great news for all of us. David DeFeis and company are in the spotlight again, as they are re-issuing their first two studio albums, "Virgin Steele I" (1982) and "Virgin Steele 2/Guardians of the Flame" (1983), and are releasing a 35th-Anniversary box set ("Seven Devils Moonshine", which will contain three new albums!) on November 23, 2018. Myth of Rock immediately thought it was a great opportunity to speak with the band's singer and mastermind, David DeFeis, who accepted our invitation and answered all our questions - we talked about the past, the present, the future, and everything related to Virgin Steele. So, ladies and gentlemen, hats off to David DeFeis and Virgin Steele!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos


The first two albums of Virgin Steele are being reissued by No Remorse Records. Why did you decide to re-release these albums? How did you come in contact with No Remorse Records?

In truth I actually had no intention of re-issuing those two albums at this time. It was not at all on my mind because I have been so involved and still am involved in lots of new music. I was approached by No Remorse Records who inquired if it might be possible to re-issue them…I was at first not that interested because as I stated I already had so much on my plate, but we started to speak and had several very nice conversations and fairly quickly came to an agreement and now…here we are…all is ready to go and they have done a beautiful job!

Are you the one who decided about the remixes and the bonus tracks of these two re-releases?

Yes, I handled all of that as I always do.

What do you recall from the first days of Virgin Steele?

Everything! My memory is intact. I recall how we all met, the first rehearsals, the recording sessions…the first concerts…all of it. It was quite an amazing time. We were very inspired and we exploded and we went for it and quickly became very well known in our immediate area and then in what seemed like no time at all we had serious interest from people all around the world. We pressed up the first album and I sold it from the trunk of my car and before that first pressing was sold out we had two record deals, one with Mongol Horde in the States and one in England with Music For Nations. In fact we were MFN 1 the very first release on this new label that soon acquired W.A.S.P., Mercyful Fate, Ratt, Manowar and tons of other wonderful metal bands.

Please describe us how you became the singer of Virgin Steele.

A long curly haired drummer named Joey Ayvazian, and a guitarist named Jack Starr were rehearsing together and trying to get something serious going, while at the same time I was playing in various groups with a bass player named Joe O’Reilly, when one day I saw an advertisement in a local music paper stating that some metal musicians were searching for a singer and there was some kind of tour planned. Excited and intrigued … I answered the ad … met with Joey and we arranged to meet up for a jam at a nearby rehearsal studio the next day. I arrived on time ready to rip, but there was nothing scheduled for us as Jack had forgotten to book the time. I was still very gung-ho, so I suggested that he and Jack come back to my house where I had all my gear set up, to afford them the opportunity to hear my singing and keyboard playing. I played three songs for them, “No Quarter', by Led Zeppelin, “Child In Time”, by Deep Purple and “Catch the Rainbow”, by Rainbow. They liked what they heard and asked me to join the band then and there. While I was flattered and interested, remember … I had not yet had the opportunity to hear them play. So … I suggested that we actually all jam together first to see if we could spark, and Jack did set up a jam … but when I arrived at the studio for this second attempt … Joey the drummer I had met and kind of bonded with, wasn’t on the kit! I thought … hmmm … ”strange” … Some other guy was there on drums and there was also another guitar player present who sang … We played and it was sort of nice … but I wasn’t really into the drummer or the bass player, or having another singer around, plus I wanted to hear Joey play because we had clicked and I liked him very much as a person … I said to Jack, “hey I like what you’re doing but I want to hear the drummer I met and I have a great bass player who would be perfect for this” … he said, “OK great, let’s arrange for another jam”, and finally Jack, Joey, Joe “O”, and I all did jam together a day or so later. And so the two factions finally assembled and we clicked musically right away. We rehearsed for about three weeks and entered the studio to record what became “Virgin Steele I”. The album was recorded mostly live in the studio, and the entire production cost about $ 1,000 dollars and took maybe about a week to record and mix.

How was your cooperation with guitarist Jack Starr?

Back in those days it was fine. We all got along pretty well most of the time. Now and then we had the usual occasional disagreements but nothing major.

How do you see now the first two Virgin Steele albums? Do you like them? How much have you progressed since then, as a band and as a musician?

I see them as essays in the craft before it was fully sown…wild, passionate raw performances with some very cool songs. I love them…I love all the albums for different reasons. The group has progressed enormously since those days in so many areas, and I as a musician, composer, etc. have added many more strings to my bow. Especially as a writer/composer that is where my main strengths are.

How would you define the music of “Virgin Steele I” and “Virgin Steele II”?

At the time we called it metal, power metal, crazy metal … it was also called progressive metal … some of it was bluesy metal or hard rock … some of it was on the epic side … some had early “symphonic” touches.

Which is your favorite track of “Virgin Steele I” and your favorite track of “Virgin Steele II”?

On “Virgin Steele I” I think I enjoy “Danger Zone”, “Living in Sin”, “Children of the Storm” and the song “Virgin Steele”. On “Virgin Steele II” … I enjoy “Don’t Say Goodbye”, “A Cry in the Night”, and perhaps also “Guardians of the Flame” the most. I remember listening to the playback of the final mixes in the studio and being completely amazed at the sound and the fact that we had captured this grandiose epic quality and distilled all of our various personalities into these tracks.

If you could turn back time, what would you do differently as far as these first two albums are concerned?

I might want to spend more time recording and mixing because I always want that!

How much different were things for heavy metal music back in the beginning of the 80s? Are you satisfied with the current condition of Virgin Steele?

It was a more wide-open time…the scene was actively more engaging and alive. There actually was a music business, a photography business and all the peripheral things that go along with making music, making records … etc. If you are asking me “am I satisfied with where Virgin Steele is at creatively and musically speaking”, then the answer is a most resounding “yes I am”. I think the songs have gotten stronger and stronger over the years and the core chemistry is more intuitive than ever before, and we have managed to capture more and more of the passion, the raw emotion of our lives in sound … The albums we make reflect the sound of our living world if you will…

Three years have passed since the release of your latest studio album (“Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation”). Have you written any new material? If yes, how does it sound? When should we expect your new full-length studio album?

Always … I continually have numerous albums in the works and in various stages of completion. I am always writing and we are always recording. We will be releasing a box set in November that in addition to containing the last two re-issues, will feature three discs of new material in various styles from aggressive barbaric-romantic metal to epic gothic bluesy metal to stripped down orchestral type recordings … all sorts of stuff, because it is a box set and for such an item I think one should go deep and occasionally provide some left hand path type material. Our last album contained twenty nine songs, and every re-issue we have unleashed has contained new music, therefore we weren’t in too great a rush to release something immediately following that last album. We wanted people to get to know the material we had already put out first, before releasing more new material.

Give us the details about the two videos you recently released for the songs “When Dusk Fell” and “Black Light On Black”.

What do you wish to know? They are both from the re-mixed version of our “Visions of Eden” album and they were both filmed on Long Island where we live. A lot of footage was done in the cold, cold winter and some of it was filmed in a nearby cemetery. We tried to infuse the clips with the emotions of the songs and show something of our beliefs, our personalities, and what our life is like here.

If you had to choose between being a romantic and being a barbarian, what would you prefer to be, and why?

Some days some nights … some moments I feel more barbaric than romantic and at other times quite the opposite … it all depends on how I am motivated by the stimuli around me. In my day-to-day life in dealing with people, places and things that I would prefer to not have to deal with, I tend to push the barbaric side of my nature to the fore … but among friends and people I care about deeply I try to more … “romantic”…

If you could travel in time, which period of history would you choose?

I do have a special affinity for 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, but I don’t think I would want to remain there too long as I would probably be condemned as a witch … Perhaps the earliest recorded days of the human race would be interesting … Ancient Babylon … Sumeria … or certainly Ancient Greece … when the Gods & Goddesses were all quite young or not yet born … when the Titans still reigned …

What do you think of modern metal? Do you like any modern metal bands?

There are some wonderful musicians out there doing metal these days, but to be honest I don’t really follow too much of it. Occasionally certain bands get brought to my attention and I always listen and I usually enjoy it … there is always so much to discover or re-discover as the case may be.

If Jack Starr asked you to come back to the band, which would be your reaction?

I have a very strong special chemistry with Edward Pursino that is still inspiring and we barely have enough time to do all the things we want to do together. That’s not to say that I have any issues with Jack. I wish him well in all that he is doing and who knows, as far as maybe a track or something like that happening down the road I suppose that is always possible, but nothing like that is on my mind at this time. We are already working on the next two new “concept type” albums and have been tracking guitars for days now … and there is still much to do in order to complete them for release sometime next year.

Which are your plans for the future? What about a tour?

The immediate future will bring forth the five disc box set in November and then work on these two new full-length “concept” type albums that we have already begun and of which I started speaking about above, and yes … live shows.

A message to your Greek fans!

Certainly!!! CHEERS FRIENDS!!! BY THE GODS & GODDESSES to you ALL!!! We have missed you! We do hope to visit the Home Of The Gods & Goddesses once again very soon. You will always hold a hugely special place in our Hearts…ETHARISTO POLI to YOU ALL!

Thank you very much, Mr. DeFeis.

Hail and all the very best to you and to your readers always.


 

A historic band from France, Seyminhol is one of melodic metal's most enjoyable sensations. But the band's music isn't only melodic, since you can find several elements in its songs, for example progressive metal and symphonic music elements. Without a doubt, Seyminhol's latest album, "Ophelian Fields" (2018), was an impressive piece of art, which shows that the French guys are in perfect shape. Some months after the record release, Myth of Rock came in contact with the band and Nico (guitars,keyboards) answered our questions. Below you can read this interesting chat, but don't miss listening to Seyminhol music, in any case - they really deserve it!

Dimitris Zacharopoulos

Give us a short biography of Seyminhol.

Well, a short biography isn’t really possible because the band is very old! At the beginning, at the end of the darkened days of the eighties, Chris and Eric (our fist guitarist) decides to make a group. And, three years later, I became the new singer of the crew. During three years again we played music, band cover and we worked on our instruments. At the end of 1995, we decided to make our first MCD. It was “Thunder in the dark”. Two short albums have been created in the nineties. And our first album was born in 2002. After that, a second opus arrived and our style was a mixture of power, epic, progressive and symphonic metal. It was the time of “Viking theme”.  I think the change of atmosphere on “Ov Asylum” has been the arrival of another conception of our music. At the end of this offering – it was really a kind of musical sacrifice – we decided to stop the machine. It was important for us, for the creation, the evolution and the future of the band. Five years later, our new album “The wayward son” gave the sense of our new vision. It was a good example of traditions, bombastic inspiration and progressive views we had of the band. Now “Ophelian Fields” is a mix of all our influences. A sane and profitable reflexion about the road that we wanted to use.  And, of course, it isn’t the end of our evolution. It’s just a step, a new level in our particular career.

What does “Seyminhol” mean and why did you decide to have this band name?

It’s not a fictive name. The base of this choice was our interest for the culture, arts and traditions of the Indians. The true orthography is “SEMINOLE”, the name of tribe from Florida in the south of America. You can find the link with this name on our MCD « Indian spirit ». We will propose a special song about that in few months. It will be the roots of our band, a return to the genuine seed. We will sing in French and we’ll use traditional instruments and strange noises.

I didn’t know Seyminhol, until I listened to the song “Behind the Mask”. Do you believe that with “Ophelian Fields” and your next albums you will manage to get more known outside France?

I don’t’ know. It’s not my aim! It’s very important to have the opportunity to offer his music all around the world but we aren’t professional musicians. We work, we have family and we aren’t enough young to realize the conquest of new territories. Maybe in another life or after death when our albums will become famous!

How do you see now your latest album, “Ophelian Fields”, some months after its official release?

I’m always plenty satisfied with this album. It’s a new face of the band.  But I hope it wasn’t too complicated for the fans. We like to have a different approach of the music and sometimes this manner to proceed isn’t evident.

Although your sound is progressive and complex, I liked your songs pretty soon, after the first listen. How difficult is it for you to have a complex but catchy sound at the same time?

We don’t create the music with an established idea. We just search the emotion and a kind of color. After that, two or three listen are the norm to understand our universe. The progressive rock must be listenable if the inner sense is pure. When the creation is guided by a true meaning. It’s just a question of sensitive perception.

Can you give us the details behind the concept of “Ophelian Fields”?

"Ophelian Fields" is the rest of the “Wayward son” album. It is based on Hamlet of Shakespeare but he is more different because we speak about the character of Ophelia. It’s the lover of Hamlet, a kind of lunar figure that appears as a sensitive person. I wanted to work about it and to propose a new vision of the tragedy. I think that the music and the entire atmosphere will be perceived like an evolution. Ophelia is a Mother Nature, a sort of good sorceress, the girl of the river. She can explain the own folly of Hamlet. She is a tutelary figure, maybe the true hero of this dramatic story. This new album describes all the state of this young person: the drama that she incarnates, the tensions that she creates.

How would you describe the music style of Seyminhol?

We don’t play always the same style. Our influences are very large. It’s a specter that is defined by our own story, our personal way and choices. Of course, the base of the music is the power metal and the progressive rock but the black metal, the gothic rock, the hard rock are important too in the process of creation.  Actually, we play a strange progressive rock with a touch of anger and distress.

Who is responsible for Seyminhol music and lyrics?

The lyrics are my job ; the music, the vision of Nico. Although, we work together on the atmosphere, the upper theme of the concept and the sounds.

Did you play live shows for the promotion of “Ophelian Fields”? What do you remember from these live shows?

Of course but I want to be honest with you. I dislike the shows. It’s a question of time, of preparation. We cannot be on the top because we make music inside a strange movement. This movement is split between our professional work and our work of musician. Often, we discover some band during these shows and often the members are very special. It’s a business attitude or maybe just the attitude of the human race.

Have you started composing for your next album? If yes, how does this material sound, until now? Do you know if this is going to be a concept album again?

Yes, we are working on the new material. It will be a concept, a very ambitious concept based on the history of the second part of the twentieth century. The point of this story takes her source during the Second World War in Germany. We will follow the step of an adopted child called Tessmann. We will lulled by the amazing adventures of this guy.

Have you decided, at which studio you will record the new album, who will be the producer and who will do the mixing and the mastering?

We work on our home studio. The production is our matter. No big name, no big project because money is the key. And, of course, we don’t have money.

Where do you get inspiration from? Which are your music influences?

The history and the literary are the two legs of our corps. And our heads can eat all the music of the world. It’s just a question of taste and of beauty. The rock music and its by-products are not the Holy Grail! We adore the movies music, the tribal music, the classical tender and the soul music.

Which is your favorite concept album of all times and why?

It’s a difficult question. As for me I think the theme of the Carmina Burana is the most sober, dark and reflective creation of the twentieth century. It’s really grand and grandiloquent. An excellent vision of the human being, of the seasons of the life, of the time that goes by and of the idea of disappearance. I like the bones because the bones are all the same: there are no kings, there are no beggars. Just a pile of skulls, of ulna and of humeruses! And if I can speak about a modern concept, without hesitation I will say “Metropolis part II”, Dream Theater or, maybe,  “666” by the Aphrodite’s Child. “The Four Horsemen” Is an incredible song.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Shakespeare, for all the ideas that I developed higher in this interview and E. Cioran for his skepticism, his capacity to speak about the ephemeral characters of the life and the poignant of the existence. It’s an amazing mind, very biting and with the hard-hitting humor.

How are things for heavy metal in France?

Nothing. An awful pile of disillusion and shit.

Seyminhol is signed to Lion Music Records. Are you satisfied with Lion Music’s work until now?

Yes, the head manager of this label is a true realistic person. The results are positive for the band and for the fans.

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As a result of the financial crisis in Greece, many young people are seeking something better in foreign lands. This may also happen in the world of music - there are Greek bands which are moving abroad, in order to have a better luck and more chances in their career. One of these bands is 7he 7ouch, who moved to London, England, to pursue their dreams. I incidentally came across the band's music video for the song "Solution" and I was really blown away! So, it was a matter of time to conduct an interview with 7he 7ouch, who announced these days the official release of their debut EP, "SEVENTYSEVEN". The band answered gladly all Myth of Rock's questions and I am sure you will find the following chat very interesting. Let's go!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos 


   

When and how were 7he 7ouch formed?

Everything first started back in 2012 when two different childhood friendships; [Constantine (vocals), Stelios (guitar) and John (guitar), Toni (bass), Apostolis (drums)]  got together for a jam in the studio as John and Constantine were working on some new ideas and needed to jam on then in the studio. We really enjoyed ourselves being together and this is how 7he 7ouch were formed. It was the need to escape from our daily routines and the lust to create new music/sounds. Later the same year and due to the financial crisis in our country, Apostolis decided to take another direction in his life and moved to Canada in 2013. After several years of seeking for the right fit to fill for Apostolis shoes, we met Dave and we officially reformed 7he 7ouch.

Why did you decide to move to London?

It was back in the fall of 2014. Greece wasn’t at the best place back in the day and music in Greece as well. We decided that we wanted to take a leap and start a career in London and then we did it.

How much difficult was it for you to leave Greece and settle down in England?

Every new beginning has its difficulties and obstacles to overcome. The first days were tough but we learned from it. The most important thing was that we had each other.

How are things for rock bands in England nowadays? Which are the differences between the situation in England and the situation in Greece?

Rock is the SOUND in England. Let’s not forget that UK is the mainland of rock music, see The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Motörhead and you know the list goes on and on. There is a lot of activity here, everybody is a music enthusiast and rock music is a big part of the English culture. The competition (always talking about a friendly competition) is very high and this can only make you be better every day. We think Greece has some great bands and musicians, even though the music industry is focused on different genres there are some great bands starting coming to prominence and tour globally. It is very much harder for a band based in Greece to succeed and have an international career in comparison to many English based bands, as the industry here is very much developed and focuses and invests on the artists.

If a young Greek musician asked you if he/she should leave Greece and move to England in order to become a professional musician, what would you suggest to him?

We would suggest them to follow their heart and do what they love. Focus on your goals and never let it slide away.

Which are your releases until now? Give us all the details about your upcoming EP release.

We have just announced the release of our debut EP for October 29th. It will be called “SEVENTYSEVEN”. “Solution” is the first single we released on the 9th of July. All we can say is that we are very proud of it. It sounds BIG, it is melodic and heavy at the same time. We can’t wait to share it with you.

How would you describe your music? Can we define it as alternative hard rock?

We are not big fans of putting titles to our music. It can be alternative and it can be hard-hitting rock ‘n roll at times but 7he 7ouch is something more than this. You can definitely say that we are a rock band but at the same time, there are a lot more elements that can be put into the mix. We all have different influences and this sometimes can work great and bring something refreshing to the sound.

You have played a lot of live shows until now. How much and in which way have these live gigs helped the band?

You can only improve and get better by playing live. We‘ve had a lot of shows over the years and this made each of us better at their instrument and of course, it made the band sound tighter. The more a band can play live the better. At the end of the day, this is what it is all about. Playing live music.

Who are the main composers in 7he 7ouch? Which are your music influences?

Mainly most of our ideas are usually coming from Constantine and John and then we are all gathering and working on the development of them. Regarding our influences, we all differ in taste and preferences but we definitely complete each other. Everyone in the band is, of course, listening any piece of music and artist that is sounding right but we all have our favorite eras like most of the people. John and Toni are more excited about the beginning of rock n’ roll and how the sound of it gradually became harder and harder. John is a 60's and 70's rock, blues and heavy metal admirer. Toni is absolutely an 80's freak. Constantine and Stelios are definitely kids of the 90's and 2000's with many nu-metal influences and still exploring the newest genres for new sounds. Dave is the only one that actually studied music so he has a greater opinion of the music genre spectrum and also loves hip-hop and rap music.

Which elements are the most significant for you: melody, energy, passion, feeling?

It all comes together. You can’t have a melody without the energy to deliver it. You can’t have energy if you are not feeling passionate about something. And to be able to do all the above that requires from your inner self be able to have feelings.

Who is the lyrics writer? Where do the lyrics refer to?

Constantine and John are the main lyricists and the theme can vary. We are considering ourselves as very concerned and sensitive humans about the world and the people surrounding us. It can be political, it can be love, it can be everything. Everything that we see and go through our everyday life it all reflects to us.

Do you prefer to produce your own songs or to cooperate with a person outside the band?

We love working with other people outside the band. You get to learn things from them and always helps having a second opinion from someone you know that truly cares for you and is outside the band.

Do you have a record deal with a record label yet? If not, are you in negotiations with any record labels?

At the moment we are moving on independently.

Why did you decide to name the band “7he 7ouch”?

It just happened when we were trying to figure out a name for our band and then Toni came up with “Touch” we thought it sounded cool and added the “the“ to it. We realized that there’s another band with the same name in America, so we came up with the idea of adding the 7’s instead of T’s.

Which are your dreams/ambitions for 7he 7ouch?

We would like to be seen as the type of artists that want to contribute to the shaping of  rock music in the future, while respecting and acknowledging all the phases rock n' roll went through in the past and in that way our desire is to be at the front line of the new era of rock n' roll.

Which are your future plans, apart from releasing your EP?

Play as many live shows as we can, potential tour in the fall and record some new music.


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