Hi guys! Tell me about TAINTED LADY. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Greetings from Denmark, lead singer Michael here! Anders, Jon and Fred have been playing together since 2008. Bassist Daniel joined about four years ago, and I’m the newest addition, joining in the beginning of 2015.
I wish we had a more interesting story regarding the band name, but it’s simply because the guys thought it sounded cool back when they were teenagers. It wasn’t until later on that they found out what it actually meant, and then it became even cooler! A happy accident, I guess.
“How The Mighty Have Fallen” album will be released on May 26. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
In the writing process, I think we must have been through at least 30-40 songs before settling on the ten tracks that made the album. The final tweaks were made together with producer Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Electric Guitars) while we were recording in the studio, and we were left with an album that we wouldn’t change one bit! We wanted to create the album that we ourselves would want to listen to as fans; the album we felt was missing from the record stores today. Of course we hope that people will enjoy listening to the it, but for us, the most important thing is that we have made our own favourite album.
Tell me more about “How The Mighty Have Fallen”? Album ideas etc…
It’s a very expressive album. There are a lot of emotions, there’s lot of aggression, which I think really shines through, both musically and lyrically. The album title is taken from a line in the song Open Minded. It refers in part to how much of the creativity has been sucked out of a lot of present day music. We are no longer in the glory days of rock, when music was exciting to listen to. Instead, we are so often disappointed by newer releases by older established bands who are past their prime. This album is our attempt to inject some creativity and imagination back into rock music, and hopefully, people will feel that it is a breath a fresh air.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
A general theme on the album is the established vs. the anti-established, the old vs. the new. Set Us Free criticises the state of the music industry, Song of Reckoning is about the masses taking back what is theirs from the rich and powerful, and Ampburner is about coping with the world in an age where war and terror has become a part of our everyday lives. There’s not a song on this album that doesn’t have its roots in a personal matter or an issue that we feel is important. And there’s a certain honesty about that, which I think people can really relate to.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define TAINTED LADY’s sound?
Soren Andersen dubbed it “rebel-rock”, which we feel is quite fitting. It’s energetic and dangerous, and not always pleasant, easy listening. For some, the album might be an instant hit; for others, it may take few listens for it to grow on them. I don’t think it will be quite what people expect from a rock band, but that’s exactly what we want.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
There is no such thing as a hiatus in this band! We are already writing new songs, recording music videos and planning the rest of the year!
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
A lot of bands talk about the artists who influenced them, whether it’s their songwriting, musical style or playing technique – and I guess we’re no different there; we all have our personal favourite bands and biggest influences. But I think what influences us just as much, if not even more, are the artists we don’t want to be like. People afraid to break the mould, kids playing in bands just trying to create a cool image for themselves, singing about partying in L.A. and whatnot, when they’ve probably never been more than 20 miles away from the shithole of a town they were born in. It’s just dishonest and cliché. It’s not that you can’t write about lighter subjects, we do that ourselves on songs like Loverman or Sons of Guns, but even then, we still stay true to what we’ve actually experienced and we try to find that creative new take on the themes. If you write about something personal you’ve experienced, or something you have a real passion for, already there you’ve got something special. A unique song that only you can write. And that’s what this album, and this band, is about.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
It’s not really a thought that has crossed our minds. I featured on backing vocals on Steel Panther’s latest album, so maybe we could get those guys on some backing vocals for us! But it’s not about bringing in well-known musicians, we are perfectly content being just the five of us. We want people to listen to our music because it is Tainted Lady, not because some famous person features on one of the songs. But hey, if Paul McCartney came knocking on our door asking to sing on a song or two, we probably wouldn’t turn him down. But only out of pity.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
We always mingle with the crowd after concerts and talk long into the night with our fans. It’s great to get their perspective after a show, and we want to show our gratitude to them for coming and supporting us. The more shows we play, the more fans we get, so want to play a lot of gigs at some of the great venues we have here in Denmark. Soon we’ll be playing in the rest of Europe too, and getting our name out there.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
I think I speak for the whole band when I say that music is our one true passion!
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Our families are incredibly supportive of us! Some of our parents and siblings regularly come to our shows and they help out with lots of practical stuff too.
How’s the metal scene in your part of Denmark right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
The band originally rehearsed in Fredericia, which is sort of the hardcore/metalcore heart of Denmark. We always felt a little bit like outsiders, like we never belonged to a scene. The Fredericia bands always seemed to have a really high level of technical ability and they were good at organising shows and tours… So there was a lot of healthy competetion for us in Fredericia, especially compared to other cities in Denmark where we found the general level of musicianship to be much lower.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!