Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Interview with Chains


Chains are a hard rock band from Sweden who highly influenced by 1980's hard rock and they have been working hard playing in their area's scene. I recently got to check in with lead guitarist Gabby to find out more.

MM-Tell us a little about the history of your band.

Gabby-The band started out in Martin's basement in 2003. From day one, We agreed to lay down every last bit of energy to expand and grow as a band. The years past quickly and with loads of gigs and rehearsals every week, We managed to find a steady sound that defines what Chains is all about.Chains is here to stay !

MM-What are you currently working on?
Gabby-At the moment We're getting ready to record our next Ep, which will be available sometime in October. Apart from that, we're just writing new material and playing gigs.

MM-Who are some of your musical influences?
Gabby-That's what is so interesting about Chains. Everybody contributes with their own influenced style. Add them all up, and You have the magical world of Chains!Some of our main influences are: Def Leppard, Firehouse, TNT, Whitesnake.


MM-What is your band doing that's going to get you noticed ahead of other bands?
Gabby-Well first of all, We're highly skilled musicians and every show we do is unique. We take the music very seriously.There are a lot of bands that just do it for the fame, but we love what we do and want to share it with the whole world!

MM-Have you any interest from any record labels yet? How important is it to you to get signed at this point?
Gabby-Getting signed by a record label is not one of our highest priorities right now. We're focusing more on gigs and reaching out to more people.You have done several demos so far.

MM-What's next for you if you don't get signed soon? Would you work on another demo or have you ever considered doing aself-released album?
Gabby-Like I said earlier, We're recording a EP in September. There are plans for recording a self-released Cd, but when this will happen is hard to say at the moment.

MM-What is the music scene like in your part of Sweden? Is it fairly competitive?
Gabby-There are A LOT of bands in our area so yes, there's a little sense of competition in the air, but everybody treats each other with respect and try to help each other.

MM-What are some of your songs about? Where do you get the ideas for your songs?
Gabby-Most of our songs are based around love and it's reality. Martin writes most of the lyrics.


MM-Who have you opened for? Have you played outside of you home country yet?
Gabby-I suppose the biggest band we've opened for is Crazy Lixx, a famous Swedish band.We are also opening for Gypsy Pistoleros (us) in November, which we're looking forward to.We've done some gigs in Germany and Italy as well.

MM-What have been some of your most memorable shows so far?
Gabby-The most amazing show was at KB in our hometown. The audience we're great and we had an awesome time performing.

MM-What should someone who comes to see you live expect?
Gabby-An arousing experience and an extraordinary live performance that will knock your socks off !!Every show is epic.

MM-Where do you hope to be five years from now?
Gabby-All around the globe, performing in front of awesome people.


MM-If you could only listen to three albums over the next month then what would you pick and why?
Gabby-Def Leppard - Hysteria: It's just magic! Great songs and an outstanding sound. Ozzy Osbourne - No more tears: One of Ozzy's best albums and Zakk Wylde is better than ever. Dream Theater - Images and words: Pure genius! A perfect balance between musicality and soul. Love it!

MM-What do you think about the current hard rock/metal scene in general thesedays? Is it improving or not? Why?
Gabby-It's been better, obviously.. But still there are alot of awesome old bands and a few new ones to.I think the Rock scene is on it's way up again and hopefully Chains will be a big part of it!Is there anything else that you would like to say about your band?Just keep on listening to our music and hopefully we'll come to your town soon!For more info and booking, visit us at http://www.myspace.com/chainsband or
http://www.myspace.com/madisonrawks. (Manager's site) A website is in the works and will be released very soon.

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