Revolution-music: Hay there, we would like to congratulate you on the new album “Back to Basics”, witch was released 29th march. How did the band come together to begin with?
Lips: I started playing with Robb Reiner in 1973, I was 17 years old and Robb was 15. We began writing songs immediately and have never stopped, it’s now been 34 years of creating and playing in Anvil. Our recording didn’t begin until 1981 with the release of our first album Hard N Heavy.
Revolution-music: How did you come up with the name “Anvil”? And what does it mean to you?
Lips: Originally we were called LIPS named after my nick name, but when we finally got a record deal the company insisted we change our name as to not get confused with the disco band Lipps Inc. We thought of something that would go with the album title Hard and Heavy, as we had already printed the Lips version of the first album. We came up with Anvil and it’s as simple as that.
Revolution-music: How did you get signed to Massacre Records?
Lips: They love Anvil and asked us if we need a recording contract, and at that time we did, so we ended up working together.
Revolution-music: Could you tell us about you’re process of making the album?
Lips: I first write all the music, then I listen to raw recordings until I get some lyrical ideas then we go in and record it properly.
Revolution-music: Who produced and mixed the album, and are you happy with the result?
Lips: Generally speaking we have produced ourselves for years, we have been working with Pierre Remillard for the last 3 albums and he has been a great asset, he works very well with us both as a producer and mixing engineer. I think he is very good at what he does and will be someone to watch out for in the future of heavy metal recording.
Revolution-music: To the new coming listeners how would you describe your music?
Lips: Old school power metal
Revolution-music: Where do you get your inspirations from, both on the musical part but also the lyrical part?
Lips: I really don’t know how to answer this!! The music and lyrics just eventually come out of me and I don’t know why or where or how, they just do and I’m grateful of that fact.
Revolution-music: How has the response to your new album been so fare from the fans and critics?
Lips: It hasn’t been out long enough to know what the fans think, and sometimes it can take as long as 15 years before you can really answer such a question. People now a days are finally realizing how good an album Worth the Weight was, and that was put out in 1991. As far as critics go they hate this cd as much as they hate all the rest of our cd’s, so I think we are doing as expected.
Revolution-music: Who did you get to make the artwork of the cover and why?
Lips: We got an artist called Christoph Schinzel to do the art work, because he’s able to understand what we want and does an excellent job.
Revolution-music: The Internet is an important promotion source in today’s media, how do you use it to promote the band?
Lips: Actually I don’t!!! I just use it to keep in contact with the outside world. I never send out promotional crap, and I spend countless minutes deleting such garbage from my email.
Revolution-music: What is your position about all the peer 2 peer programs like Kazaa and Napster? Were people steel the artists music, and sometimes even before the albums are released.
Lips: I don’t pay any attention to this, I make it a rule never to down load anything off the web if I can help it. I also don’t really think that this down loading is affecting the music business the way they say it is. I think computers and gaming has taken the place of peoples interest in the musical arts. I think it is also much more in style to be a non talent super star, and the masses derive enjoyment from sheer stupidity rather than integrity.
Revolution-music: Do you have any tour plans yet? Will you be going on world tour with the new album? And maybe come and visit Denmark?
Lips: I hope to do a tour of Europe in September.
Revolution-music: If you could pick ANY band to tour with who would that be? And why?
Lips: Motorhead, because we are friends and we have similarities.
Revolution-music: Last but not lest do you have anything that you'd like to add or say to your Danish fans?
Lips: I would really love to come and play in your country, and I would also like to thank all those who have followed Anvil all through the years…………….
Revolution-Music would like to say thanks a lot for you’re time. And wish your guys all the luck in the future. And also a big thanks to Intromental Management for setting up the interview.
- Band/Kunstner: Anvil
- Interview med: Lips
- Interview dato: Søndag, 06 Juni 2004