It’s not very often that Spice gives interviews, and for that reason I am glad I had the opportunity to speak with him for the new album of his band (Band of Spice) called “By the Corner of Tomorrow”, to be released very soon from Scarlet Records. He is sitting in his living room at home in Småland, he is in a very good mood and I hope you will find this interview interesting.

Antonis Mantzavinos


Good afternoon from Stockholm! How are you doing?

Hello my friend, good to hear from you again! I am doing fine, we have a lot of snow right now in Småland, which I don’t mind of course, but I don’t like this damn cold at all, so, it’s been not so good lately I must say (laughs).

 

I have listened to the new album of Band of Spice, which I like it very much and wanted to catch up with you about this. First of all, how are things for you and the other band members in terms of Covid-19? How are you coping? And how has this whole situation for almost a year has affected your songwriting, playing music together, etc.?

Nothing has changed for me in terms of writing songs and stuff like that. I have been constantly writing music. However, it was quite difficult to write this record, because we started to record the drums, I think it was in February last year, and we recorded bass and guitar as well in early March, then Covid-19 came and we had to stop everything, every activity basically had to be stopped. I recorded the vocals in the summer, in August. We could not meet earlier, because of the whole situation, and also because the guy who owns the recording studio did not to operate the studio for many weeks, so, it was quite difficult I must say. Studio-wise, the drums were recorded in Helsingborg, and the rest of the album was recorded in our rehearsal studio. Like we did for the “Economic Dancers” album.

 

“By the corner of tomorrow” – in my humble opinion – has quite many similarities with the music you play in My Regime, guitar-wise and the way you handle the riffs and all the guitar parts. How does this thing work for you, being in different bands, playing different things, having different inspirations? Tell us a few words about that.

Sorry for the dog noise in the background (editor notes: his dogs sound like they want to play or something, so there was a bit of background noise – which was funny actually)! Actually, in the fall of 2019, we were rehearsing with My Regime for a new album. Then we got a notice from Scarlet that ‘we don’t want to release a new My Regime album now’, so, some of the songs, actually 2 of them were meant to be part of a new MR record, but I decided to put them on this one now. ‘The Sharp Edge’ and ‘Reglutina’ (which I actually wrote 20 years back and now it was about time to release it!). For the latter, I had the main riffs and the structure, but now I worked on that more, so I am happy it will be released now. But for now, it’s focus on Band of Spice. I already have 20 songs that I want to rehearse and play.

 

This new album has a strong early 80s heavy metal feeling all over it, the songwriting, the riffs, tell us a little bit about your influences and inspirations for this particular record and why you wanted to make it sound like that.

I was aiming of course, to make an album with strong influences from records like “Heaven and Hell”, “Mob Rules”, “Blizzard of Ozz”, those were the albums I had in mind when I wrote the songs for “By the corner of tomorrow”. When we recorded the songs, I wanted to capture that sound, that guitar sound, and some songs are closer to that – some others not so close ha-ha! But I must say that Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ was a strong influence on the new album as well. Those four albums were on the background in my head. This is the first time I recorded on standard tuning actually, because the first two Black Sabbath albums were on standard tuning too, and then they tuned it 3 steps down. But, despite those influences, I wanted a more fresh sound I guess, maybe to feel a bit younger myself ha-ha!

 

What about the lyrical themes that this album is dealing with? There are many similarities with the previous albums as well, but I wanted your opinion on this as well.

I think this might sound weird, but the “Shadow remains” album was a lot darker overall. I wanted to go a step up, to lift the mood up of the new album, so, for example songs, like ‘The Fading Spot’, are glimpses and pictures in my head, like this one where I see myself as a kid in school, looking out of the window and wanted to be somewhere else instead. So, it’s not that dark from my perspective. Many of the lyrics in the songs are images in my head, and I want the listeners to picture their images inside their head when they put and listen to this record, or any other record I make.

 

We have discussed together in the past, about this term ‘political correctness’, which I know you dislike so much, how does this term affect the way you write music and lyrics, for this record but also in general?

Well, this is interesting, because in this record I intentionally stay away from this term, and from giving a ‘political’ denotation to the songs and the overall feeling. But of course, ‘common sense’ is what I like, especially when you are not hurting someone else. Because nowadays, everybody is offended by something, and this is something that worries me a lot.

 

How does it feel after all these years to work together again with Bob and Saso? I know you have been friends for so many years, maybe more than 20. But I would like a few words about your band mates.

Last year was a challenge for all of us due to Covid-19, so it was tough lately due to the whole situation. I must say that Saso shines on this record a lot, he plays really well, he can contribute more to this band rather than in My Regime where he follows the guitar riffing, but here he is very creative. And of course, Bob he has been my friend for so many years, we have played a lot of music together, so, I am really happy with him.

 

Do you currently listen any new or old band that you would like to share with us?

The last couple of weeks actually, I listen a lot to REM, specifically their early stuff. I absolutely love their “Green” album. There is a song there “I remember California” that I really like and wanted to make a cover of that for almost 30 years now, so, maybe in the next album we can make a cover of that one, who knows?! Its really heavy, especially the riff. You know, I was kinda disappointed when ‘Losing My Religion’ came out ha-ha! I Said: “What is this??”. Lately I also listen a lot to Captain Beyond’s second album, this is a very special one for me.

 

Is there any news about Kayser?

Kayser has completely disbanded, so we should not expect anything from there.

 

No further comments about Kayser, I understand that J Ok!
Changing subject, do you consider any Swedish bands-musicians from 30-40-50 years back as your influences in both writing and also listening to music in general? We have discussed in the past about other countries, but I wanted to focus now on Swedish bands. Rock Metal or any other genre.

Ooh.. Difficult one… Well, I do like a lot November, Entombed, Candlemass, and I really like an artist called Thomas Di Leva, not the stuff he is doing today, but his records from the 80s. “Rymdblomma” is his best album and my favorite. I really like his lyrics there, so I have been kinda inspired by him in a way. All his albums are in Swedish, but you can try to listen to that if you want.

 

To get back to the new album, what is the story behind the instrumental song ‘Tehom’?

‘Tehom’ means ‘Abyss’ in Hebrew. It’s just a build-up to the next song “The Sharp Edge”. Actually, both songs are the same one song, but I cut the intro part as an instrumental to the main song.

 

Last but not least, what are your next plans? Are you soon going to record something new or take it easy?

My plan is to rehearse the songs I have now, starting in maybe the next couple of weeks, depending also on the intensity of the Covid-19 situation. This album took almost a year to make, so, I am eager to do another album soon. I can’t stop.. Let’s see.. “Find what you Love and let it Kill you”!

 

Maybe that is the best thing, I agree! Thank you for your time, I appreciate and cheers till the next time we talk!

Thank you my friend, take care!


 

It is a super group of our days. It is not only a band, but a rock ‘n roll music collective, where famous musicians collaborate. Ladies and gentlemen, The Dead Daisies! Glenn Hughes, Doug Aldrich, David Lowy and Tommy Clufetos! No introductions needed, of course, however, I have to mention that The Dead Daisies’ classic rock music is wonderfully fresh and uniquely interesting, they rock like no other! “Holy Ground” is their latest effort, an album which will be a great rock n’ roll company. Myth of Rock grabbed the chance and talked with Doug Aldrich (guitar), who had so many things to say. It was a honor for us to chat with him!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos


Hello Doug! Let’s start! Rock n’ roll history has showed us that most of the times super groups don’t last too long, they release one or two albums and then they split up. The Dead Daisies is of course a supergroup, however, you have already released four studio albums and now you are releasing your fifth one. Which are the reasons for this longevity of The Dead Daisies? What keeps you alive and rocking?

Well, … music! I love music, I love guitar! I feel so blessed that I wake up every day and I play the guitar, I play music. You know, we need music, this year (2020) had been very difficult and music definitely helped me get through it.

 

The Dead Daisies were formed in 2013. After all these years, how much different is the band?

I think it is very different. This band, The Dead Daisies, has been called a collective, so basically, people can come and go, it is like a roundabout. Early Deep Purple was a roundabout, people would come in and write some songs … Purple didn’t have a solid line-up, until Mark II. And then Mark III started. That’s a big change, from Mark II to Mark III, then Mark IV, there was a different guitar player. So, it’s something like that, The Dead Daisies have changed a lot through these seven years, since David Lowy (rhythm guitar player) formed the band. However, the band has always kept the flavor of something that David created back in 2013 - straight ahead, simple rock guitar sound. And now we have made a big change, as you know, because we have Glenn Hughes in the band, it is really amazing! It is amazing for us, we are so happy with the sound, Glenn is truly gifted, not only as a singer and a songwriter, but also his bass playing is insane, you know, I love it.

 

How did it come and Glenn came to the band?

When John Corabi (vocals) decided to leave the band at the end of 2018, we knew that we would make a fresh start in 2019, so we began to talk about with some different people to come in, and then the management phoned me and told me that they had spoken to Glenn! Wow, I thought that would be really something! They told me Glenn would also like to talk with me. I know Glenn, we have been friends for years, I am a fan of him, we are really close, so I called him. To be honest, I didn’t think of Glenn, since he was busy, he was touring doing his Deep Purple stuff. When the management told me they were speaking to Glenn and that he was interested in us, I thought that it was perfect, an amazing change. Because that wasn’t just a little change, we were making a big change, we were going to a brand new, fresh direction. I called Glenn and he told me, “You know, Doug, it is time for you and I that we make music together”. I was like, “I know, this is awesome!”. We got together and played, so that he could meet everybody, the sound was killer!   Glenn’s bass is like a whole band by itself, it’s pretty much complete! He’s got this massive sound, he is a very melodic player, I really enjoy watching him, especially when he going off! During a solo section for example, I see him playing his solo bass part and I say, “Ohh, that is so cool” and I try to play around that with my guitar, maybe he is wailing up high, so I go way down low, … it is awesome, man, really fresh!”.

 

Did Glenn write songs for the new album?

 Yes, we all wrote songs for the “Holy Ground” album. Glenn brought in some songs that were complete, and we just put our style on them, we maybe re-arranged some stuff. When Glenn came to the band, I immediately started writing …, I got inspired and started writing for Glenn, I know what Glenn likes and I know how Glenn writes. There were some things that I maybe wouldn’t have done before, like for example in the second song of the album “Like No Other”, I basically had the musical vision for this song figured out already, I had a demo and I was keeping this track especially for Glenn, I thought that he was going to love the groove of this song. And he did … I was inspired, I thought I could see Glenn on stage, starting off the song with his bass, then the bass drops off during the verse, there are only two guitars, one on its side, I could picture me and David playing and Glenn singing his ass off, and when the chorus hits, boom, the bass comes in! Another example is the riff of “Bustle and Flow”, I thought Glenn would really like it! … We all brought in ideas, David and I had worked on some songs together, for example on “Come Alive”, we had written a part of the song, not the chorus part, but when Glenn listened to it, he liked it and suggested the chorus of the song, bam bam bam! It was done! So, we collaborated really well together on a bunch of stuff, Glenn brought four or five songs, I helped him arrange them, we made the demos so that we could present them to the band. When we get to a room, everybody does his own thing to the songs so that we make them the best they can be … if I bring a song, Glenn is definitely going to make it better, he will say, “Hey, how about this? What if you did this?”. On the other hand, when he sings something, I may say “If you are going to sing that, I will play this (on the guitar), because it will work better”. It is a natural progression.

 

This time you cooperated with another producer, Ben Grosse. How was it, working with Ben?

 It was great, it was different. We needed to cooperate with someone like Ben, because Ben really makes everybody comfortable, he sets a really great environment for creating. He is a musician himself, I think his main instrument is drums, he has a great sense of melody … there was a solo section in a song, he had an idea for a melody and he just put that melody on his computer, he put the midi dots on the computer! He’s got melody in his head. He was perfect, because we are a new band together, we had to find where to jell, we wanted everyone to feel comfortable and he did that. The other thing that was interesting with Ben was that he got us some different guitar sounds, sounds a little different from what we had done in the past. It was cool, there were heavier sounds in some spots, we did some clean guitars and he had in mind some amps he thought I would like. He said, “Hey, I’ve got this Budda amp and it is really great for clean guitar … let’s go with the Budda!” It was excitingly fresh with Ben! The other thing that it was interesting about Ben is that he is an old-school producer. He had a list of things he wanted to accomplish. Once we had the tracks recorded, after I had done most of my guitars, Ben called me and told “Can you come in for a couple of hours tomorrow? I just got a few things I need you to do”. I got there, he told the engineer to go to the chorus of “Holy Ground”, for example, and said “I just need you here to play this part balls out!”. He set the amps and I played. Then he told me about the solo section, “I love the beginning of the solo, but the end isn’t really working”. So, I put some new, different ideas and he said “OK, I’ve got it!” … he got a list of small things he wanted me to do, and then he edited the way he wanted. It was cool! I didn’t know what he was doing, how the sound would be, he just told me what he needed, maybe more energy on the chorus, maybe the guitar was a little out of tune … he wouldn’t tell what it was, he just told me to play. When I heard the mix, I said, “Oh shit, that sounds great”!

 

You went to a different recording studio this time, to La Fabrique Studio in the South of France. Why did you choose that particular studio?

Yes, we recorded at the La Fabrique Studio, that’s correct, it was a great studio. South of France was perfect for us, because we needed a place where we could really focus. It was a beautiful place … we could really focus there. We didn’t have to go anywhere, basically it was just “sleep, wake up, have breakfast together, jam and write”, then we would probably go for dinner and maybe go back and record a little more. Generally, we were together all time, so that we could really focus … We were there for three weeks in November, 2020, and for other three weeks in December, 2020. Most of the album was done there, apart from a few things left for Glenn and I to do back in Los Angeles in January, 2021.

 

Which are the trademarks of The Dead Daisies sound in your opinion?

I would say, first of all, David Lowy’s guitar sound. Another trademark is keeping things fresh, we don’t want to fall to the same groove every time, we want to keep it fresh. Another thing that is a trademark and it isn’t a trademark at the same time, is the fact that we always want to push ourselves.

 

Why do you think a fan of classic rock music should listen to your music?

He/She doesn’t have to listen to our music, haha! It is up to everybody! I think the new album is a really groovy album, it has got some cool moods to it, I think that if you like classic rock, you will enjoy it. But I am not forcing anybody, they will do what they want to do!

 

Live shows and tours are very important for The Daisies and you, Doug. How have all these cancellations of live gigs, tours, festivals etc. due to the coronavirus pandemic affected you? How do you feel about that?

It has been a long break. We took off 2019 as well, so it has been two years of being home, which has been amazing on the one hand, but also very difficult on the other hand. Mentally I am used to playing live shows, I miss it, I really miss it. When we were making the record, that was fun, we were playing all the time. We also rehearsed for ten days in October, 2020, and that was great … Not being on tour means that I am home, which is great for my family … So it’s like juggling, because I am working but I am also a dad. There are so many things going on. When I am on tour, I am very focused on touring, on my playing, it is very easy to be focused, when I am home, there are more distractions.

 

Which are your resolutions for the new year 2021?

That’s a good question. I want to become healthier, I want to come back in the best shape that I can be in. I need to get my body and mind into a better shape than it is now. It is ironic, I used to smoke cigarettes and drink Red Bull, but I was super fit … I used to smoke terribly for years and I quit smoking 12-13 years ago. Of course, in this lockdown pandemic it is normal that you get a little out of shape. The gyms are closed in Los Angeles, for example … I also want to be a better father, a better husband, I want to work on my personality, I just wanna be better, you know. As my kids are growing, I am learning what I need to do, what it is important 

 

Doug, as an epilogue, I would like you to tell me who your three favorite guitarists of all time are. Give me also your comment for the loss of Eddie Van Halen.  

 It is hard to pick three favorite guitarists, but Eddie Van Halen would of course be in the top five. He was one of my favorite guitarists, I respected him so much. When I saw him playing live for the first time, I thought I had never seen anything like that before. The first time I was him was in 1979. Eddie Van Halen was an innovator, not just because of his playing, but also because of the way he changed everything, the way he built his guitars, the way he made everything custom for himself, he inspired so many people to do the same thing. I think he was the most influential rock guitar player ever … it is so difficult to pick only three guitarists, there are so many guys … I have to say Jimmy Page … Randy Rhoads, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gary Moore … !!!

 

In our days everything is digital, computerized. So when something analog, handcrafted and vintage comes out, you can feel it is different, warmer and soulful. That’s the case of Andy Rocks, a new rock band, formed by former Black Daffodils vocalist, Andrea Weiss, which has two releases out until now – the “Porcelain Heart” EP and one single, “Digital Detox”. Andy Rocks’ music sounds nostalgic, it’s just pure and simple rock, unpretentious and singular – listen to the band’s songs and you will get the feeling! Myth of Rock reached Andrea and had a small chat with her. Right below you can read all the interesting things that were discussed.

by Michalis Kapetanakis


Hello Αndrea! I admit, I am new to Andy Rocks but I really like everything I’ve heard so far, especially your last single “Digital Detox”. Thank you for your music!

Happy to hear that, thank you!

Let us begin by asking first, how and when did Andy Rocks start?

I started this project in 2018. After my former band Black Daffodils stopped, I wanted to continue creating music. Since I always loved rock music, it should have another musical direction than with the band before. I asked Markus and Michael to join me and so we started working on songs. One year later our first EP “Porcelain Heart” came out.

What made you so keen on music and the music industry? Why do you play music?

When I started with music, I really knew nothing about the music industry, I did not even think of it. It was more about the way I felt, when I sang along my favorite tunes or when I wrote my first songs. It made me happy and I felt alive. Later with Black Daffodils, when we released our first cd, we found out how difficult it was to get your music to the people. I do not think that the music industry is very interested in new acts, it prefers to create its own artists. At least that is how I experience it.

What’s the overall reaction to Andy Rocks”, so far?

There were many positive reviews and reactions about our material and that is really encouraging to keep on working.

What do you hope the listeners experience, when they listen to the band?

At best they can connect to the songs, maybe find themselves in the songs or of course, simply enjoy the music.

About being on stage … have you ever had to deal with performance anxiety?

I am always really nervous, and I am afraid that I will forget all the lyrics. After the first song, it gets better. I thought this would change, but it never did 😊

What is your songwriting process like? Where does your inspiration come from, personally?

Most of the time I start with a chorus, often already a melody line with lyrics. Then I sit down with my acoustic guitar and try to build a basic structure for the song. If I think the song has potential, I show it to my bandmates, so that they can add their ideas. Of course not all songs are written that way, but that is the way I usually work.

What’s the band’s biggest problem you’ve had to face and overcome, so far?

Honestly to have a solid band line-up, especially in times like these, which is very difficult for musicians and bands. That is why we will have different musicians on the upcoming record. I am very positive about the current line-up.

Can you tell us about the video for this great song, “Digital Detox”? You seem that you enjoyed the shots a lot, right?

We did it during the first lockdown in spring 2020. Everything around us was very serious and the situation was tense. So we wanted to spread a little bit of good vibes and decided to release a positive and light song. Of course we wanted to transport it in the video. We could not meet and so everyone had to film at home. I admit that it is more fun to do something like that together, but we tried to make the best out of the situation.

What do you all like to do, when not performing or practicing? What’s your world like outside of music? Any hobbies or fun stuff?

I like to try out new receipts in the kitchen, reading and hiking. Of course also to meet my friends and family and spend some time together. Markus likes to design and build furniture. And of course, we are all occupied with our jobs.

What are the band’s immediate plans for 2021?

We will release our first full album and I am happy about that. There is no release date yet. I am very curious what people will say about it, we did our best to make a diversified record with many shades of rock. There are often questions about upcoming shows and stuff, but we cannot really say something about that. We do not know how the concert situation will be in 2021.

I want to thank you for taking the time out of your extremely busy schedule to speak with us today. Do you have any last words or messages that you would like to share with everyone out there?

Wish you all the best for 2021, let’s hope things will again become easier and let us hope for nice concerts again. Stay sane, stay optimistic!

 

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Grande Fox, the psychedelic heavy rock band from Greece, have set the bar at a high level. The full-length album “Space Nest” and the EP “Kulning” were only the beginning. Myth of Rock, mesmerized by the heavy space sounds of the band, contacted Nick Berza (vocals) and Zao Lefteris (guitars), who answered our questions. The next chapter of the Grande Fox story is titled “Empty Nest”. Shall we proceed?

 by Michalis Kapetanakis


For those who don’t know you, who are Grande Fox?

Hello, thank you very much, we are very happy about this interview! Grande Fox is a psychedelic rock band from Thessaloniki which was founded in 2013 by two talented persons and musicians, Nick Berza and Zao Lefteris. They matched very well as personalities and they had a big vision of creating a band with dominant elements such as timelessness, high goals, experimentation, professionalism, spirit and independence. In its first steps the band started with session members and was playing cover songs in different live stages in Thessaloniki. However, they were in the process of finding permanent members who would frame the band. After a period of time, a need for emotional expression was created and they started to experiment with new material, new music. The results of that was our debut LP album, called ‘’Space Nest’’, which was released in 2016. Until now we count two more projects - our second EP album titled ‘’Kulning’’ and a single called ‘’Documento’’. Nevertheless, we would like to announce that our new LP album is on the way and it will be released in February. All projects are fully accompanied by visual material, such as artwork, video clips, photographs, that represent them. Some of our most remarkable performances were in Cyprus with Nightstalker and in Blackland Rock and metal bar in Berlin, Germany. Nowadays and during the last two years, two permanent members were added in the group. George Chaikas in the role of the bassist and Dimitris Loukas in the role of the drummer. The position of the second guitarist is taken by Pavlos Georgiadis. He is a professional guitarist, teacher and friend, who helps the band in its live performances.

Which word do you think is the best definition of your sound? Stoner? Metal? Something else?

We could say that we are not minimalists. We believe in complexity and diversity and maybe that’s why most people find something special in our music. Our best definition of our sound is psychedelic heavy stoner rock music.

Which moment do you consider your highlight and which one as the worst of your career?

Life is a journey. In every route you make in your life you face good and bad moments. The sure is that, in each of these, you receive a message, you learn something. Two moments we will remember as highlights are the time we went to the studio to write and record our debut album. You know, feelings are very special, because you record for the first time your own project for which you’ ve worked and spend so much time to compose it. The second one is, when we traveled to Berlin for our live show in Blackland. On the other side, there was a period we had some bad moments due to differences created among the members of the band. This was combined with some facts that were happening in our lives outside of the band. So, it was one of our worst moments in our career.  

Which were your influences from the very start? What has changed now?

Our influences from the very beginning came from bands like Rage Against The Machine, Limp Bizkit, AC/DC, Korn, Tool, Godsmack, ZZ Top, Nightwish, Slipknot and many other bands. The thing is that we were always a band that didn’t put boundaries to what we listen to. We are affected by lots of bands from various genres. For example, Red Hot Chili Peppers is a band we admire so much despite the fact that they have a different style. Music has no limits.  

Talking about “Kulning”, which is the concept of your EP? Also please let us know some details about your upcoming album!

Well, our second EP album is a very special trilogy, called ‘’The valley of Unknown’’, which consists of three chapters. These chapters describe a journey or a fairytale that takes place. The main characters are a witch that Aggelina Papadopoulou incarnates with her amazing voice, a hermit, a druid and Erebus. It is remarkable also the participation of Stephen Keeman who plays cello with that magic way. Regarding the second question, we are very happy and looking forward because we will release our fourth project in February. It’s an LP album titled ‘’Empty Nest’’, which includes eleven songs. You will hear once again something unique from us. Heavy riffs, lyrics with deep meaning and strong features of rage are some of the elements you will hear. We released the single ‘’Hangman’’ the previous month, which is one of the album’s songs accompanied by a lyric video. You can check it out for a first audiovisual contact and stay tuned, because many more will follow in the visual part.

Sometimes your vocalist sounds similar to established rock-metal singers! How difficult is to sound so great? What do you have to sacrifice for technique and studies?

There are many necessary things you need to improve in this field. First of all, you need to spend many hours of practice and experimentation. As every musician who works with his instrument on a daily basis, a singer should constantly work on his voice. It takes passion, perception and technical ability that will come through the hard work. He must remain focused and do research on interpretation and the techniques of it. Something that is also important is experience. Live shows are the one will give you the experience you need, as you are exposed to people who judge you either positively or negatively. In the end, in combination with your skills, live shows will guide you in the development process. What a singer needs to understand is the range of his abilities in order to realize his limits and how he is going to extend them.

Many things have changed in music since the ‘90s. How do you see these changes and music, in general, now?

It is true that things have changed to a large extent. Music was simpler then compared to today, without implying that now music is better. In the 90s many bands appeared in the world music scene, such as Nirvana and Guns ‘n Roses, which were a huge influence and they are still considered as idols for all of us. They brought a special, grunge and revolutionary sound and lots of their songs became hymns that we still admire. Now things are quite different, but it makes sense because technology is constantly evolving. Music follows the stream of technology. Lots of new stuffs, sounds, audio material processing and composition are made and developed thanks to electronic systems and computers. Changes like that have affected the music scene and bands experiment and create new electronic sounds and generally new music with lots of various and complex elements. That’s why we see hundreds of bands and we find difficult to specifically characterize their style.

Greece has always been mighty about culture and especially music. Why do you think this happens and how’s the scene nowadays?

We believe that all this started and flourished from our ancestors, who brought and taught culture in all the lengths of the world. In general, Greece has always loved music. Music flows in our blood. You listen to it and you find its company everywhere. Whatever has to do with fun and entertainment, music is one of the key factors. People who deal with music in Greece make up a large part of population. Greeks are everywhere. There are too many Greeks even abroad that live in other countries and are involved in the music scene. Overall there are many talented and remarkable musicians and bands out there that work hard and want to get involved with music at a higher level and make their dreams come true. There are several bands that have already achieved great things in Greece and abroad. However, we believe that the music industry in our country has developed less than in other countries like the United Kingdom and should support more and give more opportunities to newer bands to show off their talent and work.   

How do you see the financial and social issue in the world, today? How are the things in Greece and how do you feel about all of this?

The situation is extremely difficult today both financially and socially. More specifically, from the moment Covid-19 appeared and the countries’ governments were forced to take restrictive measures in order to protect people from the virus, households have been hit financially. They closed or under-operated their businesses, resulting in severely reduced incomes or no income. This also happens in Greece. Lockdown has negatively affected businesses and some of them close and stop working completely. People are very indignant and divided. A huge social problem that prevails in the world is also immigration. It's very sad as in war-torn countries people have left their homes to save themselves and their children and now they are looking for asylum in countries like Greece. We are clearly sad about that. All these have affected us psychologically and we are very concerned. It’s a difficult period and we have to be patient and strong.

What can we expect from Grande Fox in the future? When will we see you live on stage? Any booked shows?

We feel very good, we feel productive and we will surely continue the hard work because we have a lot to give and show. The next period we will focus on our new LP album. New audio and visual material is being prepared for release. Generally it will be a very interesting and complete project which we believe will interest you. Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 we cannot organize and play live. We missed live shows so much, but we all have to be patient and take care of our health until we overcome that situation. We hope this happens soon. The only scheduled live we have is in Bucharest, Romania. We will have the pleasure to be the opening act for the Greek band Villagers of Ioannina City. However, we don’t know the exact date yet. It will be probably after the winter.

Would you like to leave a message or add something left unspoken?

We would like to say once again to people to be patient and protect themselves and their families. We will all return on shows with more thirst for music and we will wait for them to meet them and talk up close. Finally, don’t forget our new release ‘’Empty Nest’’. It will be out on February 19th

Thank you for your time and congratulations for your great work until now!

Thank you too, it was our pleasure!


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Some months ago I came across an article about a band called Cats in Space. I thought, “what a strange name”, but when I read that they combine elements from bands like Electric Light Orchestra and Queen, I promised myself to take a listen to this band. I got their first album, “Too Many Gods”, and I was shocked! "What a great pomp rock band is that", I said! "What a huge sound, what vocals and keys!!!". Well, I became a fan, and now that the Cats are releasing their new album, “Atlantis”, I am so impressed – it is indeed one of their best albums, a fantastic release that will mystify every classic rock fan! We talked with Greg Hart (guitars, backing vocals) and here below you can read all the interesting things that we said!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos

When, where and by whom was Cats in Space formed?

Cats was formed in 2015 by myself and Steevi Bacon (drums), the whole thing was originally just a studio project for songs written by myself and Mick Wilson (vocals, guitar, percussion, 10cc). We’ve come a long way since then!!

Why did you decide to name the band Cats in Space?

A name people would love or hate, but never forget! 

Cats in Space is releasing its new album, “Atlantis”.  Which are your feelings?

The signs and reviews have been incredible. We felt it could be the best album of our career, and it seems we were right. We even went to Number 1 in the UK independent rock chart on its week of release...!!

Where would you trace the differences between “Atlantis” and the previous Cats in Space albums? Do you think that the new album is heavier and more epic?

Yes it is, we wanted to capture more of the live sound we have, which is huge and rocks a lot, but still retain the production and quality of the studio side too... I think we did well, a good sign for the future!

Who is the main composer in Cats in Space? How is a Cats in Space song born?

I am the main writer and on previous albums I had my co-writer Mick Wilson alongside, as it was us that started back in the first album with “Mr. Heartache”. Each song comes from outer space - I channel it, when they come to me!

Who did the production of “Atlantis”?

I produced the album, which was great fun, and as always, we had our studio engineer Ian Caple at the helm. He’s been on all four albums.

You have a new singer, Damien Edwards, known for his role in the Jeff Wayne’s musical “War of the Worlds”. Why did you decide to take him in the band?

He is simply the best vocalist there is… and I mean that! He’s a good friend and everything lined up for him to join us!

Your music is pure, glorious pomp rock and I believe that you are influenced by bands like ELO, Queen and Styx. Do you agree with me?

100%! You got it in one!

Which are your five favorite albums of all-time and why?

“Jailbreak” by Thin Lizzy (it literally changed my life as a 13 year old), “Frampton Comes Alive” by Peter Frampton, still possibly my favourite live album ever, “Queen II” by Queen, an album that will influence everything I do forever. “Sweet Fanny Adams” by Sweet, the most undervalued album of all time, a classic that is timeless.  And I would have to have a Carpenters album, because Karen Carpenter is the finest vocalist ever.

It is said that you are one of the best modern classic rock bands since the 70s. How do you feel about that?

Wow, that’s amazing...!! Whoever said that, thank you! We do seem to be ‘tapping’ into  a lot of people who have wanted a band like us to come and take them back to better days… that is always our aim. Make some magic! I am humbled by this question, wow…

You come from England. Are there any other new bands who play in this “classic rock” style? Is there a scene in the UK?

I don’t think there’s anyone who is like us really, some ‘dip their toes’ into the sound and play at it a bit with harmony vocals etc., but  you need huge balls to go the whole hog and do what we do, so I’d have to say no... I think we stand alone (asides from Uriah Heep and the old bands who still sound fabulous today).

Where do the lyrics of the “Atlantis” album refer to?

It’s up to the listener to decide, but everyone has an Atlantis where they’d love to go to…

Who created the cover artwork of “Atlantis”?

Andy Kitson, who does all our artwork, isn’t he the best! A real “old school” artist like we had in the 70s... see, even the artwork has to compliment the music we do. It’s magical.

How much important are live concerts for Cats in Space? How do you feel now with the Covid-19 restrictions and the cancellation of tours, festivals etc. due to the pandemic?

It’s been tricky and as right pain! But let’s hope 2021 will be back to normal quick.

Which are your future plans? A message to the readers?

We will be touring a lot to support this album and the signs are good, so we should be able to tour it a year or more, then we will be preparing the next album too… everything’s lining up great. And finally thanks to everyone who has read this and bought the Cats albums… if you support us and spread the word, we will come to your town! Stay safe! And remember… “Everybody wants to be a cat”!