Hi there. Congratulations to your great new album. Please describe the reactions to the CD so far.
They have mostly been really great! It seems most metalheads understand what we`re doing, bringing partymetal back into the spotlight. But there`s always someone that`s out to get you. They don`t think we`re serious with what we do. But we are! We just wanna have some fun too!!!
Do you care for the opinion of your fans, the press and people in general? Or is it just you and your music?
The fans are most important to us. What they tell you is straight from the heart, no bullshit, man. The press I don`t care too much for their opinions. It`s always great to get good reviews, but when they are bad, the writing is mostly bad as well.
Some of our readers may never have heard about you. Please give us a short briefing in the band's biography.
We started up in 99, sick and tired of waiting around for partymetal bands to appear. Everybody was either playing black metal or nu metal. We wanted to bring back the partying to metal! We released a single ourselves and was picked up by norwegian label Edgerunner. They released the first album, and our 2nd album is coming out now on Black Lotus Records.
Was there a moment when you realized that Absolute Steel would become something special?
When we struck the first powerchord together. It was magic!
Let's talk about your new CD. It is a remastered re-release. How did it come to this?
After Edgerunner went bankrupt, we recorded WomaniZer ourselves, and released 200 promos of it to try to get signed again. It worked, and now Black Lotus has given the album a facelift and a boobjob!
What are the differences between "WomaniZer" and "The fair bitch project" in your opinion?
WomaniZer is a more complete Absolute Steel album. We are a full band (we were only 3 at the first album, with hired drummer/bassist), and the style is more copmlete as well. We have found our sound, I would say.
What are the reasons for these differences?
The lineup, as I mentioned above, and the sound is better.
My favourite is "Beerrun". Can you tell us something about this song and it's history?
We wrote it wasted at Sweden Rock Festival 2002. We met an american headbanger, and huge DORO fan, called Brian. He told us about how they have to make beerruns when they run out of beer at parties in the US. They have 24 hour open liquer stores, and they always run out of beer, no matter how much they had to begin with. We decided to write a song about it, bacause every headbanger out there can relate to that problem: running out of beer!
And what about "Juicy Lucy"?
Also written at a party. Just a cool acoustic tune about our coverbabe Lucy. The guitarsolo is also a tributesolo that i borrowed from one of my favourite players. See if you can recognize it!
Which one is YOUR favorite song from the album and why?
High Heels and Fishnet Stockings. Because I like high heels and fishnet stockings. mmmmmmmmmmmm
The album cover is great. Who was responsible for its design?
Timo Wuertz from Germany. Thanks Timo. He really understood our music through his artwork. Lucy will be featured on all our releases. Kind of like Eddie, only a babe.
How would you describe your own music?
Perfect Party Metal. Don`t drink beer without it. And don`t listen to it sober!
I believe that the Metal scene needs bands like you with Rock 'n' Roll spirit. I Love it. But one could say that we already had enough of this fifteen years or something ago.
How do you argue with oponions like this?
Can you ever get enough beer??? It`s the same thing.
What are your musical influences in your opinion?
Mine Personally are many and varied: Malmsteen, Saxon, Y&T, Zeppelin, Rush, Genesis, Yes, Jethro Tull. The bands influences are mostly Motley, Skid Row and Mud Slick.
Please name some lately released CDs that you like to listen to at home.
Lionheart by Saxon and Unleash the Fury by Malmsteen.
What do you think about a trend like Metalcore and the discussion about Viloent Dancing that goes along with it?
If you`re not able to enjoy yourself and have fun, stay home. Music should be a positive thing, no matter how aggressive the musical style is!!!
Do you still watch other bands play? Have there been some shows lately that impressed you?
Yeah! Pink Cream 69 blew my mind! And Styx gaev a great show at Sweden Rock Festival this year.
We'd like to know something about the underground in your hometown. Are you still in touch? And if so: Where do you hang out? Are there some yet unknown bands that you like?
There`s not too many bands here, not metalbands, anyway. There`s a really huge Rap-thing going on here, and that sucks of course. Rap=Crap! But Cutthroat are great at DeathMetal here. You`ll be hearing of them in the future I believe.
How important is it for you to play live on stage?
It`s really important to be able to do both studiowork and stagework. Both are really fun and really energydraining experiences, so you have to switch between the two on a regular basis.
Are there some bands that you would die to play with?
Saxon and Y&T. Malmsteen is my favourite player, but there will never be room for two guitarists in his band. hahaha!
Please tell us something about further Live activities.
We`re promoting the album right now, and working on remixing the first album for a re-release, so we`re not doing shows at the moment. But we hope to do some festivals next summer.
Still three questions to go. What do you think of Metal web magazins?
I check them out all the time. I`m a web-addict. There`s lot of great sites out there, especially in europe. Keep up the good work, people!!!
Is there something that you have never been asked but always have been eager to say?
Yeah. What my influences are besides music. I`ll tell you. Clive Barkers work have influenced me a lot. Both his movies and books, and his paintings as well.
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best whishes to you all. Any last words?
Not yet, I hope.....:-)