|Posted on April 16, 2012 at 2:35 AM|
It's been a while but I've been quite busy (as always) and a bit lazy (as always). Anyways here's some updates about what has been going on in Lanceland.
We boarded the train from Kemi and headed back down to Helsinki to do the mastering of the album. Once again we did it with Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers and the result was of course nothing short of amazing. Not too much to tell about these days, just mainly sitting around and listening, with the occasional comment. At the end the most important thing for us was to check all the transitions from song to song as well as make sure of the trackorder and that we made all the right versions for different territories. Naturally this was also a nice thing for us to come together as a band and put an end to the recording process. Stones Grow Her Name was done.
...a couple of week later we had the first rehersals for the upcoming tour, just a few days getting used to play together again after all the studiowork....
Through a friend of ours we found an abandoned school in our hometown Kemi, and managed to rent it for a few days. So first we had a moviestudio-kinda-setup built in the gym hall. On the 20th and the 21st we filmed the playing part for 3 videos, naturally we changed the setups between songs and shoot a whole lot of different material. The videos will be directed by Tuukka Temonen. It was some hard work but surprisingly easy after all. I guess the hardest part about videos is pretending to play.....somehow I prefer to do it for real and in front of an audience. During our shooting on the 21st, our crew arrived and started putting up the new stage setup and on the 22nd we had a band rehearsal there with the crew and a full PA, just to check some new technical things and run through the show.It was really nice to hang out with the crew guys, some of I hadn't seen since last fall. Having done this we were pretty much ready to play our first show on this tour.
...however we squeezed in a couple of more band rehersals at our warehouse, just to make sure...
The first show, can we still play ? We flew out in the evening on Friday and had a night (and you guessed it, some beers) in Helsinki. On Saturday morning we boarded our flight to Brussels via Riga. Confusion, waiting and paying for overweight, at least this hasn't change since our last world tour. Anyways we're so used to it by now it doesn't even bother me, unless it's some extra spectacular hassle. This time it wasn't. When we got to Brussels we were picked up and shuttled to the hotel. The crew guys went to the festival site to check out the tech-things and preparing our gear for the show.
After a couple of hours of rest in the room, the band also headed for the PPM festival. First up was a signing session, it was very nice to see that people still remembered us and were excited for the show. A short interview later it was time for us to get ready...but wait, we hadn't eaten all day so we headed to the festival catering......we got the starters and the drinks right away but somehow they managed to forget our first order.....and our second one....and by the third time they appeareantly got it, so 1,5 hours after sitting down we got some plates before us. My nickname back home is trashcan because I eat almost anything, but this time it was not really worth the wait....of course I chewed it up anyway but.....well, enough bitching...
Not having played a show since August 15 2011 the whole band was pretty nervous but that's how it usually is after a long break. As soon as we got on stage, all was well again and we started to enjoy ourselves. Really fucking great to be back !!!! We played three new songs, the show opener: Only the broken hearts, the "koivunen-cover" Losing my insanity and our first single: I have a right, on top of that we also played Breathing which we have never played anywhere live before. The rest was older and more familiar stuff...
...after the show, we met some of Elias friends from Pirkkala, had some beers, said a quick hello to the Finntroll guys (whom offered some local spirit that tasted like Barbie and Marshmallows going to hell)....and headed back to the hotel. Some drinks, a lot of talking and planning and just in time for the last game of the regular season in the NHL, I was in bed watching that and passing out. A great day indeed.
On Sunday, all we had to do was eat breakfast and get to the airport for the evening flight, so that's basically what I did. We arrived at the hotel in Helsinki at around 0200am and at 0530 it was time to get up and head back to the airport, at just before 10 I was home and pretty much went straight to bed :-)
.....and since then... : at the moment we've been starting up the interview-rulette and it still amazes me how many people want to talk with us about the new album. So, well talk :-) Meanwhile I made an audioteaser for youtube, the guys at NBR helped me out with the visuals (as I have no idea how to do those things, and my new mac doesn't even have iMovie on it) ...and the teaser has been online now for some time. While I did that, Tony was working on his making of stones grow her name- series. The first one is already up and the plan is to release part 2 & 3 on the 17th and 24th this month.
The digital single of I have a right, will be out on the 18th and we're trying to work out a way to get an exclusive physical single to the webshop as well.....we'll see how that goes. That will not make it before the 18th however so....shit happends.
The video for I have a right should be out within the forseeable future and the album is out next month. Check our site for updates, and I'll try to be a bit more frequent and up to date on this blog as well. Anyways, that's all for now, I'm on my way up north to do some pyro-stuff......Our next show will be at the Radio Rock Cruise in the beginning of May.