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  INTERVIEW WITH KOBRA PAIGE OF KOBRA AND THE LOTUS

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Xander: Hey! How's it going?

Kobra Paige: Great how are you?

Xander: Awesome! So you said this is the last gig of the year for you?

KP: Yeah it's been a really long year for us, we've been on the road for the last nine months. It's definitely not everyone's lifestyle, you've definitely got to love it a lot without the rests, it's uncomfortable too. I'm ready to go home so I don't have to wash my face in Starbucks!

X: Is it really that bad?

KP: Well we're sleeping in a German splitter bus so we have to go out every morning and find a bathroom to get ready. The things people don't know about touring!

X: Wowsa! That's crazy! Well I forgot my notepad so I have to try and remember and think of some questions.

KP: Well you did well last time [two hour interview]!

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X: By the way, you've got a lot of dangly stuff on there, does it get caught up much?

KP: I know, I love it. Sometimes they would get caught in the eyelets of my military boots, so I'd have to kind of stand in one place until I could unhook it. But I haven't been wearing them on this tour so I haven't been caught in anything, amazingly!

X: So you've not been caught up on the other guys?

KP: No not on the other guys, usually just on mics around the drum kit.

X: So what's with the face paint? That's new since the first time I met you.

KP: Ah, I've been doing it for a couple of years now, I really like it. It's kind of like my war paint, I'm going out to be fierce. As I started performing more and more I was figuring out what really was my style, even physically. I like to be more deep rooted in nature and as we started, which was more tribal.

X: Huh, the music?

KP: No, as people.

X: Oh! Gotcha. Well talking of things old and new, with the change in your style of vocals and the line up changes, how is the band developing and progressing?

KP: Well the significant shift was, like you said, the vocals. But it's just the natural evolution of a band; you write your first stuff and then you grow a lot because you learn about more of the direction you want to take, or at least that's how it worked out for us. It's how it worked for me. And it was more coming into myself vocally, I hadn't been singing authentically in the beginning and you have to be genuine to yourself, you can't pretend to be something else. And that's why the second album sounds so different, I was finally singing how my voice really is.

In terms of music evolution I hope we always continue to evolve and strive for it, but it's really just a growth in skills and the direction the music takes. From the direction it took there is hints of it in the first album, but you can hear it's directed more towards heavy metal than hard rock on this album. It came out just over a year ago and it is our sound. It's really what we want it to be about. It's heavy metal that doesn't put us in a sub genre and is enjoyable for a lot of different listeners. And that's what we're trying to do!

X: And being received well!

KP: Yeah so far we've been very lucky, we're having a great experience. Theres always going to be people that don't like you but that's what makes for so many different kinds of music, you know? There's got to be something for everyone because music is important for everyone I believe.

X: So you're writing new material and you played some tonight!

KP: Yeah we just wrapped up the album recording wise a week before we came on this tour! We were in chicago at Groovemaster Studios working with producer Johnny K and we were living there for two months and there every day for about ten hours doing music. It was awesome because we came with material prepared but then we also wrote a bunch of stuff, now we are in the mixing and mastering stage. So, the beginning of February is when the album is due to come out!

X: Oh really, that soon? Album number three!

KP: Yeah I'm very excited. And I can't believe it, that's pretty crazy!

X: Have the last few years gone quick?

KP: No actually it has not gone quick. The years do blur together but since the time of the writing and recording of the first album in mid 2007, that's six years! So, although everything is really blurred, especially the touring that blurs things together, when I stop and think about it we've been working really hard so it makes sense that we're on album number three. It's just crazy to think about the repitiour building.

X: The last few years you've been playing a hell of a lot of tours and especially major festivals in the summer.

KP: Yeah we would do tours right after festivals and stuff. We toured right up until christmas day last year, so this year we're finishing early! We've been heavily focusing on north America this year so we went to the states quite a few times. It was great, really awesome. You see how people love heavy metal and are excited for it every where in the world.

X: What countries have stood out for you?

KP: Oh, well, England is always amazing, we've had a really great run of shows right now and I would say Holland was great. I don't know, there's a lot of countries [been to] and they're all great, really. I can't actually pin point just one because we've had great experiences in all of Europe and also the USA.

X: Have you been to Asia?

KP: No not yet, nor south America.

X: Ah so still territory to conquer next year then!

KP: Yeah absolutely and we still have Australia!

X: Who's the best band you've been playing with?

KP: Oh man I couldn't even tell you, we've been playing with so many different kinds of bands and they're all great! That's really not a thing I can answer. We've had great shows with Black Label Society, that was awesome. Judas Priest we did one gig with and of course that was very honourable, Steel Panther was a lot of fun and Fear Factory was wicked because it brought together another demographic that wouldn't necessarily be drawn to us.

We did another tour with Sonata Arctica which was great and they were great to tour with too, but it all brought different people out. It was crazy because we were going to the same cities on every tour but you see completely different metal-heads each time but it's just because there are so many different kinds of music out there. Our most recent tour was with Amaranthe from Sweden. Really cool stuff and that was the first time I'd heard them, it's killer!

They have three different vocalists who formed this supergroup together and it's really cool stuff. And it's great on tour you met lots of people and Jake, one of the singers, has come on tour with us, he wanted to tour manage us! And Andreas, their sound engineer, wanted to come on tour with us too, so we went from going on tour with them to having them on our tour, which is awesome.

X: Sweet! Well now I need to think of some more questions!

KP: Like what's your favourite cheesecake? (laughs) I will never forget that!

X: Haha. You know I asked Devin that and he said 'Dog Shit Flambe'

KP: Oh!

X: But I have to thank you for that because it was you that introduced me to the world of Devin Townsend when you came in on my show and now he's one of my heros.

KP: Right on, I'm very glad because he's amazing! He's selling out shows back to back. He's very inspiring to a lot of members in our band, and it helps that he's Canadian too, I'm throwing that in there!

X: I've decided that I want to go to Canada actually. The Agonist played here a couple of weeks ago and I've been waiting to see them for years but I ended up not being able to afford to get to a show. So Now I want to save up to see them in the homeland as they don't come here very often.

KP: Ah man that's a bummer, I'm sorry to hear that. They'll be back, they're doing very well. Well I hope they'll be back. We follow a lot of bands tours to see what they're up to and they're looking very successful, so they should come back! I hope you get to see them, or make a trip, that would be even cooler!

X: Yeah I'd love to catch you all there and travel around too.

KP: Oh you should, It's a gorgeous country too. There's so much to see, I haven't even seen most of Canada, which is crazy! I haven't seen the east coast, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Newbrunswick, they look gorgeous.

X: My sister lived in Newfoundland actually, they had icebergs drifting by!

KP: Haha yeah, I'd say so, it's pretty cold! But stunning.

There then comes a knock at the door...

KP: Yeah?

Jake: Sorry, I was just... Oh, no problem. That fridge is empty too!

KP: (laughs) Oh man! That's Jake, our manager, from Amaranthe.

X: So talking of the homeland, how's the music scene at home?

KP: It's great! There's a really strong metal scene and there's a lot of things coming out of Canada right now. Bands have been working really hard and are finally being noticed and recognised and coming over sea's too! It's a great scene but the only problem with Canada is that's theres so much of a great space!

So it's very hard to tour across because it takes a couple of days to go from one city to another and there's only a couple of cities, I'd say, on opposite sides of the country to hit! There's Quebec and Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, sometimes Victoria on the west, then you have to go all the way to the east. It's a smart thing I think, that if you're in a band to put the states and Canada together because you go down one side then cross and go up the other instead of driving across the land for a few days.

X: What's the longest tour run you've done?

KP: This summer was a really long tour, I think we did two and a half months straight with Fear Factory. It was great, it was awesome! But definitely by the end of the tour we needed a break so bad, we had a two week gap from that tour until the next. But that's our position right now. We are still at a level that supports bands mainly and it's a great way to build up fans.

X: Very true, but this tour now was actually your headline tour!

KP: Yeah that was something different for us! We can't really make our own schedule so you can't make the gaps exactly what you'd like, so you've got to role with the punches of the schedule of what you're doing and what other bands are doing right now. I think it will change a little bit in the future but meh, this is what we signed up for, a never ending job and it's a one of a kind job, you can't really take a day off when you feel like it.

Before we knew it the room was invaded by everyone else on the tour screaming and cheering.

Santa Cruz: We're back and we're bad!

KP: Oh my god!

Jake: I had no idea about this. This wasn't at all planned.

Santa Cruz: He's such a bad liar!

We then ran around the entire venue inside and out trying to find somewhere warm and big enough to take a group shot loosing several members at every turn in the process in the meandering tunnels of Rock City. Eventually we got back to the dressing room.

KP: It's cool to be able to have some time after the show to hang out and wind down. Usually places try to chuck you out straight away and you barely have any time to sell any merch!

X: AND you don't have to pay a percentage of your merch to the venue in the UK either!

KP: Yeah that's really nice. In Italy we had to pay a cut on everything, and there was also tax on top of that, the merch cut was 28% so we literally gave almost a third of our money to the venue!

X: Man that's shocking. And it really catches UK bands out when they go to the states for the first time too! Switzerland will actually pull you over when going in and out and count your merch so they can charge you the tax on your sales!

X: So I noticed the tattoo on your arm of a dream catcher, what's the story?

KP: I love them! I've grown up with them all around me. When I was young my mum would take me to sun dances so there was a lot of native american influences about when I was growing up. I used to have notorious nightmares when I was little all the time, up until I was about 13. So from the very beginning my parents put a dream catcher over my bed and it works, because psychologically I thought 'yeah it's catching my nightmares' and so it just kind of stuck with me, like a protective symbol.

X: What was the worst dream you had?

KP: I had a really bad one that my dad came in and shot all of my family members and I woke up hysterical! I'll never forget that, it was quite bad!

Lord Griffen briefly enters the room.

X: So where did the 'Lord' come from??

KP: You know what this is actually quite funny, well funny for us. He had a friend that started calling him Lord Griffen on Facebook years and years ago and so I started calling him it and putting it out there. Than other people started calling him it and someone actually changed his name on Wikipedia to Lord Griffen! And so we have just left it!

X: Oh and you changed your name too!

KP: Yeah a couple of years ago now.

X: Were you getting obsessive stalkers?

KP: No I just love the band and wanted to be more associated with the project and it suits me better now. I love it, it's more hippy!

X: Do you have alter egos?

KP: No not at all. No alter egos, I'm just me all the time.

X: Thank you very much, great to catch up with you again!

KP: We shall see you soon!


18.11.13



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A first online teaser from the new album is now available. Napalm Death are currently on tour in Europe...

audrey horne AUDREY HORNE ARE NOW ON TOUR
'Pure Heavy' comes to Europe with an extensive run of dates..."

peckham cowboys THE PECKHAM COWBOYS UNWRAP VIDEO FOR 'BROMLEY GIRLS'
The song is a tale of "a young aristocratic lady of high breeding, led astray by a terrible man. Only the names have been changed, because we forgot them..."

abgott ABGOTT PLAY ONLY UK SHOW OF 2014 IN DECEMBER
The Black Metal heroes will play the Boston Music Rooms on December 5th...

fear factory FEAR FACTORY CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
Fear Factory will be concentrating on finishing their new studio album and will return in the Summer of 2015...

download KISS AND MUSE ANNOUNCED AS DOWNLOAD 2015 HEADLINERS
British rock trio Muse will headline the Saturday night of next year's event, which runs between June 12th and 14th...

magnum MAGNUM RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'ON CHRISTMAS DAY' ON DECEMBER 1ST
The poignant song is based on a true life incident in the WW1 trenches...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA DANCE ACROSS NORTH AMERICA IN HILARIOUS NEW VIDEO FOR GENESIS COVER 'I CAN'T DANCE'
"The experience ranged from no one even paid too much attention to us to people looking a little scared..."

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE GERMAN DATES FOR 2016 WORLD TOUR
The German dates are just the first of many live appearances, with plenty more to be announced. "And for 2016, we will have more surprises and an even bigger production..."

ensiferum ENSIFERUM ANNOUNCE ALBUM TITLE AND RELEASE DATE FOR 2015
"Kippo kicked our asses to make us do the very best, and you can hear that in this album. It's a killer album with killer sound. I'm very proud to a part of this masterpiece..."

hellfest BREAKING NEWS: HELLFEST ANNOUNCE MOTORHEAD, SCORPIONS, ALESTORM, SLASH, ZZ TOP, VENOM AND MANY, MANY MORE FOR 2015
Hellfest have announced a stellar line-up for the 2015 edition of the festival which will take place at on June 19th to 21st 2015...

download BREAKING NEWS: JUDAS PRIEST, SLIPKNOT AND MORE ANNOUNCED FOR DOWNLOAD 2015
Slipknot will play the main stage at Donington on Friday June 12th, following Judas Priest...

chris appleton CHRIS APPLETON ANNOUNCES ACOUSTIC ALBUM & TOUR
In the downtime between Absolva projects, Chris Appleton applies his skills to solo album 'Restless'...

out and loud NAPALM RECORDS ANNOUNCE LABEL NIGHT AT OUT & LOUD FESTIVAL 2015
The German festival gets off to a quality start with the warm up night on July 3rd featuring a fine cross-section of the label repertoire...

jeff loomis ARCH ENEMY WELCOME JEFF LOOMIS AS NEW GUITARIST
The ex-Nevermore guitarist will debut for Arch Enemy on the European tour starting November 26th as Nick Cordle's replacement...

wildfire WILDFIRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE
The two day showcase promises to give Glasgow a Rock and Metal party to remember...

periphery PERIPHERY ANNOUNCE DUAL ALBUMS FOR 2015
There will also be plenty of touring in next year, including a stint on the road with Devin Townsend Project...

anathema ANATHEMA ANNOUNCE 'RESONANCE' SHOW AT SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE IN APRIL 2015
This special show will be a celebration of the entire history of Anathema music...

cradle of filth CRADLE OF FILTH SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
"For the full frontal assault we have planned for the awesome new album, Nuclear Blast are the perfect war stallion to carry us screaming into the heart of the next chapter of COF's dark, enigmatic history..."

yardbirds THE YARDBIRDS RETURN TO LONDON WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SOME VELVET MORNING
The Yardbirds will play Bush Hall on November 21st, fifty years after the release of the seminal 'Five Live Yardbirds'...

marilyn manson NEW MARILYN MANSON ALBUM 'THE PALE EMPEROR' COMING JANUARY 19th
The album is available for pre-orders now...

udo UDO, ONE OF GERMAN CLASSIC ROCK'S GREATEST, ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
'Decadent' is mastered and due for release in January 2015...

fozzy FOZZY LAUNCH VIDEO CLIP FOR 'DO YOU WANNA START A WAR'
"Fog, slow motion camera shots, and chicks in military uniforms. Touchdown!..."

phil rudd 'PROCURE TO KILL' CHARGE AGAINST AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD DROPPED BUT OTHER CHARGES REMAIN
Rudd is on bail and is scheduled to reappear in court on November 27th and still faces one charge of threatening to kill...

blind guardian BLIND GUARDIAN TO RELEASE 'BEYOND THE RED MIRROR' IN FEBRUARY 2015
"A story between science fiction and fantasy. While there used to be several passages between the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at any cost..."

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