PARADISE LOST INTERVIEW
Twinmusix got to speak to NICK HOLMES from Paradise Lost about their new album and more.
TM - This is Elizabeth and Amelia from Twinmusix, Thank You for having this call with us today. How are you?
PL - I'm good. How are you?
TM - We are good Thank You.
TM - What can fans expect from your new album Obsidian?
PL - It is our 16th album it's a varied album, more varied than the last one. It is a very different style but very much a paradise lost
album, so check it out on the 15th of May.
TM - What was your writing and recording process for your new album Obsidian?
PL - The album took about 9 or 10 months to write and then we went in this studio in November last year. We finished there in late December, we used Gomez to mix and engineer the album like we have for the last three albums now.
TM - What do you like about Gomez's engineering Style?
PL - He is very passionate and he cares. He doesn't take anything lightly and he is meticulous with detail, especially with Drums. It is nice to work with people who care about what they do.
TM - How did you come up with your Album cover for Obsidian and is there a meaning behind it?
PL - An artist from the same County as Adrian Baxter did the artwork. We came up with the title of Obsidian which is a type of Black Earth Glass. People use to use the glass as a good luck charm or something and use to ward off evil spirits. We went with that concept, It is the kind of symbols that people would put their faith in or used to ward off evil spirits or witchcraft. We used the idea of a symbol to mean something.
TM - You brought out a new book can you tell us more about it?
PL - A friend of ours that works for Decibel Magazine in America and wanted to do a biography about the band. He interviewed us extensively for many many hours. It is very concise about when the band started in 1988 to the very present-day. It goes through all the bands we have crossed paths with, it is a very accurate description of the band's life. It will be interesting for anyone who has liked Paradise Lost it.
TM - Do you plan on touring with this new album?
PL - Yeah, we would love to be back touring in August in September. It is pretty hard to say what is going to happen. We may have to wait till 2021, we don't know. As soon as we can go out we will be.
TM - I know, I just want to go back out and go to gigs. I miss photographing shows.
PL - Absolutely, we didn't see any point in delaying the album launch because people can still go out and listen to the music. Hopefully, it can cheer everyone up if they're stuck in the house. Even though we can't play live, it's a new way for everyone to listen to. We don't know what do you want the results are going to be but hopefully everyone likes it
TM - Have you consider doing a live show?
PL - Logistically we don't live anywhere near each other so it would be kind of hard. Our drummer lives in Finland, I think it would take a lot of doing if we did. We haven't played any of the new songs together yet so I wouldn't want to rehearse them live in front of the world.
TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be what sang and in your style or their style?
PL - It would be interesting to see somebody like Dead Can Dance. They have some inspirational music over the years. Personally it would be interesting to see them tackle a Paradise Lost song.
TM - What is your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live?
PL - My best memory of seeing a band Live is Metallica When I was 13 years old. I had never seen anything like it before in my life, so for a 13-year-old boy, it was the best experience I have ever had. It was the original line-up. Cliff Burton was there and it was only 4 pound 50 into the concert. Just to hear thrash metal guitars through a PA system, no one had heard that before. I remember, James Hetfield had broken his wrist and they had a stand-in guitarist, I think John Marshall was standing in for him.
TM - What a cool experience, and you got to see cliff play live too. I wish I had the chance to see him play live.
TM - What's your favourite memory with your fans?
PL - Signing tables at Festival is pretty good, drunk guys are spilling beer everywhere and you have to push people off the table because they lie down on it (laughs).
TM - What advice would you give any upcoming bands?
PL - You have to work hard, then it's pretty much the lyrics "God Gave Rock and Roll To You". You have to get out there play live and do all your social media stuff and you have to be lucky.
TM - You just quoted a KISS song, do you like them?
PL - Yeah I do I started liking them the last 15 years ago.
TM - Did you see the last tour?
PL - No I saw them a couple of years ago in Sheffield. I love Paul Stanley, he is great. A really good read for anyone who loves biographies, they are cool and fun guys.
TM - What's your favourite song to perform live?
PL - No Hope Insight is a really good song to play live, I enjoy it.
TM - Is there anything else you want to say to your fans?
PL - Please look out for our album on the 15th of May this year, look after yourself and wash your hands. We hope to see everyone on the road soon.
TM - We cannot wait to gigs start back up and hopefully we get to see you on the road soon.
iTunes Link: https://music.apple.com/au/album/obsidian/1501148713
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWqNcw-oIbU