Interview with Andi Schnitzer of Kissin’ Dynamite – The Underworld, Camden, London – 18/10/2019

Kissin_ Dynamite

Interview with Andi Schnitzer of Kissin’ Dynamite
The Underworld, Camden, London 18/10/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

Kissin’ Dynamite are on a mission to bring back stadium rock. They do this through their solid music and sterling live shows. Whilst on their Ecstasy tour, Lotty spoke to drummer Andi Schnitzer moments before their first UK headline show taking place at The Underworld, Camden. They spoke about the tour, their latest single Cadillac Maniac and answered a couple of reader’s questions.

Hello Andy, thank you for joining us today. How are you doing?

It’s good to be here, we started our tour three or four days ago. We are slowly getting into a groove and yesterday we were in Paris which was awesome. It’s very cool to be playing in London for the very first time as a headliner. We’re very proud of this because England is a special country for us. A lot of our influences come from here.

You performed with Powerwolf earlier this year. I spoke to Jim (Müller) last year about different audiences and he mentioned German audiences are very polite. How do you find British crowds?

Germans sometimes have a stick in their arse during the song. They really like it but they feel like they cannot show it so much. When you finish the song, they really clap and cheer. In every other country, the audiences are more passionate during the songs and that includes England.

So how has the tour been going so far?

We were in Majorca for Metal Holiday and that was a really cool show. We were then in Germany for one show, then Paris and now in London. It’s been going really good so far and as I said, we have got a good groove and a great sound.

This tour is promoting your latest album “Ecstasy”! Which songs off the album do you enjoy performing live the most?

‘I’ve Got The Fire’ is one of my favourites, not just playing it but in general. ‘You’re Not Alone’ is a very good anthem at the end, people really celebrate it and it looks great when the audience participate.

You have also just released ‘Cadillac Maniac’ with The Baseballs, so how did that collaboration come about?

We didn’t know the guys personally but we knew that one of the guys Sam [Sven Budja] was from the town we come from. Our manager had contacted us about this collaboration, Sam and Hannes [Braun] both wrote the song together. I think it’s really cool mixture of those two styles that functions better than anyone could have imagined. This is also a bit of fun between two albums, it’s a kick ass party song.

Where was the video filmed?

It was filmed in a studio in Cologne with a big Cadillac. I remember we only had three hours; we drank, partied and shot the video.

I take it this is a standalone single for now, is there new material in the making? I mean after this tour has been done.

We tried it once but we realised we don’t write whilst on tour. There are of course new ideas always brewing. We’re not in the song writing process at the moment due to the tour.

A couple of questions from the readers, first one is what inspired you guys to make your own music?

The music of our parents influenced us, I would say their music was much cooler than our friend’s music at school, our generation. We discovered Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Guns N Roses and loved that stuff. We then formed a band ourselves with these ideas of bands and kept on going. At the end of the day we wanted to start our own and write our own songs. We started slowly and it worked out very well.

Another question I got from a reader, have you experienced stage fright or anxiety?

Yes always, a little bit but I always find that to be a good thing as it keeps you focused. It would be strange to go on stage as if you were going to do something like brushing your teeth. Another reason to get on stage is to feel that adrenaline rush. As long as you’re not getting too anxious!

You have the rest of the tour, what’s in store for Kissin’ Dynamite?

We will finish the tour, then we will have a long break. We have been touring a lot; with Powerwolf last Fall and earlier this year. We then had our big headliner tour in Spring then many festival appearances and now this tour.

Thank you Andi for taking the time to talk to Ever Metal today and hope the show goes well tonight.

Rick Here,

From Lotty’s subsequent live review which you can read in full here;

Kissin’ Dynamite w/BlackRain & Serpentyne – The Underworld, Camden, London – 18/10/2019

It very much seems that Kissin’ Dynamite played an absolute blinder on the night.
I would very much like to thank both Lotty and Andi for the interview.

Please check out the following links!
Kissin’Dynamite;
https://www.kissin-dynamite.de/en/

https://www.instagram.com/kissin_dynamite/

https://www.youtube.com/kissindynamiterocks
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Kissin’ Dynamite w/BlackRain & Serpentyne – The Underworld, Camden, London – 18/10/2019

 

A full review of the gig can be found here:

Kissin’ Dynamite w/BlackRain & Serpentyne – The Underworld, Camden, London – 18/10/2019

 

 

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Kissin’ Dynamite w/BlackRain & Serpentyne – The Underworld, Camden, London – 18/10/2019

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Kissin’ Dynamite
w/BlackRain & Serpentyne
The Underworld, Camden, London
18/10/2019
Review by Lotty Whittingham, Picture by Natalie O’Neill

On my way to the venue, given it was the same night as the sold out Gloryhammer show, it was difficult to know what to expect with regards to audience size. The last time Kissin’ Dynamite were in the UK, they were the opening band for Powerwolf. They were now doing their own headline tour and they were making a stop in London. No better place than The Underworld, Camden; the alternative heart of London.

As I arrived, it was great to see people there already. Some of them had seen the band on the Powerwolf tour; others were long-time fans of the band who had been waiting to see them in the UK. Whether fans were securing their space to watch the bands, buying their first drinks or browsing the merch; the atmosphere was buzzing with excitement and anticipation.

The first band to take to the stage were London based Serpentyne. Sometimes when a band is a completely different style to the rest of the line-up, this can pay off massively or back fire immensely. Their haunting sound consisted of angelic vocals, brilliant guitar work, some energetic stage antics (one including the guitarist jumping on top of the drum kit) and orchestral pieces on the system. The only criticism I have regarding their set was that sometimes you couldn’t quite hear these orchestral parts, then again, that could have been to do with the sound system. Overall, they were a great choice to open up proceedings.

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French Hard Rockers BlackRain were the main support act for the night. From the moment they took to the stage, it was clear they weren’t here to mess around. They brought no nonsense Mötley Crüe and Airbourne style rock to The Underworld. This stadium like atmosphere was reinforced by the fact that fans and new listeners were already singing along to their songs. The setlist consisted of a mixture of songs from across their discography, mainly from their latest album “Dying Breed” that was released this year. If closing with a cover of Twisted Sister classic ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ didn’t get them nice and warmed up then who knows what would have?

Regarding headliners Kissin’ Dynamite, I came across them a few years ago through the song ‘DNA’ when casually browsing on YouTube. In turn, I discovered the album “Megalomania” that was released the same year. I was finally getting to see them headline a UK show at one of my favourite venues.

They kicked off the night with anthems ‘I’ve Got The Fire’ and ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It’. I’ve Got The Fire is one of my go-to songs when I need to smile and need that morale boost. The power of the song increased when it was performed live and it instantly lifted those spirits.

The thing with stadium shows is that they are built up with magical moments that are unforgettable. I know this wasn’t a stadium show but given the way they performed; you would have thought you were at one. I will never forget their live performance of ‘Heart Of Stone’ with a piano; it was a great way to tone down the wild atmosphere for those few moments. I was also highly impressed that they were able to lug a huge piano down to the stage in a venue with no lifts.

Another was the song ‘I Will Be King’, especially where vocalist Hannes Braun sang whilst sitting on a silver throne and wearing royal garments. Like the piano, getting the throne onto The Underworld stage was impressive. A personal highlight for me was when they performed ‘DNA’; this was the first song that got me into the band so it was great to experience the energetic performance of this song.

I should also mention that Ana Bruner (Exit Eden) joined the band on stage for a few numbers, including their duet ‘Ecstasy’. The title of this song is incredibly apt because of the energy which comes across. When it was performed, this energy transitioned to the crowd. Ana’s powerful voice and her passionate energy on stage made her a great addition to the band.

They closed their remarkable set with ‘You’re Not Alone’ and Ana joined them one last time for ‘Flying Colours’. These gave the audience one last blast before ending the night on a literal high, with Hannes Braun standing on top of a mini pyramid.

I deliberately made the notes after the show as I was busy soaking in every aspect of their mind-blowing performance, sometimes literally soaking from all the sweat. It was clear they worked incredibly hard to pull out all the stops to give The Underworld a stadium like atmosphere. Hannes Braun was in control of the crowd that night, his charisma and passion to give fans an unforgettable show shone through.

Judging from the crowd’s reaction and the band’s mind-blowing performance, it is more than safe to say they will be welcome back to the UK anytime.

LINKS:
https://www.kissin-dynamite.de
https://www.facebook.com/Kissindynamiterocks/

https://www.instagram.com/kissin_dynamite/

https://www.youtube.com/kissindynamiterocks

 

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Lotty’s Top 10 Albums of 2018

Lotty’s Top 10 Albums of 2018

Hi Everyone – It’s Rick. Before I let you loose on Lotty’s top 10 of 2018 I just wanted to thank her. Not only has she has been an excellent addition to our team but this isn’t just a list, it’s an incredibly detailed mini review of each album and I know how busy she is. Thanks Lotty!

It is more than safe to say that this year has just been full of fantastic releases. Ones I had the pleasure to review and listen to months before release yet feeling the frustration of not being able to share it with my nearest and dearest until release date. Some that I came across for pleasure, whether that be on Spotify, in the shop or YouTube. It was very difficult to pick a top ten so here they are.

01 (No 10) Powerwolf - The Sacrement Of Sin10. Powerwolf – “The Sacrament Of Sin”

I don’t think I have ever seen so many single releases for one album. To be fair, if I had a strong collection of songs on my album then I would be very keen to show them off too. It’s the very reason why POWERWOLF’s “The Sacrament Of Sin” is the perfect way to open up the top ten. When reviewing this album before it’s official release date, I was able to hear some brilliant belters that have now become anthems. We have the pumping ‘Incense & Iron’, the sexy ‘Demons Are A Girls Best Friend’ and even their first ballad ‘Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone’. POWERWOLF have a sterling reputation for delivering solid material and their latest collection of metal psalms is no exception. A must have for fans of the band and genre.


02 (No 9) Kobra _ The Lotus - Prevail II9. Kobra And The Lotus – “Prevail II”

Over the past few years, Canadian Hard Rockers KOBRA & THE LOTUS have gained a large following of fans. Judging from their ballsy sound and charismatic stage presence it’s easy to see why. “Prevail II” doesn’t beat around the bush when you press play, it gets straight down to business with the track ‘Losing My Humanity’. This belter along with other anthems such as ‘My Immortal’, ‘Modern Day Hero’ and ‘Velvet Roses’ make up a top-quality Hard Rock record. Their stunning cover of FLEETWOOD MAC’s ‘The Chain’ is the icing on the cake.


03 (No 8) Handsome Jack - Everything_s Gonna Be Alright8. Handsome Jack – “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”

They aren’t quite as heavy as CLUTCH yet they are too raw to sound like BLACK STONE CHERRY. I suppose that is the beautiful power HANDSOME JACK possess, it’s hard to pinpoint who they sound like. During anxiety ridden and dark times, we need to feel great again and the album “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” does just that. The album contains songs that encourage rejoicing and empowerment. I had a great time listening to this record. Particularly the tracks ‘Hey Mama (Put Your Red Dress On)’ and ‘Baby Be Cool’. I just want to belt out the chorus of ‘Hey Mama (Put Your Dress On)’ at the top of my lungs. It’s a simple but powerful chorus that will have you singing loud before you know it. The soulful tones of ‘Baby Be Cool’ won’t just go down with Hard Rock fans, it will be a treat for music lovers in general.


04 (No 7) Visions Of Atlantis - The Deep And The Dark7. Visions Of Atlantis – “The Deep And The Dark”

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS were one of the bands to help shape my music taste into what it is today. Their tales of sailing the seas containing strong vocals and fantastic symphonic melodies had me hooked. It had been a while since I heard anything from them and was very pleased to come across “The Deep And The Dark”. It provides a strong reminder of the sound that introduced me to them and their lyrical content linking to self-doubt is more than relatable today. This album is truly uplifting with some great content. From the impactful ‘The Grand Illusion’ to the soft ballad tones of ‘Prayer To The Lost’, this album is a mighty voyage with many twists and turns. A metaphor for life you might say.


05 (No 6) Sirenia - Arcane Astral Aeons6. Sirenia – “Arcane Astral Aeons”

SIRENIA are another band to help shape my music taste so their latest album came as a grand surprise. If you were to look up Symphonic Metal in the dictionary, a picture of this album could certainly be a definition. It starts off with the booming ‘In Styx Embrace’, along with the track ‘Into The Night’ it shows off the vocals of Emmanuelle Zoldan. Her versatile vocal range works wonders across the album from the opening track to the burning ashes of ‘Glowing Embers’. Other notable tracks include ‘Desire’, ‘Queen Of Lies’ and ‘The Twilight Hour’. For fans of the band and genre this is a must have for the collection.


06 (No 5) Arion - Life Is Not Beautiful5. Arion – “Life Is Not Beautiful”

This was a surprise this year. I had heard of ARION but never listened to them until now. The opening notes of ‘No One Stands In My Way’ had me intrigued immediately. The uplifting sounds of the track had me smiling within minutes and this applied for the rest of the album. In a world of uncertainty and doubt, we need empowerment in our lives. Appropriately starting with ‘No One Stands In My Way’, it leaves you feeling ready to overcome struggles. This feeling continues with songs such as ‘Unforgiveable’, ‘Punish You’ and ‘At The Break Of Dawn’ featuring AMARANTHE siren Elize Ryd. ‘Through Your Falling Tears’ is a beautiful ballad that calms the tones before getting heavy again. This album was a fantastic listen from start to finish.


07 (No 4) Kissin_ Dynamite - Ecstasy4. Kissin’ Dynamite – “Ecstasy”

German Hard Rockers KISSIN’ DYNAMITE have been on my radar for a little while now. They have produced solid albums over the past few years and their 2018 release “Ecstasy” is no exception. The first notes of the opening tracks ‘I’ve Got The Fire’ and ‘You’re Not Alone’ instantly uplift the mood and give you hope. Each track shows a different side of the band, you have the revolutionary ‘Break The Silence’, the sexy ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It’ and the rapid beats of ‘Superhuman’. Even the ballads ‘Still Around’ and ‘Heart Of Stone’ show power and sass. “Ecstasy” is a more than appropriate title for this energy fuelled portfolio of tracks.


08 (No 3) Kamelot - The Shadow Theory3. Kamelot – “The Shadow Theory”

For the past ten years, KAMELOT have been personal favourites of mine and their latest album “The Shadow Theory” reinforces my love for the American/Swedish Progressive Power Metal 5 piece. “The Shadow Theory” contains an array of music that will make your hair stand on end and blow you away. One of the things I admire about KAMELOT is their inclusion of upcoming musicians in their albums. This time round we had versatile vocals from ONCE HUMAN singer Lauren Hart in ‘The Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)’ and ‘MindFall Remedy’. There were also the beautiful tones of BEYOND THE BLACK’s Jennifer Haben in the stunning ‘In Twilight Hours’. Other fantastic tracks included ‘Burns To Embrace’, ‘Amnesiac’ and ‘Stories Unheard’ particularly for their thought-provoking lyrical content and beautiful music.


09 (No 2) Brothers Of Metal - Prophecy Of Ragnarok2. Brothers Of Metal – “Prophecy Of Ragnarök”

The original release of this, from the Swedish warriors, was in 2017 and when I first heard the album, I had it on loop for days. I was excited when they announced the re-release of the album as I could include it in my top ten this year. “Prophecy Of Ragnarök” is a mighty quest of power and sheer determination. Songs like ‘Son Of Odin’, ‘The Mead Song’ and even the sweeping ballad ‘Yggdrasil’ makes you want to sing out loud and run into battle. The excellent song writing, heroic melodies and flawless vocal work between the three different singers will ensure great things for BROTHERS OF METAL. Once you experience the mighty sounds of the Swedish Warriors, there will be no going back. You’ll be shouting AXE TIME SWORD TIME before you know it!


10 (No 1) Dark Sarah - The Golden Moth1. Dark Sarah – “The Golden Moth”

Usually picking a number one record of the year is a tricky feat. It is a task that often takes days, weeks, even months to decide. From the moment I listened to DARK SARAH’s “The Golden Moth”, I knew this was my number one choice. There are many reasons why I came to this conclusion.

Firstly; the vocal power between Heidi Parviainen (Dark Sarah) and JP Leppäluoto (The Dragon). You don’t have to see the videos to hear the soul and passion in their voices, particularly for the story that is told within the record. You can really hear the emotion behind their voices for particular moments in the songs.

That leads me onto the second point why I admire this album. The storytelling. For those who don’t know, DARK SARAH have released concept albums and this is the third one. The third part of the story. “The Golden Moth” is a story of adventure, betrayal and strength. Knowing the story makes the album all that more powerful as you are completely involved and not just scratching the surface. Feelings and emotions are delved into.

Third point. The songs; there is a fantastic variety from the sweeping notes of ‘My Beautiful Enemy’ to the thunderous notes of ‘Gods Speak’. These are also emphasised by the number of guest musicians they used. Netta Skog’s skills on the accordion gave ‘I Once Had Wings’ a fun and bouncy flavour. The vocal powers of Marco Hietala and Zuberoa Aznárez in ‘Gods Speak’ provide that appropriately godly tone the track gives away.

I could explain more reasons why I love this record but there wouldn’t be enough space. The sheer vocal power, storytelling, cinematic musical arrangements and the potential cliff hanger at the end are the reasons why DARK SARAH’s “The Golden Moth” is my number one album of 2018.

So this is my top ten, do you agree with my choices?

I would also like to give an honourable mention to the following albums.

Firstly to the complex yet catchy “The Living Dead” from Heavy Metal veterans GRAVE DIGGER, the thought provoking lyrics and messages in ORPHANED LAND’s “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs”, the stunning live album “Symphonized” from the talented Anneke Van Giersbergen and finally STORMCAST’s triumphant return with “The Ghost Eater”.

Lotty