ANVIL Frontman: 'It's Never Too Late And Dreams Can Still Come True'

Christina Fuoco-Karasinski of LiveDaily recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow of Canadian metal legends ANVIL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

LiveDaily: Did you think "This is Thirteen" was going to be the breakthrough album?

Lips: Hmm. I always hoped that every album I do would [be]. To me, it's been one long album, really, in a certain sense, because, as soon as you finish one album, you're writing another one. It's one long stream. The job never really ends. You're never really done. So it's not ... to me, it's one long stream. I really don't worry about whether I'm going to be big or small, whether it's going to sell a lot or a little. I don't really bog myself down with those thoughts. It's pretty much a waste of time. You can't predict it. It's impossible to predict, totally. To me, the newest record is by far the best thing we've done in years, but it's the first time we've used a producer in years. That makes a huge difference. It really, really does. Anybody thinking differently, they can go try it and they can go find out on their own. I went on a really long journey and found myself sort of the hard way. You can try all you want to produce yourself. You won't get what you would get if you really had a producer. There's just no way. You can't be yourself and outside yourself at the same time. You can't do it.

LiveDaily: So are you working on new material now?

Lips: Yeah, we have 20 new songs. Oh yeah, like I said, it never stops. As soon as we finished recording, when we came home from England, we began writing again. Most of the reason for that is — particularly at this point — we really figured, or I did, that we're not going to have time. That movie was gonna open up and there's not going to be any time. We're going to be on the road, who knows? That's pretty much been the way it is. I'm really grateful that, before the movie even came out, we'd written most of the new songs. Part of it's very frustrating. I've been waiting around for two years to record what I've already written. It's a bit frustrating on that level, and then it's always hurry up and wait. At the same time, "This is Thirteen" just came out now and already everybody's going, "When's the next one?" Now everybody's saying, "Hurry up." I've been ready for two years. Why are you telling me to hurry now? It's really frustrating, actually.

LiveDaily: Do you have a name for the new album?

Lips: "Juggernaut of Justice".

LiveDaily: If there's one thing that you'd like people to take away from the movie, what would that be?

Lips: That it's never too late and dreams can still come true. I think it is true. The only time it's too late is when you're six feet under the ground. Where there's life, there's hope. That's just the way it is. Anything can change for anybody at any time. And you can die tomorrow. Anything is possible and that's why you have to do whatever you can while you're here.

Read the entire interview from LiveDaily.


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