LACUNA COIL Singer SCABBIA On Next Album: 'It's Going To Rock, That's For Sure'

Australia's PyroMusic.net conducted an interview with LACUNA COIL vocalists Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro after the band's first Sydney performance on November 15, 2007. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

PyroMusic.net: Indeed. Moving on, what's the reaction to "Karmacode" been like?

Cristina: It's doing good.

PyroMusic.net: In what ways do you think it's an improvement on past releases?

Andrea: I think because after "Comalies" we've been touring so much in the States and Europe and everywhere, so we felt the live energy was missing a bit on the CD, so we wanted to have something groovier and heavier, especially to play live after the release. It's something we searched for on "Karmacode", that power.

Cristina: It's definitely the best CD that we've done. And that's why you release records, because you're trying to improve yourself, and I think we definitely did it. It's obvious to say that we're more mature, but we definitely had an evolution; a good one! (laughs)

PyroMusic.net: So where do you go from here: is it more touring? Because obviously that's an important way for band such as yourselves to maintain your fan base.

Cristina: Well, touring is important to promote yourself and keep yourself in shape with your vocals and your instruments, but at the same time now we feel we have to stop for a while to write some more music, some new music. 'Cause after a while, you can't help it, you love your songs, but you getting tired of playing the same songs over and over... I'm just hungry for something new.

PyroMusic.net: Wow. With the next album, do you have any idea when that will be written and recorded?

Andrea: Writing, yes. The writing has to start straight after this tour, although there may be a little break in between.

Cristina: No, it's too early to start talking about recording really. We definitely have some material though.

PyroMusic.net: So no idea what the next album will sound like then?

Cristina: Hmmm, no! (laughs) It's gonna be a blood thrash album with rap, dance, techno and funk influences. And reggae! (laughs) No, all we know is it's going to rock, that's for sure.

PyroMusic.net: A few years ago you guys were doing the acoustic set followed by the electric set afterwards. Is that something you're going to do again in the near future?

Cristina: Who knows? It was something special so we want to keep it this way because it makes no sense to do it all the time, or people are going to say, "Yeah okay, that's boring." It's cool if it stays something intimate and special. But who knows, maybe yes, 'cause we like it.

PyroMusic.net: Now, the band's popularity has gone through the roof in the last few years. What would you attribute that to; just good old-fashioned hard work?

Cristina: Working, definitely. I think it's a combination of different things; working hard, and as I said before, trying to be open to other influences and not staying closed in a cliché. I don't know. A lot of things.

PyroMusic.net: The increased popularity of female-fronted bands like NIGHTWISH, EVANESCENCE and LEAVES' EYES has probably helped as well.

Cristina: That's true, but if you think about it, first of all we have two singers and this is something they don't have, so we can definitely do...

Andrea: Well, not NIGHTWISH, they do now.

Cristina: They do now (laughs), but they didn't have, and we're not playing the "beauty and the beast." No offence to anyone at all, but sometimes he sings in a more melodic way or I can be more aggressive, so it's a completely different thing. I mean, there's a lot of bands with a male singer but no one's comparing those bands! (laughs)

Andrea: I think it's through that it's become popular... if you have a girl in the band, but not always the bands are really good I think.

Read the entire interview at PyroMusic.net.

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