Barbara Caserta of Italian web radio Linearock.it recently conducted an interview with guitarist Leo Leoni and singer Nic Maeder of Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD. You can now watch the chat below.
GOTTHARD's new album, "Firebirth", will be released on June 1 via Nuclear Blast/Warner Music. The CD was produced at the band's own Yellow House Studios in Lugano, Switzerland, with guitarist/songwriter Leo Leoni and Paul Lani (who has previously worked with GOTTHARD on several of their earlier albums, including "G-Spot" and "Homerun") at the helm.
"Firebirth" marks GOTTHARD's first release with Maeder, who was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, lived in Melbourne, Australia and grew up between Switzerland and "Down Under."
"Firebirth" track listing:
02. Give Me Real
03. Remember It's Me
05. Yippie Aye Yay
06. Tell Me
08. The Story Is Over
09. Right On
11. Take It All Back
12. I Can
13. Where Are You? (dedicated to Steve Lee)
GOTTHARD vocalist Steve Lee was killed on October 5, 2010 in what has been described as a freak road accident in Nevada.
The "Firebirth" album cover depicts the firebird Phoenix, which symbolically rises "from the ashes to the sky" — this line expresses what each GOTTHARD fan feels and underlines the turbulent time that GOTTHARD has gone through in the past months.
GOTTHARD's first live shows with Maeder took place in South America before the band makes several European festival appearances. The new group's German live debut will take place on July 14 at the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen.
GOTTHARD's "Starlight" video was filmed in an old animal food factory near Berlin, Germany where scenes from the Quentin Tarantino film "Inglorious Basterds" were previously shot.