LEAVES' EYES' official web site has posted a short interview with the group's bass player Chris Lukhaup, about the band's upcoming album, "Vinland Saga", due on July 19 (May 30 in Europe) via Napalm Records. Read on:
Q: Chris, the recordings for "Vinland Saga" are done. How was it for you?
Chris: "The album, 'Vinland Saga', started for me right after [the debut] 'Lovelorn'. As we are in the lucky position to have an own studio I can record ideas to every time I want to. Thus, the work for 'Vinland Saga' took nearly one year. Still I love to work in the nights here in the studio as there are not that many people as in the days. Like before, the period of composing was a very relaxing time for me. All the influences, experiences and emotions I have in my head flow into the music. I often feel very good after that process leaving the studio in the crack of dawn. It is like a therapy for me."
Q: Where do you see differences to "Lovelorn"? Did the songs change?
Chris: "The difference to 'Lovelorn' is the complexity of the songs. The ideas for 'Lovelorn' were more simple and straight. Now I try to more and more get complex and diverse. Maybe you now have to listen several times to a song until you really got it. The ideas for 'Lovelorn' had one theme and that was the basic line for the songs. The music was kind of a monologue. Now the tracks appear more like a dialogue. There are also new instruments I couldn't work with during the 'Lovelorn' recordings. The kettledrums, flutes and oboes have a very special note. I really dream of working with a whole orchestra, that would be great. The songwriting for the successor for 'Vinland Saga' has already started."
Q: What is the best thing for you about "Vinland Saga"?
Chris: "The depth. I think we all did a great job and everyone did the best in his position. All our thoughts and feelings got in a kind of wonderful rope to be mediated through the music to fans and friends. In many songs I can read like in a diary. They remind me on different situations or thoughts. Very interesting for me are all the reactions of our audience. I'm always interested in their reflection of the music. 'Vinland Saga' will be, just like 'Lovelorn', a never-ending story for me because of the everlasting reactions of our listeners."