Lord Interview 05/05/21
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
We're LORD, based on the east coast of Australia, in and around Sydney. We originally began as a band called Dungeon in the Australian outback (think Mad Max 2 - the Road Warrior, it was literally filmed there) before we eventually moved east, changed our name to LORD, and then released a pretty fair wad of albums and did a fair amount of touring around the world. Biggest influences... that's tough, we're influenced by everything from pop to extreme metal, but I think you'd hear mostly Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Dokken in what we do, although on most albums for every hard rock ballad there's usually some thrash metal song to counter it.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
Anywhere and everywhere, really. There's a lot of stuff that's an observation of life, other stuff is based on movies, and other things are pure invention that seemed like an interesting thing to write about at the time.
MM: What would you say is your band's favourite song ?
Who is your favourite child? I'm not sure if any band could answer that one with a back catalogue as big as we have by now. But I think if I had to personally chose one that I'm most proud of, it would be the title track of our 2015 "What Tomorrow Brings" release, which was a 25+ minute long concept piece that run the gamut from melodic rock to death metal, with actors, orchestration and full cinematic sound design. But name almost anything we've done and there'll be something I'm really proud of so I'm not sure I could pick a favourite.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2021
Zero. Even within Australia, a lot of our peers have had tours ripped out from underneath them by borders being closed suddenly due to COVID-19 restrictions, and we're one of the safer countries in the world. We've written off the rest of the year and put a lot of focus on writing and recording instead.
MM: What can we expect from you guys live
We do a pretty energetic stage show, packed full of shred solos and basically lots of fun. I sometimes think we take the gags too far on stage but you can see we're genuinely having a great time, which gets the crowd on board, so even if you're not necessarily a huge fan of the music we do, you still walk away feeling like you've had a good time and gotten your money's worth.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
Best thing is the crowd feedback. When we're having a good night sound-wise and we can let the mechanics of the show kind of fade away into the background, it's the crowd interaction that I think we all agree is the best thing. Seeing everyone singing along or getting a kick out of some of the stupid crap we get up to on stage is awesome. The worst thing is lack of sleep, shitty tech problems and having to "hurry up and wait" all the time, with sitting in endless hotel rooms, terminals, backstage rooms or transport. If touring was that couple of hours a day on stage and you could cut out all of the other tedious stuff, I'd sign up for that in a second.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
That's a hard question because there's bands that we're big fans of that we'd love to tour with, but we have no idea if it would be more so a thrill that we're on tour with them or we're actually there as buddies, if you know what I mean. I will say that we did a Japanese tour with Doro and Jaded Heart about 10 years ago, and I don't think any of us has gone more than a couple of months without someone in one of those bands saying we should do that again when we can. Hasn't eventuated yet but I'm certainly keen!
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
For me it was Bang Your Head in 2005. Hanging out backstage with a lot of our heroes was pretty cool, but seeing Twisted Sister closing out the festival in front of 25,000 people from the side of the stage was just spectacular. I think apart from that was when we toured with Megadeth in Romania (back during the Dungeon days). We had no idea what to expect when we rolled up to the venue but we discovered it was huge and absolutely packed solid with crazy fans.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
Still being around after more than 30 years and not stabbing one or more members of the band, including myself. Seriously though, we get on pretty well as far as bands goes, but that's a long marriage!
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
It changes, but usually my top album list includes "Rage for Order" by Queensryche, and probably "Natural Born Chaos" by Soilwork.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
Yep... I was barely 19 years old, never having sung in front of people before in my life, now suddenly standing in front of a packed venue. I would describe that experience as "we shat ourselves" for every single person in that lineup of the band, but we were lucky to get everyone in the crowd onboard with us pretty fast and that turned into a huge thrill after not too long.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
I started off as a huge pop fan so there were a lot of Duran Duran posters everywhere (still a big fan, in fact), but that eventually gave way to Megadeth, Dio, Dokken, Queensryche, Slayer and Doro posters, just to name a few. It's funny thinking that eventually we went onto work with a lot of those bands in some way.
MM: Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
Tony Iommi and Eddie Van Halen. I wouldn't say either are/were my favourite players (although I am a fan of both), but both were massive game-changers as to how everyone approached this genre and rightly deserve the legendary status they have.
MM : What's the most important thing to the band right now?
Writing good songs and recording good albums. Live shows come and go, but the albums you leave behind are your legacy.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
Our Undercovers (Vol.1) album comes out on April 2, and there's 23 cover songs on there, so we're not exactly strangers to a good cover! There's everything from Savage Garden to Symphony X to Pantera to Icehouse on there, so it runs a pretty wide range of styles. We have a huge laundry list of songs already on The List that we're planning to cover one day when we get the time, ranging from pop to black metal, so "stay tuned" is the best answer I can give here.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
This is going to sound a little belligerent but it's really up to you if you want to listen to us or not. We're very easy to find on various social media sites and streaming/download services around the internet. Dig in, listen to a couple of songs, see what you think. I personally think they're great songs, recorded well but I'm obviously biased. You may not think so - and that's totally cool. I'm happy to leave the selling to the salesmen and concentrate on just making the best music I can.
MM: Four words to describe your Band
Songs-first, diverse, technical, fun.
MM: Final Words for your fans and our readers
Cheers for getting to the end of this chat! Check out www.lord.net.au - if you like what you hear, we'd love to have you on board!