CrankItUp.se recently conducted an interview with bassist Marc Lynn and singer Nic Maeder of Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD. You can now watch the chat below.
GOTTHARD released a new single, “Starlight”, on April 20. The title track was made available in two versions: a rock and an acoustic variation.
“Starlight” was one of the first songs that the band wrote with new singer Nic Maeder.
“The chemistry between us worked immediately,” says guitarist Leo Leoni. “It is really unusual to be able to sit down together and straightway write a song which is later the single.”
“Right from the get-go, we had a really laid-back atmosphere between us,” agrees Nic. “It was therefore not hard to come up with good ideas. It was really good fun from the start!”
“Starlight” comes off GOTTHARD‘s new album, “Firebirth”, which 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 will take place in May 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.