First The Oath dissolve shortly after their debut, then Gaz Jennings leaves LUCIFER after only one album. Johanna Sadonis didn’t let all this get her down and didn’t team up with anyone less than Nicke Andersson for LUCIFER’s new album. We talked to the power woman about “Lucifer II” and more.
Hi and thanks a lot for taking time for this interview! How are you doing?
Doing killer, thanks! Exciting times for Lucifer.
Since the release of your first album „Lucifer“ a lot has changed, Gaz Jennings has left the band and Nicke Andersson joined it. How did your cooperation in LUCIFER come about?
Nicke and I have been dating. After Gaz’ departure Nicke threw the idea into the room for us to write together since we had so much in common musically. So we began writing together.
What has changed most in the band since Nicke joined it?
LUCIFER is now a complete band on every level and sounds how it was originally intended to sound even before I had recruited Gaz into the band. The idea was always to be more of a heavy rock band then it then turned out on the first album. So we are now full circle now, with the best line up LUCIFER ever had. I used to do everything on my own in LUCIFER. Now with Nicke by my side, we do a lot together. It’s fantastic. We sit together and do layouts for posters, merch, singles etc, we give each other creative input, we make decisions together. It’s a lot more fun this way!
Your new record „Lucifer II“ has just been released. How do you feel about that? Are you satisfied?
“Lucifer II” will be released July 6th and it’s the best I’ve personally ever done. I’m thrilled!
“Lucifer II” is quite different from its predecessor. Was that Nicke’s influence alone or did other factors play a role too?
I am 50% responsible for how both records sound. This is how WE wanted ‘Lucifer II’ to sound.
Especially “California Son” is one of my favorite songs on the album, can you expect more such cool rockers from you in the future?
You also made a video for this song, which reminds me a lot of a movie by Quentin Tarantino. Was that your intention?
No. The intention was to pay homage to the trashy green screen tv appearances of bands in the 70s.
Another impressive song is “Faux Pharaoh”. Can you tell us something about the lyrical concept behind it?
It’s a true story about someone I once thought I knew who takes himself to seriously and puts himself on a too high pedestal. Someone with no heart or empathy.
You will be supported live by three other musicians. Can you introduce them to us?
We are actually 5 people, sometimes 6. On drums we have the great Nicke Andersson, who doesn’t need an introduction. Alexander Mayr, a beast on bass. He’s Austrian but lives in Sweden. We have Martin Nordin, a maniac on lead guitar. He also plays bass in Dead Lord. We have Linus Björklund on guitar, who also plays in Vojd and we have Robin Tidebrink on guitar who also recorded the album with Nicke and me.
Are there any plans for a tour, maybe also to Germany, soon?
We have been hitting quite a few festivals with more to come. There will be a European Tour this fall, German dates included.
Thank you for the interview! Please let us do a short brainstorming in the end of this interview. What comes in your mind first reading the following terms:
Football – I’d rather put a campfire out with my face.
Best Album in 2018 so far – “Lucifer II”, no question
Hellfest – Great audience!
Poetry – I write all the lyrics for LUCIFER. Poetry is an essential part of my life.
Pizza – Frutti di Mare, baby!
Once again thanks for your time. The last words are yours – is there anything left you want to tell our readers?
See you soon on the road. Stay wild.
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