Here's an updated interview with melodic rockers Sacred Heart who continue to go from strength to strength...
Sacred Heart appear at the Melodic Rock Xmas Bash to be held at the legendary Ruskin Arms on Sunday December 4th. A fantastic bill of UK hard rock bands
and all for only £8!
Over to Sacred Heart's drummer Claudio Cafolla and
vocalist/guitarist Paul Stead...
|1. What are you currently up
Claudio Cafolla (CC): We've a few gigs lined up, including support
with The Sabbath, a headline festival show and of course we're
really looking forward to performing at the MRXB, our Christmas
party if you like! See www.sacredheartband.com for full live
Paul Stead (PS): We had a pretty quiet summer, with band members
going on holiday etc, but schedule wise we've just played some great
venues; The White Room in Hull & Stripes in Brentford and have some
more great dates lined up.
|2. You're appearing at the MRX festival on 4th December. What sort
of set are you planning?
CC: We've put together a set for the Autumn/Winter 2005 dates
featuring a selection of tracks from "A New Dawn" and "Lay It On The
Line" with the addition of a couple of new songs that we think will
help blow the audience away! New bassist Darren Jhuboo has been
sounding really good in rehearsal and the band are really looking
forward to playing in our new formation.
PS: Darren had pretty much learnt the whole of "Lay It On The Line",
and some of those songs we hadn't played for a while, so it was a
kick up the backside forĀ Claudio, Mark & IĀ - he knew some of the
tracks better than us!
|3. How do you view the current melodic rock music scene,
particularly in the UK? Has there been an upswing in interest following Firefest and bands like Styx & Kansas finally making it
over to the UK?
CC: With the great reaction we've had from audiences, we're
convinced that with the right publicity the melodic rock scene could
garner a lot more interest. Styx and Kansas will be pulling in
older fans but hopefully also bringing the sound to a wider
audience. We need people like you guys to keep plugging away!
PS: I think we see the same bands come over a bit too regularly and
the excitement, interest and crowds get smaller each time because of
this. Promoters are milking the established names but only promoting
on a small scale - this means it's only the same people that hear
about this kind of thing. It genuinely seems like there's no-one out
there doing anything to create a larger rock fanbase or increase the
market by encouraging new people to check these bands out. I agree
with Claudio, it takes people like GRTR! plugging away and finding a
balance between supporting the old and establishing the new.
I think the mindset has changed with music fans too. There doesn't
seem as much interest in new artists live as there was 10 years ago.
Granted, not as many venues doing their bit - but even when they do,
they often struggle to get the numbers.
|4. You released your debut album, `Lay It On The Line' just over a
year ago. How has the reaction been so far both reviews and fan wise?
CC: Reviews have so far been very positive, and the more people that we get to listen to the album, the better the feedback seems to be.
|5. Where does the band get their songwriting ideas from and who
musically is an influence on you all?
CC: Paul and Mark will bring ideas to rehearsals, both parts of
songs and the structure of songs. The band will then discuss the
ideas, play them through and adjust as appropriate. Bands like
Europe and Warrant will influence the type of songs we play, but
each has its own individuality and character. Each member of the
band has different influences and styles to bring to the songs to
make them "Sacred Heart" songs.
PS: Whenever their is a basic idea - or even a completed song for
that matter - brought to the table, everyone is given the
opportunity to stamp their unique style on it.
|6. Which song(s) do you think best sum-up what Sacred Heart are all
about and why?
CC: I think every "Sacred Heart" song contributes. Newer songs
like "Shake" and "Perfect" define our evolving sound, but older
songs like "Carry On" and "Crazy World" are sounding better than
PS: I totally agree. Now, more than ever, Claudio is instilling his
style on the songs, especially the newer ones. His influences stem
further back than the rest of us and we're finding a really nice
balance between the 70's rock/metal that got him interested in the
first place and the hard rock of the mid - late 80's that got the
rest of hooked.
|7. Any other bands/artists out there who have impressed you recently
CC: Tony Iommi and Glenn Hughes in producing a classic rock album
that still sounds modern. Also bands like Alter Bridge and
Audioslave who are working very hard to promote rock to as wide an
audience as possible.
PS: "Welcome Home" by "Coheed & Cambria" - superb, and having just
heard the new Bon-Jovi single "Have A Nice Day", I have high hopes
for their new album.
|8. What have been the most memorable gigs and why?
CC: The Stripes gig on 12 August 2005 was memorable in that the
whole band was in the zone and we had great positive audience
feedback. It showed the band are getting tighter and tighter and we
all really enjoyed the feeling of playing well together in front of
the audience. There was also our support slot for Kee Marcello at
the Camden Underworld where we played a blinder and had a good laugh
too. Also, playing at the Celtic Warriors last year to a huge hall
of people was a great buzz!
PS: Yeah, Stripes was wicked, dude! K2 at the Underworld was rocking
too and our first venture up north to Hull at the start of September
was excellent - the crowd were superb!
|9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
CC: Playing drums!
PS: City breaks, chillin' out, Cinema, eating out and the company of good friends. Writing songs, all the usual really.
|10. Message to your fans...
CC: Thanks for all the support!
PS: Please join us, "Pride", "Lost Weekend", "Double Cross", "The
Dregs" & "Escape" on Sunday 4th December for our Melodic Rock
Christmas Bash at Ruskin Arms, London - it's gonna be one hell of a
party!!! Full details & mini-site at www.sacredheartband.com
Cheers to Jason and all at GRTR! for their continued support, and
many thanks to YOU!
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