|[published]:||2004, November 19|
|[in]:||Quintessence Metal Webzine|
|[article]:||Interview with Victor Langen|
Once again, we see yet another reunion band from the 80's and this one is from Canada. Not your typical hair band or glam metal band, this band was a true roots old school metal band that got popular fast but unfortunately didn't last as long as we would expect. Poor management and once again, the ill-fated demise came when grunge reared it's ugly head on the scene (not that I hate grunge but Nirvana comes to mind as far as ruining it for the metal scene). Here's the lowdown on everything and the band's new album IV on Songhaus Music....a small chat with Victor Langen of the Canadian metallers.........
Quintessence: How ya doin'?
Quintessence: Good connection you got from Canada---technology is fantastic isn't it?
Quintessence: Rehearsals? For what?
Quintessence: IV surprised me as an album. To cut to the chase, I said I hope this won't be another, smoke, drink, sex and rock lyric album and you guys turned around and did something a bit different.
Quintessence: You stuck to your guns musically even though Criston didn't join back on vocals and is probably sticking with his current role due to monetary reasons. (Criston tours with the likes of Avril Lavigne, Dido and Sara MacLachlan)
Quintessence: Just my opinion. I'm not a materialistic person and would always stay in a band since it's what I want to play and it's in my heart. I'd be bored stiff doing what Criston does everyday.
Quintessence: So why wait 18 years when you guys could've reformed 10-15 years ago?
Quintessence: The million-dollar question?
Quintessence: No disrespect to your country but I hear alot of that with Canadian bands. (Most recent one was Kittie I can remember but that was with the label. Still Canadian-based though)
Quintessence: Speaking of management, you guys need to get a horde of people athered up so we can get this NHL season started!
(We spent a few minutes discussing teams and his likes for Calgary, Vancouver and Columbus and mine with some of the expansion teams like Tampa Bay and San Jose, the Penguins and my fave, the Buffalo Sabres--I'm anti-Philly everything by the way!!--WK)
Quintessence: So tell me a bit about this Songhaus Music label.
Quintessence: Well, there's some serious metalheads here! Was IV released at the same time or did the Europeans get first crack at it?
Quintessence: Reception to IV?
Quintessence: Back to the rehearsing; you guys haven't played much I take it?
Quintessence: (Laughing) Hell yeah, we watch the CFL down here!! (CFL talk for a few minutes here and the joke of 9 teams and 2 of them have the Roughrider nickname). Any DVD ideas?
Quintessence: Full tour?
Quintessence: Any real hassles coming over from the border?
(We talked a few minutes about Seattle bands, the resurgence of old bands and why Europe is different than the U.S. musically in aspects of Metal and attitude and the funny thing I brought up to him about Canadian rockers Survivor doing cell phone commercials here in the States)
Quintessence: Well, it'd be cool to see you guys come here to the U.S.. Get some of that old school Metal in some of these small venues and some of the larger ones who don't look down on us. I wish you guys alot of luck and be safe---and by all means, don't come down here on Election Day!
(Victor and me spent a good 15 minutes talking about politics and neither one of us' stronghold but I mentioned a few things going on as far as the Democratic Party and some of their bullshit they pulled over the year. Examples: Michael Moore, Dan Rather, Bush's service in the Air Force, Haliburton, CBS and NY Times just a couple weeks ago with the 380 tons of supposedly missing explosives and flip-flop Kerry)
Quintessence: Victor have a good one! Nice talking to you.
Quintessence: Sure thing--bye.