Q & A: LEPER MESSIAH




PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR US WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOU AND YOUR MUSIC AND TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.


Hi there, and thanks for having us, Photogroupie. This is a great place you’ve got here!


We are LEPER MESSIAH, a Norwegian rock act playing music in the glam-to-hard-rock range. Five blokes make up the band: myself, Vidar on vocals, Per-I & Per-H on guitar and drums respectively, Øyvind also on guitar, and Iggy on bass. Iggy we imported in from Poland on special delivery in 2015, and we keep him locked up in the garage so he won’t escape to wreak havoc around town. We’re based in Bergen, have been around for close to 10 years now, and just released our debut album. Excitement!


TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE?


Well, the album is called FELL CREATURES, a classic 10-track rock record about bad guys and good people making bad decisions. On it you’ll find songs about stalkers, alcoholics, groupies, and Jack the Ripper; oh, and some sex and booze and filth, of course.


WHAT INSPIRED THE ALBUM OR SINGLE?


The record is a collection of tunes we’ve made along the way, inspired by people and weirdness you encounter on the road. In that respect, FELL CREATURES is a very rock ‘n roll album, featuring people and situations you might run into at any gig or tour. There are Fell Creatures all around, yeah? I bet you’re pretty fell yourselves, right? (We sure are).


CAN YOU SUM UP THE ALBUM IN A FEW WORDS?


I guess it’s almost a concept album about rock ‘n roll excess and all the weird characters you meet on the road. A study in (in-)human nature, really!


WHAT RECORD CHANGED YOUR LIFE AND WHY?


For me, personally, it was STATIONTOSTATION by David Bowie. That was the record which convinced me that I could sing! I spent a summer immersing myself in Bowie brilliance, singing along to his records and having a blast, and the experience gave me so much that I wanted to give it all a good, proper try once the summer was up. And the rest, as they say, is history… in the making.


DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MUSIC VIDEO FILMED BY YOUR BAND OR ANOTHER ARTIST?


Favorite music video? Well, that’s a difficult one, but… being a child of the 80s, I hold Genesis’ video of “Land of Confusion” very high on my list. Awesome story and muppets; great stuff!