ELIO - Iron Lizards
💿 Hi, it's a pleasure for us to have on Hardrockheavymetal, Elio from IRON LIZARDS. Welcome!
Can you introduce us the current line-up of the band?
Hi, thank you for having us on Hardrockheavymetal! Iron Lizards are composed of myself Elio (Guitars, vocals), Kevin (drums) and Valentin (Bass) who joined us last year.
💿 On Sept 17th will be out your debut full-lenght HUNGRY FOR ACTION positive received on our pages. Can you tell us somethin' about its composition process and style?
Sure! I write the riffs at home, with a vocal melody. Then we rehearse it with the rest of the band. I think of a general theme afterwards and write lyrics and finally the guitar solos. The album took more time than expected with the lockdown of march 2020 ... On the other hand I used more time at home to write the guitar solos that were not completed at the time of the lockdown.
Regarding the style, I'd say that MC5 and the Stooges and 60s garage punk (back from the grave compilations, Nuggets) are the foundation of our music. We added faster and heavier stuff to the blend obviously, like Motörhead and 80s punk (Zero Boys, Minor Threat...) and of course 90s action rock (The Hellacopters, New Bomb Turks, Zeke). I'm also big fan of garage/psychobilly bands like The Cramps, Reverend Horton Heat, so you can hear some surfy tremolo guitars on songs like Deathride and Monster Hero.
💿 In your early times which artists influenced you the most?
The artists that made me wanna play in a band like Iron Lizards are The Hellacopters and Zeke and of course Motörhead.
The main goal of Iron Lizards was to play fast pace rock'n'roll! During the recording of our first EP, we listened a lot to the New Bomb Turks in the car on our way to the studio, so I think we were influenced by that band too at that time!
💿 Where does the band name come from?
I wanted to use a line from a Motörhead song to pay tribute to them - I came up with 'Thunder Lizards' (from the song 'Love me like a reptile' of Ace of Spades) but it was already taken. So I combined 'Iron' with Lizards, thinking of Iron Fist, my favorite Motörhead album, (underrated album in my opinion) ! So that was it !
💿 HUNGRY FOR ACTION will be out on THE SIGN RECORDS. Can you tell us somethin' about relationships with them?
The Sign Records is a label that release a lot of bands that we dig ! I first heard of this label with releases of retro rock/action rock bands like Svartanatt and Honeymoon Disease but also Paranoid, an awesome d-beat band! I started followed them and discovered a lot of great bands thanks to them ! So it means a lot to have our album released on a label that only releases stuff from bands you love!
💿 Here at HARDROCKHEAVYMETAL we are strong defender of classic format. Love for vintage or isn't there a future outside digital?
We absolutely love vinyl and classic format. I rarely bought digital only. I prefer to buy a cd even if I'll copy it on my laptop and listen to the mp3s.
Our first EP was released in pro tape cassette by the German label JanML Records. It included a coupon for digital download on bandcamp. People at gigs could get the digital along with a great object!
I am a vinyl lover and always find hidden treasures in cities where I travel for holidays, I remember finding the Cactus "Restrictions" in a small town in Belgium! It's the best feeling.
💿 In absence of live music many bands provided streaming concerts..You agree or disagree? What's your opinion about?
I think it's great, I enjoy watching KEXP live performances. But I think you can't beat a live performance, especially within our genre! The relation with the crowd is really important and gets you goin', and makes you wanna play always faster and better ! To the limit !
💿Thank you so much for your time! See you soon on Hardrockheavymetal!
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