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The New Album…

I just had a first listen through the almost-final mixes of 8 songs from the new album that Lutz emailed me from the studio and I am really excited now about the release! They’re great and so much better than the demo mixes… and they were pretty good already!

What’s changed is that before it sounded like a lot of individual songs, more like a compilation. Now the album has developed its own sound and it sounds like the album of one artist – moi! :) It’s also found its own style – still electro-rock if you want to find a label for it – but definitely more rock with a slight leaning towards metal. I think this is probably the result of my answer to Lutz’ question whether in future I’d rather go down the electro route or more towards rock or metal. And after our gigs in November and feeling the power of Belle’s drums and Bryn’s guitar riffs live on stage my answer had to be rock!

Mastering is currently planned for mid March and the design should be almost finished by then as well, so all is looking good for a May release. I’ll post some of the songs once they’re mastered on my various Web music profiles like myspace, last.fm and bebo.com so you get a prelisten…

Yours, excitedly,
Lahannya
x

Two more gigs are confirmed!

Friday 06 April
L a h a n n y a – live
Shiny’z, Kehlen (Luxembourg)
Also playing: Innersis and Clanrock; After party guest DJ: Lutz Demmler (Umbra et Imago, Lahannya)

Saturday 07 April
L a h a n n y a – live
Zeche Carl, Essen (Germany)
Also playing: Soman with guest vocals by Lahannya; Lahannya will also be guest DJ on the night.

Setlist Slimelight: 03 Feb 07

As best as I can remember…

Middle Floor: 1.30am – 2.30am
Rob Zombie – Dragula
Rammstein – Willst du das Bett in Flammen sehen?
KMFDM – Jihad
Ministry – New World Order
Prodigy – Hotride
Feindflug – Truppenschau
Front 242 – Headhunter v 3.0
Skinny Puppy – Warlocked
Sulpher – Problem
Marilyn Manson – Beautiful People
Within Temptation – Mother Earth
Nightwish – Wishmaster (if you want to see this song in a new light you simply must watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg5_mlQOsUQ)

Top Floor: 2.45am – 3.45am
Noise/Girl – Discopathology
Noisuf-X – Bastard
Stahlfrequenz – First Nightmare
Kiew – Mr 29
Twinkle – Tu As Perdu
Mono No Aware – Sema
People’s Republic of Europe – Antiglobalist I
HHH – Knallschallmaschine
Dulce Liquido – Humid Dreams
Kate Mosh – Kate Mosh
Sina – Bewegungsablauf
Feindflug – Aetherkrieg
Synapscape – 7th Sect
Xotox – Industrial Madness

Middle Floor: 5.15am – 6.15am
Rob Zombie – More Human Than Human
Snake River Conspiracy – Vulcan
Celldweller – Switchback
Killing Joke – Whiteout
NIN – Mr Self Destruct
Marilyn Manson – This is the New Shit
Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
New Order – Blue Monday
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence (remixed by Mike Shinoda)
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Sisters of Mercy – This Corrosion

Post Party Ponderings..

Well, for me personally it was the best party I’ve had at the Slimelight so far… In previous years that had always been some emergency or other and much stress in the first hour wondering if more than five people would actually turn up…

Unusually this year there was no emergency, we got there early and already had a queue at 9pm! It was great to see so many old and new friends all in one spot – just a shame that I didn’t get to spend as much time as I’d have liked to with some of them.

So who was there? Well, for starters, Belle and Lutz from the band, although Belle had to leave around midnight to DJ at his usual Saturday night residency at Decadence @ St Moritz; unfortunately, Bryn never made it (girl trouble, I believe…). Raquel – probably my best friend here in London & Jose, Elena – Raquel’s flatmate who used to be my neighbour, Susana from Greenhaus, Stephan from Luxembourg and his friends Pete & Bernadette, Howard from myspace & friends, Liz who helps me with PR and her man Nick, most of Nfd and their friends were there (thanks for dragging them out Megan! :) , georgeous Interlock bassist Syan was there with Pete from Maxdmyz (or however you spell it!), Chris and Pete who I met when Djing for the Smoke The Thin Glass Black shows, Andy from ProtoAngel, Darkwheel from Last.fm was there plus a whole bunch of people I’ve met over the years including Oscar, Copsey, Mass (stop ogling the girls in corsets!) as well as Achim from Slimelight with his girl-friend and a bunch of other DJs and staff who popped in for a bit… I’m sure I’ve forgotten a whole load of lovely people (sorry!!!!) – but it was a real pleasure to have each and everyone there to party with us!

Special thanks to Raquel, Lutz and Stephan for DJing and to Mak and Dettie for providing the venue and the Cava!

But now I must get back to planning ahead for the album release… Have a good day!
Lahannya
x

PS: Here’s my setlist

Ground Floor: 1st Set
Rammstein – Engel
Rob Zombie – More human than human
Sisters of Mercy – Temple of Love
Nightwish – Wishmaster
Rage Against The Machine – Killing in the name of
Marilyn Manson – Beautiful People
Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills
Prodigy – Hotride
System of a Down – Chop Suey
Tool – Eulogy
Kidneythieves – Zerospace
Lacuna Coil – Our Truth
Deftones – Our Summer
Ministry – NOW
Within Temptation – Mother Earth

Ground Floor: 2nd Set
NIN – Head Like a Hole
Rob Zombie – Superbeast
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
New Model Army – Vagabonds
Siouxsie – Happy House

KABUKI Party @ Slimelight (aka Lahannya’s Annual Birthday Do)

It’s that time of the year again and as has become tradition, I will be celebrating my birthday with a massive party at the Slimelight!

Date: 20 January
Location: Ground Floor, Electrowerkz, 7 Torrens St, Angel, London
Starts: 9pm – private party, doors open to rest of club from midnight-ish
Music: alternative, goth, industrial rock, metal, dark indie, post punk, old school industrial, new wave.
Entry: Free before 11pm, members price after 11pm for my guests
Anything else: Well, there is no strict dresscode for my party, but the Slimelight is a goth / alternative club and it would be great if you came dressed accordingly. Also, it’s of course okay to bring your partner and friends… The more the merrier.

Send me a message if you’d like to celebrate with me!
See you on the 20th!

Lahannya
x

Happy New Year!

Wishing all my fans and friends an amazing year – full of fun, love, happiness, health and success!

We’ve got big plans with the Lahannya debut album almost finished and scheduled to be released in April of 2007, lots of plans for Lahannya live performances in the UK and mainland Europe as well as plenty of DJ performances and guest vocalist appearances with Soman.

I hope that 2007 will be the year that brings us all a lot closer to realising our dreams!

Much love,
Lahannya
x

Setlist Slimelight: 02 Dec 06

Middle Floor: 2.15am – 3.00am
The Cranes – Inescapable
Switchblade Symphony – Clown
Rob Zombie – More human than human
Kidneythieves – Zerospace
Rammstein – Engel
KMFDM – Free Your Hate
NIN – Starfuckers
Ministry – Burning Inside
Cubanate – Oxyacetylene
Prodigy – Smack my bitch up
Das Ich – Gott ist tot

Middle Floor: 5.00am – 6.00am
Feindflug – Truppenschau
Heimataerde – Under den Linden
Sulpher – Problem
Prodigy – Spitfire
PWEI – Ich bin ein Auslaender (Die Krupps remix)
NIN – Closer
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence (Mike Shinoda remix)
Blondie – Atomic
Bauhaus – She’s in Parties
Siouxsie – Face to Face
Within Temptation – Mother Earth
Rob Zombie – Living Dead Girl
Snake River Conspiracy – Vulcan

Post Gig Catch-Up

So, after 4 days of intensive rehearsals we finally played our first live gigs: a (not so secret) warm-up gig at The Borderline on 29 November, supporting a band called Perfect Machine – who reminded me a little of Bush and Gavin Rossdale. I think we played a good set and I thought it was funny that people seemed to be so taken with our look – we kept being told how glamorous we were. As we’d kept this gig fairly secret we didn’t have a lot of people in the audience who knew us beforehand, so it was really great to get such a positive reaction to our music (and look :) ! It was a successful night and we certainly had a good time (apart from the long wait afterwards until we found a big enough taxi to get us and our gear home to Camden). Much tequila-slamming followed once we reached our destination – if I remember rightly…


For the trainspotters among you, our Borderline setlist was:
Beautiful Girl
Narcotic
Wandering
Bleed For Me
Personal Darkness
Rain
Silent Victim


The day after, on 30 November, we headlined at The Underworld, supported by Loki and a couple of other bands. Our first official gig and we headline The Underworld – a pretty good start I’d say and just what I’d been hoping for. Now if the rest of my daydreaming comes true as well we may be up for playing some amazing festivals this summer – watch this space ;)

As we hadn’t done much advertising for The Borderline gig, playing to lots of old and new friends and fans at The Underworld was simply great. As headliners we also got to play a longer set, so we included Charades and Losing Yourself as well and I think they both went down really well, although I think the absolute highlight surprisingly turned out to be Silent Victim.

Our Underworld setlist was:
Beautiful Girl
Narcotic
Wandering
Charades
Personal Darkness
Bleed For Me
Losing Yourself
Rain
Silent Victim

Unfortunately, I didn’t really get to hang out with friends, fans and the other bands much before or after the gig as beforehand there was much to organise: getting all our gear to the venue, putting it up, soundcheck, getting tickets to people, organising the recording of the gig, photographers, and lots of other little bits and bobs. Afterwards unfortunately bands and fans alike were asked to vacate the venue asap, and with tons of equipment waiting to be carted back to where it belonged we couldn’t just pop into the bar upstairs for a drink or two like everyone else. This time, however, we’d learned our lesson and organised transport early on, so no long wait outside the venue this time… but instead more tequila-slamming, cava-toasting and I believe some yummy pesto pasta to top it all off!

A great time was definitely had by the four of us and according to the neverending text messages I got afterwards, not only by us – which is great. I’m looking very forward to 12 December when we play in St Albans. It’s a little less convenient to get to for us and probably for the majority of our fans, BUT the line-up is amazing and I am looking forward to seeing Danni McCormack (no, it’s a girl, not the bloke from the Wildhearts!) and Andrea Wilde perform alongside us.

Take care and maybe see you in St Albans?
Lahannya
x

New band line-up

A lot has happened in the past weeks – This summer I put together a live band to begin playing out the songs from the new album. It all seemed to be going really well at first, but then more and more things happened that made me begin to believe it just wasn’t meant to be. At least not in this form. To cut a long story short, at the end of October – with a little over a month to go until the first gigs – I had to find a couple of new people… Don’t ask me how, but I managed to put a fantastic new line-up together within a couple of weeks and I’m now very excited about playing live surrounded by fabulous friends who also happen to be amazing musicians!

So, the current band line-up is:

Bryn Roberts (guitar)

I’ve known Bryn for many years since we first met on a sound engineering course in North London while he still played guitar in indie rock band Lomo. Since that time, Bryn and I hooked up not much more than once a year at my annual birthday do when I tended to find out the latest about his rather, shall we say, “interesting” career choices (now that’s a story in itself, but not for here and not for now). I’m glad that our rehearsals got us to meet more often and that I can enjoy (yeah, right ;) his extremely silly sense of humour more than once a year! Seriously, thanks for doing this with me, Bryn.

Lutz Demmler (bass)

I met Lutz a couple of years ago at M’Era Luna when we both performed there. I was doing guest vocals for industrial club act Soman and he was playing bass with Umbra et Imago – the rather controversial German goth rock band that is infamous for their live shows. Since I had never heard of Umbra et Imago or their reputation I met Lutz without any preconceptions and he turned out to be a great person and into a good friend. Lutz and I wrote many of the songs for my new album together and recorded it in his studio – he runs the Twilight Sound Studio in Germany and has done productions with and for Umbra et Imago, Cultus Ferox, Tanzwut, Peter Heppner from Wolfsheim and – my personal favourite – Amber. When I needed a replacement bass player at short notice, he offered to help out immediately and so he’s now become an even more frequent flyer with Ryanair than he already was!

Belle (drums)

Belle is simply amazing on drums – he is the drummer and co-producer for industrial metallers Killing Miranda and resident DJ at London’s Inferno and Decandence club nights. I think I met Belle one night at the Devonshire Arms (for those who have never heard of it, it’s London’s only dedicated goth pub, conveniently located in Camden Town within walking distance of where we both live) . Over the years that we’ve known each other – accidentally bumping into each other, emptying bottles of wine together, sharing the DJ decks at Slimelight and assembling flatpack wardrobes – we’ve slowly become good friends. Never having seen Belle drum before our first rehearsal I was absolutely gob-smacked when I heard first-hand what an amazing and hard-hitting drummer he is and I’m really excited that he’s got my back at the coming gigs.

So, by now I’ve had one rehearsal with Bryn and Lutz and two with Bryn and Belle and it’s coming together so naturally that I can hardly wait until all four of us finally play together!

The gigs: Nov/Dec 2006 London & St Albans

wildplum live presents:
Lahannya
30 November
The Underworld, London
by: Loki + 2 other bands tbc
Tickets £5 / £4 advance or with flyer. Tickets available from Spank Clothing (Camden Stables Market), Sat nights at Slimelight (Angel) and from inf(at)lahannya(dot)com. The first 50 tickets will come with a free copy of Lahannya’s debut EP from 2000. Free for industry people (proof required).
Venue: The Underworld, 174 Camden High Street, London NW1 0NE
http://www.theunderworldcamden.co.uk
http://www.myspace.com/thecamdenunderworld


cLUBhORN presents:
Lahannya
12 December 2006
The Horn, St Albans
Support by: www.myspace.com/dannimccormack
Tickets: £5 / £4 NUS
Venue:
The Horn Reborn
Victoria Street
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1 3TE
01727 853143
www.thehorn.co.uk
www.myspace.com/clubhorn

Plus a not so secret warm-up gig at The Borderline on 29 November as part of the Tourdates.co.uk A&R Extravaganza night. So in case you really cannot make any of the other two nights, come along to this one. Entry £7.50 (£5 if you send an email to info(at)lahannya.com by Monday 27th 5pm with your name); £2.50 for people in bands who need to prove this by bringing along a demo CD, and free for industry people (proof required)