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Liv Kristine Tour December 2012

After band and crew members flew and drove to Lutz’ studio from Lindon, Bergamo and Sheffield and a couple of rehearsals the time had come to set off for our first show with Liv Kristine in Pratteln, Switzerland. We left in good time, with full tummies and very excited to play an acoustic interlude for [...]

Save Me From Damnation…

So yes, the new coat of paint of my blog is indeed inspiring to post a few more news items… this one is by now a few months old, but in order for this blog to be a complete record of events in my life it must definitely be included. For Dystopia I definitely wanted [...]

Newsletter December 2011 – Season’s Greetings

[Deutsche Version siehe unten] Hello and Season’s Greetings! 2011 has been a very exciting year for us: We’ve recorded and released our third album Dystopia, for which we received great feedback both from you and from the press. We produced our first ever music video for Save Me – www.youtube.com/lahannya – filmed partly at Sky [...]

Newsletter December 2010

Hello and Season’s Greetings! First of all, a massive THANK YOU to all of you who came to one of the concerts on our November tour! After playing some rather disappointing venues on the last tour we had decided that this time we would make sure that you had good sound and good light at [...]

Facebook, here we come…

Since Facebook seems to have become the new Myspace we’ve finally caved in and got ourselves a Facebook page. I’ve no idea how many of you are on Facebook, but if you happen to be, feel free to “become a fan”… You’ll find the page here:

www.facebook.com/pages/Lahannya/17677552327

Touring, touring and more touring….

These last three months I’ve done more touring than ever before and despite all the stress and hard work it’s definitely what I want to do every for the rest of my life. Naturally, being stuck in small spaces with the same people every day, and especially people who are very unique and have their quirks means tempers do flare occasionally – it’s no surprise really when you actually drive the tour bus, run the merch stall, load and unload the gear as well as perform and soundcheck every night. But still, I’d jump at the chance to do it again!

Our touring started off on 7 March in Newcastle. We didn’t really know what to expect, but we’d been warned that most of the time the bands at Legends have less than 10 people in the audience. When we had a really enthusiastic audience of about 100 people, some of which could sing along to almost every single one of our songs, we were over the moon! What a fabulous start to our spring tour!

After Newcastle we played two UK shows with one of Germany’s top goth-rock bands: ASP. We returned to the same venues we already played with Emilie Autumn 9 months earlier, so it almost felt like coming home and boy, do we love the food at the Corporation in Sheffield! The first two shows with ASP gave us a little taste of things to come… a large number of their fanclub had travelled to the UK to support their favourite band on their first UK shows. Their presence and enthusiasm has been very noticeable at every show we’ve played with ASP and we consider ourselves very very lucky indeed that they embraced us in the way they did. Their support and appreciation at every show was wonderful and really made us feel welcome.

Next came the German, Austrian and Swiss dates. Now that was something else: every single night was a homeplay for ASP and it was amazing to be a part of that. I couldn’t possibly talk about every single show now – I’d be writing away all night – but while every show was great in its own way and carries its own particular memories, I have to say that there were definitely a few shows that did stand out for me and Magdeburg probably stands out the most of those. The reception we got there was just mind-blowing and will remain hard to top…

After the ASP tour we all returned to our everyday lives for a while. Well, kinda anyway. I wouldn’t say that the following 6 weeks ressembled anything close to my everyday life, but that’s another story. I actually went on tour again, but this time not in the limelight, but in the background of another, much more famous, recording artist. But more I won’t divulge… :)

Anyway, June approached quickly and the next UK tour dates were approaching rapidly. 2 1/2 weeks before our first show in Leeds I got word that Chris, our guitarist was in a coma in hospital and the doctors weren’t sure whether he’d pull through or not. I almost couldn’t believe my ears, it seemed so surreal. Luckily after a couple of days the doctors were a lot more positive, but we were told that it would take some time for him to recover. With the UK dates looming we took the decision to ask Sascha Dannenberger to learn the songs, so we wouldn’t have to cancel any shows. We knew we’d have only one rehearsal together as a band before the Leeds show, so naturally I was quite nervous as to how this would work out, but I needn’t have worried. Sascha was amazing and had not just learned the songs inside out, but also added his own little touches to them. And so the Leeds show was a complete success. Also, Paul – the promoter – had been advertising it heavily in the preceding weeks, so we had a great turnout on the night.

Chris recovered faster than we could have possibly hoped for and so he was able to join us for the remaining tour dates in Weston-super-Mare, Newcastle and London, where again we met some wonderful fans, promoters and other bands!

So now it’s all over for a couple of months. Actually, by now it’s only another 6 weeks before we next hit the stage. And I can’t wait. We’ll be back in Germany for 3 very different shows: one in a tiny little club near Lutz’ studio in Karlsruhe, the second takes us back to the Matrix in Bochum – which seems to have become the spiritual home of ASP and may very well become ours as well – and then we’re off to Sachsen for our first festival performance as a band: the Nocturnal Culture Night III. And one month after that we’ll be back on the road in the UK.

No rest for the wicked as they say and I’ve been so very, very wicked…

Touring with Moon Kana and recording a new EP

Dear all,

We’ve just finished most of the recording for our new EP and I’ve finally managed to hide away for 5 minutes to write this little update.

The shows we played with Moon Kana were fabulous. We didn’t really know what to expect beforehand as we only knew of her what’s up on her Web site and myspace. She turned out to be an extremely charming young Japanese lady who is quite shy off stage but turns into a veritable whirlwind in front of an audience. Her French live band – Guillaume, Christophe and Marco – are very good musicians as well as great fun to hang around with as were the rest of her entourage, her European manager Renaud, her producer Yamamoto and her assistant and merchandiser Mayumi.

Kana inspires an incredible amount of enthusiasm from her fans, a bit like we already witnessed when touring with Emilie Autumn, and many of Kana’s fans had been in touch with us via myspace beforehand and knew our songs. While the show in London was relatively subdued in comparison, the audiences in France were totally up for a party and already lining up outside the venue by the time we arrived at 3pm. We could hardly believe the enthusiasm we were greeted with when we entered the stage, throughout the show and later on when people asked us for autographs and photos at the merch stand.

We definitely had a great time and hope to come back to France again very soon. And we will definitely be back in the Underworld in March 2008!

At this point I’d also like to express a huge thank you to everyone at the Underworld London (Jon, Brian, Sploote, Peter…), the Maroquinerie Paris (Vince, Stephane, the nice man who did such beautiful lighting – sorry I forgot your name!) and La Laiterie in Strasbourg (Christian, Serge, Fabrice, Bertrand and again the nice man who did equally beautiful lighting whose name I never knew..) as well as Renaud from JV Store for taking us on tour with Kana.

After the tour we went straight away into the studio to start recording our new EP. It was the first time that Belle and Chris were there with us and over the last 4 days we’ve managed to put down all the drums and guitars for all tracks on the new EP. We’ll all be going home for Christmas now, then I’ll be back in the studio at the end of December to put down all the vocals and Lutz will record the bass. January will be spent with mixing and mastering so that we can take the new EP on tour with us in March.

But now it’s time to get ready to go out and have some fun after all this time locked away in the studio….

Have a great weekend and hopefully see you very soon!

Much love,

Lahannya

PS: If you were at any of the shows and got some photos please post your links on my myspace blog or email the best ones to info(at)lahannya(dot)com

Collaboration with ASP!

We were really honoured when German goth-rock stars ASP asked us to reinterpret one of their Requiembryo album tracks for their new EP.

It was very challenging to be given such a beautiful track that already works perfectly as it is and therefore we decided that we could only go for a different feel altogether. Once we found the right beat it all fell into place and we’re really happy with the result. And ASP like it as well so it’s now available on their EP “Nie Mehr”, which you can get from their merchandising stalls on tour or through their online shop.

Tracklisting:
Nie Mehr! (Single-Version)
Sara
Wolfsspuren (Ein Requiembryo-Fragment)
Me (Video-Version)
Nevermore (Lahannya-Interpretation von Nie Mehr)
Mercy (Suicide Commando-Interpretation)
How far would you go (Live auf dem Amphi-Festival 2007)
Werben (Live auf dem Amphi-Festival 2007)
Frieden im Land
Sage nein!

www.TheTalesOfAsp.com

Move Live Dates with Moon -kana-

We had some more live dates confirmed with quirky j-rock artist Moon -kana- as headliner. We’ll be playing the following shows together:

12 December: Underworld – London (UK)
16 December: La Maroquinerie – Paris (France)
18 December: La Laiterie – Strasbourg (France)

For the London show we have managed to arrange a special (limited) 2-for-1 ticket offer for our fans. This ticket offer can only be obtained from the Resurrection Music shop at 228 Camden High Street (rear basement), Camden Town, London. Tickets are £20 + £2 booking fee, but instead of 1 you’ll be able to get 2 tickets for this price! Just ask at the counter.

Hope to see you at one of the shows!

Lahannya

Tour with Autumn Cancelled

Due to serious health problems of singer Nienke de Jong, Autumn had to cancel the October tour we were going to do together starting 17 October.

We are very disappointed that we won’t be playing in Germany this year, but there is nothing we can do at such short notice. We’re very sorry about any inconvenience and disappointment this has caused you. Tickets are, of course, being refunded – please contact the venue or place where you bought them.

Thanks for all your support – we hope to see you soon anyway!

Live in London on 12 December!

It’s confirmed: we’ll be playing the London Underworld on 12 December!

And what’s more, there’ll be a limited 2 for the price of 1 ticket offer for our fans as the normal ticket price is pretty high at £20 + booking fee/postage. We’re in the process of sorting out how you’ll be able to get access to this offer and will first announce details on our mailing list. If you’re not on it already, you can sign up to it here: http://www.lahannya.com/mailinglist

Headlining will be Moon -kana-, a quirky Japanese j-rock artist, who is playing in the UK for the first time. Her music is probably going to polarise, but she is most definitely very unusual and worth experiencing. Those of you who know us from the Emilie Autumn shows are probably going to love Kana. Here’s the link to my favourite video of hers – it’ll give you an idea of what you’re in for: Kana – Kuuchuu Buranko

I’d like to express a huge thank you to all of you who have been writing to us asking us to play again soon. It means a hell of a lot and it’s the reason why we are doing this show. Thanks also to the Underworld and Jvstore, France, for inviting us to play.

Have a great rest of the weekend!
Much love,
Lahannya

Slimelight Setlists: 15 September and 6 October 2007

15 September 2004:

Middle Floor: 11pm – 12 midnight
Umbra et Imago – Sweet Gwendolyne
Killing Ophelia – No One But Me
The Birthday Massacre – Happy Birthday
Lacuna Coil – Our Truth
David Draiman – Forsaken
NIN – Closer
Snake River Conspiracy – Lovesong
Einstürzende Neubauten – Haus der Lüge
Rammstein – Heirate Mich
Dimmu Borgir – The Serpent Offering
Rob Zombie – Dragula
Emilie Autumn – Liar (Manic Depressive Mix by Asp)

Middle Floor: 1.30 – 2.30am
Angelspit – 100%
Panzer AG – Paper Angels
Marilyn Manson – This is the New Shit
Kidneythieves – Zerospace
KMFDM – Skurk
FLA – Millennium
Ministry – NOW
Deathstars – Blitzkrieg
Rammstein – Engel
Snake River Conspiracy – Vulcan
System of a Down – Chop Suey
Rage Against The Machine – Killing in the Name of
Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up

Industek Floor: 3 – 4am
Xotox – Ewig
Twinkle – Tu As Perdu
Isis Signum – Technique
Emusae – Seygot (Family Version)
The Horrorist – Can You Hear the Sound?
Insekt – Pest Control
Mono No Aware – Lepa
Haujobb – The Noise Institute (1994 Mix by Iszoloscope)
Combichrist – History of Madness
Sulphuric Saliva – Anger
Pneumatic Detach – Domination (Terrorfakt Mix)
Iszoloscope – The Sum of us All
Winterkälte – Yes 2 Wind
Pow[d]erpussy – Cryogenic Pussylover
Synth-Etik – Replika

6 October 2007

Middle Floor: 11pm – 12 midnight
Kidneythieves – Crazy
The Birthday Massacre – Red Star
KMFDM – Jihad
Emilie Autumn – Liar (ASP Remix)
Rammstein – Engel
I:scintilla – Havestar
Rob Zombie – More Human than Human
Pain – Walking on Glass
Celldweller – Switchback
Kidneythieves – Zerospace
Dope Stars Inc – Bang Your Head
Snake River Conspiracy – Vulcan
Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People
System of a Down – Chop Suey
Within Temptation – Mother Earth
The Prodigy – Firestarter
Angelspit – 100%

Middle Floor: 3 – 4 am
Rammstein – Ich Will
NIN – Head Like a Hole
Pop Will Eat Itself – Ich bin ein Ausländer (Die Krupps mix)
Snake River Conspiracy – How Soon is Now?
Oomph! – Menschsein
Rob Zombie – Feel So Numb
Beastie Boys – Fight for Your Right to Party (I know it’s not even remotely goth, but can’t we have a bit of fun? :)
Within Temptation – Stand My Ground
Nightwish – Nemo
Ministry – NWO
Deathstars – Blitzkrieg
FLA – Millennium
Sulpher – Problem
Das Ich – Gottes Tod
Depeche Model – Enjoy the Silence

Industek Floor: 4.30 – 5.30am
PAL – Gelöbnis
Xotox – Ewig
Feindflug – Truppenschau
Twinkle – Tu As Perdu
The Horrorist – Can You Hear That Sound?
Stahlfrequenz – Fist Nightmare
This Morn’ Omina – N=FP
Haujobb – The Noise Institute (Iszoloscope mix)
Mono No Aware – Sema
Kate Mosh – Kate Mosh
The People’s Republic of Europe – Kraft durch Krieg
HHH – Knallschallmaschine
Pneumatic Detach – Domination (Terrorfakt mix)
Dulce Liquido – Humid Dreams

Lahannya in the UK press!

Lahannya is covered in quite a few magazines this spring / summer – here’s a list of you want to check them out:

Metal Hammer (issue date: late August 2007)
Terrorizer (issue date: 19 July 2007) – on the covermount CD
Rock Sound (issue date: mid July 2007)
Alternative (current issue)
Kaleidoscope (current issue)

A big thank you to all the magazines above for their support!

We’re coming to Germany!

We’re coming to Germany in October! This time with Dutch band Autumn (yes, I know, there’s a theme developing there: Emilie Autumn, Autumn – I wonder who we’ll tour with next….:). Just before we go on tour Shotgun Reality will be released in Germany. All four of us are looking really forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones…

Metal Hammer & sounds2move.de presents:

AUTUMN
special guest LAHANNYA

17.10. Berlin – Knaack Klub
18.10. Hamburg – Knust
19.10. Köln – Underground
21.10. Essen – Zeche Carl
22.10. München – Backstage Club
23.10. Frankfurt – Nachtleben

Shotgun Reality release date: 12 October
Label: Kabuki
Distributor: Alive