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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 TV Studios and partly in an old East London warehouse during the London riots. We played a great headline tour in the UK, which took us to all our favourite venues, and had the amazing opportunity to accompany one of the most successful German alternative bands on their tour.

If you haven’t had the chance to come and see us live we have now made the new merchandise articles available in our online shop. You can order Dystopia t-shirts and hoodies as well as the silver-coated Lahannya Logo pendants and, of course, all of our CDs from www.lahannya.com/shop.

With the end of the year rapidly approaching you may wonder what we have in store for next year… Even though 2012 hasn’t even started yet, it already promises a few highlights: We have finished shooting the video to our next single, which we will release in the first half of next year, and we are confirmed to play some major music festivals in Germany and Belgium. Here are the dates for your calendars:

Aug 11/12: DE – M’Era Luna, Hildesheim
Aug 25/26: DE – Feuertal Festival, Wuppertal
Oct 19-21: BE – Metal Female Voices Fest X, Wieze

Thank you for your support during the last year and inspiring us to carry on. Without you there would be little point going on tour or releasing new CDs. If you want to support us in 2012 then please continue to introduce your friends to our music and our videos, ask festival promoters to book us, your local radio stations to play our music and your favourite magazines to write about us.

Much love and best wishes for the new year!


Hallo meine Lieben,

2011 war ein sehr aufregendes Jahr fuer uns: Wir haben unser drittes Album Dystopia veroeffentlicht und viel positives Feedback sowohl von euch als auch von der Presse erhalten. Beides freut uns natuerlich sehr. Wir haben unser erstes Musik Video fuer Save Me herausgebracht – dieses wurde uebrigens teils in den Sky TV Studios gefilmt und teils in einem alten Ost Londoner Warehouse waehrend der Unruhen im August, was eine sehr unheimliche Atmosphaere verbreitete. Ansehen koennt ihr es auf YouTube – www.youtube.com/lahannya. Wir spielten eine tolle UK Tour in allen unseren Lieblingsstaedten und hatten die fantastische Moeglichkeit mit einer der erfolgreichsten alternativen Bands Deutschlands in ihrer Heimat auf Tour zu gehen.

Falls ihr uns nicht auf Tour sehen konntet, dann koennt ihr jetzt die neuen Merch Artikel auch bei uns im Internetshop bestellen. Dort findet ihr Dystopia T-Shirts und Hoodies, sowie versilberte Anhaenger mit dem Lahannya Logo samt Lederkette und Organza Pouch und natuerlich auch alle unsere CDs. Ab sofort ist all das erhaeltlich bei www.lahannya.com/shop.

Jetzt wo das Jahr zur Neige geht seid ihr vielleicht neugierig was wir naechstes Jahr vorhaben… 2012 hat zwar noch nicht begonnen, aber wir koennen uns jetzt schon auf ein paar Highlights freuen. Wir haben schon das Video zur naechsten Single gedreht, welches in der ersten Haelfte naechsten Jahres veroeffentlicht wird. Ausserdem sind wir fuer mehrere tolle Festivals bestaetigt. Hier sind also schon mal ein paar Termine fuer euren Kalender:

Aug 11/12: DE – M’Era Luna, Hildesheim
Aug 25/26: DE – Feuertal Festival, Wuppertal
Okt 19-21: BE – Metal Female Voices Fest X, Wieze

Vielen Dank fuer eure Unterstuetzung im vergangenen Jahr. Es ist euer Support, der uns immer wieder motiviert weiter zu machen, denn letztendlich machen wir Musik und touren fuer euch. Wenn ihr uns 2012 weiterhin unterstuetzen moechtet, dann helft uns weiterhin unsere Musik und unsere Videos mehr Leuten vorzustellen, sagt euren Lieblingsradiosendern, dass ihr unsere Songs hoeren wollt und euren Lieblingszeitschriften, dass ihr mehr ueber uns lesen moechtet. Jedes bisschen hilft!

Viele liebe Gruesse und alles Gute fuers neue Jahr.

mROCKfest, Poland, 31 July 2009

I’ve been meaning to write a few words about our long trip into the heart of Poland, where we played mROCKfest on 31 July. Unfortunately one thing or another always seemed more important and now it’s been ages since it actually happened! However, I’d still quite like to share a few photos and anecdotes with you…

The trip from Karlsruhe – home of Lutz and Mathilda – to the Polish border past Berlin was relatively uneventful, the real adventure started once we’d passed the German-Polish border. The roads themselves weren’t as bad as we had been made to believe but the traffic was worse. We took the main road that goes from Germany through Warsaw to Russia, which just has a single lane in each direction and is packed with lorry after lorry. There was, however, a fairly generous hard shoulder for the slower vehicles, like ourselves, so the centre of the road could be used for some rather dangerous overtaking maneuvers by both lanes.

Even major roads seemed to go through a town every few miles which meant constantly braking and speeding up, lots of traffic lights and traffic jams, a constant stop and go. Mathilda, our trusty 36 year old tourbus, didn’t like it. Not one bit. She soon decided that she’d had enough and refused to go any further. Standing by the roadside with only 300km to go – which on Polish roads would take us about 10 hours – we were seriously worried… Luckily, after much finger-crossing, a thorough examination and some TLC from Lutz and the Polish equivalent of the AA Mathilda could be persuaded to have another go. Phew!

We spent the night parked up at a petrol station and headed off to Ostroda fairly early the next morning, where it turned out that none of the organisers were at the venue despite the fact that it was load-in time. When finally someone turned up they couldn’t speak any English so we just obediently parked up where we were shown and waited for further instructions.

Load-in started 2 hours later and since by this time neither the PA nor lights were set up we kind of figured out that everything was running late. Our soundcheck time came and went, the PA and lights were still not set up. The doors opened and we still hadn’t soundchecked. However, we were assured by the promoter that “you know what it’s like, festivals always run late”, so there obviously was no need to worry, was there? Hmmm…

Well, we used to the time to enjoy the sunshine, check emails, enjoy the gorgeous dinner the promoter had organised, buy insect repellent (an interesting game of charades with a pharmacist who did not speak anything other than Polish) and, in my case, do vocal warm-ups. Around 8pm I think we finally soundchecked, a mere 6 hours late, and about 2 hours after the doors opened. The crowd was incredibly appreciative and we got a huge round of applause at the end of our soundcheck – which was very odd!

None of the organisers seemed to be worried about the delays and so none of the bands were asked to shorten their soundcheck or set. Although I really enjoyed the melancholy Slavic lament of Negradonna and the Emilie Autumn-esque Vic Anselmo we got more and more worried that people wouldn’t stay to wait for us to go on.

When around 2 am we finally went on stage, we were positively surprised and ended up playing to an amazing crowd that was up for partying all night! Playing in such a great location and to such an enthusiastic audience made up for all the waiting around and we had an absolute blast on stage. We played several songs from the new album for the very first time, including “Sick and Tired” and “Burn”, which are definitely amongst my new live favourites. It was great to see how well they went down!

By the time we got off stage the promoter had already gone home as had anybody else who knew the address to where our tourbus was parked up! With a very small Polish vocabulary and no address it was a bit tricky to make our way there… However, the lovely Kris, who works behind the bar there, sorted it all out for us and around 4.30am we and our equipment were finally safely back at our overnight spot. What a night, but despite being incredibly tired we had to have a celebratory drink or two ourselves before going to sleep!

The next day we took it easy, explored the city and practised our newly emerging Polish language skills. In the evening we headed over to the castle again for the second day of mROCKfest. We met Thomas Rainer of L’Ame Immortelle who despite our best intentions decided to ply us and several of his band and crew with cocktails all night. He seemed to have had a similarly exciting journey to get to Ostroda – but that’s his story to tell…

On the way back we took the slow route along the coast – the first few days off I’ve had all year – before starting the long way back to Karlsruhe to unload and carry on the studio work on our new album Defiance… So have I learnt anything from the whole experience? Probably not as I would do it all over again 🙂

Thanks to the promoters for inviting us to come and play our first Polish and festival headline show ever and for everyone who came to the show and partied with us! Hope to see you again at some point!!

Lahannya live @ Wave-Gotik-Treffen, Leipzig – Germany

With the band and Lemmy safely on board, we set off on Friday afternoon, around 2pm, with our first stop being Sainsbury supermarket to stock up on supplies for the English-breakfast-press-album-pre-listen event we had organised for Sunday morning in Leipzig. Half an hour later, stockpiled with eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, tomatoes, hash browns, toast and various flavours of crisps, beers and ciders, we joined the slow-moving Friday afternoon traffic to get out of London and head towards Dover…

The next stop was the ferry, which we cheekily used for a picnic in the sun accompanied by a chilled bottle of rose. Then the long drive from the French coast to eastern Germany awaited us, with an overnight stop just after passing the Belgium-Germany border. The drive, however, was never boring because this time we had a free-flying budgie exploring the bus, which kept us entertained throughout the journey! We reached Leipzig fairly late on Saturday evening, picked up our passes and parking permits and headed to the Agrahalle to park up for the night, get some dinner and catch up with friends.

On Sunday morning we headed to the spot the WGT organisers had suggested we use for the breakfast-press-album-pre-listen session. Upon arriving we quickly realised that there were no parking spaces whatsoever and busloads of tourists were being shown around by tour guides armed with conspicuous umbrellas. After searching the backstreets we eventually found a small strip of green with a parking spot directly in front of it and decided to try our luck there.

By this time we had just found out that our PR agent had broken her leg the night before, spent the night in hospital and would not be able to join us to welcome the journalists and photographers who said they’d come. On her way from the hospital to her hotel she also left her mobile phone in the taxi so we had no more way of contacting her to get the expected guests’ phone numbers and tell them about the new location. This required a slight change of plan and we phoned Jason, who runs our UK street team, to come and help us by escorting the guests from the agreed meeting place to where we actually had parked up.

However, beforehand Lutz, Belle and myself had to head off in different directions to procure some items that we needed, no easy feat on a Sunday in Germany where pretty much every shop is shut. We got some paper plates and wooden cutlery from the WGT medieval market, but sending Belle off to get some crushed ice proved to be the wrong choice: he went missing for the best part of the event, leaving at 11.30am and returning – without ice – more than two hours later!

At 12 noon on the spot the first journalists started turning up, catching us only half prepared! But luckily everyone was absolutely lovely and chilled and so the whole listening session, interview and breakfast went smoothly and it was actually a lot of fun for everyone involved. So much so, that we realised only just in time that we had to pack up and rush back to the Agrahalle so Lutz would be there in time for his performance with Umbra et Imago. Back at the Agrahalle then Lutz went off to find the rest of his other band, while I finally sat down to relax and have a late breakfast myself. In the evening, Dave and myself armed ourselves with Caipirinhas and watched the Umbra et Imago and ASP shows, while Belle was lying in a Bloody Mary induced coma in the bus.

And then it was already Monday morning and time to head over to the Parkbuehne. There we met up with Stiefel, our sound engineer, Ronny, our stage tech, and Janina and Candy who were looking after our merch stall. Stiefel and Ronny we had originally met on the ASP tour and Janina and Candy I knew from DJing for the globalnoisemovement collective, which they’re a part of.

It was an absolutely stunning and scorchingly hot day and my worry that our first time on an open air stage it would pour down with rain luckily turned out to be unfounded. At ten to four it was time and we headed out on the stage and the reception we got was absolutely incredible. There were so many familiar faces from the ASP tour, last year’s Nocturnal Culture Night and a large number of UK fans, which meant that lots of people could sing along to our songs. With hindsight, a long sleeved latex and PVC outfit might not have been the wisest choice when performing mid afternoon in the sun, but by the time I came to realise that it was far too late to do something about it!

We only had time to play six songs: Silent Victim and Doors from Shotgun Reality, our first album, Welcome to the Underground and Inside the Machine from our Welcome to the Underground EP and two brand new songs – Dying Inside and Our War – which will be on our second album, Defiance, which is coming out this autumn.

After the show I wanted to go the merch stall, but as soon as I emerged from backstage I found myself facing an unexpected 20 metre long queue of people wanting autographs and photos! After 10 minutes of signing CDs and cards in the blistering sun, however, I just had to head for the shade of the merch area. Soon Lutz, Belle and Dave joined me and we stayed there signing CDs, posters, flyers and bodyparts, posing for pictures and catching up with fans and friends we’d not seen in a while. What an absolutely amazing day! One day like this every now and again makes all the hard work very worthwhile indeed!

After Nosferatu played and it started raining cats and dogs we headed off into the centre of Leipzig where I was booked to DJ at Gothic magazine’s end-of-WGT party at the Darkflower. We were treated to free drinks all night and I played an hour of hard electro and industrial, which was great fun since I don’t DJ regularly anymore. After catching up with some more friends – Martin from Gothic magazine, Udo and Anke from the Zeche Carl amongst others – and losing Belle again either to a mirror or a gorgeous female we finally went back to Mathilda around 5am and fell asleep within minutes…

Photos were taken by either Lahannya (no 2, 6, 7), Lutz (1, 3, 4, 9, 10), Dana (5) and Ritual Art (8). More photos can be seen in the gallery on the Lahannya Web site at www.lahannya.com/gallery.