Hello everybody and welcome back to the band of the day interview. Today joining us in the hot seat is a Norwegian Quartet. I was thinking the other day where are all the great bands from around the world, come at me yeah! Well my wish was granted as Leper Messiah (Such an awesome band name BTW!) join me today! Let’s go!
- If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
Hey, AAM! Thank you for inviting us on, folks.
We are LEPER MESSIAH, a 5-guys Norwegian rock band from the city of Bergen. Our music dips into various genres of rock, as we can’t stand albums (or bands) where every track sounds like just a variation on the last one. Primarily, though, we exist somewhere on a scale between glam rock and hard rock, I think.
As for individual band members, we are:
–Iggy on bass guitar
–Per Henrik behind the drums
–Peri on main guitar
–Øyvind on rhythm guitar
–and myself, Vidar, on vocal cords
Come say hi, y’all, and drop us a like on!: https://www.facebook.com/TheLeperMessiahBand
- How did you all meet?
Øyvind and I met up in the fall of 2011 for a test rehearsal – just him on guitar and me on vocals – to see if we had something there we’d like to continue onwards with. The previous summer, I had thrown out an invite on a local Facebook musicians group for people to join me to jam some plastic soul type songs (I was WAY into Bowie’s Young Americans and STATIONTOSTATION at the time), just for the hell of it. Nothing came of that, but Øyvind liked the idea and messaged me a few months later about giving this band thing a try.
We really hit it off and decided to give it a go. Øyvind brought in Per Henrik as they had played together in another band earlier, and over the next few months we captured Peri off of Facebook to be our bassist… which was great but also a bit unfortunate as Peri is a kickass guitarist who ended up playing bass for us for a few years. Oh well, it was fun, nonetheless. A few years in, though, we decided to move Peri to main guitar and bring in a new guy. Again, Facebook is where we found Iggy, a recently immigrated Pole looking for a band to play bass in; we snatched him up faster than f***! And that’s how we met.
- How long have you been playing?
We began as a Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars tribute act, touring a fun, glam rock show in celebration of the then 40th anniversary of that legendary David Bowie extravaganza; this was back in 2012-2013. After that, we went on as our own thing, but kept the name, Leper Messiah (a reference to the Ziggy Stardust song). In 2015, we brought in Iggy on bass, rounding us up nicely into a 5-piece unit.
- What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Strong. Classic. Significant.
- What are your musical influences?
If you asked us all to name our influences, you’d probably get a list of 40-50 artists and acts! But, to list a few, I’d say Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Kiss, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Jimi Hendrix, Foo Fighters, and the Rolling Stones are all deeply ingrained into our musical DNA.
- What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
Oh my, what a question! I remember seeing a big, burly, bearded guy just bawling his eyes out once, being so into one of our songs (Blood is Black, I think it was… which isn’t like a sad song, really). Another time, there was a mom (probably) chaperoning two young, teenage girls to our show; she wore these incredibly short leather hot pants and the trampiest top you can imagine, and she let loose on the floor with a rendition of Uma Thurman’s swing-dance from Pulp Ficiton… it got quite revealing there for a bit and I think the girls were embarrassed. *laughs* And then there was back in our Ziggy Stardust days, I had my feather boa stolen by a dude in the front row who proceeded to put it down his pants and handing it back to me; fun times! So yeah, you get a good view of all of life from up there on stage!
- Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?
Right now, we’re very pumped to be hosting one of our annual RockFest mini-festivals in September (2021). Those gigs, to which we invite three select bands to come share a stage with us, are always a whole lot of fun! As for secret dreams, I want to go to Berlin and throw a show at the Nuke Club. Look it up, it’s amazing!
- What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
None; I love all my records. But if I have to say something, it would probably be… Metallica’s Black Album; as I understand it, you’re not allowed to like that one, right? As if I care 😉
- What have you been listening to in the last few weeks?
The Rolling Stones’ Blue & Lonesome record has gone for a few spins, and I’ve revisited my Tom Waits catalogue quite a bit, too. I haven’t really gotten into any new music in the past couple weeks, which is a shame. I’ll have to remedy that.
- Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
Well, we’ve JUST released our debut album – FELL CREATURES – and we’ll tour that for some time before heading back into the studio. That said, the work on the next album has begun, in the song writing stage… right now we’re working on a track about Robert Johnson and his deal with the crossroad devil.
As for our Fell Creatures record, it’s a 10-track glammy hard rock album exploring tough things, bad people, and good people doing bad things. Check it out on Spotify, yeah?:
That’s it from us. Thanks again for the time, AAM. It’s been a blast!
Vidar & Leper Messiah
Check out Leper Messiah’s record, ‘Feel Creatures’ below.