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:: INTERVIEW TO STATETROOPER

PLEASE PRESENT YOURSELVES TO OUR READERS...
HI, THIS IS GARY BARDEN THE LEAD SINGER OF STATETROOPER.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR HISTORY...

THE BAND WAS FORMED AFTER I LEFT MSG EARLY '84, I TRIED A FEW GUYS IN THE EARLY STAGES, BUT IT NEVER WORKED OUT, THE REAL TROOPER HAPPENDED IN '85.

WHO DECIDED TO FOUND THE BAND?
I STARTED IT, STATETROOPER WAS MY INVENTION DUE TO ME BEING IMPRESSED BY THE POLICEMAN IN AMERICA.

THE MAIN FACTS IN YOUR HISTORY..
NOT MUCH TO ADD REALLY, WE DID ONE ALBUM, WE TOURED WITH BLUE OYSTER CULT IN ENGLAND,A COUPLE OF FESTIVALS IN GERMANY, SPAIN ETC, IT WAS A SHORT LIVED CAREER FOR THE BAND.

WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR PREVIOUS RECORDING PRODUCTION...
THE FIRST ALBUM WAS REALLY A BUNCH OF DEMOS AND LIVE RECORDINGS AT THE MARQUEE CLUB IN LONDON, WE REALLY DID A VERY GOOD JOB ON THE MIXING AND PRODUCTION, WE TRYING TO GET A MAJOR RECORD DEAL WITH THEM, IN THE END WE COULD'NT, SO WE DECIDED TO RELEASE THE ALBUM ANYWAY.

I GUESS YOU MUST REALLY BE SATISFIED WITH THE DEAL WITH CIC RECORDS...
VERY MUCH SO, IT IS IN FACT OUR OWN RECORD COMPANY, WE NOW CONTROL OUR DESTINYS, NOT LEAVING IT TO ANOTHER STRANGER/S TO RIP US OFF.

A QUICK INTRODUCTION TO 'THE CALLING'...
IT CAME ABOUT WHEN WE ALL SOMEHOW MET AFTER 18YRS (WE FOUND OUT THE FANS WANTED THE FIRST ALBUM RELEASED ON CD FORM) JEFF SUMMERS HAD SOME GREAT SONGS HE'D WRITTEN IN THAT TIME, AND WE GOT DOWN TO WRITING NEW SONGS AS WELL, THESE ENDED UP ON 'THE CALLING'.

WHY SUCH A TITLE?
THE BAND AFTER ALL THAT TIME MEETIN UP AGAIN, HENCE WE HAD 'THE CALLING'!

YOUR ALBUM HAS A STRONG ROCK'N'ROLL BACKGROUND...
WE ARE ALL SEVENTIES CHILDREN, OUR INFLUENCES ARE DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, THIN LIZZY, ZEPPLIN ETC...

WHAT ABOUT ITS MOOD...
WE WANTED A MODERN SOUND FOR 'THE CALLING' SO I'D BEEN WORKING WITH MICHEAL VOSS, PRODUCER ON THE 'SILVER' PROJECTS AND WE WORKED SO WELL TOGETHER I THOUGHT THE BAND WOULD LIKE THE STUFF HE DOES AS WELL. THERE ARE DARK AND LIGHT MOODS, I THINK ON EVERY TRACK, IT GIVTES THE ALBUM VARIETY, IT NEVER GETS BORING.

HOW DO YOU FEEL TO BE HAILED AS A LIVING LEGEND?
I'M SORRY THAT DOES NOT COMPUTE...

MORE INFOMATION ABOUT YOUR SOUND...
THE BASIC SOUND I GUESS IS THE GUITARS (TWINS) AND THE HARMONIES, WE ALL SING LIVE, SO YOU CAN IMAGINE THE POWER THAT COMES ACROSS TO THE AUIDENCE.

WHAT ABOUT THE WAY YOU WRITE...

WE FOUND OUT AFTER ALL THIS TIME TO GIVE AND TAKE IN THIS DEPARTMENT, IT REALLY IS A GROUP DECISON.

WHAT'S THE ROLE OF THE LYRICS...
THE LYRICS ARE THE HARDEST I SUPPOSE, WE DO HAVE MESSAGES IN THEM AND I HOPE THE FANS PICK UP ON THEM.

I FEEL AN ANGRY ATTITUDE IN YOUR SOUND...
IT MUST MEAN WE ARE GETTING OLD AND MEAN.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE TRACKS FEATURED IN 'THE CALLING'...
THE CALLING - MASSIVE RIFF, GREAT CHORUS, MIDDLE EASTERN LEAD GUITAR BREAK.
CASABLANCA - BASED LYRICALLY ON THE MOVIE (BERGMAN/BOGART, VERY GRUNGE.
I'M ALIVE - JEFF'S SONG, VERY KINKY, VERY COMMERICAL.
AMERASIANS - BASED ON THE VIETNAM WAR, AND THE KIDS LEFT BEHIND BY THE GI JOE'S (NO-ONE WANTED THEM).
LOVE LIES BLEEDING - THE BALLARD OF THE ALBUM.
D.O.A. - SEX PLAY THAT ENDS IN SOMEBODY DYING, THE GUY THAT IS.
MARIONETTES - THE FUTILITY OF WARS, THE PUPPETS/SOLDIERS WHO DIE FOR THEIR GOVERMENTS.
DON'T SAY GOODBYE - JEFF AGAIN, BIG QUEEN TYPE SOUND AND CHORUS.
HOW DOES IT FEEL - SLIGHTLY UPDATED VERSION OF A 87/88 SONG WE WROTE.
TWIGHLIGHTS LAST GLEAMING - ANOTHER BRIGHT BARDEN IDEA, BASED ON A BOOK/MOVIE I READ AND SAW, END OF THE WORLD STUFF, AGAIN.
I BELIEVE - NICE LAID BACK SONG FROM JEFF TO END ALL THE MAYHEM ON THE ALBUM.

INTERESTED IN SPREADING MESSAGES THRU YOUR MUSIC?

OF COURSE, IF THE TIME AND ENERGY SPENT ON WRITING THEM PAYS OFF TO THE LISTENER, THEN ITS ALL BEEN WORTH WHILE.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR FUTURE PLANS...
WE ARE PLAYING SOME ENGLISH GIGS IN JANUARY, THEN SOME ITALIAN GIGS AND HOPEFULLY THE SWEDISH ROCK FESTIVAL IN JUNE, WE'VE ALSO STARTED WRITING NEW SONGS FOR THE TROOPER III.

WHAT ABOUT EVERY DAY LIFE?
I HAVE A NEARLY 5YR OLD DAUGHTER CALLED CHIMARA AND WIFE SUCHI AND TWO DOGS WHO TAKE UP MOST OF MY TIME.

ANY LAST REMARKS...
I WOULD LIKE TO WISH THE ITALIAN ROCKERS OUT THERE A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR, LETS MAKE 2005 A BETTER YEAR THEN THE RECENT/PAST ADVENTS THAT HAVE BEEN DICTATED TO US ALL.,THANX AGAIN FOR ASKING ME TO DO THIS INTERVIEW. CHEERS. GARY JOHN BARDEN

For more infos:
http://www.germusica.com
http://www.statetrooper.co.uk

EMANUELE GENTILE

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