I catch Krissy Matthews, 26 year old English-Norwegian guitarist and singer, on his mobile phone on the motorway just before he boarded the ferry from England to Germany. I myself am standing with my car on a supermarket parking lot in Frankfurt. Matthews is on his way to Bonn. In the local club Harmonie the "Rockpalast" will record a concert of his solo band for the "Crossroads" series on 21 March.
eclipsed: Are you more nervous before such gigs than at normal concerts?
Krissy Matthews: Of course. That's why we rehearsed a lot. We are very well prepared and will leave nothing to chance.
eclipsed: Doesn't that contradict what you otherwise offer live? You're often experienced as a free improviser, at least with solos.
Matthews: Okay, that's right. I assume this won't be the best Krissy Matthews gig ever, but at least it won't be a flop. And so the people who see it in the media library or on television can get a good picture of what and who Krissy Matthews is.
eclipsed: Sounds like you're pretty happy with the new album "Monster In Me".
Matthews: Oh, yeah. Especially because I released my most personal songs so far on it. Every song is about something that moves me personally, scares me or occupies me.
eclipsed: Quasi a blues rock concept album?
Matthews: I'm describing the monsters inside me. But of course it is not a real concept album. But it was partly agonizing and then liberating to write and record the songs. Fortunately, I had Pete Brown by my side, because writing lyrics is not my thing. I gave Pete my ideas for a text, and he made good lyrics out of it. Bård Torstensen [Clawfinger] produced the album and helped to refine the songs. And Jon Astley, who already worked for The Who and Led Zeppelin, was responsible for the mastering. So with this team, I could only win.
The new one from Ana Popovic amazed. The guitarist and singer has freed herself from puristic blues and now celebrates incredibly energetic soul-funk blues with crisply arranged brass ("Can't You See What You Are Doing To Me"). Actually you don't expect an increase after the energy boost of the mentioned track.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.