INTERVIEW WITH LÖVE RAZËR
Date: June 1, 2016
Photos: Gonzo Phil Photography (photos 2, 5 and 10), JaM Photography (photo 8)
ONCE IN A WHILE, YOU DISCOVER A BAND THAT HAS THE TOTAL PACKAGE — THE LOOK, THE ATTITUDE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE SONGS. LÖVE RAZËR MIGHT HAVE JUST CELEBRATED THEIR FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY A FEW DAYS AGO BUT THE BAND SEEMS TO ALREADY HAVE ALL THE PIECES TOGETHER TO MAKE A BIG SPLASH IN THE WORLD OF SLEAZE ROCK AND ROCK N’ ROLL IN GENERAL. IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE SO ALREADY, MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT LÖVE RAZËR’S FANTASTIC DEBUT EP ‘ROCK N’ ROLL ADDICTION’ FOR A LITTLE TASTE OF WHAT THE BAND IS ALL ABOUT. SLEAZE ROXX HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO ALL FOUR LÖVE RAZËR BAND MEMBERS IN WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE A QUITE ENTERTAINING CHAT JUST HEARING THE GUYS INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER.
Sleaze Roxx: When I read your bio on your website, it reminded me a lot on how KISS started with the ads and with the final member walking into an audition and sort of claiming the position before playing. What do you think about that?
Metal Mike: I could not agree more. It was as rock n’ roll as it gets, you know what I mean? It’s like, you put an ad up, you meet some greasy rocker and you connect well. And then before you know it, you’ve got another greasy rocker and it’s all kind of happening. It’s exactly — you’re right man! It’s like KISS!
Sleaze Roxx: When I am looking at your ages [interviewer’s note: guitarist Micky Bonez just turned 20 years old on May 29th], I’m thinking that you are sort of the new generation in that I believe that your parents likely grew up on the ’80s stuff and you were exposed that way. Am I right?
Crissy Stixx: Oh yeah! My dad pretty much raised me on the Crüe and I’ve been a diehard fan since I’ve been — I don’t know — four years old. I have a shrine to them in my apartment above the fireplace next to the pentagram.
Sleaze Roxx: [Laughs]
Crissy Stixx; But yeah, huge influences on all the good stuff — Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot, all that crap.
Sleaze Roxx: Do you find it discouraging because obviously, back in the ’80s, the artists were selling millions of albums and stuff like that. But now, our genre or your genre is not as popular. Do you find it discouraging in that way that you were not from that era or are you excited about the possibilities of what the future might hold?
Sydney Snow: Yeah. Actually, I am glad that we are not from that era. I think we try to bring the flash and the big show — that kind of the stuff that the ’80s had — but the music is a little bit more raw and it’s a little bit more like.. It’s got this sleaze rock feel to it you know? We don’t try to make a pop metal album or anything like that. We want to keep it like raw, rude rock n’ roll and fun mostly — most of all. And I think it’s something that a lot of bands aren’t doing today. So if you go see a lot of bands, they don’t have like long hair, outfits or whatever. They kind of stand there. They might wear plaid shirts and they might text through the whole show [laughs].
Sleaze Roxx: Fair enough. But how do you feel about the — in terms of the music industry, it’s changed a lot. Back in the ’80s, this genre was very popular but now, it’s not as popular.
Sydney Snow: We didn’t jump on like a gravy train — something that is already happening. I don’t know. The hipster music — that would be something to jump on. Maybe like the country, the pop or something but we all love this type of music. It’s something that we want to do. There’s a few bands with rockstars but there’s really not that many anymore. So when people go to see us, they are kind of shocked because they haven’t really seen anything like that before. But it has happened — not lately but yeah, it’s coming back!
Crissy Stixx: With a new twist on it!
Sydney Snow: With a new twist, for sure!
Crissy Stixx: And to add on to that, I mean it’s the same as back in the ’80s when this music was just jumping into the gear. They were fighting the same thing against disco the way we are fighting with pop music.
Sleaze Roxx: So you guys won a contest called Jack Daniels Supporting Act. What was that contest about?
Metal Mike: Yeah man. That contest really was awesome. Jack Daniels really made it happen for us. That contest was all of Canada. We had to make a one minute video showing who we are and why we want music to be our life. And they just fell in love with us. We won $7,000. We utilized that money the best way we could to try to get ourselves out there. We did a three song EP. We did the music video, some merch, some promotion and stuff. If it wasn’t for that contest, I don’t think I’d be even sitting here talking to you because that contest really helped to give a boost to our career for sure!
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Congratulations to rockers Löve Razër, the fourth winner of Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act. They are using their $7,000 to help them finish their first album. Check out their story and submit your entry at JDSupportingAct.com
Sleaze Roxx: Cool! And speaking of your EP, you recently released it. How was the release party?
Micky Bonez: The release party went really good. We did it at RockStar in Windsor [Ontario, Canada on May 14, 2016]. The place was pretty packed! It was awesome. Made a lot of money and it went really good! It showed how many people like rock n’ roll and what we are doing so it was really good.
Sydney Snow: We had some people coming from all over. We played once in Sarnia [Ontario, Canada] and we had people come down from Sarnia. We got a lot of support. We sold almost all our merch and a bunch of CDs and it was a good show!
Sleaze Roxx: How did you come up with the first three songs for your EP? Did you have any other ones or were those the first three that you wrote?
Sydney Snow: We have about a dozen original songs right now and we are always working on more. Those weren’t the first three. We wanted to get three single type, high energy, big chorus type, sing along songs. Fun songs ’cause it’s just a small EP to give people a taste of what we’re about. And then we have our full album coming out. We’re going to try to get that out in under a year. We’re going to have more different things so like not all just high energy rock but still a lot of that too.
Sleaze Roxx: Cool! So when can we expect a full-length album from you guys?
Metal Mike: We are going to be taking all our empties to the beer store.
Sleaze Roxx: [Laughs]
Metal Mike: All those dimes man! It’s tough you know because even that $7,000 that we got from Jack Daniels. Wow! $7,000! Dude, we spent that in three months. We did not act like you know it was free money. We tried to save everywhere we could. It’s tough. We’re selling merch. We’re playing shows. We are hoping from like six months to a year. Tops a year because we’re ready for it man! But you know, the funds… We need to save up for. Who knows? Maybe it will be two months? Maybe we’ll get lucky again or something?
Sleaze Roxx: You have one thing distinguishing you from other groups that I have interviewed is that I believe that at least three of you have an university or college education. So at one point, you’ve decided that even though you’ve gone the school route, you want to make music. So you sort of have an advantage that way, wouldn’t you say? Or at least for generating money?
Metal Mike: Actually, I went to college for entertainment technology so it’s all the behind the scene. Like I did roadie stuff for Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper. I got lucky and now I am working at the casino doing the same kind of stuff but yeah, I went to school for that because I wanted to be in the industry but I just know man, my dream has always been to be in front of the stage and not behind the stage. So it’s nice that I went and got that education so now I am that much more prepared. I kind of saw what was going on to make music and to excel on the business end side of things. I know that Crissy Stixx went to university for percussion so now he is just slaying it. I don’t know what Sydney Snow did but he’s pretty…
Sleaze Roxx: [Laughs]
Sydney Snow: Thanks Mike!
[Laughs all around]
Metal Mike: And Micky Bonez — there’s no guitar player in Canada or North America like this guy man! He’s something special so we’ve got something going on here man! We’re excited about what’s happening!
Sleaze Roxx: Cool! So what are your other plans aside from getting the album out?
Sydney Snow: We’re going to try to play some more shows around Ontario and some other places. We’ve played in Windsor and we just want to spread the word around some more. So whenever we can get out of town. Those are the kind of gigs that we are going to try to do.
Sleaze Roxx: Your names remind me of the Steel Panther band members’ names. Why and how did each of you come up with each of your band names?
Sydney Snow: Once Löve Razër started playing shows, I knew I needed a stage name. Coming off stage glammed out after just givin’ er hell, then meeting people and giving them my birth name seemed like a letdown. I tossed a few names at the guys in the band and Sydney Snow is what stuck.
Metal Mike: I’m actually not even familiar with the stage names in Steel Panther [laughs]. I have have been known as Metal Mike for about 10 years now, being the guy in school who always wore black and had his MP3 player on full blast usually to bands like Slayer or Lamb of God. It kind of just stuck and has been my identity ever since.
Micky Bonez: People started calling me Bonez when I was 15. They called me that because I was so skinny. Then one day, while working on songs with Metal Mike, he said that he was gonna start calling me Micky because I always had a micky of Jack on me, so I put the two together and have been know as Micky Bonez ever since.
Crissy Stixx: People called me Crissy Stixx, because I teased my hair like Nikki Sixx. I’ve had the nickname for seven years It’s just always stuck.
Sleaze Roxx: So last question for each of you — actually, I have a couple more. I shouldn’t say that. What are you main influences for each of you in terms of artists?
Crissy Stixx: For our instruments?
Metal Mike: Yeah man.
Crissy Stixx: I will follow Tommy Lee ’til the day I die. Tommy Lee is my all-time favorite drummer. He’s full of style, pizzazz and he knows how to slay back in his music.
Sydney Snow: What about his rap career bro?
[Laughs all around]
Crissy Stixx: He’s behind the kit, I am all about it. Tommy Lee is huge for me. Also Steve Smith from Journey because he is another killer behind the kit.
Sleaze Roxx: Cool! And what about the rest of you guys?
Micky Bonez: I got my top three. I got Slash from GNR, Joe Perry from Aerosmith and Mick Mars from Mötley Crüe. They are my top three.
Sleaze Roxx: And why are they your top three?
Micky Bonez: I love the way they play. Their rhythm styles are awesome but the way they play lead, it’s so, it’s so full of soul and it’s just perfect for every song that they do. It works amazing so that’s why they are my top three.
Metal Mike: I’ve got so many here man but two people that really stand out to me are Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne because when I went to their shows, I was expecting, you know, like to see old school rockers doing it. But they went up on stage — they were still loving every second of it and to me, I was like, “Wow. I want to be doing that one day.” You know what I mean? That will always stand out to me. I definitely look up to them for that.
Sleaze Roxx: And there’s only Sydney left…
Sydney Snow: My biggest are probably Steven Tyler from Aerosmith and then also Sebastian Bach. I went to see Sebastian Bach back when I was in high school and as soon as I saw that, I was like, “Man, I want to do that. I want to sing like that!” And I just kept trying to do it and still working on it [laughs]. And also, I like Vince Neil too from [Mötley] Crüe.
Metal Mike: Yeah man!
Micky Bonez: We all love [Mötley] Crüe.
Sydney Snow: Yeah, we all love [Mötley] Crüe.
Sleaze Roxx: Actually Sydney — for you — what made you decide to become a frontman because I believe this is the first band that you’re the frontman?
Sydney Snow: Yeah. You know, I’ve played bass in a lot of bands. I always played bass and sang. And I kind of felt like stuck in that spot you know? I’m trying to put on a show and I can just stand there. I have to stand in one spot and play bass and I can’t run around and interact with the audience as much. And now, it’s a lot easier. I can just worry about singing and let the other guys do the music and we can all run around and do our things. A lot of people don’t do that anymore. You go out seeing a lot of bands. They’ll just park there playing guitar and singing. There’s nothing wrong with that but I think that I can bring just a little bit more energy to the show just being only a frontman.
Sleaze Roxx: And now is the real last question for you — for each of you, what are your top three favourite albums of all-time?
[Collective “Ooooooooooh” from all four band members]
Metal Mike: Olivier man! C’mon!
Sleaze Roxx: You might have read my interviews in the past. If so, you know this is coming [laughs]!
Metal Mike: Alright, I’ll go first. It blows some minds but if I had to pick, it would definitely be. Ooooh. Why did I go first?
[Laughs all around]
Metal Mike: ‘Shout At The Devil’ by Mötley Crüe, ‘Appetite For Destruction’ by Guns N’ Roses and ‘Nocturnal’ by a band called The Black Dahlia Murder. Completely left field but I love my death metal man!
Sydney Snow: Metal Mike right there!
Metal Mike: Yeah, Metal Mike! So those are my three man. That was a crazy question. Now follow that boys [laughs]!
Sleaze Roxx: Alright, who’s next?
Micky Bonez: ‘Appetite For Destruction’ by GNR, ‘Dr. Feelgood’ by Mötley Crüe for sure and uh, oooohhh. Probably… Actually, I have no idea for this third one.
Sydney Snow: What about Aqua with that “Barbie Girl” shit?
[Laughs all around]
Micky Bonez: I’ll think of a third one and I’ll let you know.
Sydney Snow: He’ll e-mail you.
Micky Bonez: I’ll think about it by the time that you guys are done.
Crissy Stixx: My top three are ‘Too Fast For Love’ by Mötley Crüe, ‘Shout At The Devil’ by Mötley Crüe and…
Sydney Snow: ‘Girls, Girls, Girls?’
Crissy Stixx: No. No. I’m not going to do another Crüe. Hmmm. This is such a hard question.
Micky Bonez: Got my third!
Crissy Stixx: ‘Toys In The Attic’ [by Aerosmith].
Sydney Snow: Right. Good choice.
Sleaze Roxx: Alright, Sydney?
Sydney Snow: Alright. Yeah. I got to say my top three — definitely — two I can think of off the top of my head. ‘Permission To Land’ by The Darkness and ‘Too Fast For Love’ by [Mötley] Crüe. And another one I don’t really listen to that much anymore but I know it changed my life a lot was ‘All Killer, No Filler’ by Sum 41.
Metal Mike: Woooo!
Sydney Snow: When that came out and I was a little kid, I turned into a little punk ass. That’s for sure. That changed my life.
Metal Mike: Me too man!
Sleaze Roxx: OK. So I think one of you was missing an album right?
Micky Bonez: I got mine. I got mine. My last one is ‘World On Fire’ by Slash.
Sydney Snow: Yeah man. So good.
Sleaze Roxx: And that’s a recent one too!
Micky Bonez: Yeah. I love that album.
Special thank you to Löve Razër’s frontman Sydney Snow for coordinating everything on the band’s end to make this interview happen!