Sonic Roots interview by
Frances Amelie Sin ™ in Berlin 16.02.2007 @
Wild at Heart with Henry Lee Roots, Stacey Goddard and Björn
1. @ Henry Lee Roots: Describe the Bandmembers
including yourself in a few words:
- powerful, hard (about Sonic Warland)
- outgoing, stable, warm (about Björn Again Electric)
- agressive, powerful, hard (about Stacey Goddard)
- powerful, hard, sensitive (about himself)
2. When can we await the new album and how far is the
recording gone yet?
Henry Lee Roots: We have done now three songs in january and after that
we will make a few songs more and maybe in autumn like october or
september you can await the album.
3. Tell me some good reasons why people really need to
have the album!
Henry Lee Roots: It makes you go crazy, it makes you rock and shake
your ass (Henry shakes his ass!!) , you know, and then you
have a lot of fun and there ist a lot of emotion,
4. Are there songs on the new album that are taken
from your own experiences??
Henry Lee Roots (who writes all the lyrics ): Yes every song is a
5. Will you play a release tour in germany?
All guys together: Of course, we will come to germany again as soon as
Henry Lee Roots : We like to play shows here!
6: Reflect this tour, are you content with it, does
anything works well?
Henry Lee Roots: Yeah everything worked well. Tom and Corinna of the
Berlin Glampires have been really kind to us everytime we
Stacey Goddard: We know them for longer, first met them in 2005 and
they helped us then and now again...They are good friends, you know .
Henry Lee Roots: Yeah, very good friends!
7: What are your expectations for the near future??
Henry Lee Roots: To make good shows in future, and have more fans
then, make good music-videos in future and travel around the
world with our music. At the moment, you know, I am concentrating right
to the music. It is a long winter to write songs and you think a lot of
bullshit after 6 month of darkness so the lyrics coming out and I
think... I survived the darkness again.
(all of us laughing)
8. Well, is there any musician you dare to
Henry Lee Roots: Ok I would say the band Motörhead. I would
to work with Animal Boys (I hope I understand it right-
Boys are a Ramones cover band) and Hanoi Rocks would be nice, yeah
thats maybe my choice.
Björn Again Electric: Animal Boys (?), Axl Rose, Nick Royale
the Hellacopters, and well Tony Lommi from Black Sabbath would be great!
Stacey Goddard: Whats coming to my mind first is Joey Ramone
yeah it woul be nice to make music with Joey Ramone yeah well
(Joey Ramone was the singer of the Ramones and he died in 2001)
9. What do you like most in germany?
All three together: The people !!!!
Frances Sin ™: Yeah I often heard that german fans are the
most loyal fans, do you think thats true??
Stacey Goddard: Yeah maybe... and they wait for
hours before the shows.
Henry Lee Roots: They are always there and thats what I like.
Frances Sin ™: It’s not the same in Finland??
Henry Lee Roots: No, the fans can like your show a lot but they
don’t show it in that way to you ! They are good fans as
but they are totally different you know.
10: Ok I have some questions besides the band.
How many instruments are you playing??
Björn Again Electric: I play drums and guitar and base and
harp aahhh harmonica I mean
(everybody is laughing and Henry shows some harp - playing
little angel on a cloud and sings some finnish words)
Henry Lee Roots: I play drums and very poorly
guitar (laughs) mostly I play myself ( doing weired things... )
Björn Again Electric: I play Bongodrums
Stacey Goddard: I play baseguitar, a little bit of piano and
I was younger I played classical music, I played bassoon
is a fagott- he shows how to do it in a very funny way)
11: Imagine – what would you have become if
you did not get into touch with the music?
Henry Lee Roots : I am a chef also (cook) I make food (me laughing)
Björn Again Electric: He is very good yeah yeah...
(both talking together about rock’n‘roll
and food, sorry I don’t understand it anymore on my tape)
Björn Again Electric: He‘ s a very good chef, you
should try his food (yeah I want to ...)
Björn Again Electric: Ohm no, I have
played so many
shows in all the years, I was writing for a finnish metal music
magazine and then also I have organized concerts in Helsinki and doing
a lot of DJ work, thats why music is my life, and music.. well I eat
and breathe that, you know, my heart beats for that music, so I would
not change my life for anything else. I love my life like this, I am
Stacey Goddard: If I wasn’t playing in a band I would
try to save the world in some other way, you know, I mean the
Frances Sin ™: Like working with Greenpeace??
Stacey Goddard: Yeah kinda.
12: Do you have any lucky charm??
Henry Lee Roots: Yeah I have a dreamcatcher at all... maybe not saying
anything else... you know somtimes old friends giving me something and
say well thats for you, and thats my lucky charm then... these things!
Stacey Goddard: Elephants.. yeah !! Not the real ones ...
Frances Sin ™: Hard to carry with you...
Stacey Goddard: You know I think they bring me luck...
Björn Again Electric: I have a T- shirt that I got many many
ago, from a deathmetal band, thats my lucky shirt (laughs) lucky
charm! I like it!
12: Finally , is there anything you want to say ??
Henry Lee Roots: Keep on rocking
Björn Again Electric: Thank you for the interview
All : Thank you for coming to the show
Björn Again Electric: Thank you for being you
(thanks guys, you are so gentle! )
(c) by Frances Amelie Sin ™ &
The Northern Rock Support site
of the Berlin show : click
Henry Lee Roots - vocals
Björn Again Electric - drums
Stacey Goddard – bass
Sonic Warland - guitars
Constance Binder aka Koernchen for helping me with the Questions and
Tom & Corinna (The Berlin Glampires)