Born in the land where Vikings rule, Liv Sin was created as a heavy metal band that is in your face. After Sister Sin called it quits in 2015, Liv realized she had more music to bring to the world. She explored the Swedish landscape to find a band willing to take her style of metal to the masses. After assembling Liv Sin, the band recorded their debut album Follow Me set for release on April 28, 2017. I had a chance to talk with Liv about her new album and what to expect from Liv Sin.
Shockwave Magazine: Thank you for your time. I wanted to interview you because I had the opportunity to review your album Follow Me. I don’t know if you have had a chance to read it, but I love the album. I thought it would be a perfect follow up to the review to interview you.
Liv: Absolutely. That’s great. I haven’t had a chance to see it yet. I’ll have to check after we talk.
Follow Me, we could say is your debut album, but you’re hardly a newcomer to the industry. The album is very hard, very heavy, and very aggressive. What was your vision for this album?
It was to make a heavier album than a Sister Sin album, and it was to take another step into the more metal road. I didn’t want to do a copy of Sister Sin when I decided to continue making music. I have always wanted to play heavy music, so I thought I would try it out. I experimented a little bit but with other genres. Trash Metal a little and Black metal a bit. Just elements of them. I also experimented a bit more with what I could do with my voice compared to what I did with Sister Sin, which was very straightforward rock’n’roll. So I tried to look a little bit outside my comfort zone.
Is there a track on the album that stands out as a favorite?
The first song “The Fall.” It’s my favorite because it’s got all those elements that I was looking for. If I would have had more time I would have done a whole album with that kind of spirit and intensity.
I enjoyed all the tracks but my favorite is “Hypocrite.” I also love “Black Souls.”
Yeah, those two are my favorites too, especially “Hypocrite.” It’s a very good live song. We haven’t tried yet, because we play our first show next Friday. But in rehearsal, “Hypocrite’s” is one of the funniest and most enjoyable songs to play. I look forward to playing live.
I would have to assume that since you’ve covered “Immortal Sin”, that Rob Halford is somebody that has influenced you. Are there any other influences that have gone into the album?
Well absolutely, Rob Halford I would say is the main influence. When I was doing the vocals, Stefan Kaufmann and I are big Halford fans. We used that as kind of a theme for the vocals. It was like how would Rob Halford sing this live and how would Rob Halford do this scream? Other than that, I would say, I am influenced by Arch Enemy. I can’t growl like Angela or Alyssa but I take a lot of influence from Arch Enemy.
I was watching your video diary on YouTube and one of the things you mentioned in the diary that your biggest fear was that you would not be true to yourself and you have a tendency to listen to others too much. Do you feel that you stayed true to yourself on Follow Me?
Yeah, I do. I was a little bit afraid that the producers would try to make my voice something that is not me. Maybe softer or poppy. Something that wasn’t me. Instead, when I went to the studio, I ended up with Stefan screaming to me, “It’s going to be so much Metal! We are going to do it like Halford.” I really felt that he understood what I was wanting and that I was not going to be more pop, more commercial, or not going to be softer.
How has the reception been from your fans to the songs that you have released from Follow Me?
I think it’s been mostly very positive. Especially for “Let Me Out.” People seem to like that song. Of course you have those really hardcore Sister Sin fans that really miss Sister Sin. Since this is the heavier album it won’t appeal to all Sister Sin Fans. You can’t please everybody.
Some people are going to say they miss something that they don’t have anymore. I feel as a fan of an artist it’s nice to see a progression and not the same thing over and over.
Is there an artist that you would like to work with Someday? Someone you’d like to record a song with?
Wow you and Dee Snider; that would be a great pairing.
That would be cool.
Let’s just put that out to the world. Dee, if you read this Liv wants to do a song with you.
Hey Dee Snider do you want to do a song with me?
Do you have plans for a tour?
It’s too late for a spring tour because the festival season has already started and we are going to do festivals during the summer in Scandinavia. Then we will concentrate on getting a longer tour in the fall.
Do you have any plans to tour in America?
Not yet, unfortunately. I really wish we did, but it’s hard this time because I have a Swedish label and not an American label. Sister Sin had Victory as our label, which made it easier to tour in America. Now I have the Swedish label and it’s much harder to get over to America. So we’ll see what happens. I really want to tour America again.
I think that will rap things up on my end unless you have anything else you would like to add. I appreciate your time and hope to see you in the states on tour sometime in the future.
Wonderful. I look forward to it. Thank you.