Kobra and the Lotus have been around for eight years now. They got their start in Canada but their success is striking out worldwide these days. They have toured with the biggest bands including Kiss, Def Leppard and Judas Priest. I sat down with Kobra Paige before their show at the Metro Music Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Shockwave Magazine: Thanks for taking time out of your day for the interview and welcome to Utah.
Kobra Paige: No problem, thanks for the interview.
I hope you are enjoying our high altitude and dry air. As a singer it must be tough.
Denver was challenging for the three of us to sing, but then when we got to Colorado Springs all three of us after our shows were like, “Were you struggling? Oh my god I was struggling. Oh good it wasn’t just me.”
The first time I saw you guys live was in 2014 when you opened up for Kiss and Def Leppard. During your set I said to my friend, “She sounds a lot like Ann Wilson and the next song you did was “Barracuda.” Then you finished your set and I said to my friend, “If these boys are going to have a successful tour they need to not bring such a good opening act.”
Oh my god those are kind words, thank you. I love Ann Wilson and I’m a big fan of classic rock. I grew up with classic rock before metal.
So what did you listen to growing up?
First it was Queen. Then it was The Beatles. Then once I started adventuring outside of my dad’s influence I got into Led Zeppelin and that’s still one of my favorite all time bands. I love Heart. I love Fleetwood Mac. The later years when Stevie Nicks came into the band. I’m not so familiar with the original first line up, but I absolutely love her and loved Fleetwood Mac Rumors. Then I got introduced to metal and my dad did that too. When I was 15 he took me to the Painkiller tour in Calgary. That was really the moment I was inspired to start a band. I saw an outlet for using the voice because using it operatically was not for me.
The Kiss and Def Leppard shows were pretty big shows compared to the tour now. Did you enjoy the big arena shows or do you enjoy the smaller crowds better?
Honestly, I have to say that those were not my favorite shows. The tour itself was once in a lifetime and I would never ever take it back. It was an unbelievable experience but it was the most challenging experience we’ve ever had in terms of pulling people’s attention towards us. People were ready for Def Leppard and Kiss. They were ready to party. We were probably the heaviest act. That crowd didn’t know us from page one. I think it actually made us better though, because we had to work ourselves in a different way to reach the crowd.
The new album Prevail I just came out and it sounds amazing. I read that there was a follow up to this album coming out. Do you have any ideas when it might be out or any details on it?
We’re trying this strategy with Napalm Records and they have been a key player in deciding when things are rolling out. It is really nice because we have never had this kind of attention from a label ever. So that being said I am going to say that Prevail II will come out in early 2018. It’s sitting there done. We wrote and recorded Prevail I and II both at the same time. The tracks were not even picked in order.
So will Prevail II have the same kind of theme as I?
It’s going to still cover the human experience but it doesn’t cover the same things. They will be new and I think fans are really going to like Prevail II.
What do you guys have planned for the rest of the year? More touring?
I think we have 10 days left on this tour. It’s just crazy. We have the west side of the states to do. Then we go home for a week and then we’re going to Belgium to do a festival. Then we’re going to do some photos over there for Prevail II. We haven’t done the photos for the album or any of the videos. Then we will come back and play a festival in Bismarck, North Dakota, which will be our first North American festival ever. Then we will play some festivals overseas.
We lost a great musician this last week. I wondered if you had any experience with Chris Cornell or have any memories you could share?
I had no personal experiences with Chris, and I was not personally influenced by him. I thought his work was amazing. I thought he was a very amazing artist. I think it’s really sad because something like that is just kind of surreal. It’s hard to wrap your head around when someone is just gone. It’s permanent and it’s instant. It’s just removed forever, from being something that is part of our earth again. It’s hard to understand.
My last question for you is, being that this is an all female fronted tour,
do you find in 2017 there are challenges for female fronted bands?
It’s interesting; it’s definitely improved significantly since I started the band. I never even knew any females in the industry because we were never put on the same tours and we were never put on the same days when we played festivals. I’ve really noticed the shift because last year we toured with Delain, which was another female fronted band. Now this year we’re touring with Once Human and Xandria. I think it’s always going to be challenged to a certain degree, because there will always be close minded individuals. There will always be idiots out there that have to throw their stupid two cents in that isn’t nice. For the most part though I have seen a really positive shift.
After chatting with Kobra it was apparent that Kobra and the Lotus have big plans for their future and they are getting the support they need to get there. Even though there are still some challenges for female fronted bands, Kobra will not let them get in her way from achieving greatness. After seeing her command the stage with not only her presence but her voice, there is no doubt that Kobra and the Lotus have a great future ahead of them. If you have never seen them I suggest you find out where they are playing and go see them. Once Kobra and the Lotus bite, you will find their venom very addicting.