Growing up in the the 80’s Heavy Metal era LIZZY BORDEN was one of those groups/artists that never really resonated with me. Well I am happy to report that all changed with new album My Midnight Things, out now on Metal Blade Records. My brain finally caught on! It’s an album I think a lot of people are gonna be into, and when I had the chance to sit down with Lizzy himself to talk about it I was pretty excited. What I found was a rock star who has been doing this for many years, but is also one of the coolest cats out there. Very easy to talk to, we laughed a LOT, and the conversation flowed really smoothly. Since he’s based in Las Vegas we really had a ball talking about their expansion NHL team the Vegas Golden Knights, too! Check it:
Amps: First up, I am a brand new fan, having just been converted by your new album My Midnight Things.
Lizzy: That’s awesome, man. I’m glad you came onboard with this one.
Amps: I have to ask, how do you keep your voice in such great shape?
Lizzy: (Laughs) I don’t do anything, man. I’ve just been singing so long I know what to do and what not to do.
Amps: I think you might have come up with one of THE most infectious choruses of 2018 with “Obsessed With You.” I’ve got people telling me, “Shut the fuck up, already!!” as I walk around singing it at work!
Lizzy: (Laughs) that’s good! You know, I wanted to have that type of song, the kind you’ll remember long after it’s over. And a lot of people have been talking about that chorus. It’s also gonna be our next video. I’m working on the story as we speak.
Amps: Right away that song, “My Midnight Things”, and “We Belong to the Shadows” jumped out at me. “Long May They Haunt Us” is another favorite.
Lizzy: I have been hearing a lot about how much people love “We Belong to the Shadows.” That’s one of the four that people seem to rave about, and that’s great. As far as the title track, I wanted the vocal to be the main focus and not have to compete with heavy metal guitar at the beginning and I think it turned out great. Yeah, “Long May They Haunt Us” is one I kind of wrote while walking down the street (see audio)
Amps: I have this thing called “The Corey Test”, wherein my 16-year old son, aka Mini-Amps listens to an album. He has autism and he loves rock and metal. If he gets it in his headphones and rocks out, we have a winner. If he just sits there stone-faced, the album is a dud. Happy to report My Midnight Things passed with flying colors!!
Lizzy: THE COREY TEST!!! I love it! Tell Corey I’m honored he liked it and that I could make him smile.
Amps: Lemme also just say that I am ALL IN on the Vegas Golden Knights in this Stanley Cup Final! Not just because of my love for Marc-Andre Fleury, but I love what they’ve done.
Lizzy: Oh man, it is crazy. I have missed maybe a handful of games all season at T-Mobile Arena. The crowd is deafening, and there have been nights where I’ve had to wear earplugs.
Amps: The town has really embraced this team, and I think that’s amazing.
Lizzy: You know, it really turned after the horrible shooting. Because the team held a ceremony, and the fans really showed up for that. It was emotional. And there were people on the opposing teams, and the opposing cities who were screaming their heads off for our guys. And that spoke volumes.
Amps: I hope you guys win the Stanley Cup. I hate Ovechkin’s stupid face, so I want him to win NOTHING (Lizzy cracks up)!! Do you think the Raiders can expect a similar reception when they move there? (Later) Sucks the Knights lost.
Lizzy: It sucks they didn’t finish the fairy tale, but they still did something amazing. But I have to give Alex Ovechkin a lot of credit, even though he’s a villain to me( laughs). To play this long and to finally win it, to go through all that struggle for so many years, good for him. As far as the Raiders…Hmmmmm, I don’t really know. That’s a different fanbase, so we’ll have to see.
Amps: Away from music, what do you do to relax and unwind?
Lizzy: Well, I only moved to Vegas several months ago, so I like to go out and see the town almost every night. But when I’m not doing that I’m at home relaxing whenever possible.
Amps: When you do go out on the road, will you make it a point to pick musicians who can all sing? Will you use any backing tracks for the vocal harmonies?
Lizzy: Well, I’ve never used backing tracks, but I am not opposed to it. I have always tried to handpick guys who could play really well and sing really well. You know, we live in a time where guys don’t necessarily hone their craft as much.
And they’re more concerned with only playing well, and not learning to sing. When I came up all the musicians made it their business to also make sure they could sing, too. But we’re looking at players, guys and girls, from all over the world right now.
Amps: Like me, you’re a big QUEEN guy. From the trailer, how awesome does the band biopic Bohemian Rhapsody look, huh???
Lizzy: I can’t wait to see that! They really nailed it with Rami Malek. He’s got the look, and the mannerisms down pat. I love him on the show Mr. Robot. I don’t think this would have been as good with Sacha Baron Cohen.
Amps: What would you like the listener to take away from this record?
Lizzy: Well, I hope they like it. You know, when I did Master of Disguise I didn’t give a shit what anyone thought. And it wound up being the most successful album of my career. This time around I do care because I’ve been away. And I hope they listen to the whole thing. I know some people have a short attention span nowadays, but I really hope they stick with this one to the end. Because I know they’ll like it.
Amps: What would you like to say to all the LIZZY BORDEN fans out there in the world?
Lizzy: First off I want to thank everyone for their support. And thank you for all the great reviews so far. I have had ZERO negativity surrounding this album, and I actually got the first 10/10 review of my career, so that’s pretty cool, right? I have never had an album where this has happened. Secondly, I would just like to ask everyone to buy ONE copy.
Listen to it for free all you want. Hey, I do that too. But if you buy ONE copy, that registers. And that makes an album a success. And that makes the promoters want to book us because they see the album is doing well. So please, listen all you want, but please buy a copy. This is not about putting money in my pocket; this is about us getting out to see everyone on tour.
I wasn’t a fan before, but between two fun and easy-going phone chats with the man, plus the sheer asskickery (shut up, it’s a word!) of My Midnight Things I sure am now. If for some reason you haven’t picked up your copy yet, please go and do so. You won’t regret it one bit. And let’s hope we get a U.S. tour for this one, too!!