PRETTY MAIDS To Release Motherland Album In March; Details Revealed
Frontiers Records has announced the release of Danish melodic hard
rockers PRETTY MAIDS
new album, entitled Motherland, on March 22nd in
Europe and March 26th in North America.
After their 2010 album Pandemonium, Pretty Maids
30th anniversary with their debut visual release, It Comes Alive (Maid
in Switzerland) in 2012. Pandemonium showed the world that Pretty Maids
were in a creative spring again, with the band in their finest moment.
The melodic approach brought a return to the Future World / Red Hot And
Heavy era of the eighties, but with an updated sound and freshness that
consolidated Pretty Maids as strong as ever.
In late spring 2012, the band gathered to finally write the follow
up album. Singer Ronnie Atkins
says: “We knew it was going to be a tough
one to follow ! I remember back in the day when we had to follow up
albums like Future World, we tried more or less to copy the songs from
the previous album to keep the same kind of balance. But this time we
just wrote what came natural to us and that’s what became Motherland."
The band teamed up again with producer Jacob Hansen
AMARANTHE) for the new album. Ronnie says: “Jacob was a natural choice
since we had a great experience with him producing the Pandemonium
album. The recordings went smooth to begin with, but then we had to
start touring again during the weekends and this created some stress.
Though I really feel strongly about Motherland. In my view it has all
the ingredients of a good Pretty Maids album, maybe even more melodic
than Pandemonium and absolutely, as far as I’m concerned a worthy follow
Founded in early 1982 by guitarist Ken Hammer
and singer Ronnie
Atkins, Pretty Maids
soon established themselves as a band to be taken
seriously in the early eighties, having their breakthrough with the
release - in April 1987 - of the album Future World. This record soon
gathered a universal recognition as a “classic”, which endures to date,
and allowed the band to perform in from of large audiences thanks to
their tour with DEEP PURPLE and their appearances in the Monsters of
Rock festival. The following album Jump The Gun kept the momentum for
the band, particularly in Europe and Japan.
Throughout the nineties Pretty Maids
continued to release albums,
usually followed by European and Japanese tours with the band still
maintaining a very high songwriting and production standards. The
release of Wake Up To The Real World in 2006 started the band’s
relationship with Frontiers Records.Motherland
will include the following tracks:'Mother Of All Lies'
'To Fool A Nation; Confession'
'Sad To See You Suffer'
'Why So Serious'
'I See Ghosts'
'Bullet For You'
'Who What Where When Why'
The release of the new album will be preceded by the release of the
single / video 'Mother of All Lies',
which will hit the streets on
January 22nd. A sample of the single can be heard below:Pretty Maids - Mother of All Lies (Official Sample)http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KuqCwrdojhoPretty Maids
will play numerous festivals this summer such as Wacken
Open Air and Bang Your Head!!!, followed by an extensive world tour in
support of Motherland.Pretty Maids lineup:
- vocals Ken Hammer
- guitarsMorten Sandager
- keyboardsAllan Tschicaja
- drumsRene Shades