Hot on the heels of last years “Retoxed” (Lion Music) comes the long awaited reissue of Swedish melodic rockers House Of Shakira long out of print yet highly sought after third album “III”. Regarded at the time of release (2000) as an essential slice of melodic rock scoring a massive 98% at melodicrock.com its reputation has only increased over the subsequent years.
“III” saw the early House Of Shakira sound as displayed on the bands classic debut “Lint” and follow up “On The Verge” pumped up a little more with even more infectious songs delivered with world class precision, passion and energy that have since gone on to be the bands trademark. Many of these tracks heard on “III” have gone on to be HOS live favourites and now thanks to demand from fans worldwide the album is available once again with the added bonus of a “limited edition” 11 track multi camera live DVD “Live At Sweden Rock Festival 2006” featuring a “best of” song selection from the bands catalogue of work on July 18th 2008 via Lion Music.
On the album bassist Per Schelander comments, “III has always been a favourite by everybody in the band. We had a lot of time in the studio and we were well prepared and knew exactly what we should do. This is also our only record where Mikael Eriksson (the bands original vocalist) didn’t do background vocals cause he was busy with his own career. Listening to it today I think it contents the ultimate mix between very radio friendly songs and more odd ones”.
When quizzed on his memory of the Sweden Rock Festival gig documented on the DVD Per reminisces, “Around 7 a clock in the morning on the 6th of June we jumped the van that was going to take us to Sweden rock festival. We arrived about one hour before the show and checked out our catering and became very happy as someone by mistake had put a bottle of vodka there! It is not in our rider so it must have been placed there for the band after us… Never mind… we hooked up our gear and by the time that was done the stage manager shouted “SHOWTIME”. So without even changing clothes from the bus ride we ran on stage and performed. The crowd was fantastic and after the show we got all thumbs-up from the stage crew. Anders saw that the bottle of vodka was still in the catering so he told me to pack his gear took the bottle and ran away. We didn’t see him during the rest of the festival”. Going by the live footage such a celebration is well deserved!