H.I.M.: Tenth Podcast Available

A 19-minute interview with H.I.M. drummer Gas Lipstick (real name: Mikko Karppinen) has been posted online as part of the tenth installment of H.I.M.'s podcast to document the progress of their forthcoming album, "Dark Light", due out on September 27 via Sire. Download it at this location. Among the topics covered in the latest update are the following:

* Story behind the name "Gas Lipstick"
* Drum Equipment
* iPod – must-have accessory on tour
* Gas and computer games?!
* Mr. Lipstick's iPod playlists
* Gas loves Garth Brooks!
* Fave songs to play live
* Warming up for shows
* Wear your cap with the bill up
* "How to start playing drums in a rock band" by Gas Lipstick
* Old-school hip hop/rap
* Nothing but love for SLAYER since '83
* Air drumming to "Dark Light"
* So many side projects/bands
* "Bend Over"
* "Wings of a Butterfly"
* Songs are like kids?!
* Gas introduces "Wings of a Butterfly"
* Special Heartagram Internet Edition of "Dark Light"

H.I.M. will be teaming up with SKINDRED and FINCH for a U.S. tour this fall.

H.I.M. will release "Wings of a Butterfly" as the first international single off their upcoming CD, "Dark Light". It is expected in late August/early September.

According to Billboard.com, "Dark Light" was mixed at New York's Electric Lady studios with producer Tim Palmer (DAVID BOWIE, OZZY OSBOURNE). Valo told Finland's Ilta-Sanomat magazine that the group's initial choice of mixer for the new album, Andy Wallace (NIRVANA, KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, DISTURBED) was fired one week into the process because he made H.I.M. sound like "one of those American bands with no personality." "He didn't understand our Scandinavian 'twistedness,'" Ville said.

The follow-up to 2003's "Love Metal", "Dark Light" was recorded at Los Angeles' Paramour studios with Palmer, who also worked on the band's last album. A September 27 release (one day earlier internationally) via Sire Records is expected.

(Thanks: Muthagoose / Ponyone.net)


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