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First of all, I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to ask the following questions! And please excuse, my English is not perfect...

Your new CD  A Sinner´s Saint  will be released on June 29th 2012 through Frontiers Records. Are you satisfied with the feedback you got until now?

Yes, so far the feedback throughout Europe has been exceptional good. It’ s hard to know sometimes how the media and press will view a new record, especially a bands 2nd record, but so far so good.

Your breathy-raspy-rough voice absolutely blew me away and I was really impressed by  A Sinner´s Saint. For me, it is one of the best albums of 2012! Who wrote the songs - all band members in teamwork, only some of you, other songwriters?
The majority of the songs are written by me, music and lyrics. I write all the lyrics. There are a few songs that musically written by the other guys, and generally even if I do write a riff or a song the rest of the guys put their own stamp on it. So it is a collective effort overall.


Broken  gives me the creeps - could you please tell us a little bit more about this song, respectively about the lyrics?
Broken  is really about eventual hope. Everybody at some point in their lives has had period where they have felt the world is against them, life is not quite working out how they had planned, maybe they have lost their job, their love etc., and even though family & friends tell you it gets better, you just can’ t seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The message in the song is that with all the tribulations and hardships that life can bring, at the point you feel down and out, you are just broken. Every new day is another opportunity to change everything for the better.

There's a very cool video for the song  Bullets In The Sky. Did you film the live-scenes during concerts in Ireland or was it a kind of film-set, especially organized for the clip shooting?
The live footage in the video is from a gig we did in Belfast N.Ireland when we opened for  The Darkness, there is a few clips of footage from Hard Rock Hell Festival in Wales also.


You surely will showcase your album live on stage pretty soon. Do we have a chance to find Germany listed in your tour-schedule, too?
We really want to come to Germany and play!! It’s a matter of promoters willing to book us to come, believe me we really want to play in Germany!

Why did you choose  Million $ Reload  as band name?
It comes from a poker game term, a mythical term. I am a fan of poker, it’s a fictitious “buy-in” scenario.

Could you please introduce your band mates and describe each of them in two-three words?
Andy Mack, guitar - technically gifted guitarist
BAM, guitar – flair, style, passion
Kie, bass – riff master
Sean, drums – unbelievable solid backbeat


What were your personal very special moments respectively your highlights in your career with  Million $ Reload  until now?
Playing Donington Download Festival in 09, 11 & 2012! are particular highlights, but there have been so many. Touring in the USA, opening band for  The Quireboys  and  The Darkness  have been really cool. Getting this 2nd album out has been an achievement and highlight.

If you would have the free choice to select a duet partner, female or male, across all music styles – which singer would you choose?
Bon Scott of  AC/DC, my favourite singer of all time.

Talking about rock music in Radio and TV now, how does this work in Ireland - do you get a lot radio airplay and TV-appearances?
Not really in Ireland, although the media in Ireland are starting to take notice of us. In the UK it’ s quite different, we get radio airplay on Planet Rock Radio and other rock radio stations. We also have our videos aired on Kerrang! TV.


What was the first album you ever bought and what CD have you bought recently?
First album I ever bought was  Aerosmith’ Permanent Vacation, the most recent album was probably  The Answer  Revival.

Which bands and musicians would you name as your greatest influences?
Bon Scott, Axl Rose, Tom Keifer, Jeff Keith. Would be my own personal influences. Million $ Reload  overall influences would range from  AC/DCFreeGN’RIron MaidenThunder, there are so many it would be difficult to list them all!!!

What do you prefer:
- studio work or live performances?
Hard to say, but we enjoy both.
- digital download or physical CD? Physical CD
- beer or whisky? Both!!!


What are your future plans - short-term and long-term?
Tour Tour Tour!!!

Is there anything you would like to add to this interview?
We hope your German readers have a listen to  Million $ Reload  and enjoy our rock music and when we come to Germany to play some shows that they come out and have a party with us!

Thanks for the interview and thanks for this great album. We wish you all the best and a lot success with the CD - you deserve it. Million $ Reload  is pure Rock´N´Roll!!

Photos ©2012 by Mark Hylands






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