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Inspiriert von Led Zeppelin, Free, The Who, Tesla und The Black Crowes spielen The Answer Hard Rock mit Blueseinflüssen und
schweren Riffs, der jedoch trotz aller "historischen" Querverweise in die Musikgeschichte jedes mal aufs Neue zu überraschen
und zu überzeugen weiss. Nach den zwei äußerst erfolgreichen Alben "Rise" (2006) und "Everyday Demons" (2009), begab sich
die Band auf eine 412-tägige Tour rund um den Globus auf der sie AC/DC auf ihrer legendären "Black-Ice"-Tour begleiteten.
Daraus entstand das Live-CD/DVD-Set "412 Days Of Rock n' Roll".
The road to rock n roll glory is littered with the smouldering remnants of bands that blazed brightly for a few
brief moments and then fizzled out in a cloud of thwarted ambitions. But every now and then a band emerges that walk, talk
and rock like true saviours of our beloved musics spirit and soul. Founded in Northern Ireland in 2000, The Answer have
spent the last 13 years proving their rock n roll credentials and making the kind of life-affirming, eardrum-threatening
music that separates the truly great from the merely adequate. And now the band are poised to unleash their fourth studio
album, the insanely exhilarating New Horizon: not just the strongest, catchiest and most thrillingly vital album of their
career to date, but also a fearsome statement of intent that obliterates the competition and showcases their trademark rock'n'roll
evangelism. Joining forces with acclaimed producer and Little Angel, the mighty Toby Jepson, they have seldom sounded as electrified
by their own celebratory sound as they do on this latest immaculate sonic offering.
We started off the album process the same away as usual, by getting in a room and jamming like motherfuckers, taping
everything and going back to the best ideas, explains frontman Cormac Neeson. The difference this time, especially
once Toby was on board, was that we had a discussion about the album we wanted to make, we made a very clear game plan and
we stuck to it. Every time we felt like wandering off and indulging ourselves, wed rein it in and focus on making an
album of direct rock n roll songs thatd make you want to get on the dance floor and shake your shit!
After a few self-financed, low-key releases, The Answer emerged into the mainstream spotlight in 2005 when their debut single
Keep Believin became the subject of great critical acclaim and led The Answer to the Best New Band award
at that years Classic Rock Awards. The following year, this young band consolidated that early promise with Rise, a
debut album that received universally great reviews and backed up their burgeoning reputation with fistfuls of gloriously
anthemic songs like Under The Sky, Into The Gutter and Come Follow Me that delighted everyone from cantankerous classic rock
fans to bright-eyed teenagers with a penchant for balls-out rock n roll. Rise went on to sell over 100,000 copies
worldwide, a startling achievement that ensured that when the band released their second album, the mighty Everyday Demons,
two years later, the world was more than ready to embrace The Answer on an even greater scale. The end result of their fearsome
reputation, both as an astonishing live band and as rocks brightest hopes, was a two-year stint as chief support to
AC/DC, which took them around the world and into some of the biggest venues on the planet.
We were thrown to the wolves a lot of nights on the road with AC/DC and all we had to fall back on was the four of us
playing together, recalls mercurial guitar hero Paul Mahon. We had to make it work and dig in really hard. After
all that time on the road, our songwritings so much tighter, all the fat has been stripped away and were much
more direct. songs that we had in that vein seemed to go down with their audiences, and we took all of that on board.
Following the success of Everyday Demons and that triumphant cross-global trek with AC/DC, The Answer furthered their reputation
and creative aims with 2011s astonishing Revival. By expanding their sound and daring to dream beyond the limits of
their core influences, Northern Irelands finest proved that they had grown, both as a band and as songwriters. Countless
positive reviews and a uniformly ecstatic from their ever-growing fan base confirmed the enormity of the albums artistic
bravado and the shows that followed, which saw The Answer headlining in bigger venues than ever before in the UK and Europe,
consolidated their ferocious forward momentum. Meanwhile, some unexpected behind-the-scenes turbulence briefly threatened
to derail the bands runaway train to glory. Ever the diehard rock troopers, The Answer made some tough decisions, recruiting
new management and signing to a new label, thus ensuring that their future would very much be conducted on their own terms.
Newly revitalised, the band spent much of 2012 writing the songs that have now been brought vividly to life on their extraordinary
fourth album, New Horizon. From the bullish bluster of the opening title track and the irresistibly catchy thud n
thrust of Spectacular through to the muscular grooves and blues-infused swagger of Baby Kill Me (which was co-written with
acclaimed British singer/songwriter Cosmo Jarvis) and the bold and brash call-to-arms of Scream A Louder Love, New Horizons
10 gleaming anthems offer a strident and skilful update of The Answers ageless manifesto. This is rock n
roll as it was always meant to be: raging with confidence and belief, crackling and sparking with feral energy and exhibiting
the kind of sublime compositional flair that separates the instantly classic from the merely mundane.
We want every album to count, but we wanted this one to have a very direct impact and to present a very clear, concise
statement about who we are, says Cormac. We did a lot of soul-searching and found we really wanted to hone in
on the groove, a lot more so than on the last record. That was the foundation for every song. We found a groove that worked,
jammed round it and then pieced the song together. Lyrically, too, I tried to get my message across without being too simplistic
but also without being too out there. I wanted to present my message like a Northern Irish guy should, with no frills and
totally in your face.
New Horizon will explode onto the world of rock n roll in September 2013, replete with artwork created by much-missed
album art legend Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd/Led Zeppelin/Muse), and The Answer will immediately hit the road to take their
infectious gospel of good rockin times and super-amplified soul back to their global army of devoted fans. With grand
plans to continue their passionate pursuit of world domination over the next 18 months, New Horizon is the album that The
Answer have always threatened to make and their future looks brighter, louder and more unstoppably triumphant than ever.
Were still here, were definitely re-energised and the belief is as strong as it ever was, proclaims
Cormac. Our bloods up and we cant wait to get out there and play these new songs for our fans and get things
moving. This album is the true representation of what the essence of this band is all about. Were fired up and ready