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Lori's six-track "demo" CD is available via her website and she commences work shortly on a new Warbride CD. (Thanks to Batttttty - Queen of all things rock!)

1. What are you currently up to? (e.g. touring/studio,etc.)

For the next few months I'll be writing new songs with my band, Warbride, and recording the guide tracks for the girls to use when recording their parts. We hope to finish our first full-length CD by early summer 2005.

2. Brief history of the band and the style of music you play.

The first thing people notice is that Warbride is an all-female band. We were last active in Los Angeles the early 90's, but have recently re- formed as a recording project. It's kind of awkward to try to classify our own music, but people often describe it as dark, melodic, guitar-driven hard rock or metal.

3. Who was/is are the biggest influences on your career?

For guitar playing I tip my hat to Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, and Yngwie Malmsteen. They were and are my favorite guitarists and main guitar influences. Arjen Lucassen is a big source of all-round musical inspiration for me these days.

4. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoint(s) of your career to date?

The real highlights for me have always been during recording - those "goosebump moments" in the studio. The lowpoints are those times when music becomes all pressure and stress and no fun and creativity; luckily, that doesn't happen often!

5. What would you like to achieve ideally by the end of 2004?

I am hoping that my demo CD will be well-received and that the feedback that it generates will be helpful in my efforts to make Warbride's first CD as good as it can possibly be. It would be great to have finished much of the work on the CD by the end of the year.

Lori Linstruth
6. What has been the reaction to your demo CD so far? Have you got any more recording plans for this year?

It's not even been a week since I released it, so no reviews have come in yet. But I've already received very positive feedback from several of the people who have bought it. It is so sweet that people take the time to write and tell me about it - I really appreciate it! I'll be spending the rest of 2004 working on new Warbride material, plus doing some guest solos on various other recording projects.

7. How important do you feel the internet is for promoting your music?
For myself and for Warbride, the internet is essential at this point. We simply do not have the funding we would need to advertise in other traditional media.
8. What has been the live highlight(s) for the band? How easy/hard is it to get gigs and promotion for gigs?

We played to some wonderful crowds in our early days back in LA, so those would be the live highlights so far. Because I live in Sweden and the other girls live in the States, playing live isn't a focus at the moment - we are treating Warbride as a recording project. That could change in the future - it depends on how our CD is received and how much interest there is in seeing us perform live.

9. Do you see the interest in rock & metal music growing in Sweden at the moment? And worldwide?
It's hard to say, because I haven't watched any TV or listened to the radio in years. But from what I hear from my friends it does seem that metal is becoming more popular again. I'm really happy to see a heavy and melodic band like Nightwish doing so well here in Europe. Styles and genres seem to by cyclical in nature, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if metal became more popular again.
10. What's the most rock 'n' roll moment you've had so far?

This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but I've not had ANY real "rock 'n' roll" moments! Warbride has, however, had several moments of the Spinal Tap variety. A particularly memorable one is when one of our roadcrew got overly exuberant with the smoke machine at the beginning of one of our shows. The smoke was so thick that Velia, our keyboardist, couldn't find her keyboard when we took the stage, and our first song (which had complicated breaks and timing) was a total mess because we simply couldn't see each other. We laugh about it now, but it wasn't very funny then.

11. Message to your fans?

I don't feel at all comfortable with the word "fans." But I would like to send a heartfelt thanks to all the kind and wonderful people who support us, and tell them that their encouragement means more than they could ever know. For those of you who don't know us yet, you can find us at and

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