These articles/Interviews are taken from Metal Edge and Guitar Magazine....
Drain Livestocks Wake-Up Call ------------------------------ Taking the stage at 11 am Saturday morning, Drain definitely weren't blessed with the best time slot on the Livestock Festival, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the Swedish quarrtet. The first national act to take the stage, they provided the caffeine kick of the morning, raising the dead (and hungover) with their Stockholm stomp and an adrenaline punch that snapped them into a guitar driven and bass-paced uproar. Fists pumped, the pit got off to an early after-noon swirl, and Drain proved their mettle to a crowd that, judging from the activity in front of the stage, didn't forget to pack their Wheaties with their sleeping bags. "It was weird, we're definetly usually asleep at that time," said bass player Anna Kjellberg shortly after their performance. "We had to get up at nine and try to have some breakfast before we went on stage." "And, we played last night, in Orlando," added drummer Martina Axen. But long hours are nothing new to Drain, who recently completed three months with Type O Negative, then jumped onto another month of dates including opening slots for Sister Machine Gun in the northeast, and headlining dates in the midwest and southeast. Next is the Ozzfest, where they'll join former tourmates Fear Factory and Type O. "It'll be like our families are getting back together," said Kjellberg of their highly anticipated slot on the summer's most powerful tour. "We grew up on Black Sabbath, and it will be very cool to see Marilyn Manson," added Axen.
Bacstage at Ozzfest --------------------- Flavia Canel, the rusty-haired guitarist of Stockholm's Drain STH, is sitting with friends on the backstage lawn. Her band may be the hardest-working outfit in Ozzfest, having played 170 gigs since January, when she and her bandmates first came over from Sweden. "We have families at home, but I think they can survive without us for a couple of years," says Canel. "Besides, all of us had always had this goal to be musicians and live off of it. Working like this is the only way to do it." A 20-year old vetron on her guitar and a diehard fan of Dimebag and Pantera, Canel has a backline tech who doubles as a drum tech and a guitar tech. "I haven't had to bad a time, though my wah pedal went out on me and I'm nothing without it!" she says, her smile whitening the enroaching darkness. "I have this Czech-made wah pedal that I bought used, and it broke recently. And I looked all over the same one here; I even tried other brands, but they didn't seem to work for me. The other ones I tried had a big gap between tones. Some sound watery, but this one was smooth, perfect." Her music store back home finally found a new one and shipped it to her. Voltage was another problem. Coming from Europe, Canel's equipment-in particular, her Peavey 5150-ran at 220 volts instead of the national U.S.A. legal level of 110. "i had to rent this big transformer," she says sighing. "Then Peavey gave me two cabinets and a head at 110 volts." Presumably because of her increased exposure at Ozzfest, her guitar makers, Fernandes, even issued Canel a special edition with her name etched on the headstock. "It really feels right to be doing this," she says swatting a mosquito. "Ozzfest is what it's all about."
From Metal Edge __________________ The year's biggest import, DRAIN STH were introduced to America by tours with Type O Negative, Sister Machine Gun, Corrosion of Conformity and a second-stage billing at OzzFest, offering an alternative to their testosterone-driven tourmates. The Swedish quartet stumbled across a roadblock when their American record company, The Enclave, folded away midway through the year, but are currently talking with other labels in preparation for the follow-up to their debut, Horror Wrestling.
"Headbangers, Hardcore Rappers Need Not Apply" Would Lilith go to Lilith Fair? Fair founder Sarah McLachlan has said the tour is meant to celebrate women in music, and it does, but narrowly. The thread of women singer/songwriters as folksy troubadours with "issues," spun earlier by Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, is woven into the fabric of the fair. Organizers have tried to expand the styles of music represented on this year's tour, bringing in neo-soul artists like Lauryn Hill and rapper Queen Latifah for selected dates. But the roster remains heavy on what the fair's naysayers dismiss as toucy-feely "chick music." And Lilith, after all, doesn't sound like much of a "chick." The mythic figure's most famous appearance, in an obscure medieval text, was as Adam's first wife in the Garden of Eden, sent packing when she refused to submit to him. In folk tales, Lilith was a mother of demons, a goddess of the night, a baby killer and skilled seductress. Sounds like she'd go for tunes with more of an edge. And there are wmoen out there for her to listen to. But they won't be performing at Lilith Fair. Hardcore rappers like Lil' Kim and Mia X throw down tracks as hard and nasty as their male contemporaries. And instead of dismissing them as novelties, many rappers and their fans have embraced them. Lil' Kim's 1996 debut "Hard Core" (Atlantic) and Mia X's second solo effort, "Unlady Like" (1997, Priority) both spent time in Billboard's Top 20 albums chart. Six-string shredder and violin virtuoso Kat enjoys a huge following among speed metal fans, who snap up copies of her "Guitar Goddess" and "Digital Beethoven on Cyberspeed" CDs almost as fast as she plays. And then there's Drain S.T.H., four fierce females from Sweden who crank out grinding guitar-driven songs like "Stench" and "Crucified." When Drain played Summerfest in July, the crowd was packed in so tightly that you couldn't bang your head without smacking someone else's. The band is eager to come back to Milwaukee, but don't expect them to hop on the Lilith Fair bill, even if they were to get invited. "We understand the idea behind it," bassist Anna Kjellberg says about Lilith Fair. "But I think it's worse to segregate something, and make it even more separate than it is already... Just put the music out there and show there is no difference (in talent)." Kjellberg and her bandmates practice what she preaches. They toured last year with Ozzfest and have since played dates with Megadeth, Monster Magnet and Type O Negative. Too much testosterone? Nope. Drain wouldn't think of abandoning the mosh pits for the more nurturing atmosphere of Lilith Fair. Kjellberg worries the hype around Lilith Fair may, in the end, just reinforce stereotypes about what "women's music" is. "The media makes the biggest deal out of it. If you're a woman-and not just if you're in a band-if you're doing something women don't usually do, some people look at you like you're a weirdo." Which brings us back to Lilith. She got into hot water with the Man Upstairs, legend has it, for doing what a woman wasn't "supposed" to do. Sounds like she's fit right in with Drain and Lil' Kim.