domingo, 15 de octubre de 2017

Liam Gallagher & Fiona Brice - For What It's Worth (Live At Air Studios)

Have you already seen our beloved Fiona on Liam Gallagher's new video For What It's Worth - Live at Air Studios.

We feel very proud of her and happy to share this video with all of you soulmates.

She also played one again with Placebo last night in Cardiff. Who was so lucky to see her at the gig?

Liam Gallagher - For What It's Worth (Live At Air Studios)

martes, 10 de octubre de 2017

Placebo on why they may never play ‘Nancy Boy’ and ‘Pure Morning’ ever again

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Placebo on why they may never play ‘Nancy Boy’ and ‘Pure Morning’ ever again

Oct 9, 2017 NME

"I don't think that they're my best songwriting"

Photo credits: Philippe Rifflet

Despite them being two of the band’s most seminal and popular tracks, Placebo have warned that they may never play ‘Nancy Boy’ and ‘Pure Morning’ ever again after their current tour.

The band have just kicked off the UK leg of their 20th anniversary tour, and have been treating fans to more of a ‘greatest hits’ set than usual. Speaking to NME, frontman Brian Molko said that they were surprised at how much they were enjoying airing some seldom-played songs.

“It’s actually been quite cool,” Molko told NME. “We’d exhumed ‘Nancy Boy’ and ‘Pure Morning’ and decided to play those. It’s highly likely that we won’t play them again, or you might have to wait another 10 years. The thing is that we thought it would be a real drag, but the sheer joy that we see every night coming back from the audience makes it worth it.”

Asked about why the band had felt such a reluctance towards performing the tracks in the past, Molko replied: “Well, I just don’t think that they’re my best songwriting. I think that they’re quite naive. I like the music for ‘Pure Morning’, but I’m not very keen on the lyrics. We did it during a b-sides session and we never really thought it would be a single. I just knocked out some lyrics really quickly and didn’t pay too much attention. If I’d have known it was going to be a single I probably would have spent a bit more time on the lyrics.

“We don’t want to go on stage and perform a mechanical act – we want to go on stage and speak our truth. We need to have an emotional connection to the material that we’re playing and we really need to believe in it in order for us to be able to play it. That’s more important for us, than making the audience happy. We’re only interested in performance as a conduit to speak our truth. If there’s no emotional connection to the song then it’s very difficult for us to play it.”

Photo credits: Orleff Photography

He added: “What’s happened on this tour, is that the emotional connection is coming from the audience. We’re feeling so much love, and joy from the audience with these songs that it’s actually a blast.”
Read more at NME (sources)

domingo, 8 de octubre de 2017

Placebo’s Brian Molko on why we need to break the stigma around discussing mental health

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Placebo’s Brian Molko on why we need to break the stigma around discussing mental health

The band are currently holding an auction of 'iconic' items to raise money for CALM

Placebo frontman Brian Molko has spoken out about breaking the stigma that surrounds discussing mental health – having battled with depression first-hand himself.

The band are currently auctioning off a huge selection of personal items, rarities and memorabilia – using their ongoing 20th anniversary celebrations to raise money for The Mercy Centre in Bangkok, as well as CALM (The Campaign Against The Living Miserably). Both are causes very close to the band’s heart, and the latter is one of the leading charities to raise awareness of the mental health struggles for young men in the UK.

“They’re pretty iconic items,” Molko told NME about what’s on offer to their fans in the auction. “For example, we have the jumper that I wore in the ‘Pure Morning’ video, we have the space suit that I wore in the ‘Special K’ video, clothes from the stage or album artwork. There’s also a lot of rarities in the form of a Japanese mini-album of the ‘Nancy Boy’ single, posters. These are clothes that we don’t wear any more and they’ve just been in a cage where we store our equipment. We’ve been talking about doing it for years, so we thought around the 20th Anniversary Tour would be a good time to do it – to put these items to good use.”

‘Am I depressed?’ Help and advice on mental health and what to do next

He continued: “The money is going to the Mercy Centre in Bangkok, which is a home for underprivileged children which we’ve supported for a long time. And we’re also giving money to CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably. They’re trying to raise awareness of male suicide among young men in the UK. The rate is really, really quite high. We need to remove the stigma surrounding depression, and one of their goals is to get more men to talk about their feelings instead of keeping it all inside and isolating one’s self – and eventually ending up with quite a tragic outcome.”

Molko added that to beat the stigma that surrounds depression, we first need to normalise and be a lot more open to listening, as well as talking.

“CALM is a charity that’s close to my heart because depression is a condition which I suffer from myself,” Molko told NME. “There are various forms of help out there.

“It’s a disease like any other. Depression and addiction are both recognised by the World Health Organisation as diseases. If someone had MS or cancer, you would listen to them. There’s still a stigma attached to depression, and a lot of men in particular feel that it’s a sign of weakness to talk about it. What we’re trying to do with CALM is remove that stigma in society.”

The band voiced similar sentiments earlier this year when they paid tribute to their friend Chester Bennington, who tragically took his own life earlier this year.

Placebo’s auction runs until Friday October 6. Visit here for information and to view the items.

Sources: NME 

Placebo discuss the impact of David Bowie’s death and progress on ‘career-suicide’ new album

Placebo discuss the impact of David Bowie’s death and progress on ‘career-suicide’ new album

By Andrew Trendell NME Oct 5, 2017

"He was a friend, a mentor and a raconteur"

Placebo have spoken out about the impact of losing ‘friend and mentor’ David Bowie, and how it has shaped progress on their new album – which they say will be a dramatic departure for the band.

The band, who are currently auctioning off ‘iconic items‘ ahead of the UK leg of their 20th anniversary tour, spoke to NME about the impact of their recent greatest hits album and the experience of re-introducing older songs into their setlist.

“This is very much the most commercial tour that we’ve ever done in terms of what songs we’re playing,” frontman Brian Molko told NME. “Our last single ‘Jesus Son’ and the Talk Talk cover ‘Life Is What You Make It’ are possibly two of the most commercial tracks that we’ve ever done. What we have a tendency to do it react allergically against what we’ve just done, so it’s highly likely that the next thing we do will be something akin to career suicide.”

Molko continued: “I’ve started writing it already. The only thing that I really can say about any new material is that I’d really like to write something that reflects all the pain and frustration and tragedy that we as a species are experiencing today. That’s in the back of mind, very much so for the next album.”

While their eighth studio album was still taking shape, Molko revealed that the most aspect of the record was completely changing his creative process. This time, he’ll be using the ‘cut-up’ technique, as made famous by the late, great David Bowie.

“Basically, what I’ve done is thrown all the methods that I’ve used in the past out of the window,” Molko told NME. “I’m trying all new techniques when it comes to songwriting. For example, I’m writing a song on post-its at the moment which is very cut and paste and in the style of Bowie and William Burroughs. Another technique I’m using for some of the songs is to start with the title first and work backwards, I’ve never done that before. I’m just trying to keep myself interested and stimulated by changing the process. People often ask me what my inspiration is and the answer is actually quite boring: it’s the process, it’s discipline, it’s writing regularly.“I’m deconstructing my songwriting process and reconstructing it in a totally different way for the next record. There could be some serious surprises.”

Bowie once described Placebo as ‘the future’. As well as inviting them on tour, the band also recorded the seminal title track from 1998’s ‘Without You I’m Nothing’ together and performed a duet at the BRIT Awards.

Asked if his death had influenced him lyrically on the new record, Molko told NME: “I don’t know if it’s inspired the material directly, but certainly I’ve had a lot of time to meditate on a lot of what David said to me during the five or six years that we toured with him and I was in his orbit. He was my friend and my mentor. He gave me a lot of advice. I’m meditating more on how he was quite a sage and quite a raconteur as well.

Sources: NME 

Interview with Stefan Olsdal - Why Placebo are hoping for a ‘pseudo-religious experience’ at Dundee’s Caird Hall

Placebo live at Usher Hall, Edinburgh, U.K., 07/10/2017
Photo credit by our soulmate Gunther Permentier - More live photos here

Why Placebo are hoping for a ‘pseudo-religious experience’ at Dundee’s Caird Hall

by Michael Alexander 06.10.2017 

Twenty years after releasing the breakthrough single Nancy Boy, Placebo are returning to Dundee’s Caird Hall on Sunday October 8. Here bassist Stefan Olsdal tells Michael Alexander why he is hoping for a ‘pseudo-religious experience’ in a city that ‘infiltrates’ the band’s lives.

As one half of 1990’s formed alternative rock band Placebo, guitarist-bassist Stefan Olsdal is “working his way through coffees” and still catching up on sleep following the band’s recent tour of Australia when The Courier calls him in London.

But it’s the band’s relationship with Dundee that the 43-year-old Swedish born ‘Nancy Boy’ artist is reflecting on ahead of Sunday night’s gig at the Caird Hall.

The City of Discovery is the band’s second stop on its 11-date 20th anniversary UK tour.

And it’s always been a special place for androgynous-looking lead singer Brian Molko whose mum is from Dundee and who was once quoted as saying it is “where I grew up”.

“Brian doesn’t really talk too much about his childhood to be honest,” says Stefan.

“But it’s just funny how Dundee seems to infiltrate our lives.

Our manager is from Dundee, one of our crew is from Dundee, a band that we signed a publishing deal for – The Mirror Trap – is from Dundee. I don’t know what it is. There must be something in the water in Dundee!”

Stefan has fond memories of Placebo playing the Caird Hall in 2003.

He’s also visited for a wedding and, while he hasn’t been back recently, he hopes to find the time during this trip to explore the city’s on-going physical and cultural renaissance.

“I keep hearing about this regeneration, how the city is coming up culturally, artistically, architecturally – I’m curious to see what all the fuss is about!” he laughs.

Formed in 1994, Placebo gained exposure in 1997, after releasing ‘Nancy Boy’ – a song which Molko described as “obscene”.

The band sparked controversy at the beginning of their career because Molko wore dresses and make-up in public and talked openly about sex, sexuality and drug use.

Now back to being a two piece as various drummers have come and gone, the band are celebrating their 20th anniversary in the public eye and reflecting on the release of seven studio albums, all of which have reached the top 20 in the UK, and the sale of around 11 million records worldwide.

“It feels like we’ve been around for 100 years to be honest!” says Stefan who admits he would be dead if he hadn’t given up drink and drugs, and is feeling the strain of a hectic schedule.

“It’s almost five years ago that we released our studio album and we’ve been touring ever since – we toured around for two years, then we did MTV Unplugged, and then we released this 20th anniversary album (A Place for us to Dream) last year and we’ve been touring for over a year now.

“I think I need a bit of a break soon!” he laughs.

“That said, it’s the 20th anniversary – we are still here – we still feel like we haven’t really started in a way. A lot of days I’m just grateful I’m still here!”

Comparing the experience of performing live as “like a pseudo-religious experience” when he connects with the energy of the audience, Stefan says the tour is all about celebrating the last 20 years and that means making the show “more of a crowd pleaser”.

“We are playing songs we said we’d never play ever again,” he adds.

“We’ve just kind of gone in with the attitude that this is a birthday party.

“So let’s all of have a good time – that’s kind of the aim of the tour.”

Stefan says Placebo are “very lucky” with their loyal fans and he admits they “wouldn’t be here without them.”

Photo: Tsugulievtv.

Many fans now bring their own kids, says openly gay Stefan, who has a son, and describes his life as being like a “parallel universe”.

“When I’m home I’ve got my own family and then when I’m on the road it’s like connecting with another kind of family – a community really,” he reflects.

“I’ve been speaking to fans and they do really sweet things like they have their own queuing systems when they are standing outside Placebo shows.

“They all save each other’s places. It’s like genuine love and respect amongst Placebo fans. I’m kind of proud of that that we have a following that looks after each other more than steps on each other’s toes.”

Stefan was pleased with the release of Placebo’s retrospective album A Place for us to Dream and the Life’s What You Make It EP. He also has an electronic music project with his own band, Digital 21 & Stefan Olsdal which releases its first album on October 6.

However, he particularly enjoys the live experience of being on stage.

“If I let it it’s pretty mind blowing,” he says.

“It’s almost like a pseudo religious experience. And I know what it’s like to be in an audience because I’ve experienced that sort of things with a lot of bands.

“A lot of the time I have to concentrate on what I’m playing or I make mistakes.

“You just have to learn to connect. If you are having a bad day you still have to find a way to connect.

“Sometimes it’s just through connecting with the band members, and once I feel as if I’ve connected with them I feel I’ve connected with the audience. Or sometimes I connect with the audience and that helps me connect with the band.”

Photo: Beranger Tillard

Stefan says it was interesting on the Australian tour because there were hardly any people in the audience using their smartphones to film which meant there was “no barrier”.

“When you see a lot of people with their phones up it can be hard to connect because you are playing to a device,” he says.

“Sometimes as musicians on stage if you are not connecting it’s like you are putting up a barrier with your audience as well. So it is time to put down your screen and try to be there in the moment and experience it, because that’s not something you can download.”

Stefan says that in many ways his relationship with Brian hasn’t changed in over 20 years.

Photo: Jaro Novák

“We are still a couple of 19 year olds having fun writing together,” he says.

“That’s still there. Other things change like you become responsible, you become an adult. Your body deteriorates and you’ve got to look after yourselves.”

That’s where he enjoys having a family of his own.

“If anything it gets you out of your own head which is a dangerous place to stay for too long!” he laughs.

“We are social beings. We are supposed to be functioning in social groups.

“I think if you spend too much time by yourself, especially if you are in a band where it’s an ego feeder. It’s incredible to be in the position I’m in in a band – there’s a certain amount of adoration and love that comes with it that can spin you out. We’ve been known to live the crazy lifestyle – it’s been well documented!

“Like I said before I’m not dead but I thought I would be. It’s a case of not being the same person going to the same bars and clubs like I did in the 90s. Some of our friends are still doing that. It’s sad. There’s more to life.

“You’ve got to keep moving on. The only thing that’s constant in life is change. So you’ve got to be open enough to accept change and be open enough to deal with it.

“There are a lot of people who are not in my phone book anymore. Now it’
s more other parents. Everything changes. You’ve got to roll with the punches.”

Photo: Digital 21 / Sources original article

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Lærke Corfix - Waltz -

Dear soulmates!

Back in May I attended the Placebo concert in Luxembourg  (
Rockhal Esch Alzette, Luxembourg 09/05/17)Brian and Stefan asked a wonderful singer/songwriter to join them there as support. 

Her name is Læke Corfix *and I can really recommend to give her a listen! :)
I had the honour of being asked by Lærke Corfix to write a review about her song "Waltz".
And it was a pleasure to do so, especially since it is such an important topic many of us can relate to.

When you see the video to Lærke Corfix song „Waltz“ you notice a strong woman who carries a lot of emotions within and combines them with a wonderful voice in that atmospheric setting.

Some of these concise emotions are :anger ,disappointment ,betrayal and fear but as well the strength and hope to have overcome something that hurting and the need to lift yourself back up again to find inner peace.

Lærke Corfix wrote „Waltz“ for every woman that has to endure physical or psychological abuse,a song that claims nothing but revenge.

If you´ve been wronged in love it can take you to the edge of revenge.
In the lyrics and composition the bitter sweetness of that topic is emphasised by the picture of a woman in her dancing gown waltzing in strawberry hills and slaughtering the innocence of the daffodils.

The lyrics might be personal experience as well as an anthropological dive into taborised emotions and feelings women get as soon as they experience those sorts of abuse.

Revenge or the need to take revenge doesn´t take away or change what happened to you...but you need something to lift you back up, get your kind of compensation by saying you will remember.
It is the truth and it´s an unforgiving on

Women need to stand together when it comes to psychological or physical abuse in any way.So each one learns she hasn´t to endure that and hold her tongue.
No one has to.Under absolutely no circumstances.

As soon as women stand together when it comes to that matter we can change the world
and get rid of the tabooing and all the fearful behaviour out of shame and low self-esteem.
Abuse towards women everywhere in the world is still so common,as being mortified is.And therefore not saying anything.That needs to be changed!

It is such a strong and beautiful song that many of us unfortunately can relate to as it brings all your own burried feelings back to the surface.

And maybe the music helps you to find your inner peace.

Because you will remember your own personal story as well.
No one can take that away from you which might eat holes in some people stomachs....

 by xxSL - Team member of PlaceboAnyway

*About Lærke Corfix / Taken from her website:
The Nordic skylark Lærke Corfix is known as an entrancing performer and songwriter. Her music and the stories embedded in the lyrics are haunting, but serene. Alaudidae can unleash a wave of raw vocal force and emotion, that takes you back to the roots of the very universe, as she casts light on existential subjects that we all recognize in our human life.
Lærke Corfix's music has a certain elven quality to it, the kind that will lure you deep into the forest. As she crawls into the mind of a killer or takes you to the edge of the sandy desert, Corfix has got that rare ability to eliminate the space between herself and the listeners. She weaves a seamless tapestry of voices and unfolds her wide vocal range in an commited, honest and heartfelt perfomance. Lærke Corfix’s approach to songwriting is frequently compared to the likes of Pj Harvey, Adele, Alanis Morisette and Feist.

miércoles, 23 de agosto de 2017

Placebo’s Brian Molko slams ‘cardboard cut-outs’ Kings Of Leon - 2017

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'Some bands walk on and they phone it in'


AUG 22, 2017 10:48 AM EDT

Placebo frontman Brian Molko has slammed Kings Of Leon for the way that they perform on stage, accusing them of being like ‘cardboard cut-0uts’.

Molko was speaking to The Music in Australia when he opened up about their energy as a live band – hitting out at Kings Of Leon for ‘phoning it in’.

Photo: / LINK photo

“Some bands walk on and they phone it in and just get it done – have you ever seen the fucking Kings Of Leon?” said Molko. “Jesus, you might as well be watching cardboard cut-outs on a stage and play the record.”

Sources: / original interview

#NME #KingsOfLeon


Complacency Is Forbidden In Placebo World - Interview with Brian Molko 2017

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Aug 22nd 2017 | Steve BellMore Sharing Services / Sources and credits The

After 20 years at the musical coalface with UK veterans Placebo, frontman Brian Molko tells Steve Bell how connecting with the legions of outcasts who constitute their fanbase is what keeps the fires burning.

For nearly 12 months now revered UK alterna-rockers Placebo have been undertaking an exercise in both nostalgia and community to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their eponymous debut album, which first hit the shelves back in mid-1996.

Titled simply the 20 Years Of Placebo tour, the celebration finds the band delving deep into their extensive seven-album back catalogue to dust off some fan favourites that had been essentially retired from the live realm, and now after nearly a year of criss-crossing the globe it's finally reaching Australia to let local fans join the festivities.

"It's been going since last October, and it's going to take us until at least until the end of this October, and then we're going to start discussing what our plans are going to be for 2018," offers Placebo founder and frontman Brian Molko. "It's been a roaring success - we've exhumed a bunch of songs from the graveyard that we swore we'd never play again, and it's all going down a storm with the crowd.

"On an artistic level it's been an extremely successful venture, in terms of communion with our audience: some of them, the teens and the 20s, have never heard us play songs like Nancy Boy and Pure Morning live at all, and the older fans haven't heard those songs in ten years. The whole thing is a celebratory experience."

Although on a personal level Molko himself doesn't seem completely ecstatic about reviving these early hits. "It's been educational," he laughs. "I suppose that I've come to terms with the songs that I'd buried - that I didn't want to sing anymore - and I've come to appreciate their spontaneity and their naivety, rather than just dismissing them as sophomoric."

Molko explains that he and co-founding bassist Stefan Olsdal usually prefer to keep the Placebo live show fresh and exciting because they're fully invested in the experience. "I don't have confidence in a great deal of things in my life, but I have an unfaltering confidence in the ability of Placebo to put on an amazing live rock'n'roll show, because we give a shit!" he enthuses. "That's the whole point, we really fucking give a shit, and every fucking time we step onto that stage we're giving 100% of what we can give at that given time.

"Some bands walk on and they phone it in and just get it done - have you ever seen the fucking Kings Of Leon? Jesus, you might as well be watching cardboard cut-outs on a stage and play the record - but we're up there and we give a shit, and this connection with the audience feeds our soul, so we're always putting everything we have into the live show. No complacency - complacency is forbidden in Placebo world."

And while Molko prefers looking forwards rather than backwards, the anniversary tour has allowed him to take stock of his two decades in the band. "I feel extremely privileged because it's an amazing position to be in," he marvels. "I'd say that I feel extremely fortunate and very, very grateful. Because this is all I know how to do! I've never had a job, this is all I've done my entire adult life. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if it all collapsed tomorrow - what the fuck would I do? I can't drive so I can't drive a cab, I refuse to tend bar, my computer skills are shit - I'm unemployable. This is all I got, so I put all of me into it.

"It wasn't our modus operandi at the beginning but we realised very quickly that our music made people happy, even though it can be very dark at times. And a whole community of outcasts has formed around the band, which we never expected to happen - we never set out to do that. We set out to express ourselves artistically and to try and make a living - just to pay the rent and be able to buy food was all we wanted - we didn't even set out to achieve global success, we just didn't want to get a job in an office because that was terrifying!

"But we realised really soon that we made a lot of people happy just through a lot of the tortured feelings that are in the songs, and there's a global community now of misshapes, of square pegs in round holes, of outcasts, of people who feel like they don't really belong to the herd. Which is exactly what myself and Stefan felt like when we were growing up, so there's the connection."

Read the interview on the page of The Music . com / aus