HOUSE OF SHAKIRA : ‘Lint XXV’ – 25th anniversary reissue of debut album
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce a special 25th anniversary reissue of ‘Lint’, the debut album by Swedish rockers House Of Shakira. Out on 11th March as a remastered 2xCD and 2xLP coloured vinyl set, ‘Lint XXV’ includes a hitherto unreleased version of the full album featuring Mikael Eriksson, the band’s original lead singer. Eriksson had sung on the album but subsequently departed the band, so his vocals were replaced by those of then new singer Andreas Eklund for the eventual release of ‘Lint’ in 1997.
“The 25th anniversary of ’Lint’ meant it was time to dust off the old DAT master tapes that I’ve kept since 1997,” says guitarist Mats Hallstensson. “I also found DAT demos of all the tracks that we recorded with our first singer Mikael “Zifa” Eriksson during 1993-1995. I remastered them all and it has ended up as a double album. I think it sounds fresh, and very much up to date,” he adds.
The band’s most recent studio album, ‘Radiocarbon’, was released via Frontiers in 2019, who will also issue their next record (and tenth overall) later in 2022.
Originally known as The Station, House Of Shakira is a Swedish melodic hard rock band formed in Stockholm in 1991. Deciding to change their name because local record label The Record Station thought it was too close to their own, their new moniker came about when a German magazine ran a contest to have their readers pick it. An English reader suggested House Of Shakira after various newspapers had written about a London-based boutique that turned out to be a brothel using the sale of clothes as a front. The band loved the name and have always thought it is a neat metaphor for something that is not what it seems. This certainly fits in with their music not being what one would normally expect of melodic rock.
House Of Shakira is known for having a unique sound that stands out in their genre, mixing high quality melodic rock with hard rock and several other styles. The vocals soar, the melodies rise and the guitars bring it all back together, making the band’s music a sensational listening experience. Their sheer diversity has helped to make them one of the most enjoyable melodic hard rock bands still in existence. Here’s to the next 25 years!
Pre-order link: orcd.co/lintxxv