LATEST NEWS

June 2014

NEW GIG ANNOUNCED
Our assault of Stockholm continues on 16 July at the Black Carpet.
Check www.blackcarpetstockholm.se for full details.

 

May 2014

HOS TO ROCK PUB ANCHOR
We are delighted to say we will once again be playing the finest rock bar in Stockholm, the always awesome Pub Anchor on 12 June 2014.  Be there, its as simple as that.

REHEARSALS STILL ONGOING
Such is the dedication to making our upcoming gigs this year the best we can deliver we are still deeply ensconced in the rehearsal room.

^ RAWWWKKKKK!!!!!

^ Anders doing his finest Nigel Tufnel impression.

 

March 2014

In case you don't follow us on the book of face (if so why not?) then here's an overview of what's been happening so far in 2014.

REHEARSALS IN PROGRESS
We have just started live rehearsals for live dates in 2014.

If you are in the vicinity of Stockholm, Sweden in July this year, you don't wanna miss this festival!

VASBY ROCK FESTIVAL 2014
Full info at www.vasbyrockfestival.se

House of Shakira will hit Chicago in October!

Tickets are now on sale at http://www.melodicrockfest.com

So book now! Along with bunch of other great bands, we'll promise you a vacation you'll never forget!!

 

"PAY TO PLAY" REVIEWS STILL COMING IN...

Rocktopia posted a new and very nice review for "Pay to Play"!

By Carl Buxton
"An album House Of Shakira can be proud of."

"The title track has a double meaning with their veiled tongue-in-cheek attack on the current music business where bands have to buy onto tours or gigs..."


http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4490%3Ahouse-of-shakira-pay-to-play&catid=910%3Acd-reviews&Itemid=121

Renowned Journalist Urban "Wally" Wallstrom assessed PTP

"Try this if you fancy a mixture of DLR (Skyscraper), Sweet/Queen influences and basic HOS material."

Read the whole review here:
http://cdlpdvd.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/house-of-shakira-pay-to-play.html

The legendary Janne Stark (THE walking encyclopaedia of Swedish rock and metal) reviewed PTP on his blog page

"All in all this actually turns out to be one of the strongest HoS albums to date, in my opinion. A perfect mix of melody and riffing, a great crispy mix, performed with excellence."

Read the Janne's review here: http://starkmusicreviews.blogspot.se/

If for any reason you've heard nothing from the album yet then crawl out from under your stone and listen to this....

 

December 2013

THIS MONTH'S GIGS
Pub Anchor, Stockholm, Sweden on 19 December 2013. the perfect start to the holiday season.
Full details @ http://www.facebook.com/events/476996299081414/

USA, WE WILL BE IN YOU IN 2014!
We are delighted to announce that we will be playing at Melodic Rock Fest 4 in Chicago on 4 October 2014. Keep upto date with latest band additions etc @  http://www.facebook.com/melodicrockfest

HOS WILL ROCK VASBY ROCK FESTIVAL 2014
We are also delighted to announce we will playing at Vasby Rock Festival in 2014,  full info/tickets etc @ http://www.vasbyrockfestival.se

INTERVIEWS
Andreas has the pleasure of discussing "Pay To Play" with the delightful people at Rock United.com, read it all @ http://www.rockunited.com/hos_ptp.htm

 

October 2013

THIS MONTH'S HAPPENINGS

What's been happening for HOS since the last update?

As the Autumn nights draw in and the temperatures begin to drop more great reviews for "Pay To Play" continue to come in...

"Bottom line is that House Of Shakira is back to offer us one of their best records to date. Very good songs, powerful performances, a solid production and excellent guitar work!! Recommended stuff!
Heavy Paradise's Rating : 8/10"
http://heavyparadise.blogspot.se/2013/10/house-of-shakira-pay-to-play-2013.html#more

"I also like the neat references to classic rock tracks they've built into the songs - take a listen and see if you can spot some bits of Queen, Foreigner, Def Leppard and Hendrix..."
http://rockunitedreviews.blogspot.ch/2013/10/house-of-shakira-pay-to-play.html

"Definitely one of their stronger albums, Andreas Novak fits the band’s music well and fingers crossed they finally get the recognition they deserve."
http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2013/09/album-review-house-of-shakira-pay-to-play/

"A great follow up to "HoS", "Pay to Play" proves these musicians mean business and aren't going anywhere but up in terms of sustaining or broadening their following."
http://www.eternal-terror.com/reviews/index.php?id=3500&type=B

"This project is their best so far and you can understand that if you are a fan of House Of Shakira. So beautiful, well worked with a lot of special ingredients that raise the album to a higher level. 12 songs, 12 excellent compositions, which are organized so perfect and the album flows like a good wine."
http://minizine.berock-radio.com/html/reviews/pages-013/house_of_shakira_pay_to_play.html#.UjP8I38deea

The album has also been receiving a lot of positive airplay from rock radio, have you let your favourite rock station know you want to hear it?

Speaking of radio Andreas did a Live radio interview with Firebrand Rock Radio who also played three songs from "Pay to Play", hear it now at
http://www.mixcloud.com/Firebrand/live-and-loud-october-15th-with-andreas-novak-and-paul-nicholls/

September 2013

HOUSE OF SHAKIRA SIGN TO BOOKING/MGMT COMPANY DOT MUSIC:

We are proud to announce a new deal with Booking and management company DOT Music in Sweden Enquiries and bookings to: niclas@dotmusic.se

NEW ALBUM "PAY TO PLAY" OUT THIS MONTH!

Our awesome new album "Pay To Play" is released on 23rd September via MelodicRock Records with a digital release to follow 2 weeks later on 7 October 2013. 

PRE-ORDER NOW AT
www.melodicrock.com/mrr-preorders.html


NEW TRACK PREVIEW
 
 

FIRST REVIEWS COMING IN...

"There is a call to action feeling of each track. Most of the songs are upbeat and fun, and that makes you want to bang your head and tap your foot. “Draw the Line” has very good riffs and such an anthem-like sound with the combination of the members singing the lyrics. “Dog Eat Dog” is another amazing track that makes you instantly want to sing along. The riff catches your attention, and then, the song continues to build to keep your appeal. The “hey, hey, hey, hey” within the lyrics keep the buoyant sound alive by making you want to thrust a fist into the air as you sing along. “Talk of the Town” starts out with a higher pitch of voices singing, and there is an initial riff that gets more and more intense as the song plays on. The voices lose the higher pitch and the attitude of the song sets in. It continues to give the album the attraction that has been expected by this expert band. Overall, each song does the album justice. There is not a song that doesn't disappoint the classic rock roots or the new sounds you hear today. There is something enjoyable on this album for everyone. The sound is right, the instruments provide the right amount of balance, and the lyrics are amusing and fit well in combination. This is definitely a recommended album."
8/10 ~ Jenn Carbaugh, Hard Rock Haven
www.hardrockhaven.net/online/2013/09/house-of-shakira-pay-to-play-cd-review 


"House of Shakira are part of the Melodic Rock scene since 1997. Their albums “Lint” and “III” were some of the best Scandinavian Melodic Rock albums released in the late 1990's. Due to some label- and line-up problems the band got out of step in the last years, but with the new album the band finally picks up some courage. “Pay To Play” can't keep up with the aforementioned albums, but with good songs like “Bending The Law”, “Dog Eat Dog” or “Talk Of The Town” the band is back on track again! Give HOS a second chance and give “Pay To Play” a try… "
Marco Spath, AOR Heaven Newsletter.

"The recruitment of ex-Mind's Eye singer Andreas Novak has been an inspired move for these Swedes. Pay To Pay is the group's seventh album in total, their second with Novak. With songs that mock industry injustice, peer plagiarism and the usual relationship issues, it's a spirited, playful and irresistible romp."
8/10 ~ Dave Ling, Classic Rock Magazine.

In addition on the release day we have a release party booked. All are welcome.

PAY TO PLAY RELEASE PARTY DETAILS
Date: Monday, 23 September 2013
Time: 19:00 in UTC+02
Location: Obaren, Stureplan, Stockholm, Sweden
Doors open: 19.00
Stage show: 21.30

Admission: No charge at the door!!!

Special release price for new album "Pay to Play" at event.
Also very special price for all other merchandise.

Full event info @ http://www.facebook.com/events/675502715794774/
 

"PAY TO PLAY" ALBUM INFO

It's not yet 18 months since their critically acclaimed House Of Shakira album "HoS" hit the market, but the band has been working on a sequel ever since. It's about time to let the new opus "Pay to Play" see the light of day. And MelodicRock Records is going to be the label to deliver this new classic to the masses.

The upcoming seventh studio release marks the second CD with lead singer Andreas Novak, and is accordingly their best album so far. The band chose a small label, in order to maintain highest priority throughout the process, instead of falling between the lines in the hands of a bigger label.

Says frontman Andreas Novak: "MelodicRock Records is our weapon of choice, whose enthusiasm we trust with our lives. I'm proud to say this is by far the best release I've ever been involved in. This album has been a true pleasure and walk in the park to compose, since we're immune to pressure. It's all for the love of good music. Fame and fortune should not be anybody's goal - then it becomes an obstacle instead. We just wanna play."

 

 

 

March 2013

NEW ALBUM IN THE WORKS

Ok it's been a while since the last update but we can confirm we haven't been slacking off in that time, instead we've been working on the next album which should see release in 2013.  More details to come soon. In the meantime check out some live action from last year.

 

 


September 2012

LIVE AT LAST ON A LEGENDARY NIGHT!

House of Shakira got the honour of opening for Legends - Voices of Rock (Steve Augeri, Bill Champlin, Fergie Fredriksen) in Stockholm on 24 of August.

Venue Kägelbanan has a nice, cosy club feeling to it and the placed was crammed with enthusiastic music lovers. The roof took off as the band opened with "Brick Wall Falling" from their latest album "HoS". A smiling, cheering crowd made it all an unforgettable gig. 30 minutes and 8 songs later, House of Shakira left the stage on fire, for the following headlining legends.

Some images from the night...
 
Anders about to bribe Steve Augeri for Neal Schon's guitar secrets.
Live and in yer face.
Andreas nailing mic stand pose #71
...before sliding effortlessly into mic stand pose #134
You won't like Basse when's he's angry.
Mr Larsson is there on drums in the sea of red light.
Andreas finding time to admire Kägelbanan's fine interior architecture.
Sammy Hagar might think there's only one way to rock, here HOS give you three.
Mats showing off his custom guitar.
Vocal harmonies? Yep we got 'em.
Mats remembering the need for a stomp box change.
Quasi devil horns at a HOS gig? cool :)
"Fall to your knees and repent if you please".
The home stretch...


 


August 2012

LIVE DATE CONFIRMED

Its been a long time coming but we are pleased to announce a new live date.

House of Shakira will proudly open for Legends - Voices of Rock on August 24 in Stockholm, along with three other Swedish rock bands. You don't wanna miss it!


 


UNRELEASED TRACK FEATURED ON MELODICROCK.COM COMPILATION

We are pleased to have contributed the unused track from the "HoS" sessions to the new melodicrock.com MRCD9 compilation "15 Years Later".

Full details and pre-ordering facility at: http://www.melodicrock.com/mrcd9.html
 


June 2012

MIDNIGHT HUNGER PROMO VIDEO

Third promo video from the current album 'HoS'.

Like what you hear? Head over the store and put a copy in your shopping cart.


 


May 2012

CARRY MY LOAD PROMO VIDEO

Second of three promo videos over the coming weeks is now available, share at will.


 


ANDREAS NOVAK INTERVIEW ON METAL MESSIAH RADIO

Andreas spoke to DJ Syn of Metal Messah Radio all about his entry to the band, not to mention a few words on the new album and his desire to support Van Halen.  Here it in its entirety at http://djsyn2.podomatic.com/entry/2012-03-17T13_14_48-07_00
 


ZODIAC MANIAC PROMO VIDEO

The first of three promo videos over the next three months is unveiled.

Enjoy and please spread!
 


April 2012

PROMO VIDEOS IN THE WORKS

The past weekend (14-15 April) has seen us shoot 3 promo videos for tracks from the current "HoS" album.  The first will be ready for unveiling in a few weeks time but until then we'll keep you guessing on what tracks are getting the treatment.
 
Andreas prepares his "moves" for shooting.
Mats felt that 1 amp and guitar wasn't quite "Tap" enough.
Anders also felt the need to go a little "Tufnel".
Rabbit caught in the headlights impression? Check.
Andreas prepares for the money shot!
Drummers.... what  can you say?

GREAT REVIEWS CONTINUE TO COME IN
Like this one from the world famous journalist Janne Stark

http://starkmusicreviews.blogspot.se/2012/04/house-of-shakira-hos-cd.html

 


February 2012

RELEASE PARTY REPORT #2

 

On the 26th of January 2012, House of Shakira threw a release party to celebrate their new album "HoS". The album has received stunning reviews and the band proved why, as hundreds of old and new fans showed up and supported them at Pub Anchor in Stockholm, Sweden.

We performed the majority of the album live, and the CD was sold at very special price. Also previous members showed up and shared the evening, such as Andreas Eklund, Per Schelander Tony Andersson, Bernt Ek and Michael "Zifa" Ericson. The band enjoyed signing the CD, talking to the guests and actually had a beer or two…

Andreas Novak comments, “It was a pleasure to meet and greet new and old fans, especially to talk to some of the guys that was in the band way before me. Trying out the new tracks live, in front of an enthusiastic crowd was a real kick, thanks everybody that showed up!”.   Mats Hallstensson added, “We were a bit nervous of how people would react on the “new HoS” but everything went fine and it was a great evening. It was very fun playing with the newcomers, I really enjoyed myself."

  

 

January 2012

RELEASE PARTY REPORT

A big thanks to everyone that showed up at the release party last night!! We had a blast and hope that everybody enjoyed it. The new album is now out, see you out there in a near future.


NEW ALBUM 'HOS' NOW ON ITUNES & CDBABY

The digital version of the new album is now available on all leading digital platforms. 


NEW WEBSITE UNVEILED AND NEW ALBUM RELEASE PARTY!
Welcome to the new House of Shakira website.  Most of the basics are present and more features will be added over the course of time.  If there is anything you want to see that's missing fire us an email.

NEW ALBUM RELEASED 27-01-2012
Yes the wait is over.  Our new album featuring new members Andreas Novak, Basse Blyberg and Martin Larsson sees release on 27 January 2012 via Lion Music.  We are delighted with the results and superb press is coming all the time.


INTERVIEWS + PRESS
Look out for interviews in Sweden Rock magazine, Rock It magazine (Germany), Rock Tribune (Benelux), Fireworks (UK) and many more webzines. 

Some excerpts from leading rock/metal webzines:

An album that I am sure will make a few year end best of lists. Fans of the band are in for a treat and if you have never tried this band before, what are you waiting for?
www.getreadytorock.com

Hopefully it won’t be forgotten when it comes time for websites and magazines to make up their top ten releases of 2012 as it surely will be one of them.
www.hardrockhaven.net

It’s a “gotta own album” if you are just like me; weak for melodic rock with a lot of guitars, marvellous melodies, clean high male vocals and perfect production.
www.powerofmetal.dk

This the sound of a band revitalised and perhaps with a point to prove in 2012. Fans of honest hard rock with a strong dose of melody are well advised to check this out pronto. A contender for melodic rock album of the year already.
www.virtuosityone.com

HoS is a welcome return to form for House of Shakira. Here's a strong and diverse album of edgier melodic hard rock from a fine band. Recommended.
www.dangerdog.com


 

 


Pay To Play
MelodicRock Records
23 September 2013 (CD)
7 October 2013 (DIGITAL)

Order 'Pay To Play' now at our web store