02. Give Me Real
03. Remember It’s Me
05. Yippie Aye Yay
06. Tell Me
08. The Story’s Over
09. Right On
11. Take It All Back
12. I Can
13. Where Are You
Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, whose death by fire is the end and also the beginning, the GOTTHARD musicians, in the depths of endless mourning, found peace, strength and courage to set back out for the way to the here and now.
The end of this road back to life and the start of a new GOTTHARD era is evident for the Swiss multiplatinum band with “Firebirth”, the new and moving album. “Firebirth” is arguably one of the most important and in its conception most emotional album in the band’s 20-year history. It is the first studio album since the tragic death of the legendary frontman Steve Lee in a traffic accident in the autumn of 2010 and the first step in a new and much anticipated chapter for the band, together with their new singer Nic Maeder.
In November 2011 Nic, born in Switzerland, who spent many years in Australia, accepted one of the most difficult and also one of the most exciting and emotional tasks in his life. His motivation, self-confidence and sympathy helped him to win out against many top-class applicants and impressed his new colleagues Leo Leoni (guitar), Marc Lynn (bass), Hena Habinger (drums) and Freddy Scherer (guitar) with his personality and also in his new task as singer and songwriter. The song “Remember it’s Me” already released as a free download and video clip proved that Gotthard, together with Nic, can conjure up a new and hitherto unknown magic, which draws on their shared passion for music. Without a doubt, the first album together, “Firebirth”, appearing soon, will be a tribute to rock and roll as an experience of life. Strong, earthy, real!
Together with the producers, Leo Leoni and Paul Lani – an American who had already worked very successfully with the band on the albums “G” and “Homerun” and who knows exactly what the Hard Rockers are about – GOTTHARD has produced in their own Yellow House studio in Lugano, Switzerland, a real jewel. As a result, an energetic and emotional GOTTHARD album, full of potential singles has come into existence in the past few months.
“Firebirth” shows clearly the essence of the rocker soul and you sense that it is completely honest. The obvious enjoyment of the band in playing cannot be ignored and this gives the new songs an unmistakeable character. Thus the band has succeeded once more to capture the live feeling and the enormous energy which GOTTHARD displays on the stage on tape.
“Firebirth” is 100% GOTTHARD” explains the band. “We have returned to our roots and deliberately given the album the pure direct GOTTHARD sound. Our goal was to concentrate on the most important thing – the songs.