We started out with this band about six or seven years ago. Throughout the years we've changed the lineup a little bit. We changed guitarists and the drummer left us after recording the album and we've got a new drummer. We started out as a kind of a rock/metal and we're now more a metal/rock band so it changed a little bit because the new guitarists are much younger than the old ones we had. The first guitarist that we had. The average age of the band would be about 25. The drummer is 32, the bass guitarist is 30, I'm 29, and I got a guitarist who is 18. The other one is 20 and the keyboardist is 21. There's a big gap in ages between the guys but it works out very well. It's very difficult to play here in Holland. To be a metal band here in Holland. It's very difficult. There's not a very big metal scene but we work out okay.
What kind of music to people listen to a lot in Holland?
They listen to Top 40 music or when it comes to metal, it'll be more the death metal and thrash kind and gothic. That's very popular here in Holland, but heavy metal I think will be about four or five bands here that play heavy metal so it's not very popular but it's coming back I hope.
You guys have kind of a thrash metal influence right now I guess then.
Yeah, both of the guitarists come from thrash and death metal bands so yeah, there is some thrash and death metal influence now in the band. As I said, we started out as a rock kind of metal and now it's really metal with some rock influences still in it.
Where in Holland are all of you guys from?
We're from a small town called Katwijk. It's at the coast of course. It's a small fisherman's village. There's a big metal scene here in the village along with 40,000 people. There are a lot of metal bands here. That's where we're from.
Who are some of your major musical influences?
For me that would be Crimson Glory and Queensryche. The top bands of me. That's very different for all members in the band. It gives a diversity to the music we play.
You underwent a name change. I guess you spelled it one way and now you spell it another.
Yeah, none of the original members were left from that first band. The guitarist that started Montani back in the late '80s, early '90s, they all left the band after a couple of years and new people came in the band. When the last guitarist left the band, it was something like that's the end of that chapter but the name is very cool. So we wanted to keep the name but change it just a little bit so we put the "y" in it. We changed the last letter from "i" to "y".
You guys released your first demo in 2000. This is your first full-length release. Tell us a little bit about New Born Day and some of the tracks.
The three songs we had on the demo, songs like "The Evermore", "Pyramid Of Cheops", and "Deep Water Rising", we sent only eight copies of that demo to Germany and we got a few reviews. I think four or five reviews and they were all excellent. The man from LMB said "well, I'd like to record another album with you. A full-length album." We said yeah, okay, of course. We really wanted to do that. We sent the demos into Germany in December of 2000 and we got the record deal I think in April of 2001 and this band was only together for about three or four months when we recorded the demo songs. We were like "oh well, shit." We had to start writing another six or seven or eight songs to record a full-length album. We went writing like crazy. Everything we had from the past years we put through recycling and changed bits of songs and also we wrote several brand new songs. That's how New Born Day was born from the remains of the old band. I think it's a very good product.
I was listening to it and liked it a lot. One of the songs I liked on it was "Higher And Higher".
That was a song that I think was a brand new song. We wrote it somewhere in I believe July or August of 2001. Everything was finished. The lyrics were finished and then the thing happens in New York. It was like geez, should we change the lyrics of the song because of that or otherwise people will think "oh well, they wrote a song about that" because it happened after we wrote the song. It was not like that. We had the song already before the plane crashes in New York.
Some people allow emotion to make judgment calls for them instead of allowing logic and reason to come to the forefront. No one could have known that 9/11 was going to happen. If people make assumptions like that, that's kind of out of line.
I think so too. We got some emails about that song. It was like well, let's put this right. It's not that we did it because. We had the song already.
You guys are with SPV and you used Uwe Lulis to produce your album.
Yes. We work with LMB Music in Germany and he releases the album throughout Europe together with SPV. He said "I'd really like to work with Uwe because he's really into heavy metal and I'd really, really like you to record with him." Who are you to say "well, we'll go to another studio" when you can record with Uwe? Uwe said "yeah, please come to me and we're going to have some fun here." We really did have a lot of fun with him. We learned a lot from him and it really improved the quality of the songs. We changed little bits there in the studio because he said "well I think it will work out better if you try this another way." I think it was absolutely a right choice to pick Uwe.
Are there any tracks on the album you like especially?
It changes from day to day. In the morning I get in the car and it's like well let's have some New Born Day. I pump up the volume and it's six o'clock in the morning and I'm driving to work with the volume at maximum. When I get back home I'm more into the...I really love the song "The Evermore" or "World Of Dreams". Those songs calm me down. I'm tired from working all day. Back to home.
Do you all hold down jobs outside of the band?
Yes, everybody. At the moment the band is costing more money than we get out of it. We have to work to play.
Have you guys done any gigs or are you going to any touring for the album?
We're working on it but it's very difficult. As I said, the metal scene here in Holland is very, very small. It's very difficult to get a gig here in Holland so we have to work with companies abroad in Hamburg or Frankfurt to schedule a tour for us. We don't have direct contact with those people and we do not know anybody into the scene there except for Uwe. He's on tour as well with his band Medallion and he's very busy with all kinds of stuff so for the moment there are no real tour plans but who knows what will come.
Who designed your album cover?
Alex Felipe did that. He also designed the cover for Rhapsody, Mob Rules, and we really, really liked his work so we asked him to design the cover artwork and he said "yeah, I like your music and I think I can do something very special with it." We said okay, let's go. It's very different from all other bands.
Any other comments or ideas?
I just said we had a new drummer. John left us after recording in Frankfurt and our new drummer is Ed van Wijngaarden. We'd really like to thank John for everything he did for the band. He will be playing with us for the last time in two weeks for a radio show here in Holland. He already had his farewell performance here in Katwijk but because Ed is on vacation and we had this performance, John is filling in for the last time so the only thing I have to say is thank you very much, John, for doing that and we appreciate everything he's done for us.