[INTERVIEW] STEVE ‘LIPS’ KUDLOW OF ANVIL TALKS SUCCESS AND STAYING TRUE TO YOUR SOUNDby Iain McCallum on Nov 10, 2017 • 6:27 pm No Comments
Some artists claim to be metal, however Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow is not one of them. A member of Canadian heavy metal band Anvil for over 40 years, with famous albums deliciously titled Metal On Metal and Hard N’ Heavy, Lips is metal. TEO chatted with the jovial metal legend ahead of their Australian tour this week.
TEO: Your current album Anvil is Anvil, as well as Pounding The Pavement were created by using a pledge fund with fans contributing—just how effective was that when making the new album?
Lips: The financial aspect is the best we’ve ever known! In 35 plus years it’s the first time we’re actually in the profit margin after recording—it’s never like that. Usually after recording you are in the hole for thousands of dollars—now that’s actually not the case, which is unprecedented and unbelievable! As everyone else is struggling to get record deals and hurting bad, we’re not. I don’t know how to explain that one but it is what it is and I’m very proud to say that at this point in my life I’ve bought into the most incredible retirement fund ever conceived to humanity. It’s not about making millions of dollars; it’s about making a living and doing what you love. I feel I’m 100% successful in doing what I want at this point in time, which is a great place to be.
The new album is due out in January, what should fans expect?
We are what we are. End of story. It’s not going to change, not because we can’t; we don’t want to. We are happy and proud of what we are so therefore will continue to do what we do. As a songwriter, I’m not about to change my style, in the same way I’m not going in for plastic surgery to make myself look different! You don’t try to go out and sound different every time; you go to the record store or download an Anvil album, you want it to sound like an Anvil album, not Motörhead otherwise you would have bought the Motörhead album.
What impact on your career did your outstanding documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil have?
Well, it completely brought us the exposure that you need to secure a living. It changed my life from having day jobs, trying to support my music to now not having to have a day job. I’m out working 90% of the year on the road, making a living, not making millions—making a living—just like everybody else that goes to a job every day. But now I’m on the road all the time, so now it’s like a permanent vacation, it’s a great time and a great place to be.
What should we expect from Sunday’s Anvil gig in Adelaide?
It’s unexpected! We’re not typical of what people envision metal music to be. You come to our show, you are going to have a good time; you’re going to feel good, I’m going to make you feel good. You’re going to feel happy. You’re not going to feel the negativity the world generally puts out there. It’s actually completely and utterly positive fun energy. It’s surprising and fun, that is what we’re trying to create.
Friday 10 November – Sydney, The Bald Faced Stag
Saturday 11 November – Melbourne, Prince Bandroom
Sunday 12 November – Adelaide, Fowlers Live
Tuesday 14 November – Perth, Rosemount Hotel
Tickets available here.