TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
This interview with Snowy Shaw and Vampirella was done through e-mail in April 2002.
Hello, how are you doing?
We´re fine thank you.
Could you please introduce Notre Dame to those who are unfamiliar
I suggest you visit our incredible website www.notredame.just.nu for a
indepth insight of what were all about but here´s a brief version. We
started in 1997 released our first mini-cd in 1998 have done a mini
a few rare live appearances, but nontheless notorious for its
horrifying theatrical stage show. Shows that have somehow managed to
something of cult value. Nowadays far more people claim to have been
during those shows that the number of people actually showing up. Quite
compliment! We intend to unveil some of that mysterious aura when we
doing shows again later this year. For some time we concentrated mainly
the making of our short horrorfilm Thrillogy and recording albums.
I, Vampirella do share the vocals with mainman Snowy who also writes
music and lyrics. He has a background in various famous acts as a
songwriter, acts such as King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Memento mori,
etc but in Notre dame he plays a double neck axe with both six and four
strings as well as trying on the keyboards. Mannekin handles the drums
his elder brother Jean-Pierre plays also one double neck guitar and
Half the band lives in Sweden while the other half is French, how
this work? How did you meet each other?
When I moved back home to
Gothenburg, Sweden after a few years and a failed dancing career in
ran into my old boyfriend Snowy who was starting up a new project. He
sort of desperate and frustrated not being able to find proper
the kind of project he intended to do. I then put him in contact with
Jean-Pierre and Manne who I made friends with in Paris. After awhile
asked me to join the spectacle as a dancer/singer and although I had no
previous experiance in music I said yes. Knowing little what I was
myself into, it turned out to be some really rocky road to travel but
couldn´t possibly be any worse than the shit I went through as an
dancer in Paris. (snowy) what we usually do is that i make rough
of the songs and just send them tapes/cdr so Jean-Pierre and Mannequin
learn their parts and come with suggestions and their overall opinions
arrangements and so on. then the three of us get together in Paris or
Gothenburg and brainstorm,rehearse and record the songs in one of our
studios over an intense period of a few weeks. Then I take the tapes
and work either on my own or with Vampirella on the vocal arrangements
do all the keyboard and guitar overdubs in my own studio. We usually do
sessions like this, going back and forth doing re-recordings of certain
songs til we captured on tape exactly the kind of vibe and atmosphere
looking for. We have had serious discussions about moving either here
there or even if we all should pack our bags and move to London so that
could really work as a unit, and rehearse regularly but as the
right now that´s not an option.
Your new album has just been released by Osmose Productions, can
tell us a little about the album?
To make a short story long…Originally it was a mini-cd whose selected
were sent out as a demo which got picked up by this independant
label who wanted to release it just as it was. Originally we thought
would be a good idea that would automatically bring other labels to our
attention, so we said OK if they´d only get us a small amount of money
proper mix and means to make a nice cover. It was put out on halloween
and suddenly labels started to contact us instead of the other way
The mini-album didn´t get the attention it so clearly deserved due to
limitations. And after years of hearing people solemnly declare how
they loved our two first albums, referring to Le Theatre du Vampire and
Nightmare before Christmas and either not knowing how to get hold of
soon to a theatre near you!” or knowing it even existed. We decided to
repair that damage having Osmose re-releasing it with a few notches
distribution so it would be available for those who are interested. We
wanted to put something extra on the reissue and went through the old
from those recording sessions in ´98 and selected as much as 6
unreleased tracks that would be added as bonus tracks to the album that
only 4 and a half!songs on it, so i guess it´s more like a new album.
order to maintain a somewhat homogenic sound to the Notre dame style
a bit diverse as it is, we had to go back into the studio and remix it
completely. I think we improved the sound quite a bit and that this is
best sounding album so far. This I feel i must say, usually when bands
few Oooh wow!previously unreleased songs it is crappy leftovers that
belong on the album in the first place.
But like i said we selected 4 and a half songs to represent the bands
spectra and variety on that demo and it doesn´t mean the rest weren´t
enough. But one does not include 11 songs on a demo. Blacksmith &Co is
absolute favorite on the album and i simply can´t understand why we
that one for the demo. but it was a jointly decision and one suspect we
we had bigger chances of getting signed if we went for the more
growling black metal sound of our repertoire.
Osmose Productions is mostly known for more extreme metal
how come you decided to sign with them? Are you happy with their
We didn´t know any better. I´m never happy.
I just have to ask this, is the last name of the two French
actually De Sade? An honest answer is highly appreciated :-)
real last name is De Sade but that´s about as far as it goes! Their
Monique have told me how she decided to take back her old family name
she divorced their father in the mid-seventies. Already back with their
former band The Blood Group they started to rely heavily on the history
macabre nature of their last name.
Do you know where you have most of your fans today?
Since Osmose haven´t got
properly working distribution in neither north or south America along
some other territories, it´s not likely we have any major following in
countries. And as much as that truly pisses us off there´s not much we
do about it while we´re enslaved, but that will definately change in
near future. Although I know for a fact via the fanclub that we have a
following of real die-hard fans outside the main territory of Europé
buys our stuff from import and from the internet.
How come you decided to focus on a vampire image? This will
make a lot of people think of you as riding on the success of Cradle Of
If I´d say we haven´t had that question before I would be lying.
Snowy or myself wasn´t aware of them at the time we started, and now
people like yourself pointing it out to us I can´t say we care either.
Judging from the number of people wearing their shirts on the streets,
must be a very cool band and i can see the obvious connection but we´re
doing our thing in our own creative space, worrying little what goes on
outside this space of ours and basically don´t give a horses ass what
contemporary bands do. I took the name Vampirella after being exposed
to say brainwashed with the 70´s cult figure comic book character when
dating Snowy many years ago. I thought it would be a perfect
the shock rock horror outfit we were creating. Little did we know that
character still existed in America at the time. More over I don´t know
should dub us a flat out vampire image kind of band. I´d say we deliver
sexy shock rock freakshow for the 22 century built on the remnants of
What are the future plans and goals for Notre Dame?
In the nearest future to finish the pre-productions and then start
the real thing for our next double album A-Z in the book of horrors.
Simultanously we´re preparing, planning and manufacturing the mobile
freakshow spectacle that we´ll bring out later on this year. We had
offers for festivals this summer which we unfortunately had to turn
during the circumstances and ask to take a raincheck for next summer.
What do you think of the metal scene in Sweden today, are
bands you admire more than others?
No. Not in the metal scene really.
There´s probably lots of great new bands if i only cared to look or
It´s been very much cheezy power metal eversince Hammerfall had their
success. -Ha! Look who´s talking ! you´re playing drums with Dream Evil
aren´t you!? You if anyone oughta know the terms of prostitution!Ha Ha!
Candlemass has reunited and personally i consider them being one of the
underachieved acts in the world ever.
What are your top five albums ever?
(Snowy) hard to pick THE absolute 5 tops but it´s something like this,
Manowar-into glory ride.
Accept- Restless and wild.
Scorpions- Animal magnetism.
Sweet- strung up!
Sisters of Mercy-Floodland.
Type o Negative- Bloody Kisses.
Iron Maiden- Number of the beast.
Now to my own and brand new right or wrong section. You are just going to tell us whether you think the following acts would be right or wrong:
a) If someone killed Hitler prior to his mass murder campaigns.
b) To burn down a church because it's "evil".
c) To burn down a church because it represents oppression.
e) Death penalty.
f) To lie if it will be of benefit to yourself.
It depends, we say
– if it makes their pathetic little lives worth living
i) To kill because you feel an urge for blood..
It´s impossible to just answer right/wrong on heavy subjects such as
I´ve got a question for you, is it right or wrong to hate someone whose
opinion/conviction differs from yours? [Editor's note: my answer would be wrong]
Any final words of ancient wisdom, or just plain words?
for the interview and good luck with everything in the future! Don´t
the yellow snow – old Lakota Sioux proverb. – thank you very much!
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