House Of Shakira are a Swedish rock formation
that started out in Stockholm around 1991. The band's motto
is "Try every idea with an open mind", therefore every member
of the band contributes with own ideas to make this music
unique. House Of Shakira consists of five very different
personalities that only have one thing that ties them together
– to write and perform good songs. A good song is the key
to make this band function, style or sound doesn’t matter
as long as the song is good.
House Of Shakira is producing melodic rock of the very highest
quality, they mix hard rock with several music styles -
the vocals soar, the melodies rise and the guitars bring
it all together. All these components make House Of Shakira
an outstanding listening sensation. Due to the diversity
of the songs and the music, House Of Shakira are not a typical
hard rock band; as a result they are finding a wider audience
and fan community.
Their debut “Lint” (bluestone) hit the stores in 1997 and
“Lint” were nominated as best debut album in a lot of magazines
and e-zines. Some went even further and put it in their
“top-ten list” of debut albums ever. Shortly after the release
of “Lint” House Of Shakira went on tour through Europe as
an opening act for Royal Hunt. They continued to England
to play the Gods festival where “they set the standard for
the day which was never bettered” (XXXXXX).
Big plans where made for the release of the second album
“On the verge” (bluestone) but everything failed since the
record company disappeared from the face of the earth just
in time for the release. A situation that has been just
typical for House Of Shakira. This is a band that signed
at least twice as many record deals as they’d released records
so the situation didn’t make them stop working and writing
House Of Shakira returned to the scene in the year of 2000
with the release of “III”(MTM). Their sound was even more
unique this time with a broad diversity of the songs. The
record received rave reviews and was called “the best AOR-album
in ten years”. With the release of III House Of Shakira
received some support from radio stations in Sweden who
aired the record and this took the band to play at the Sweden
rock festival in 2001, a gig that was recorded and latter
on released as the live album “live +”. In the same year
House Of Shakira went for a tour in Spain that ended with
them headlining the Nemelrock festival in Madrid together
with Harem Scarem and Dare.
After about ten years of constant work with the band House
Of Shakira took a break in 2002 but returned with a new
album in 2004 entitled “First Class” on Lion Music. This
release was proclaimed as one of the albums of 2004 and
saw the band expand their fan base further.
2005 saw a new version of "Lint", newly recorded saw even
more positive press and the band played at the premier melodic
rock Firefest Festival in the UK which was released as a
live DVD in April 2006.
After fifteen years as one of the most original bands in
the melodic rock scene it is time to write a new chapter
in the book about House of Shakira. When their debut “Lint”
hit the streets in 1997, they showed the world that they
we’re able to write melodic rock songs that sounded fresh
without forgetting the history of the scene – House of Shakira
set a new standard with their debut.
After four studio albums, one live album, one live dvd and
several big and small tours – the band found themselves
pretty satisfied with what they’ve had accomplished. In
this situation you have two choices – either way you say
thank you for this time and all the fun we had and quit.
This option never occurred to the five stubborn Swedes in
the band. Instead they sat down and had their first meeting
as a band in ten years. On the agenda was only one question:
How do we raise the bar and create something better than
all the things we’ve done previously?
The answer was obvious for everyone in the band. We have
to start working on the songs together, write music as a
band instead of try to outdo each other with new “ready
to go demos”. This fell in good ground and in just 2 weeks
the band was working on ten new songs, and the vibe in the
band has never been this positive! The result of the fifth
album from House of Shakira will be sensational!
Live At Firefest 2005 DVD
III+ Live At Sweden Rock DVD