Lutharö: Steel City Metal for Nickel City Devils
Interview with Krista Shipperbottom, vocalist for Lutharö
by Mark Howitt
Canada seems to be getting deserved recognition for the notable amount of female fronted metal, hardcore and punk bands that have brought the spotlight here. Bands like Kittie, Fuck The Facts, The Agonist, Grindmother, Unleash The Archers, Pantychrist and Ischemic are just some of the already well established or emerging bands that are powered by female aggression! There truly are some quality acts spanning several genres and making an impact, and seeminly, Canada overtime has established itself as the most recognized country in the world for producing top notch female fronted bands. Whether this has been proven or not is beyond me but I can think of no other country with as many quality bands as our own has to offer.
One of the bands that is starting to make an impact and rise from the Canadian underground, continually growing a steady fanbase with every show they play is Hamilton's Lutharö. Ontario's breeding ground of metal bands has finally been getting more notice and recognition over the last couple of years, and it is because of bands like Lutharö, who remain active and continue to sharpen their axes.
We had some time to ask vocalist Krista Shipperbottom some questions about some of her infuences, and what it's like to be a part of Canada's emerging female metal vocalist community. We also wanted to discuss the bands upcoming performance with Romanian black metal pioneers Negura Bunget, and Vancouver's Ninjaspy.
Can you tell us a bit about the beginnings of Lutharö, and how you came to be a member of the band?
Lutharo was originally formed by our guitarist Victor Bucur in 2012 starting out by the name "Incarnadine". How I became a member was back in high school Victor heard me sing during a mic check for a musical performance. Immediately after he got in touch with me, found out that we had a ton in common and I've been in Lutharo ever since.
How long have you been doing vocals for and what made you decide to pursue your talent in a heavier style of music?
I've been singing since I could talk, or so my mom tells me but as far as singing in a band, I would say only about 4-5 years. What made me pursue a heavier style of vocal was my immediate connection to it's subject matter and rawness, I feel like its something I can always relate to and there's so much passion behind heavy metal music.
What's it like being in a band with a bunch of hairy metalheads and being the only girl in the band? Is it a love/hate relationship as one might expect or is it always pure hatred?
Well to be quite honest it's pretty wicked! Besides the fact that there is hair EVERYWHERE always.. I can't deny that. Most would assume that there would be some form of conflict with me being a female around a bunch of dudes but it's the exact opposite, they're my best friends and I have never shared the same sense of humour or interests with anyone as much as I do with those weirdos. Plus my burps can put theirs to shame any day and they know it.
What does Lutharö mean, and why was this name chosen for the band?
The name Lutharo was chosen because we're all big Lord Of The Rings fans (shocker). The name itself comes from an elvish word meaning "the enchanter".
What subjects does the band cover lyrically and do you write the lyrics as well?
As far as the lyrical content goes I will write about anything from battles to mental illness. The subjects chosen are entirely based upon things that empower me or things that I can relate to mentally or emotionally. Honestly sometimes I just write about things I find cool. It really depends on how the song makes me feel.
Touring: Where have you been, what have you seen? Name off some memories while living the dream?
We aim to be touring in the very near future, as soon as we finish recording our full length album but so far we haven't been out of Canada. We would really like to venture off into Europe, our guitar player Victor is actually from there, but the rest of us have just visited a few times for "Hellfest"/ vacationing and the scene over there for metal is amazing. One specific memory that stands out in my mind is not too long ago when we were in Hamilton, we had just finished playing our set and some guy walked up to the stage, grabbed our set list and put it in his pocket. It may sound cheesy but things like that really stick with me
Is this your first time in Sudbury, or are you already well aquainted with the Crater City and our Sudbury Saturday Nights?
Yes this is our first time playing in Sudbury so we're pretty pumped!
What sort of advice do you have for your fellow metal sisters who are thinking of picking up the microphone?
My best advice would be to always maintain a good sense of humour and don't ever be afraid to stand up for yourself, if you are truly passionate about something it will show and people will respect you for it. Also Treat every show as if it's your last, you owe it to your audience, your band mates and yourself.
If you could choose but a single band to share the stage with (other than Negura Bunget and Ninjaspy of course), what band would it be and why are they the chosen ones?
That's a tough question but I would have to say Black Sabbath, Arch Enemy and Iron Maiden for sure. Those are my top three favourite bands and where I draw most of my inspiration from when it comes to writing music. Playing with any of those three would be a definite dream come true.
Black or Death Metal?
Once again a tough question but the answer is death metal.
If you had a glass, would it be half empty or half full and what would be in it?
I would have to go with half full because I like to stay positive but full or empty, there's always room for more beer!
What does Lutharo have in store for the future of planet earth?
For the near future you can expect a full length album, some new band merch to go along with it and hopefully a tour.
Where is the best place for listeners to check out your music? Can they buy your merchandise online as well?
For anyone wanting to check out our music you can have a listen on YouTube or our official Facebook page! Any band merchandise you can purchase at our shows or shoot us a message on Facebook and we'll send it straight to you. However we are working on having a website set up for our merchandise and other band information in the near future.
Do you have any wise words of wisdom, or closing comment for our lovely demonic readers?
My wise words of wisdom for anyone reading this are always remain passionate, positive and true to who you are, Everything else will follow.
Thanks so much for your time and we look forward to catching your show on May 27th at The Asylum.