Fresh from a killer gig opening for Nashville Pussy carrying a new album “Shattered Idols” under their arm, Parisian hard rockin’ band AESTHESIA tell us a bit more about their history, their new album and the French scene.

Can you tell us a bit of history about the band? When did you guys start? How did you meet?

/JULIEN/ In the beginning of 2005, I remember that Nico & I were really tired about our previous line up which had just blown up, then we tried hard to find the good members, those who really wanted to plays music, not just for fun, but the musicians who want to write songs, play on stage, go on tour… no pain no gain you know what I mean?

/NICO/ Yeah, I remember these times. We decided to leave our tiny town for Paris, the city of lights you know? It’s there that the story really begun. We wanted to build a real rock n’ roll band, you see? It was not possible with all the jerks that were surrounding us in our cheap gloomy town. So we decided to move. At this time, Ox Comrol on bass and Mike Marcia on drums replied to some ad and joined us in Aesthesia. Then Voodoo, that we met at a Velvet Revolver concert, reached the band a little later.

It was when we wrote songs like “Burned Macadam Road”. It’s crazy how this song is still driving the audience crazy. We recorded our first demo, 5 tracks, “Take It As a Last Chance” in 2005, then our first album “Serious Conspiracy” in 2007. We made our first real tour in 2009 in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Begium and France. We had some changes in the band, Johnny Lips came on bass, and, just before recording our new album “Shattered Idols”, Jetblack officially replaced Voodoo on the second guitar.

Tell us about your new album “Shattered Idols”. What is the meaning behind this title? How did you get Thomas Silver (former HARDCORE SUPERSTAR member) and Kenny Hàkansson as guests?

/JULIEN/ The late 90s- 00s Scandinavian scene with bands like Hellacopters, Babckyard Babies, Hardcore Superstar & the youngest Babylon Bombs…. has been a great discovery for me, so far as I remember during the 90s, only bands like Michael Monroe, The Quireboys or the The 69 eyes debut album sounded rock n roll like that, really dirty guitars with funny chorus & looking so great, but saddly a lot of swedish bands were really hard to find in France if you didn’t have a good record shop around.
Also, we had the idea to invite these musicians to this album cos we really like their own bands! J Lips & I, have met Kenny during the Hellacopters “tour before the fall”, we have spent a great time with him after the gig and stayed in contact then, he was ok to play on one song, he’s a really cool & lovely guy! Silver was ok too for playing a solo on the album, unfortunately it was too hard to meet Thomas and we did the recording using the Internet. you know I think Hardcore Superstar is really not the same with Vic Zino, even if he’s a good guitarist, the feeling is not the same now….

/NICO/ The meaning of the title? Well, it means many things. The songs are about people we meet, people that you believe in but in whom you can’t believe. When you open your eyes, you are just fucking alone. They are speaking about betrayals, or all the bullshit some people can tell you, Girls who are not able to make any difference between love and prostitution, bitches I met. You see, it’s like a moment when your naivety ends, you open your eyes, and see things on their true side. You believed in good and beautiful things but everything is fucking wrong. That’s what “Shattered Idols” means.

Nico, your vocals are often compared to Axl’s, are you sick of it or do you just take it as a compliment? What do you think about the new GUNS N’ ROSES?

Well, first, to be honest, I really love what Guns n’ Roses, mean in the 80s and 90s. At first, in the beginning of the band, I was a little sick of this comparison. I tried to change my way of singing, but I realized it was more artificial to try to sing another way than going on like this. Because my voice is like this, that’s all. After all, I think it’s more a compliment than anything else.

You opened for bands like ROSE TATTOO or MOTHER SUPERIOR. What are your best gig memories so far?

/JULIEN/huummm, we played with the Vains of Jenna last year, they’re really cool, we spent some good moments with them in a famous boat in Paris(lol), same with Babylon Bombs with whom we played at a festival, they’re so funny.. I was really sad when I learned that they broke up…We had great moments during the last tour too, at Paunchy Cats, really great audience.

/NICO/ Recently, we opened for Nashville Pussy too. Well, I think it’s one of my best memories. When we came on stage, we were in front of a big audience. Everybody was waiting for what we would show, and they became really crazy as our show was going on. It was such a good feeling. At the end of the show, we signed autographs to the fans with Ruyter Suys. We were joking together, Yes, it’s one of my best memories. Hope to have more like this.

Tell us a bit about the rock scene in Paris nowadays…

/JULIEN/I Think the rock scene in France is doing better since a few years, we started to have several bands which are touring in a lot of foreign countries and play in good places…. and with good songs hahaha, but it’s always hard to sell records and have a good venue to play, even with the Internet, also we need you in the audience everywhere we go.

/NICO/ A few years before, we were alone with Tracy Gang Pussy. Now the scene is growing more and more with new bands like Sticky Boys, Blackrain…. I think it’s a good thing.

How come there’s usually between 300-400 people at the glam metal boat parties in Paris and, on the other hand it’s hard to get 100 people at club-sized gigs?

/JULIEN/Hahaha…. So sad, yes I often ask myself the same question when I m going to “little” clubs in Paris with a good band, there is often less than 50 dudes in the crowd, even if it’s an 80s Glam rock band From L.A. or someone else….where are the boat people??? you could ask the same things with the Guns n’ Roses audience, why did they have more people at Guns n Roses than at Ozzy Osbourne?… don’t know too (stupid guys) I just noticed and it’s important man that a lot of real music fans come from far around Paris and drive a lot of kilometers to come and have fun at concert, no matter if the band is wellknown or not, respect dudes!!!

/NICO/ I think people only go to concerts or parties today to have some fun, listening to songs they already know. They are sure to dance on “Welcome to the Jungle”, “Walk This Way” and “Roots Bloody Roots”… Things like this. Meanwhile, it’s not the same trip to go to a concert of a unknown band or going to a metal boat party. For many reasons. But I have the feeling that things with this kind of parties that the bands and concerts are going to be more attractive too.

Favourite 2010 albums?

/JULIEN/Blackberry Smoke “Little Piece of Dixie” but I think it was released in 2009.
Danko Jones “Below the Belt”.

/NICO/ Maybe “Nightmare” from Avenged Sevenfold.

Favourite show you’ve seen in 2010?

/JULIEN/LA GUNS & Pretty boy Floyd & the Quireboys.

/NICO/ None.

The intro for “Hoodoo Queen” is quite reminiscent of the ROLLING STONES. Keith Richards once said “Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll”, what do you think about this quote?

/JULIEN/Rolling costs are very expensive in France because of the gas price, FUCK OFF!!!

/NICO/ Well, about the quote, I would say that everybody’s speaking about Rock, when they speak about leather clothes, new haircut… they try to give their music a kind of attitude, but that’s nothing but fake, you know. Nothing authentic, real. But here we are now! Ah a!

What’s next for AESTHESIA in 2011?

/JULIEN/ we had a lot of great feedback with the album, thank you everybody, we will try to make the best to go on tour and play as much as we can.