On January 25, Brian Rademacher of RockEyez conducted an interview with singer John Prakesh of Swiss rockers SHAKRA. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
SHAKRA's new album, "Powerplay", entered the official chart in Switzerland at position No. 1. The CD also landed on the German Media Control chart at No. 81.
Released on January 11 via AFM Records, "Powerplay" is "the most varied SHAKRA album to date," according to a press release. "In addition to major ballads and earthy rock songs, it also includes more opulent tracks. It's the band's ninth album, and second with singer John Prakesh, but critics agree that this band has now really turned a corner, and if 'back on track' on the last record, they're now gunning the engine and steaming down the highway on this one."
Guitarists Thomas Muster and Thom Blunier continue with the driving material on tracks such as "The Mask", a storming rocker gripped beautifully by the honesty of the songwriting and the tightness of the production (again handled extremely efficiently by Blunier at his own Powerride Studios),but once again the music keeps on pulling you back to Prakesh and the feeling that this singer, who was a virtual unknown when he joined SHAKRA, has come through with shining colors yet again.
"Even though it is difficult to top being No. 2 in the charts, we believe that the new album really has got what it takes to do just that," the band explained recently on their web site; a mix of confidence and sober analysis definitely to the fore. "We are very satisfied with 'Powerplay'. Now it's really up to the public and the fans. We hope they like it as much as we do."
Even after 20 years of history, the original band members (Blunier [guitar], Muster [guitar], and Roger Tanner [drums]) still appear to be much of the driving force behind the material, but the young guns of Dominik Pfister (bass) and most particularly singer John Prakesh, are knitting together perfectly and this band now has just one overriding goal: to make good, honest, hand-made hard rock utterly irresistible.
"Powerplay" track listing:
01. Life Is Now 02. The Mask 03. Higher 04. Wonderful Life 05. Dear Enemy 06. Save You From Yourself 07. Don't Keep Me Hanging 08. Dream Of Mankind 09. Stevie 10. Because Of You 11. Secret Hideaway 12. Too Good To Be True
The "Wonderful Life" video can be seen below.
Vocals: John Prakesh Guitar: Thom Blunier Guitar: Thomas Muster Bass: Dominik Pfister Drums: Roger Tanner