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Interview with Honeymoon Disease
18 May 2016
Honeymoon Disease is a four piece band from Gothenburg, Sweden that plays excellent 70s influenced Classic Rock. They released their debut album 'The Transcendence' in late 2015. Roland Oei talked with the band (Jenna on vocals and guitar, Acid on guitar, Nick on bass and drummer Jimi) when they were in London to find out more about them.
Can you please tell us how the band started?
Jenna Disease: We started the band in 2014. Me and Anna started the band and we played together in another band so we knew each other from before and then we met Jimi who plays the drums and then we met Nick just recently. The band me and Acid were in before was called Thrill Warriors and we played old school Heavy Metal and after that we wanted to start more of a Rock N Roll band together.
Acid: Jennifer said she wanted to try out with the vocals because she was always the lead guitarist in Thrill Warriors and we said let's do it and so she tried out the vocals and it was mind blowing and if you ask me she has the freshest voice right now within the Rock scene and we wanted to do something that hasn't been done really within the Gothenburg scene and we wanted to do Rock N Roll.
What is the typical writing process for Honeymoon Disease?
Acid: We do the writing together. It is mainly me and Jennifer that do the riffing and we do everything else together as a band. We always give our own touch to it so it is all of us.
Jimi: The girls make the riffs in the beginning and they also write the lyrics
Acid: Jennifer does most of the lyrics and I back it up.
Jimi: When we did the first album we didn't have much time to jam so we wrote a lot and put it together in the rehearsal place.
You have 11 songs on the album. Did you write more than that and choose songs or is that all you wrote?
Acid: We chose a little bit. We worked really closely with our producers and we had the whole album in mind before we got into the studio but we got help from our producers and we made little changes here and there and we had material for more but we chose these songs.
You guys quote the music as being a modern sounding record with a retro feeling. How did you achieve that?
Jenna: I think we all have influences that go way back in old school Rock. The best influences I have are Kiss and Thin Lizzy and Jimi also comes from this scene. He likes Kiss and Nick too. The retro sound just came naturally.
Acid: Our producer asked us what reference we had for the sound that we wanted and we said Lucifer so that was the main band that we had in mind for the sound and we have other influences like classic rock and thrash and also doom.
Nick: I like things like Black Sabbath and Pentagram. I also like 60s music.
What did you do in the studio to achieve the sound?
Jimi: We talked a lot about not being afraid to have a modern touch in the sound. We play 70s retro rock if you like but at the same time we wanted to have a modern sound, like a good mix.
Acid: We had a lot of faith in our producers and we trusted them with everything. We laid everything in their hands and we made the sound together.
Which two songs would you suggest people that have never heard the band before should check out and why?
Jenna: The most interesting thing about the album is that all the songs are different from the others. The variety is really vast and it is hard to pick a couple of songs to represent the album because the music has so many layers to it but one song that usually comes up is 'You're Too Late' but that is a catchy song and you can compare that to 'You Keep Me Spinning' which is quite dark and it is really hard just to pick a couple.
Jimi: I would say 'Gotta Move' because that is the funnest to play live and I think it is so catchy and you really see the audience move to that one.
What would you say are the highlights of your career so far?
Acid: I would say this tour that we are on now with Avatarium and The Vintage Caravan. This is our first tour with this band and it gives us a chance to spread the disease.
Jenna: This tour is just the beginning of everything.
Jimi: It is nice to see people come out to see us. This tour is just to introduce us and show the debut album.
You have said that this a very personal album. Which do you feel is the most personal song on the album?
Jenna: I don't know. They are all personal. For me I would say 'Keep Me Spinning' because when we did that song we were in a rush to write and we were so into it and that is a really emotional song on so many levels and you listen to the riffs and hear the lyrics and you will get it. It is a really dark song.
Have some songs grown on you since recording them?
Acid: I don't think any of us expected 'Higher' to be so powerful. So 'Higher' for me was a totally different song when we went into the studio and when we came out. It became a really powerful song and it is really strong.
'Stargazer' is a fan favourite. What is it about the song that the fans are connecting with?
Jenna: I don't know. It is kind of an easy song to like. I think you can hear a lot of riffs and stuff from The Hellacopters. We have always been compared to The Hellacopters since the beginning.
Acid: It is the raw riffing with the rhythms of the lead guitar. It is pure Rock N Roll.
I understand you are writing for another album already.
Acid: We always have a riff bank ready. It is not ready yet but we have a lot of songs there.
Jenna: We have so much going on and it is hard to write when we are on tour so when we get off tour we will take time and do some jam sessions especially with Nick in the band because he is one hell of a bass player.
Jimi: It is hard to find a balance between playing live and writing.
Acid: We have so much in us and have so much to say. The first album is the first chapter and the next chapter is beginning to take form. We just need to take the time to be able to do it. We will have discussions with our producers once more and we will start with a new album as soon as possible. We want to do this first and tour and enjoy our first album.
(photo by Roland Oei)