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Fireworks Magazine Online 44 - Miss Behaviour

MISS BEHAVIOUR


Sweden's Miss Behaviour released their first album 'Heart Of Midwinter' back in 2006, but then the band went through a series of personnel changes. Fast forward to 2011 and the excellent sophomore CD 'Last Woman Standing' is now available from Avenue Of Allies. Ant Heeks got in touch with original members guitarist Erik Heikne and keyboardist Henrik Sprooge to get the background on the band.


How did Miss Behaviour form, and who is in the band?


Erik: Henrik and I were both studying Music Management in a town called Kalmar in Sweden in 2003 when the idea first came up. We were jamming quite a lot and listened to bands such as Magnum, Europe, Journey and Yngwie Malmsteen. We had both played in metal bands before but wanted to make melodic rock with melodies in focus, rather than heavy, riff based metal. Our goal was at first to make and release a full length album and so was done in 2006, with 'Heart of Midwinter'. During the years there have been a lot of changes in the line-up. Me and Henrik have been very focused from the start and for us it's important to know that everyone involved have the same focus and burning ambition. Now we have a great band. Sebastian Roos (vocals) and Anders Berlin (drums) joined us when we were about to make 'Last Woman Standing' and these guys are truly amazing. Sebastian brought routine and charisma and he will for sure be an important part of Miss Behaviour for a long time!What inspired your bands name?

Henrik: I remember when we were first discussing the band name issue. Erik and I were on a really boring lecture in business school and we were writing down name suggestions instead of taking important notes and paying attention. I wrote 'Miss Behaviour' and passed it over to Erik and he gave it both thumbs up! I wish there was a more interesting story behind but it's just a name and we're stuck with it.


Who writes the songs, and what inspires the lyrics?

Erik: Henrik is our main songwriter and an amazing songwriter, but we do a lot of work together. Music is and will always be the main focus for us but the lyrics are important as well. We want to make melodies and lyrics that people can rely to, not trying to mix in politics or stuff like that. One song on the album that mean a lot to us are 'Till We Meet Again', written in loving memory of a friend to us, who tragically ended his life a couple of years ago. The song '11th Hour' is written in the memory of Michael Jackson, he meant a lot to me musically when I was growing up.


What influences does each member bring to the band?

Henrik: This is actually really interesting. Erik and I pretty much share the passion for melodic rock and AOR. We can spend hours and hours watching Magnum DVDs and the classic melodic rock bands are the most obvious influences when you first hear Miss Behaviour. On the other hand we have Sebastian and Anders who are much more into pop-oriented music. Sebastian is regularly touring with a Beatles tribute band called Liverpool which I think adds beautiful colors to the vocal arrangements in Miss Behaviour. I should also mention Erik and Sebastian's weird fascination for Yngwie Malmsteen. They arrange their own Malmsteen-evenings where they dress up in typical Yngwie-clothing and listen to insane solos… it's sick.


How would you describe your style of music?

Erik: It's kick ass Scandinavian melodic rock with AOR-influences. We have a lot of energy and melodies are always in focus. We think people can relate to 80s melodic rock bands but we also hope that we can add something fresh, defying the Miss Behaviour sound. We don't want to be copy cats, but on the other hand, it's hard to reinvent the wheel. Ultimately it's up to the listeners and fans to describe our music.


Will you be touring to promote the album, and will we see you in the UK?

Henrik: We really want to get out and play much more and we're working on it but nothing is settled yet. Playing in the UK would be like a dream come true! I understand the scene for melodic rock is really good in UK now days with great new bands like Vega turning up.


What are your views on the current Rock scene in Sweden?

Erik: We would like to say that there is something big in the making. That's our feeling. AoR and melodic rock is definitely on the move here and we have a history of great bands in the genre, like Treat, Europe and Bad Habit for instance. What's even more fun is the re-growth. We think it somehow started with H.E.A.T releasing their debut album and now you got a load of great bands, like Houston, Eclipse, Titan…and of course Miss Behaviour! The live scene though, could be a lot better, but we're working on that.


Have you got a message for readers of Fireworks magazine?

Henrik: I definitely think that you should all buy our new album. And stay in school!!


Taken from Fireworks Magazine #44

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