Interview with Groovy Rock ’n’ Roll Quartet HONEYMOON DISEASE

The grooving rock quartet HONEYMOON DISEASE from Gothenburg, Sweden create rewarding guitar-riffs and structural masterpieces inspired by 1970s flavoured rock ‘n’ roll.

Rock fans will love their vintage sound, which has qualities reminiscent of Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy and even Rainbow.

In the Spring of 2015 the band signed to Napalm Records. Their debut album ‘The Transcendence’ is out this week.

I chatted to Jimi — the drummer from Honeymoon Disease — about the transitory nature of life, touring Europe and muscle cars:

 
Do you believe that your art operates beyond the ‘normal’ levels? In other words, do you think your sounds ‘rise above’ others in the field?
 

I very much hope so, haha…

Our goal with the new album was to create a retro rock feeling but with a very modern sound. A lot of bands try so hard today to just sound completely analogue and old, which is really great. But we didn’t just want to go the whole way back in time but also try to not be afraid of some modern touch. The producer Ola Ersfjord and co-producer Nicke Andersson (Imperial State Electric, ex-The Hellacopters) really helped us out a lot, and together with them I really believe we found a great and transcending sound for the record.

 
In “Gotta Move” you suggest that life is transitory — impermanent — is that how you feel musically and artistically too?

 
Gotta Move is about the tempting stuff that’s not really good for you, but that always drags you back even though you really should’ve leaved it a long time ago. It’s the moment you really understand and take the decision to be strong, break out and move on.

I really think we all feel that way musically too. This particular song was created when I just had left my old band to join Honeymoon Disease. So for me it was really a transition period. I believe all of us had the feeling right then that we wanted to go full throttle.”

 
How hard it is to define and maintain relationships whilst on the road with the band? Is the experience any different to ordinary folk i.e. non-musicians?
 

Of course it’s hard sometimes. We all have jobs beside the band and to work that out we need to do our band business on almost all the spare time and vacations we get, which unfortunately often affects other relationships. It’s important to find a good balance. Try to maintain contact even though you’re away from town. Most of our friends play and tour too so they understand the situation and it comes natural that you meet up in that environment. But for non-musician friends it’s sometimes harder. When it comes to our partners we always try to plan and help each other out, which mean that it is in everyone’s interest to spend time with our loved ones. So with some team work everyone is happy.”

The Transcendence - Honeymoon Disease
The Transcendence – Honeymoon Disease

 
Are you looking forwards to touring with Avatarium & The Vintage Caravan? [Check tour dates below]
 

Yes! We’re sure it’s going to be an amazing trip! It’s our first European tour and we’re really fortunate to get this chance to play with two awesome bands at so many cool venues. All three bands have a different sound and I believe it’s a great combination of heavy doom, blues and speedy rock’n’roll. A really fun mix and a great rock package for the audience.”

 
Your tour includes Speedfest Eindhoven — have you played that before?
 

“We have never played Speedfest, nor in Netherlands. That’s a show all of us really looking forward to. The line-up at Speedfest is freakin’ unbelievable and we’re really happy to be a part of it. I personally have played in Netherlands before and it’s indeed a lovely country for rock musicians.”

 
How is new bass-man Nicklas Hellqvist fitting in?
 

Nick is fitting in perfectly! He’s a wonderful guy and a great bass player who came to the first jam session and just nailed almost all songs. He joined the band this fall and we’ve done three shows together before the tour. The album was recorded in April so the former bassist Anders “Admiral” Bergstedt plays on the entire record.

 
If you could have a 1970s muscle-car, which would you choose? Are they still cool?
 

My dad had a lot of different American muscle-cars when I grow up and we always went to classic car meetings and dragster races together. He sometimes even woke me up in the middle of the night to bring me along to the secret street races outside town. So my choice is simple, a 1969 Camaro SS. The same one my old man used to race with.”

But to be honest I don’t even have a driver’s license myself, haha. And as poor musicians you always count every penny to have the chance to go as far as possible on the road. So big bad motors aren’t to prefer. But as an answer to your question, they’re still cool!

 
Who are your heroes of 1970s rock?
 

Wow, so many super heroes from that decade. Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin of course, and also Swedish rockers like November. But my biggest heroes have always been Kiss, a band that has influenced all of us in Honeymoon Disease. They are still going strong, unfortunately, haha!

I was fortunate to see the original line-up on the reunion tour back in 97. As an 8 year old I couldn’t see Kiss as nothing else than gods, and I still do.”

 

Good luck with the new release and the tour,
Thank you very much, Honeymoon Disease
Link: http://www.honeymoondisease.com

 

Honeymoon Disease were talking to @neilmach 2015 ©

 

November tour dates with Avatarium and The Vintage Caravan

 

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