H.E.A.T. - The monicker reminded me of some dodgy action movie of the past - the music on their debut CD on the other hand reminded me of my childhood and all those artists with huge friggin' hairdo's and flashy outfits. They've won a prestigious rock competition in Sweden, a certain force named 'Europe' ended up as winners in 1982 (that joke will probably end up way over most people's head), and international Jack Daniel's 'Jack Rocks' competition. Yes sir indeed. These Swedes are clearly reaching for the stars with their own brand of the 80's sound, and they're about to hit the stage at SwedenRock festival and as the opening act for Alice Cooper this summer.
They've already managed to attract the attention of a real Hollywood Star though. Movie genius and overall weirdo-actor, PETER STORMARE, signed them up to his label (a part of the PlaygroundMusic company) and was involved in the mixing of the album. A good career move? Only time will tell, however, the H.E.A.T. wave is reaching us with full force and you better bring your own beverage (CD release date: April 28th). RockUnited had a quick chat with band members: Crash (drums), Dave Dalone (guitar), and Jona Tee (keyboards).
RockUnited- OK, first question, since you're all in your early 20's - When and how did you first discover the music of the 80's?
RockUnited- OK... so even more importantly - Why did you decide to form a band in the grand tradition of that special era and time?
RockUnited- Did you have any particular album/production in the back of your mind
[soundwise] while entering the studio?
RockUnited- 2008? Are you sure? Anyhow, are you overall pleased with the outcome?
RockUnited- You've clearly spent quite some time on harmonies and back-up vocals. Are they all the work of H.E.A.T. or did you bring in any outside help?
RockUnited- Let's quickly check out the lyrics. They follow a rather traditional 'uplifting' style and formula of the genre, wouldn't you say?
RockUnited- Ehem, yeah, whatever. You've never felt the need of updating them into topics such as: Aids In Africa, Terrorism, the Ozone layer [or rather the lack of it due to massive hairspray abuse in the 80's ], and various depressive facts of the world?
RockUnited- So you're mainly supposed to 'feel-good', ehem, spirited, about your music and loudly sing-a-long to the melodies, yeah?
RockUnited- Perhaps you could breifly mention what these tracks are all about
RockUnited- The info sheet states your influences as Journey, Toto, Deep Purple, and Aerosmith(?). But... your CD is clearly more in the vein of Winger, Europe, Giant, etc. No? Or would that be considered as nitpicking?
RockUnited- Would you say it's difficult to come up with all "original" music in the year of 2008? You know... stuff that doesn't get compared to 'this' or 'that' band of the past [reviewers sure luv to name drop acts & artists].
RockUnited- Do you ever feel any pressure regarding performances? Considering that you're based at the very home turf of Joey Tempest & Europe [Upplands Väsby], and you've won the same rock competition in Sweden.
RockUnited- How many times a week do you receive stoopid remarks about hairdo and fashion?
RockUnited- So... how important is image?
RockUnited- But seriously, what the heck does Peter 'Hippie' Stormare, know about your type of music?
RockUnited- Right on, If there's anything you'd like add, say, or promote, please do: