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MISS BEHAVIOUR: "Last Woman Standing"
Miss Behaviour released their first album a few years ago and got some rather nice reviews for it. It wasn't their ticket to fame and fortune though, and they took a break. After some line-up changes and a lot of songwriting and fine-tuning, the band's ready for Round 2. They've got a good new album under their belt and a new label, so here's hoping that they'll make a bigger splash this time around. Here's guitarist Erik Heikne of MISS BEHAVIOUR...
How has the reaction to your latest CD been?
We are overwhelmed by the reactions we've got so far. A lot of great reviews and they keep coming in. It's nice to see that all the hard work pays off.
How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
The whole process took a while, mostly due to some line-up changes and so on. We started out more than 2 years ago with the pre production in my own studio, then we entered Realtime recording in Norrköping to do the drums, rythm guitars, keys and so on. We did the vocals in our singers studio and then Roland Grapow did his work in his studio in Slovakia.
What kind of 'sound', production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
We wanted a top quality sound, kind of slick, inspired by the great melodic rock bands of the 80s but with a modern, fat touch. It is hard to sell records nowadays and unfortunately this affect the over all sound standard. We did not want a crappy sounding album, mixed for spotify or anything like that, this album is made for those who still listen to music in a proper stereo.
What kind of input did the producer have during the process?
We kind of produce our own stuff, we are very into the whole process and we now how we want things to sound. Daniel Gese, who is our engineer, technician and the man behind the mix helped us out with his great knowledge and experience. Kind of a team work actually.
And are you pleased with the final outcome? (sound - production wise)
Absolutely. It sounds exactly the way we wanted it to sound and we have got a lot of great feedback on this production. Daniel Gese did a hell of a job making it sound this good!
Did the producer (you) use any (weird) experimental miking and/or recording techniques?
Not really. We did it very conventional. Of course Daniel Gese, who has a lot of experience has his own way of doing stuff but nothing rare, like hanging the singer upside down, screaming through a megaphone or something like that haha.
How did you go on about capturing your 'live sound' in the studio, or perhaps you didn't
We did it layer on layer so to speak, but of course, everyone has to find the nerve and energy when laying down the tracks.
Please inform us about your favourite songs and lyrical highlights and why?
To me, the ballad "Till we meet again" is a favourite. Henrik and I wrote it in the loving memory of a dear friend who tragically ended his life a time ago. We captured a lot of emotion in that song. I also like the more straight forward tunes, like Cynthia, Give her a sign and Taking Hostage.
Any overall theme of mood that you're trying to capture while writing songs?
We wanted to capture the whole 80s optimistical feeling. For me, music is about having fun and doing what you like the most, so we want to express that feeling to our fans. Melodies are in focus for us and we try to create a certain atmosphere, that I think defines the Miss Behaviour sound. Bigger is better, we're not minimalistic in any way.
Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
Not really. Henrik, me and Seb have a vision about this band and that vision is not affected by trends at all.
Did the record company interfere with anything on your "sound" and songs?
Not at all! The great Mr. Gregor Klee of Avenue of Allies has a perfect sense for melodic rock and like our songs the way they are.
Are there any 'crazy' behind the scenes anecdotes from these sessions that you can share with us?
The floor in Sebastians studio cracked, almost splitting up the control room in two, during the vocal sessions! This was due to heavy snowfall. That was...exciting!
How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fan?
Straight forward melodic rock / AOR with big choruses and a top notch production.
Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
The great melodic rock bands of the 80s, like Magnum, Foreigner, Journey, Europe and so on.
If there's anything you'd like to add, say, please do:
Thank you for your interest in Miss Behaviour, we hope that all of you who read this take the chanse to explore "Last Woman Standing" and the world of Miss Behaviour! Please check our site http://www.missbehaviour.se and make sure you watch the music video "Till We Meet Again". Thanks a lot!
Interview by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom,