Categorizar o HVASS, quarteto dinamarquês de gótico, chega a ser um tremendo sacrilégio, ou, gigantesco equivoco.
A audição do recente trabalho dos caras "Nightlife", evoca fantasmas, do porte de Rowland S. Howard o gênio maldito e perturbado do Birthday Party/Crime & The City Solution/These Immortal Souls. Rowland, talvez seja a principal conexão notada na sonoridade do HVASS, que tal qual o mestre, desenvolvem suas excêntricas odisseias dark noir, mas ainda obviamente, ouve ecos de Tom Waits, Nick Cave, óbvio. "Nightlife" caberia perfeitamente para produções da sétima arte...Win Wenders, certamente aprovaria
Música para exorcizar seus demônios ou, para compreende-los.
***** Interview with HVASS *****
Hvass is the place where i throw most of my thoughts & experiments, it started back in 2015 and has been evolving ever since.
Here i both exorcise my demons and exercise with my demons. It floats wherever i want to float, becomes what i wanted to become and is what i never want to be. It seems to thrive on concepts and ideas more than specific songwriting.
Q: Who are your influences?
A Cuban voodoo priest that visits me in my dreams... It’s scary yet inspiring and kinda sexy.
Besides from that we also listen a lot to bands like Crime + City Solution and These Immortal Souls.
I also try to find inspiration among Italian film composers like Bruno Nicolai Alessandro Alessandroni
Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Easy. In random order:
Leonard Cohen – I’m your man
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
Scott Walker – Scott 3
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Your funeral, my trial
Brian Eno & Robert Fripp – Evening star
Q. How do you feel playing live?
Like a catholic priest yelling at hypnotized zombie kids. Like an alien that no longer craves homogenization.
Q. How do you describe HVASS sounds?
A calypso infused mescal. Gothic noir rock and instinctive post punk, that belongs to a desert shootout death scene.
Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We usually don’t write the songs, we just record around a certain idea and a certain mood until we get something good. The rest of the band tries to get some structure on the songs, while I try to burn them down to ashes.
Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Mohammad is the most diabolic drone band i've heard. I love their religious undertones and there use of dark bowed strings, quite similar to some of the things we did on the album.
Dark Buddha rising is a bit in the same direction; the blackest drone music in the world, more rooted in metal which usually is a no go for me, but here it's perfect.
Alex Cameron is blowing me away, mostly because of his Facebook updates.
Cabo San Roque from Barcelona. I wish they were my band. They make the most interesting organic mechanical industrial exotic music right now.
Idles had some crazy songs on their debut album.
Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We actually have a whole cover record coming up.
It’s called American VII if you know what I mean. ;)
I can only say that there is a Bob Dylan cover and a 1980 dance club classic on it.
Be patient guys…
Q: What are your plans for the future?
To release another album this year and hopefully start touring very soon.
Burn down the house and all that.
Q: Any parting words?
I feel like we didn’t have enough time together. I wish we could stay in this magical momentum for the rest of our lives. Just you and me. And all thelovely readers. They are welcome too. In our magical post-digital Internet love cave.
Hearts & headaches - HVASS