Hekla

Tonnes of atmosphere, rattling folk overtones and enough retro cool to power thirteen Hammond organs, HEKLA are a bright star on the Berlin indie scene, a glistening button pinned proudly to the chest of your favourite vintage store proprietor. They chat to us about songwriting and how to deal with curious cops.

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The Lo Down
 

BangOn Team: Tell us a little about your band/project. What’s your sound?

HEKLA: We call our sound psychedelic doom pop: airy vocals layered over swelling synth sounds, fuzzy guitars and dramatic drums.

BOT: How do you go about songwriting?

H: All our songs are a result of us collaborating. Usually someone brings a sketch for a riff or a vocal melody and then we play around with that. Our lyrical inspiration tends to come from real-life stories with a haunting twist. That’s why our song subjects cover stalkers (‘Stella’), someone's rotting teenage crush (‘Lady of Guadalupe’), a channel swimmer pioneer (‘Dover Calais’) and hangovers with a name (‘Dirty Harry’).

BOT: Who are your biggest influences?

H: Frida Hyvönen, Debbie Harry, Space Lady, Ariel Pink, GOAT, BSB, MJ, Paul Anka.

BOT: What’s been your lowest and highest point as a band/project?

H:
Police officer: "How high are you?"

HEKLA: "No officer, it's "Hi, How are you?"

BOT: What’s your ultimate aim?

H: World tour with Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and Britney Spears

BOT: You have the chance to play one song for a legend of your choice. What do you play?

H: We wanna play 'Lady of Guadalupe' for Patti Smith

BOT: What does Berlin do for you musically?

H: Most HEKLA members met for the first time in Berlin with the aim to make music together. It’s such a great place for that, to merge different influences and backgrounds.

BOT: What do we have to look forward to in the coming months from you?

H: After the release of our self-titled debut album HEKLA in March, we’re currently working on an EP with 4 brand new hot songs. We’ll play 'Boulevards' for you at BangOn!

BOT: Which muppet would you take in a fist fight?

H: Foo Foo

 Foo Foo is tough as shit.

Foo Foo is tough as shit.

Catch HEKLA with 57 and Party Fears at Bang On’s Clash Symbols #3 on June 2nd at Bei Ruth!