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