BITCH HAWK (from l-r): Henrik Holmlund (drums), Andreas Hourdakis (guitar), Patrik Berger (bass), Fred Burman (vocals)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
What do you get when a hugely successful songwriter behind such tracks as Icona Pop’s ‘I Love It’, an internationally-renowned jazz guitarist, a highly-skilled drummer, and the vocalist of an extreme metal outfit all join forces to form a band?
You get Swedish four-piece Bitch Hawk, who have united to give you one of the most unique, fiercest blasts of metals you’ve heard in a long time.
Not content with bringing out one album, their self-titled debut, in 2018, the quartet recently unveiled a follow-up, entitled ‘Joy’, and I spoke to frontman Fred Burman about both releases, the collective’s journey so far, and what him and his bandmates have lined up for Bitch Hawk in the near future.
How did the band get together?
Andreas, Patrik, and Henrik had the band in a more theoretical sense for a couple of years, and they approached me to join in late 2016, I think.
At that point in my life, I was craving to do more aggressive music, and given the line-up of members, it was a no-brainer.
How did the name Bitch Hawk come about?
The name was already in place when I joined. They wanted something stupid, and stupid, it is. Gloriously so.
What are the band’s main musical influences?
For ‘Joy’ (the band’s recently-released second album), we set out to cross-contaminate old Megadeth with Lumpy and the Dumpers, and in my mind, we nailed it.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
We’re kind of a new band, although we’re already two albums in. I would say we’re still very curious about each other, and fascinated with the stuff everyone brings to the table when we’re writing.
Every idea inspires a new one. The best kind of creative environment.
Earlier this year, the band released their self-titled debut album. How was the reaction to that?
Mostly rave reviews, but also a couple of stinkers, so I guess we can be quite polarising, as it should be.
And recently, you unveiled its follow-up, entitled ‘Joy’. How was the recording process for that?
Pelle Gunnerfeldt (Fireside, the Hives) recorded and mixed the album in Gröndal Studio in Stockholm. It was pretty much recorded live in a day and a half with some vocals and a couple of guitars recorded in Patrik’s studio the following week. Real smooth, no fuss.
How does ‘Joy’ differ to the debut album?
It’s more intense, more to the point, more Bitch Hawk. I’d recommend a listen!
How is the experience, for you all, of playing live?
For me – a taste of iron in my mouth, sometimes a broken rib (happened about a year ago), and a sense of JOY.
And finally, what are the band’s plans for the near future?
We will be doing shows, as candid and furious as they come, and there are currently several in the pipeline, which we’ll be announcing soon.
We’re going to change the world, one show at a time.
‘JOY’, THE SECOND ALBUM FROM BITCH HAWK, IS AVAILABLE NOW, VIA ADRIAN RECORDINGS.
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