Hey, how are you?
Hello there! We’re tired but happy!
We’ve just released our new videoclip for I’m Away which was just the final station of a very long road this year, as the financial background was provided by our fans in form of an indiegogo campaign at the beginning of this year. There was very much to do, till we could present the result, but we are more than happy about how it turned out!
To start off, how would you describe your sound to someone who has never listened to your music before?
First of all: if you like rock music, you are definitely walking on the right path with us. If you’re sick of those poppy sweet notes, feel free to come closer! We play loud & fast modern punkrock with a very unique female voice on the mic, which is, eventually, way more than just another-riot-band. We will never say ACAB, we will never shout out for drugs, we will never say that anarchy could be a solution, but we’re punks from head to toe. Why? Find it out while listening to our latest record!
How do you normally write your music? Are you more on the road between shows or sat at home?
We’re really bad at writing on the road. We live in the “here & now” when we’re on tour, because nothing else matters on stage, just to grab the moment as hard as you can and share your feelings as much as you can.
So we need our own peace and calmness to create something new. For example our singer is not even able to write a line if she is not totally alone in a room, the only living beings that are accepted in this creative process are her cats around her. So we’re working quite separately from each other and it’s a pretty long process till it becomes a song. But it may take so long, cause it’s an endless fight till we’re happy with our own work.
The Hellfreaks have been around for about 8 years now. What have you been up to in those years?
We don’t want to bore you with our full band history over here, but to summarize the full story: We’re a band from Hungary, Budapest, which is quite in the middle of nowhere in the international rock world. But somehow, with a bit of luck and hell lot of work we managed to play way more shows over the border, than in Hungary. We played over 200 gigs across Europe and also made it over the big pond and toured in the US.
Our only former band member is our singer, Shakey Sue, who literally grew up with this band. Not only the line up has changed, but also the music. It started as a hobby band, with music that was way more psychobilly influenced, but by the time this band has climbed up so many levels and now we’re able to do our modern way of punkrock that we call our own. We released 3 albums and a couple of videoclips, which count more than 5 million views together. We’re very happy about how things turned out and we believe that we’re still far from the finish line.
What have been the highlights and lowlights?
Only Sue was part of the deepest moment of this band, when they split up in 2014. But afterwards, this was the best thing that could happen to the band, because the rebirth, the new start, the moment this band could leave all the dragging shadows behind was also the best that could ever happen. Like the US tour, that happened in 2015, or the last album ASTORIA in 2016. Every new song is a new highlight for us, cause we always believe from the very first time, that they will make a difference in our life.
Bringing us to 2017, what have you been up to and do you have anything planned for the rest of the year?
As I already mentioned – the biggest project of 2017 was the videoclip ‘I’m Away”. Many many mountains had been moved to make this possible, and the support of our fans, which made it possible, was extremely heartwarming.
We have a couple of shows in Germany on our plan and we’re also facing the rare moment, that we’ll play in our hometown at a Tattoo festival in Budapest. But the main focus is on songwriting: we’re working on our 4th album and it will bring some very cool features we don’t want to talk about yet.
Finally, where can people find you and your music?
Here you go:
Thank you for your time. Any parting words?
Thank you for having us & for the rest: don’t forget to check us out! Peace, love, hell!