Interview with Hot Breath: 'We have matured as a band and we know each other more now. When we recorded the EP, we were pretty fresh.'


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Photo: Anders Bergstedt

Hot Breath is a recent Swedish band born with members of the defunct band Honey Moon Disease and other bands like Hypnos. On April 9th, The Sign Records will release their long-awaited debut album "Rubbery Lips" after their acclaimed self-titled EP. Earlier this month and thanks to the label we got in touch with bassist Anton Frick Kallmin who kindly answered our questions.

Hello, thank you very much for your time. How are you?

Well the current state of the world isn’t that fun , but I’m doing pretty ok. Spring is right around the corner!

The truth is that the number of bands from your country is incredible. What are your main influences?

We all listen to a wide variety of stuff. We are not four people who only listen to "The Hellacopters".

I have periods where I only listen to black metal, but I also love country music and Italo Disco. In the end, it’s just music. If you like it, you like it. People who just listen to Iron Maiden aren’t that interesting. It’s like with tacos. Great food but I like sushi as well.

How was the writing and recording process for "Rubbery Lips"?

It was a joyride and a pain in the ass to write it. A good balance between the two. We all have our own opinions and want them to end up on the final product.
The recording went very smooth.
 We were well rehearsed and ready for the studio. 

The whole album was made in 8 days. That doesn’t perhaps sound like a lot of time. But if you’ve done your homework, it ain’t no problem.

What differences can we find in this album with respect to the previous one?

The next step I suppose. We have matured as a band and we know each other more now. When we recorded the EP, we were pretty fresh.

"Rubbery Lips" is more thought through in general, and we also put more time into each part of each song.

Next March 8 is International Women's Day. How do you see the current situation of women in the rock scene? Do you think there is still machismo?

Yes, there is still that type of behaviour in the scene. It’s embarrassing, seeing people behave like assholes. Also, if the music is good the music is good. It doesn’t and shouldn’t matter what gender the bandmembers have.

How has the pandemic affected the band, have you been able to give a concert during the pandemic?

It’s affected us big time of course. We had to cancel around 30 shows, and for us that’s quite a lot.

With that said, we started writing and recording our new album “Rubbery Lips” earlier than what was planned. So one positive thing about the pandemic is that the world gets a new fresh Hot Breath before the summer of 21!

In Spain since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been no concerts, do you hope to be able to do a release party? How are the restrictive measures right now in Sweden?

We hope a lot but don’t dare to think that much about it. As soon as things are back to normal, Hot Breath will start to move on the road!

Do you have any closed dates for this 2021 or 2022?

We have plans, but they are all very loose when it comes to the live shows. Nobody can say for sure when things will start to happen again. But yes, talks are being held! Hopefully we get to see what a stage looks like sometime soon!

Have you ever been to Spain? 

I’ve been on quite a few tours in Spain but never with Hot Breath. I know it’s something we all are looking forward to. The reception is always wonderful playing in Spain. I have a lot of nice memories touring there! Like Hypnos playing in A Coruna on a Tuesday and the place was packed. Or the great food I’ve eaten in Bilbao. I love Spain and can’t wait to get back!

For our part it is all, we wish you the best of luck with your new album, we hope to see you as soon as possible in Spain. Feel free to talk to the fans.

Thank you!!

Thank you for the questions! Now buy ·Rubbery Lips" and start preparing for Hot Breath in Spain!