Interview: Hessler

We chat to US heavy metal band from Chicago Hessler about their new track, influences and giving 104.9% live.

By Graeme Smith

How is 2020 treating you so far?
Corona Virus is winning the boxing match for now, but never count out the human race. 13 rounds to go, and we’ve done our training in deep snow.

Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
New single/title track of the upcoming album When the Sky Is Black. We hadn’t planned to release yet but figured it’s relative to what’s going on in the world right now and will hopefully offer people a sonic escape if even for a bit while the quarantines are in effect.

Are you working on any new music at the moment?
Finalising the last two mixes for the upcoming full length When the Sky Is Black.

What are you working on, and when will it be released?
We were planning for a vinyl release in the late spring but guessing that will be delayed. Maybe we’ll release it digitally before that.

Have you got any upcoming tours planned?
Corona says no.

Where would you like to be playing if you could?
The main target is still Europe and the UK. It’s long overdue.

Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
For me personally, growing up I was in love with all music. I just didn’t know until my first Iron Maiden concert on the Brave New World Tour. Seeing Maiden played made me want to pick up a guitar and play live.

What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
This killer band from India called Kryptos. They put out a new record in 2019 and came across it on Spotify. Awesome band.

Why do you think people should pick up your new record or come and see you live?
Like all developing animals, we’ve been moulded and shaped over the years into what we are today. I feel our bite is stronger now, the teeth go deeper, and you just might like it.

If it’s cliche to say we give 100% live, then we give 104.9% live. If you like the music, we’ll take you on a journey as long as you can let go of the shore. If you don’t like the music, you should be able to appreciate performers on stage giving it their authentic all and doing what they love.

What can people expect from one of your shows?
Neck pain, your phone running out of data, and a new shirt/record combo.

Any last words for the fans?
If you’re reading this, you are the resistance.

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