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A Dirty Dozen with JENNIFER ISRAELSSON from HOT BREATH – March 2021

| 9 March 2021 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Hot Breath is back and will release their debut studio album Rubbery Lips during the spring of 2021. With a foundation built on dirty riffing, memorable hooks, and a no nonsense attitude, the new album contains 10 tracks of energetic and catchy garage rock ’n’ roll. With their minds firmly set on releasing nothing but killers, Hot Breath has pushed themselves into perfecting the sound that they presented on their 2019 self-titled EP. The result is a straight-shooting album, guaranteed to twist your hips. With a pounding heart for that raw ’60s Detroit energy and the dirty streets of the late ’70s London, Hot Breath is rushing with adrenaline and pure lust. This hard-beating rock fourpiece from Gothenburg (Sweden) brings a new twist and runs face-first through your bedroom door.” We get singer / guitarist Jennifer to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our latest release “What you’re looking for… I’ve already found” was written with a feeling of meeting an old friend (or ex girl-/boyfriend) who’s completely stuck in the past. When Karl (guitar) came up with a really cocky riff it felt natural that the two of them belonged together, just like when Dolf (The Datsuns, Imperial State Electric, The Hellacopters) put his rad choirs on the choruses!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I think I understood quite quickly that through music I could convey my feelings in a simpler way than in speech. All feelings and thoughts could stay in the songs I wrote, it felt completely natural and has done so ever since. I think I was 9-10 years old when I started my first band OFF, that was when I started to understand that “rock star is what I want to be!”. Haha.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I think that most of the live experiences I have had and have seen have inspired me in different ways. Same thing with records, so it’s hard to name just a few. But of course I remember that Destroyer with Kiss was a record I was completely floored by! Same thing when I heard “It’s good but it just ain’t right” with The Hellacopters for the first time, that song has really followed me through all stages of life.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Influences vary all the time I think. Depending on where you are in life and in what mood you write songs, but when I answer right now my five biggest inspirations are: Tina Turner, The Ark, Rolling Stones, Abba, and The Hives.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

It would probably be Dolf De Borst (even though he has already put choirs on our latest single). He has an incredibly cool punk attitude when he sings and is really good at harmonies, not to mention that he is incredibly nice too. So it would have been really fun to do more stuff with him, of course!

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

A punk attitude but with melancholic melodies that you can not help but dance to. Like the afterparty that you do not want to end!

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Haha, hm… I think Karl (guitar) is the one who fixes the beer, Jimmy (drums) tells old stories, Anton (bass) is probably the one who orders food from a local restaurant and chooses music. I (guitar and vocals) am the one who drinks wine and talks about how cool the song melody is in a song I just heard.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Hmm, that was probably the first time I met Robert Dahlqvist, “Strings”. I met him when he soundchecked with Dundertåget at a gig a long time ago. I asked if he could play “I wanna touch” with The Hellacopters, and of course he did, completely flawlessly. It’s a really nice memory that I can still smile at today.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best thing about being a musician is being able to convey your thoughts and feelings through the music itself. There is no one who can interrupt you in the middle of a sentence or in a thought except yourself. Since people who listen to the songs and read the lyrics can get a completely different feeling from the song than we had when it was written is just absolutely fantastic. That the same song can mean different things to different people. And yes, if I had not been a musician I would probably have been doing something else creative, such as ceramics or carpentry.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

What a difficult question! Maybe what thing you can not be without in the kitchen? For me, that such thing is olive oil. I mean, it’s a really scary thought to be without olive oil!

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Of course, you can think back on events that may not have been to your advantage and think that “I should have done that differently.” But in the end, I just think it has made you more experienced. And that is really nothing I regret!

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I’d absolutely choose Point Of Entry from Judas Priest. I think it’s a very special Judas Priest record that may not be everyone’s favorite. For me, that record is very special and I have an incredible number of memories from when me and my friends listened to it, day and night, 24-7.

BONUS QUESTION – Due to the current world situation with COVID-19 / quarantine / shelter in place, what have you discovered you miss the most from your life before the pandemic struck?

In addition to playing live and touring, what I miss most is traveling and meeting friends who do not live in the same city. Not being able to go and visit them is really difficult. Everyone, just like me, is probably sitting right now keeping their fingers crossed for a warm and nice summer and maybe even a cold outdoor beer in the company of good friends.




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