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INTERVIEW: French Punk Rockers HIGHTOWER

How have you been?

ROMAIN : We’ re excited about the new record who’s coming up next september !

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tournesol”?

ROMAIN : Tournesol is a classic Hightower song with fast beats, tempo changes and melody.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

ROMAIN : The name itself comes from “The aventures of Tintin”; there is a character nammed “professeur Tournesol”. Funny thing to mentionned is that he’s got ears problem.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

ROMAIN : Nope, there won’t be any video for this song.

The single comes off your new album Club Dragon – what’s the story behind the title?

ROMAIN : Club Dragon name comes from “Family matters” : Season 3 episode 9 “Born to be mild” where The Dragons gang arrives in town. You can read the story here : http://familymatters.wikia.com/wiki/Born_to_Be_Mild

How was the recording and writing process?

JEREMIE : Writing process was a little different from the first album because we knew now exactly how we wanted to sound.

Attila’s voice is also more melodic so we had to work harder to get the best melodies possible.

Recording was faster than for the first album, it took us 3 weeks. Everything went great because we knew how Steve works, it was a lot of fun !

ATTILA : Preparing for the studio was kinda fun. I traveled to France a couple times to see the guys and work a bit together on the tracks, but most of the time, I had to work from a distance. Jeremie have sent me the music then I recorded and sent him back my vocals. It would have been a lot harder without the help of Zsolt, the drummer of my Hungarian band Makeshift Promise, since we have spent weekends in his studio recording the demos.

What was it like to get back on the studio with Steve Evetts and how much did he get to influence the material this time around?

ATTILA : Since I only joined Hightower last year, it was interesting to see the guys greeting Steve as old friends when we arrived to the studio. It was a really valuable experience to work with him, he really pushed me to give my best. He had some great ideas about the vocals, we took the works seriously. Sometimes we talked about bands he have worked with and music in general. It was awesome! Once Steve told that some parts of our music reminds him of American Hi-Fi haha!

JEREMIE : We were really excited about working with Steve again : as a producer, he was involved in each and every aspect of the recording and many times he would make us try a different way of playing certain parts of a song. He’s also very demanding, he doesn’t edit any of the instrument/vocals so you have to record as many times as it sounds perfect.

What role does France play in your writing?

JEREMIE : Being French doesn’t really impact our writing, our lyrics tend to be pretty universal and understandable by anybody. Attila comes from Hungary, so techniaclly we’re only 80% French haha.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

JEREMIE : Our inspiration comes from our experiences in life and how we deal with frustrations and angst.

Any plans to hit the road?

JEREMIE : We’re gonna play a few shows in September 2017 for the release party of the album : we’re working on planning a Japan tour and a US tour in 2018.

What else is happening next in HIGHTOWER’s world?

JEREMIE : We’re working a lot to spread our music everywhere, another music video is coming this summer for the release of our album in September.

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