Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
We are going to release our second album “Decadent movement” on April 3rd, so we are pretty stoked about that, it has been a tough journey to get it ready but I guess that makes it even more valuable. We are really proud of what we accomplished musically with it and eager to share with the world, a stoner rock trip that we hope it will blow your mind.
We are releasing 2 songs in advance and filming a video for a 3rd one called “Devil’s Disco”.
Besides that we are preparing the release show for the album on an awesome place called Fábrica Braço de Prata and preparing a European tour for later this year.
How long has the band been together?
We started Her Name Was Fire in 2016, and have been spreading our kind of rock all over since then.
What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Well I had this idea – could I pull off a stoner rock band in a duo format? I challenged Tiago (the drummer) to see if he was interested in making it happen and the connecting was instant from the first jam.
The main motivation to be in a band deep down comes to this – creating awesome music and art (we are multidisciplinary artists so we are deeply involved in video and design also) that makes us feel alive.
What is your music background?
I’ve been playing music since 16, started in bands when I was 18 and haven’t stopped since, this is my 3rd band after Rejects United and Gula. Tiago also started around that age and as been in multiple bands (Mons Lunae, Witchbreed, Parasomnia Noise ) so you can say this is not our first rodeo.
What image do you think your music conveys?
Dusty roads, dangerous women, sleazy bars where you can dance your heart away, or even a psychedelic trip with no drugs. We strive to make music that makes you feel something as well as shake your hips.
What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Promote this album worldwide, and to play it in maximum amount of places around the world and make cool videos that convey our own weird universe.
What are your long-term career goals?
To be honest, to continue to grow this band through new music and better gigs to the point we can make this our main income/occupation.
As ac/dc says “it’s a long way to the top, if you want to rock’ n ‘ roll” and we know the struggle it has been so far but we are up to the challenge and we are all in to make Her Name Was Fire one of the biggest rock bands ever.
Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Personally the feeling of finishing a new song is what makes my heart tingle, only seconded by the adrenaline of playing in front of a live audience.
What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
It ranges from Heartbreak, ghosts, death and the afterlife and the metaphysical side of the universe. Also dead end friends and loss that has affected our life. It’s always a cathartic experience to write songs so at the end of the day the songs reflect my way of trying to deal with this weird voyage called life.
Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
More than outrageous the weirdest experience was trying to play gig in the middle of a tornado that was passing Portugal. The whole experience was surreal, the gig ended up not happening because when it was bound to start, the storm was on top of the venue so we had to bar the door with a fridge and furniture, windows were breaking, lights went off, people were screaming and it was like being in a apocalyptic movie.
We got scared for a little that things were really going to go south.
When it passed and we went out to see the damage it had done and it was crazy, huge trees ripped from the ground, trucks flipped over and just so much damage and debris on the street…it was wild, but thankfully we survived I scattered to that experience.
What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Normally fans are pretty chilled and “normal” but there has been some quirky situations, the most common is fans asking us to play bass in our band, because the idea of being a two piece is still weird to some people. That and autographs in weird places .
I think Portuguese parents in general are not the most supportive about arts, or trying to be an artist as a life goal and ours were no exception. We kind of had to fight our way to make them understand that we really wanted to pursue this, and it has gotten better through out the years, but we had to conquer that.
What are your favourite tracks to play live?
We are really looking forward to play the new songs of “Decadent Movement” because they are a challenge and fun at the same time, but from “Road Antics” I would choose “Way to control”, “Take my soul” and “So long starman”- a song about David Bowie.
Her Name Was Fire is:
Guitarist/vocalist João Campos
drummer Tiago Lopes