WEAPON UK INTERVIEW WITH DANNY HYNES
After reviewing the brand new album "Ghost Of War", set to release on September 27th, guests of Rockers And Other Animals Weapon UK' singer Danny Hynes and founding member along with guitarist Jeff Summers.
Hi Danny and welcome in Rockers And Other Animals, first of all let me tell you how much I’ve appreciated your album, a right balance between hard rock and heavy sound in which I can perceive the atmosphere of your musical background.
How would you describe the “Ghost Of War” with your own words?
Thank you for your compliments of the album. How would I describe the “Ghost of War”? I think it’s best described as an album full of strong, melodic, hard hitting songs.
There are several remarkable songs on the new album, such as "Queen Of The Ride", one of my favorites, in which your sound is typically rooted in a hard rock spirit. As I said in the review, your sound is more oriented towards a 70's mood without forgetting the freshness of the songs.
Well Jeff and I are definitely influenced by 70’s acts such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Free, to name but just a few! So, I guess subconsciously that sneaks into our writing. We always tried to write with melodies in mind!
Instead in the title track "Ghosts of War", your style gets darker and recalls a heavier sound, more sustained, how many musical souls live together in Weapon UK?
Interesting Question. The darker style I think is in the lyrics. My lyrics are usually written from experiences, i.e. news items, etc. For instance, GOW I wrote after watching the news about the daily murders on the streets of London and elsewhere in the UK, the mass shootings in America. But it’s also about the real Ghosts of War, the arms dealers etc…
Between catchy, melancholic moments, like the beautiful "Redman" that I appreciate a lot and, more aggressive moments, I would say that your album can satisfy a very wide audience. You are a versatile band and so the question is if everyone gives their own influences in the band or if this is the fundamental spirit of Weapon UK?
On the whole it’s the “spirit of Weapon UK”.
I don't particularly like to ask questions about the past but being born in 1980, you have had a career between ups and downs, problems related to a management that if I correctly understand has created problems and in 2012 you had to change your moniker I add UK.
About all this, how did you live these experiences, for better or for worse, during your career?
We’ve had some good opportunities but through bad luck, bad management, bad timing, blah, blah we’ve had to deal with some real shit over the years. Jeff and I believe in the band and that’s why we continue. As the saying goes “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”
Like many of your colleagues musicians, bands born in the eighties, are labeled as NWOBHM. Regardless of whether I like genre labels or not, how do you as a musician and direct interested party think your style can be classified?
We’re proud to have been part of that movement, although we didn’t know it at the time. Today I like to think we have risen from the ashes of NWOBHM into the New Age of British Heavy Metal. (NABHM) But we’re really a hard rock band..
I was rereading your biography one more time, you basically returned in 2005 with the original lineup for a tour but only in 2014 releasing "Rising from the Ashes" album, what doesn’t work with the original members, if you can tell, of course.
There was no problem with the original members. We wanted them in the band but, unfortunately, Baz Downes (Bass) is too ill to play so had to opt out And Bruce Bisland (Drums) is, and has been, a member of Sweet for the past 20 + years. A position he was reluctant to give up. We are all still great friends.
Now you and Jeff (Summers) have found a stability with Tony Forsythe on bass and Darren Lee on drums, in this album I feel some fellowship. The question arises spontaneously, how long have you been doing this last work?
If you mean the album, It took about two weeks to record over a few of months. We had some major problems when it came to the mix. Our first choice wasn’t available. Our second choice wasn’t getting the sounds we wanted then Tony suggested Pete Newdeck who, thankfully, did a brilliant job..
After so many years on the scene, what's the most exciting part about playing?
The response from the audience. I love it when they sing along. It means you’ve got them!
From your experience, what would you say to all a lot of young bands that draw on the musicality of the 80's and I also say shamelessly copying?
Try to be original.
Well, Danny, I let you go and thank you very much for your courtesy
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for your indebt review of the album Vale. You obviously listened intently and got it!