On February 7, 2020, the fourth album of the Budapest band The Hellfreaks will be released, titled God On The Run. The band has been working on new songs for more than two years, fulfilling their old dream of working with foreign producers. They had Paul Miner (New Found Glory, Atreyu, Death By Stereo) for pre-production, Evan Rodaniche (Escape The Faith, Powerman 5000, Lacey Sturm) for the production / mixing phase, and Tom Waltz for the mastering to mold the band’s songs and ideas into the most perfect shape. The album will be released by the German Sunny Bastard Records.
Witches Heal is the third song on the album to see the light of the day alongside another Mihaszna Film videoclip. The lead singer of the band said: “We wanted a song for the album that could even be played in a strip club based on its rhythm, so it is one that you could not only dance to, but is also good for writhing around.”
Even if pole dancers don’t appear during the clip, the song lyrics literally seduce us to a magical world. “We are the kids of the witches that you never could burn or even catch” is the main idea of the refrain, which is, in a metaphorical sense, addressed to all survivors, whether they’ve been through a physical or psychological trauma.
The song wants to draw attention to supporting each other in difficult times, standing strong together as brothers and sisters in this world, as the children of “strong and badass witches”.
The clip was shot in a castle built in 1853 (Old Oak Castle Inn), which was named after the 300-year-old oak tree in the garden. All the extras, large crickets and cockroaches you see in the video in the witches’ farm were hired at a pet food store. The good news is that the royalties of the 6-legged colleagues have been paid in full, in the form of letting them free on the soft lap of mother nature.
Domján Gabi – bass
Budai Béla – drums
Jozzy – guitar
Shakey Sue – vocals
Hell was full so they came back!
Spawned from surf-psycho roots in 2009, Shakey Sue decided to abandon her drumsticks and pick up a microphone. Alongside her trusted guitarist, they recruited two punk rockers and summoned a sound more fitting of their devilish nature. The Hellfreaks were born.
After winning a prestigious award from the Program For National Contemporary Music Culture in Hungary in 2009, the band invested their achievement in their first music video for the critically acclaimed ‘Boogieman’ that has surpassed five million views on YouTube. The video became one of the most viewed psychobilly videos on the planet.
2010 saw the release of their debut album ‘Hell Sweet Hell’ which was an immediate success. The Hellfreaks were rapidly leaving their tracks across the globe from Alaska to Australia and from Budapest to Birmingham as their fans devoured the record.
After two years of relentless touring, their second full length album ‘Circus Of Shame’ was unleashed to the world through Longneck Records. A mix of punkrock and billy-influenced-sound, alternative model and vocalist Shakey Sue and her three partners in crime set out to take their fans and critics by storm for a second time.
NEW GENERATION HELLFREAKS
After a split in 2014 and a period of a creative re-invention, Shakey Sue returned with a new line-up of freaks and a hungry punk rock attitude. The new wave of the band launched with a tour in the USA in 2015 that included a performance at the famed Ink ‘n’ Iron Festival in Long Beach.
In 2016, The Hellfreaks released their much anticipated new generation album, ‘Astoria’. Separating themselves from their ‘billy’ roots, they crafted a sound entirely of their own.
A year later they released the band two new music videos.
”Burn The Horizon” is managed by a really one-off and special teamwork. Steven Shea (American writer and producer) made the video with his professional team and he managed the writing and production also. The unique thing about the video is the location of the shooting, because only the ‘viral video’ was made in Hungary, all the other parts were made in the United States of America.
In 2017, supported by a successful indiegogo campaign, the band released their video for “I’m Away”. The continued support from their loyal fanbase is testament to the bands hard work and dedication towards their vision.
Alongside the USA, The Hellfreaks have performed in almost every European country in small clubs to major festivals such as the WGT & Spirit Festival in Germany, the Psychobilly Meeting in Spain, Club Sin in Finland, Warhead in Poland, Pod Parou in Czech Republic, Bedlam Breakout Festival in Northampton and countless other venues.
2019 will continue the evolution of The Hellfreaks with a roaring 4th studio album and touring cycle. Strap in folks, the rides about to begin!