Interview with Kevin Geyer
Interview by Elesha Jepson
After two remarkable albums in relative obscurity, French groove metal steamrollers finally can’t be ignored any longer. Their third offering “Negative Sun” is the perfect amalgamation of roaring thrash metal and epic melodies, an album like the lovechild of Gojira, Machine Head and early Metallica.
You’re a well-established band with your first album coming out back in 2013, what drives you to keep going for so long in the music industry?
What keeps us going over the years is simply passion! The passion to play together, and also the fact of progressing, of setting goals and achieving them. We’ve had a lot of chances with Heart Attack and we’ve worked hard, this feeling of positive challenge is one of the driving forces behind the band’s happiness.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
Our music is a mixture of many influences that go from Thrash to Death Metal but also pop 90 or rock 70. We play the music we like without limits, and especially no limits related to styles. Our music is sometimes aggressive, but also very melodic with a lot of emotion. We try to compose a coherent music with several dimensions.
When did you first start getting into music and know you wanted to join a band? Is it what you expected it to be like?
When I was 14 years old I bought the Master of Puppets album and I fell in love with the world of metal. I immediately dreamed of starting a band, after 6 months of guitar, that’s what I did and that was the beginning of Heart Attack ! We were rehearsing in the tiny basement of the drummer’s parents in the south of France, it was great! We were playing songs From Kill ’em All from Metallica, I had no idea that a few years later the composer of the titles Dave Mustaine would come in our backstage to encourage us and compliment us on our music! Back then there was no social networking so we didn’t expect this face of the music industry, but everything else is just a dream come true!
You’re soon to release your 3rd Album, ‘Negative Sun’ on the 10th June 2022, what sets this album apart from your previous releases?
The album just before was The Resilience and it was very positive, we were talking about the capacity of the human being to get up after a trauma, we wrote The Resilience during the attacks in Paris and Nice where we had close friends and we needed to be more positive. this album is very different. almost the opposite. First of all it’s very dark, we wrote it during the first lockdown in France and it was a very difficult and anxious time. We needed to release our frustration. That’s why this album is so aggressive and dark. Negative sun is about the contrasts of the human being, the dark part we have in us. Everything on this album is built around that, from the more aggressive music to the imagery and the art work theme.
What has been the best part about writing this new album and have there been any funny moments you could share?
We love to get together to compose! It can sometimes be difficult because we are very demanding but when we find ideas that we like after a lot of work it is always very stimulating and it makes us happy! The studio phase is really great, we are with Sebastien Camhi from the studio Art Music that we know for 10 years and we create together in a very positive dynamic. We spend a month eating pizza, drinking beers, making jokes about moms, imagine 5 guys together constantly for 1 month, it doesn’t give a lot of very clever jokes but we manage to create an incredible atmosphere for the creation!
The artwork on the album cover of ‘Negative Sun’ is incredible, how do you decide what artists you will work with?
Thank you! It’s Flow from chromatorium studio ! A great friend of the band ! We love him, he already worked on The Resilience, he’s an incredible artist. He understands very quickly what we want and is very talented. We wanted an artwork related to our music. With contrast between white and black to symbolize the darkness and the light of humanity. The central character is the personification of the dark side that every human has in him that can reveal itself in the face of adversity.
The album has some very heavy parts but also lighter, orchestral parts. What lead you down this path?
We love progressive music whether it’s the old school like Genesis Supertramp or Yes or the new school with Dream Theater, Tool or Ghost. Chris Cesari is the person who brought this touch and we are very happy because it is what gives relief, colors and dimensions in addition and thus an important personality for us.
Are there any influences for this album that may surprise fans?
Yes, a lot more death metal like Behemoth or Septicflesh and more 90’s pop influences!
Are there any artists/bands or albums you have heard recently that have caught your ear?
I love the latest Turnstile album! The latest Deficiency and Atlantis Chronicle album is great too! I listen to a lot of electronic music too like Daniel Deluxe or Carpenter Brut.
How are you feeling with the album release quickly creeping up?
Great! We are supported by incredible and talented people with a lot of experience at Atomic Fire Records. We are proud of our album and the reaction from journalists all over the world!
Over the years you have been with a few different labels. How important do you believe it is for a band to be signed to a label to be recognised in today’s society?
It is of course essential to have a good label today! We can’t do everything: promotion, social networks, music, live, imaging, marketing, booking etc… The label encourages us, helps us with some of these tasks, believes in us, advises us, helps us work with the right people. It’s amazing. I don’t think we can go up a level without this valuable help.
You have toured all over the world. Is there anywhere you would like to play and haven’t yet or a place you would like to go back to?
Our next goal is to tour as much as possible, and discover countries and cultures! We would like to go to the US, Germany, Iceland or Mexico, why not! We would like to play Hellfest again in France or discover Wacken, that’s really our biggest goal!
With the music industry being ever-changing, and now even more so with Covid-19, how has everything changed for yourselves and the music scene around you?
From what I’ve heard there are a few less people at the concerts because people have changed their habits. But I’m convinced that with the festivals this summer people will get back into the habit of going to a metal concert. The pandemic made us realize what a chance we had to share this kind of moment and the happiness visible on the faces of the fans during the first post-lockdown concert will always remain in my memory!
Do you have any hobbies outside of music that most people don’t know about?
Chris Cesari plays football, I (Kevin) practice Thai Boxing, William loves to draw and Christophe Icard loves to eat pasta.
What would be your dream line-up at a gig? (either to play at or be in the crowd for)
We would love to play with Metallica one day. We would have loved to see Pantera.
Thank you for your time and do you have anything you would like to say to our readers?
Thank you all! Thank you for taking the time to read me and continue to support young metal bands because they are the future and need to be supported during live shows!
Heart Attack’s music video for The Messenger:
Heart Attack is:
Kevin Geyer (rhythm guitars, vocals)
Chris Cesari (lead guitars, keyboards)
Will Ribeiro (bass guitar, vocals)
Christophe Icard (drums)