Over the last five years H.E.A.T has established themselves as one of the leading bands in the melodic rock scene, both in their homeland Sweden and internationally. They have toured and performed in front of thousands and thousands of fans around the world.
The early days
It all started in early 2007 when H.E.A.T was born out of the ashes of two other bands. They began to write songs and started to play every show they could get their hands on. It resulted in a fan base in Sweden and whispers of a new rising star began to radiate abroad. A few months later a record deal was signed with StormVox records and the first major gigs, as support to the likes of Toto and Mustasch were made.
In April 2008 their debut album “Heat” was released and became a massive vitamin injection for the genre and instantly received accolades from both fans and critics. The release was followed up by immense touring and H.E.A.T played with bands such as Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy and on big festivals like Sweden Rock Festival.
The big breakthrough
In January 2009 began an exiting year in H.E.A.T history. First in line was a five week European tour with the German greats Edguy as headliners followed by the Swedish qualifiers for the Eurovision song contest with the song “1000 miles” which became a huge hit in Sweden.
The first album was re-released with the 1000 miles single as an additional CD and the touring began all over Sweden. In late 2009 H.E.A.T entered the studio BoomRoom in Boomtown, Borlänge to begin the recordings of the follow-up to “Heat”, “Freedom Rock”. The album was released in May 2010. During the recordings H.E.A.T began to grow a slight distance to singer Kenny Leckremo who had more or less moved to England. After an English tour in spring 2010, Kenny eventually informed the rest of the guys that he no longer was the singer of the H.e.a.t due to personal reasons.
A new era
Determined not to let the band fade into history, a few days after, the search for a new singer began. Around 200 applications came in and a lot of good singers applied for the part.
During this time the band got in touch with Swedish Idol winner Erik Grönwall who was asked to do stand-in gig in Sweden (which later on became Kenny’s final show). He declined the proposal as he had his schedule filled with his own career, although the seed of becoming the singer of a successful rock band had been planted. A couple of weeks after, Jimmy met Erik on a release party and asked him straight out if was at all interested in the gig. A meeting was set up with H.E.A.T, Erik and his manager Petri H. Lundén and after attending the show he was asked to stand-in on, he decided that his destiny lies with H.E.A.T.
Address the Nation
Along with Erik’s arrival came Petri and Hagenburg who told the guys to lock themselves in whatever dungeon they could find and write music until their brains melted. And so they did. Everyone was involved in the immense writing process that took little over a year. A thousand ideas flowed and the creative chemistry had never been better. A record deal was signed with GAIN/Sony music. Together they choose which songs to record from a total of about 30 songs.
Through GAIN they got in touch with Grammy award winning producer Tobias Lindell and the legendary “Studio Bohus” in Gothenburg. After a meeting they felt that this truly is the man to deliver the sound of H.E.A.T in the future. November 9th 2011 H.e.a.t entered the studio to record their 3rd album “Address the Nation”.
“Address the Nation” was released in March 2012 worldwide with the epic song ‘Living on the Run’ as the vanguard.
A lot of touring and hard work began for the guys and 2012 turned out to be a great year in the H.E.A.T history. They played in every corner of Sweden, including shows at mighty Sweden Rock Festival and Skogsröjet. They played big TV shows and got nominated for a Rockbjörn-award, a big and prestigious award in Sweden. H.E.A.T also recorded their first two music videos, one for ‘Living on the Run’, and one for ‘It’s All About Tonight’.
“What can you say about H.E.A.T? If you don’t like these energetic Swedes you must be dead inside, as this year they’ve shown the UK crowd how to be the most complete band on the planet.” – Classic Rock Magazine
The Address the Nation circus continued in 2013 and the guys loaded their guns and headed out to conquer Europe. With 10 headline shows in Germany, England and Spain, they proved to the European crowd that they were a top class live act. In the summer of 2013 H.E.A.T played festivals in Germany with bands like Journey, Whitesnake and Europe and played at the legendary festival Firefest in England. This, together with H.E.A.T breaking new ground in the far east of China with a 10 date tour and the Rockalies-festival in France, marked the end of the Adress the Nation-era and the start of something new…
Tearing Down the Walls
Despite these hectic two years, the guys still managed to keep the song writing going and in August of 2013 they once again entered Studio Bohus with producer Tobias Lindell to record their fourth album entitled: “Tearing Down the Walls”.
With this album H.E.A.T has once again created a great hard rock album with the right blend of melodic and heavy songs. Singer Erik Grönwall about the title:
“Tearing down the walls is about breaking free from your mental walls that are holding you back. Go out there and try new things, don’t let yourself be your own worst enemy. Tear down the walls.”
Tearing down the Walls is released April 11th, and the EP “A Shot at Redemption” is being released February 12th.
They kicked off the tour playing in Madrid with Scorpions in March and 2014 and in May they did a three week long tour covering Germany, England, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Norway. The summer was filled with big festivals in Spain, Sweden and Finland and H.E.A.T once again opened for Scorpions in Padova, Italy. In October the guys will go to U.S.A for the first time, headlining the Melodic Rock Fest in Chicago and shortly after that they will headline Firefest in the UK.
Erik Grönwall – Vocals
Eric Rivers – Guitar
Jona Tee – Keyboards
Jimmy Jay – Bass
Crash – Drums