"Three minutes is good," says Sahara Hotnights guitarist Jennie Asplund. "It's all you need ... for a good thing."
Of course, she's talking about the length of most of the Swedish band's songs.
The all-female Hotnights — whose latest album, Kiss & Tell, was released late last month — proudly wear their pop-punk influences on their stylish sleeves. The Ramones inspire the album's tight, short and manic tracks (all of which, save one, are under four minutes long), and their rowdy rebelliousness is borrowed from '70s rockers the Runaways, although a more contemporary reference might be a more melodic, less boy-crazed Donnas.
The group takes a similar approach to creating an album, recording just what it needs and leaving no tracks on the studio floor. "We write what we have to write," singer Maria Andersson said. "I always wonder why all these bands say they have 50 songs, and then they end up with 10 on the album. You wonder what crap the rest [of the songs] were."
Fresh from a tour supporting the Hives (Andersson and Hives vocalist Pelle Almqvist are a couple), the group is about to hit the road again to support the new album. Maria doesn't seem too broken up about embarking on a tour without her man. Asked about touring together, she simply said, "It's fun; we've done it before." Guitarist Jennie Asplund added, "We're all good friends; it's always nice to go on tour with friends."
The foursome, rounded out by Johanna Asplund (Jennie's sister) on bass and Josephine Forsman on drums, will begin their U.S. tour on September 5 and finish October 6, supporting Phantom Planet on a smattering of dates. The band is completely unfazed that it only has a 10-day break between tours. "We're just gonna tour and tour and tour," Andersson said.
"That's our thing," Jennie concurred. "It's just gonna be fun."
The first single from Kiss & Tell, "Hot Night Crash" — which the band admits to picking simply because it's the catchiest track on the album — shows the band playing to a bullring full of disenchanted Mexican men, but the reactions of the band's audiences have been much stronger.
"We're really happy with the turnout," Maria said. "It's the way we want it to be. I love it."
Sahara Hotnights tour dates, according to their publicist:
- 9/5 - Syracuse, NY @ Syracuse University *
- 9/6 - Oneonta, NY@ Hartwick College *
- 9/7 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
- 9/8 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street *
- 9/10 - Lexington, KY @ Singletary Center *
- 9/11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre *
- 9/12 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
- 9/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Southpaw
- 9/14 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place *
- 9/15 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony *
- 9/16 - Farmingdale, NY @ Downtown *
- 9/18 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre *
- 9/19 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
- 9/20 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern *
- 9/24 - Riverside, CA @ University of California *
- 9/26 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
- 9/27 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
- 9/28 - West Hollywood, CA @ Roxy Theatre
- 9/29 - West Hollywood, CA @ Roxy Theatre
- 10/2 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
- 10/4 - Austin, TX @ The Parish
- 10/5 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
- 10/6 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room
(* performing with Phantom Planet and the Like)