FRESH: ‘We Will Not Be Lovers’ – Hennessey

Hennessey say “We Will Not Be Lovers”

Hennessey, from New York, are a group of multi-disciplinary artists who have come together to create vintage-pop obsessed electronic dance punk. Leah Hennessey, also known as a playwright and creator of the underground web series Zhe Zhe, is the lead singer and principal songwriter of Hennessey. As a pretty new band, they’ve already opened for a wide array of New York artists such as Macy Rodman, Gustaf, Sloppy Jane and Cumgirl8.

Hennessey made their UK debut last September supporting Jesse Malin at the famous 100 Club in London. They’ve self-released their first single, “Sleeping Beauty”, and were featured for the video in Vogue Magazine. Hennessey’s newest single is a sinister dance punk cover of “We Will Not Be Lovers”, a deep cut from The Waterboys’ 1988 “Fisherman’s Blues” album. Singer Leah says “Mike Scott is a true poet, and his lucidity and lyrical stamina is a constant source of inspiration and envy to me. I think I feel about Mike Scott something of what he feels about W.B. Yeats”.

Why “We Will Not Be Lovers”? “I first fell in love with ‘We Will Not Be Lovers’ when my friends and I saw The Waterboys live in Prospect Park, Brooklyn a few years ago. We all loved the band to varying degrees, but when that song started, we were just staring at each other, jaws dropped. This one was ours, in a way we couldn’t explain. Something about the passionate rage and tortured yearning of ‘We Will Not Be Lovers’ is so undeniably feminine. The complex intensity is operatic, like the torrential feelings of a mythic woman in a tragic opera”.

The video, directed by band member E.J. O’Hara, was created in quarantine as an exploration of Virtual Romanticism. It reimagines the imagery of English landscapes, Greek statues, haunted portraits, and memento mori in an alienated virtual reality. While still a relatively new band, Hennessey has built up a devoted following from their explosive and theatrical live shows (which have continued and evolved in the virtual sphere).

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!