About the Band:
The band formed as the solo project of singer Mack Johansson 2003 when he studied to become a producer and sound engineer at the university of Växjö. Consequently the debut album involves no less than 17 musicians! However, during this process the band started to take shape under the working name “Hyacinth House”. The name never changed but instead seemed very fitting, hinting towards the jam sessions that took place in “hyacinth houses” during the golden age of jazz in New Orleans, rather than the Doors song.
The first members melting into concept were gifted guitarist Andreas Berg, talented cello player Kristina Löfstedt and Mack’s brother Fredrik Johansson. The later picked up the banjo, harmonicas and the dobro to fit into the soundscape.
In 2005 the first self-titled album was finished. But despite being a brilliant, diverse and non-conform work, it never won the attention of any labels. Thus brothers Johansson created a platform of their own, True Music Production, and released from that. Late 2005 the album reached the Netherlands and sprouted. Until this day the Netherlands stays the Hyacinth House country number one.
At this stage drummer John Nyberg had joined the band and before that bas player Peter Norén. The band was now complete and threw two brilliant tours in the Netherlands before starting the exhausting process of recording a second album autumn 2006. The album was finished by summer 2007 and it was recorded mostly in a small and crude but inspiring old house on the countryside outside of Västervik. Following the success of the debut, this second album named “Black Crows’ Country”, once again attracted most attention in the Netherlands. But by now other actors had gotten their eyes on the band...
November 2007 Glitterhouse and True Music Production came to terms regulating a license deal for “Black Crows’ Country”. Release date set for the 29th of Feb 2008. Thus opening up the major part of Europe and most importantly the German market.
The band’s first and foremost creative forces are Mack Johansson, Fredrik Johansson and Andreas Berg - so far being the originators to all material. But the music comes from the band, which no longer can be called a solo-project but a very talented crew of musicians boasting a unique, diverse and rich sound.
About the Singer Mack Johansson (From and about his Solo release "New Sweden")
6 affirmations from Mack I have heard that you poetically and musically grew up in the same neighborhood as Bob Dylan and his closest friends. Is that true? - Yea sure. I sure can hear that. Guess they have inspired you a lot? - Yea sure. But there’s a very unique and personal touch to your music also. You’ve certainly got your own sound. It’s like you merged the old with something brand new. And it sounds so… so modern… So fresh… - Yea sure. Sometimes it sounds like you’re a bit mad, like you’ve experimenting with the material a lot on this album. Is that true? - Well… yea… sure. When I listened to your music I dreamed of an ocean with a surface smooth as glass and a colorful house with a rowdy garden. In the kitchen I found a remarkable juice bar, and on a stool in front of a desk a scientist woman sat. Her prominent smile was white and forthcoming. She told me she was inventing a prepetum mobile. Am I right when I assume that you know her? - Yea sure. Now, will you go to the states to promote your music? Will you keep your guard high and affect those who needs affecting? Will you be like the naked fish in a well-groomed pond? The shaft of moonlight stinging the Bridge of Sighs? The one baking angel-cakes to treat the reputable crowd with? - Yea sure. Well it looks like it’s gona be a truly inspiring and exciting time for Mack. We thank him for these affirmations.