The original lineup of Swedish metallers MARY BEATS JANE, including former THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving, have regrouped to write and record new material.
"It's not a 'reunion'," Dolving told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "It's the five of us recording some songs, all happy that we don't hate each other anymore. I'd say it's more of a graceful ending. Last time, we just looked up one day and weren't a band anymore."
MARY BEATS JANE released two acclaimed full-length albums in the mid-'90s — 1994's self-titled effort and its 1996 follow-up, "Locust" — before fading away while the members of the group pursued a variety of other projects, including Dolving's highly-energized stint with THE HAUNTED on their 1998 self-titled debut.
Dolving is currently fronting his own group, PETER DOLVING BAND, which has just issued a new album entitled "Bad Blood". In addition, he is running a label, Creative Records, and label/management/promotion company called Union. Furthermore, he and fellow MARY BEATS JANE members Bjarne Olsson (bass) and Urban Olsson (guitar) are involved with several different "reggae" acts. With all the projects going on, "where would a touring hard rock band fit into that equation?" Dolving quipped when asked if he would call MARY BEATS JANE's current activities a "full-fledged" reformation.
MARY BEATS JANE, whose debut album was released via Geffen Records in the U.S., are writing and recording new material without any preconceived ideas or plans to take their music to the masses. "I have no idea at this time if it's even going to be an album," Dolving explained. "[We have] no record deal, we haven't even tried [to get one]. After what we went through with MARY BEATS JANE, and what I saw in my time with THE HAUNTED, I doubt we'd be interested in one unless it would be an actual fair financially beneficial business agreement — and I'm not even sure those exist in the music industry. We might just give it away on the 'Net for free, or press up a thousand CDs for the die-hard fans. I have no idea what's gonna happen with this. As I said, I'm a pretty busy guy in my own."
So far, MARY BEATS JANE have penned several new cuts, the musical direction of which Dolving describes as "the side of the band that we all like the most in the band: massive hard groove action."
Among the tracks currently being recorded by the group are "Animal", "Victoria", "Crawlspace" and "a really cool version" of QUEEN's "Sheer Heart Attack", according to Peter.
For more information on PETER DOLVING BAND and Peter's other projects, visit www.dolving.org.