With the recent release of Robby Bloodshed‘s newest effort, Leave Them Hooked, the man is back in the spotlight of the horrorpunk genre. While not as explicitly horrorpunk as many of the bands featured here on The Deadhouse, Bloodshed has integrated himself well into the genre, working with a bevy of bands ranging from Vagora to Children Of October. We have been lucky enough to get in touch with Robby and he has been kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to sit down and answer a few questions for us here. So without further a due, let’s hear from the man himself!
Who are you?
What is your current project?
My solo project is and always will be Robby Bloodshed, but I’ve also joined forces playing guitar with Vagora and another band I can not yet reveal, but they’re Lodi legends.
When and how did you first discover the horrorpunk genre?
I first discovered the horrorpunk genre by listening to The Misfits back when I was like 8, and from there seeing Sardonica (whom I would later join over half a decade later) back in 2007. Then I started following the local New Jersey scene, catching all the acts come through.
What are some of your favorite bands in the genre?
To be honest, I really don’t listen to straight up horrorpunk much anymore. I ventured out to other genres, because I like variety. I find myself listening to the same formula over and over when I listen to horrorpunk, but there are exceptions. For example, Blitzkid will always be my favorite even though they’re sadly done, but actively I would say my favorites are The Big Bad because they are a refreshing band within the scene. Cancerslug if you’d consider them that, and (Argyle) Goolsby‘s solo project’s great as well.
How about bands outside of the genre?
What I listen to outside of horrorpunk is quite varied haha. Queen, The Descendents, Ghost, Slaughtered Grace, KISS & Ramones just to name a few.
What are some of your favorite horror movies?
Killer Klowns From Outer Space will always be my favorite! My dad showed me that when I was like 6 and it’s stuck as my favorite since. But some runner-ups are The Fly (’86 version), Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan is amazing, Leprechaun In The Hood – due to Ice T being it hahaha, and there are many more essentials I’m probably missing.
Favorite non-horror movies?
Airheads is a classic, The Iceman is sooo good and I recommend that everyone watch that. The Mummy Returns with Brendan Fraser is a classic, and I enjoy some newer comedies like Step Brothers, 21 Jump Street and The Dictator.
You’ve played with several bands, what would be your dream line-up if you could put together a band with anyone in it, dead or alive?
Oh wow, dead or alive would be so hard to pick, but I’d say the best band I could ever imagine would be Freddie Mercury on vocals and piano, Glenn Danzig also on vocals, Tony Iommi and Jimi Hendrix on guitar, myself on bass and Bill Stevenson on drums.
How did the new album, Leave Them Hooked all come together?
For the past year, since I put out Main Street Of Betrayal in 2014, I’ve recorded bits and pieces for some of the songs and others I wrote on the spot in a day. I really wanted to try something new musically and vocally. I’m capable of playing music outside of the punk genre, so I figured why not do it. Show my true capabilities. I never try to write within a certain genre, I write what comes to mind, what I’m feeling and ultimately what I feel is best at that time.
So the outcome was Leave Them Hooked. Songs about wanting to kill people, love, and negative people haha.
What do you have planned for horror fans in the future?
I have some cool music videos in the works! Keep an eye out for that! As well as a new repressing of Leave Them Hooked with new artwork, a buncha’ bonus tracks and some other goodies.
And now for free reign, anything else you’d like to share with the fans and readers of The Deadhouse?
Thank you so much for having me on here, much appreciated man! To everyone reading, thank you! Keep up to date with me on my Facebook page!
Many thanks again to Robby Bloodshed for taking the time to speak with us, and make sure to pick up your copy of Leave Them Hooked over on the official Robby Bloodshed BandCamp page, and keep an eye out here for the upcoming Stereo Terror review of Leave Them Hooked!