Unless you have been living under a rock, you have undoubtedly heard of The Bastards over the past year or two. Whether it be the Stereo Terror of their first album, For Your Blood, or more recently the review of their newest album, Out Of The Grave, The Bastards have certainly made an impact in the horrorpunk genre over the last year. Given that I have become a big fan of what Jimmy Moon and DC Disaster have crafted, it seemed inevitable that we would be talking to the band for a Deadhouse Interview. So that said, I am happy to present my chat with The Bastards.
Who are you?
DC Disaster: I’m DC Disaster.
Jimmy Moon: Jimmy Moon.
DC: We’re both Bastards *laughs*
What is your current project?
JM: The Bastards
DC: We’ve always been The Bastards in some way, shape or form. We haven’t always gone by that name but the music has always been more or less the same.
When and how did you first discover the horrorpunk genre?
JM: Disaster really turned me onto the genre. Before we broke out last year all I really about were bands like The Misfits or Wednesday 13. But since then I’ve been opened up to a lot more especially the local and DIY scene. I got turned onto The Misfits in highschool but wasn’t really exposed to the whole genre ’til last year.
DC: I got into horrorpunk in about 6th grade. I’ve always loved horror movies and I used to hang out with a bunch of metalheads and punks and my buddy Curtis started playing Helena by The Misfits for me. Once I looked into the band a little more I loved that there was a genre that mixed horror in. I got hooked immediately and spent a lot of time browsing MySpace and Limewire trying to assemble whatever I could from the scene.
What are some of your favorite bands in the genre?
DC: I always flip flop depending on what I’m in the mood for. I listen to a lot by Wolfman Chuck, The Cryptkeepers and The Mutant Members Only Club. I also really dig Savage Remains, The Hex Dispensers, Nim Vind and just about anything by Danzig and The Misfits. I could go on but that’d get fucking boring after a while.
JM: The Misfits. I know that’s on anyone’s list. I also dig Nim Vind. I’m still learning about the genre and can’t wait to add more to my list!
DC: I’m always bothering Jimmy sending him emails of music like “Dude you gotta fucking check these guys out!” We agree on a lot of stuff so it’s easy to find music we both dig. I’m always sending him songs “like fuck man we gotta cover this!” So far we’ve done some by The Misfits, Nim Vind and Wolfman Chuck.
How about bands outside of the genre?
JM: I’ve always been a fan of music from the 80s, especially hair metal. Motley Crue is my all-time favorite but I like most types of music.
DC: I really dig Nick Cave, The Orwells, FIDLAR and Modern Nomad. I like some of the slacker music now too like Mac Demarco, The Lagoonas and Summer Salt.
What are some of your favorite horror movies?
DC: I love the Halloween films, The Thing and Return Of The Living Dead. I like most 80’s horror flicks. The genre didn’t have to worry about repeating itself too much so everything seemed so original and they took a lot of awesome risks. Some of the more recent throw backs have been great too like The Final Girls, Lost After Dark (check out our Silver Screams review here) and the Hatchet series.
JM: The orginal A Nightmare On Elm Street (check out our Survivor Series feature on the full series starting here), The Shining, pretty much anything Disaster would recommend I’d love I’m sure.
DC: I’ve recommended way more dangerous shit to him in the past than movies.
How about non-horror movies?
JM: The first two Terminator movies.
DC: Jimmy wants to be a Terminator.
JM: Since forever! Really whatever I’m in the mood for at the time I guess. I like to keep my options open.
DC: I love just about anything with Sylvester Stallone in it. I’m a huge Expendables fan. I love a good fight scene too. I’ve spent most of my life doing martial arts so I’ll watch just about any shitty action movie as long as the fight scenes are decent *laughs*.
How did The Bastards first come together?
JM: Disaster originally started with our friends Whitey and Randy. I started recording with him during a brief hiatus they had and it was just magic from there. We originally would just sit in front of his mom’s computer and make bluesy jams. Nothing we wrote was constructed more so spontaneously created *laughs*. Hollow Ground, our first full length came completely out of the blue.
DC: Yeah, most everything we recorded at first was spontaneous. I originally started the project as The Bastards Of Apocalypse with our buddy Randy Lance and Whitey. Me and Whitey ended up doing more just acoustic blues music instead. We had a party one night and me and Jimmy started jamming on a song he had written and recorded it the next day. From then on whenever Whitey wasn’t around, Jimmy and I would record together and we wrote a lot of stuff that laid the groundwork for what we do now. The horror element was always there. I kept recording with Whitey as The Bastards Of Apocalypse but the style really began to shift away from the acoustic horror stuff so when Jimmy and I decided to write again we decided to record just as The Bastards. BOA is essentially defunct right now but the name change helped distinguish between the two styles a lot. Jimmy was just always super easy to work with and could write really catch music fast. I’ve always recorded with him under one name or another.
The two of you live in different parts of the country, resulting in all of your music being written and recorded through email correspondence. What are some of the bigger challenges you guys encounter with the layout of the project?
JM: We have been doing it this way so long it just feels natural. Although I do miss the days we would both come up with the spontaneous jams together. Being apart works, *laughs* but we’re like brothers and of course would love to be in the same area more often.
DC: Yeah, after five years of doing it this way it just feels norma. If he comes up with a track he just sends it to me and I do whatever feels natural. If I come up with something I send him these goofy little recordings of me humming it out and he takes it in whatever directions he thinks it needs. Honestly, the majority of the song writing and structure falls on him so I have it pretty easy *laughs*.
When you first released For Your Blood last year, did you expect such a great response to the project?
JM: Not really. We used to just record for ourselves literally *laughs*. I always joke that we are our biggest fans. When I found out other people actually enjoy our music it was surreal.
DC: Yeah, I didn’t really expect too many people to give a fuck. I’ve always been super proud of what we did together but until recently nobody has really heard it. We had a lot of help reaching a fan base through Cody Zele, Wolfman Chuck and Mutant Member Tom. I’m super grateful for everyone that has given us such positive feedback on the music, makes doing it that much more enjoyable. People were so fucking cool about it we even had the balls to release all of the other nonsense and demos we did in the past and that’s with all the warts and embarrassing blemishes.
JM: That’s our Nails In The Coffin stuff.
You recently released Out Of The Grave. Tell us about the writing and recording an album that also had to stand up to the expectations from For Your Blood.
JM: It comes with some stress *laughs*. I mean, I felt pressured to try to match and out do not only our song writing from For Your Blood, but step up the overall quality which for a DIY band I’m proud of the difference we made. I wanted the material to clash a little with our last release. I loved the challenge of the soft guitars on this record. I knew Disaster‘s vocals would kill it! I was never worried.
DC: I didn’t really think about much until the record was recorded I guess. I got so used to our music just kind of being shared between us and our friends that I got a little nervous just before the release like “fuck man, what if this sucks?” I did get moments during the recording that I thought I may have fucked up, like Jimmy gets these real tight grooves and he plays so chill and fluid and then I’d start yelling over the top of it like a jackass. But nobody sent me any hate about it yet so it must’ve been digestible *laughs*
What do you have planned for horror fans in the future?
JM: We are always writing. All I have to say is stay tuned! I’m not big on spoilers *laughs*
DC: I’d like to do more work with some of the musicians we communicate a lot with. Like getting Mutant Member Tom to do vocals on the disc was awesome and I’d love to collaborate with him again and we got to work with Drunkula Kiv of The Cryptkeepers on a track for The Night She Came Back single. I’m not sure what definite solo discs we got coming next but I can for sure say that we finished up a split EP with Hrabia titled Sons Of Salem. We’ll have that posted up shortly. Beyond that, I don’t know man. Maybe we start a polka group instead.
JM: Or an interpretive dance troupe that only performs on Halloween.
Finally, free reign. If there is anything else you’d like to share with the fans, go right ahead!
JM: I want to thank EVERYONE that has downloaded or even just a took a quick listen to our music. We truly are passionate about what we do and it means so much to know there are people getting pleasure out of what we do. And thank you for the reviews and the opportunity to speak with you!
DC: Yeah, I’d really like to thank everyone that gave a shit, Cody Zele and Wolfman Chuck especially becaused they reached out and really helped us get involved in the scene. The horrorpunk community really feels like a big super accepting famiy and more people then I would’ve thought have listened to what we do and been fucking positive about it. I hope that whatever comes next from us doesn’t disappoint anyone too much, maybe a little though.
So there you have it. I’d like to thank both Jimmy and DC for taking the time to do this interview. Be sure to Like the Official Facebook page of The Bastards to stay up to date with the guys, and you can rest assured that any future releases by the band will be featured in some way here on The Deadhouse!