There are constantly new bands popping up in the horrorpunk scene, all making a go at the ever expanding fanbase. One of these new bands coming out of the United Kingdom is Siblings Of Samhain, who I recently had the opportunity to exchange emails with as they prepare to release their first EP, which has already sold out during the pre-order! Tapping into the acoustic side of the genre ala The Bastards, Wolfman Chuck and The Mutant Members Only Club, the new duo was kind enough to answer some questions to give everyone a little insight into what we can expect later this fall with their debut release. So without further a due, I’m thrilled to present the newest Deadhouse Interview with Danny Demented and Savage Monster!
The Deadhouse: My first question as always, who are you?
Siblings Of Samhain: We are…. THE UNINVITED! Nah, just messing. We are Danny Demented and Savage Monster, the horror acoustic duo Siblings Of Samhain from the UK.
The Deadhouse: Who are some of your musical influences in the horror genre?
Danny Demented: The horror genre has always been a part of my music taste starting with bands such as Misfits and Wednesday 13, but as I’ve gone further I’ve found love for bands such as Blitzkid, The Other, The B-Movie Monsters and The Rosedales. I also began to enjoy rockabilly and psychobilly with bands such as Nekromantix, Tiger Army, The Brains and The Grims. All of these bands have made a massive impact on my song writing because even though they are all horror related, they each stand alone and are unique.
Savage Monster: My main influence in the horror scene would have to be Blitzkid for sure, followed by Argyle Goolsby And The Roving Midnight, Wednesday 13, Misfits, Michale Graves and Doyle. As well as horrorpunk I love psychobilly, so Zombie Ghost Train, Nekromantix and Demented Are Go definitely had something to do with it! The local UK scene, Al B. Damned is my personal favorite artist here! You guys in Canada have Nim Vind who are incredible!
The Deadhouse: What about outside of the horror genre?
Danny Demented: Outside of the horror scene, it really is a tough one as I like so many different genres haha. First of all I would say Green Day. They were and still are a huge influence on me as they were the first band I ever saw live and the reason I picked up a guitar and realized I wanted to be in a band. Other major influences for me have to be HIM, The Smiths, The Clash and gotta give it to the ‘King Of Pop’ Michael Jackson!
Savage Monster: I’m into a lot of different stuff, starting off with underground horrorcore hip-hop such as Insane Clown Posse, Tech N9ne and Twiztid! But then Joy Division is a huge one for me, as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Motionless In White, HIM, Rob Zombie, CKY, Marilyn Manson and The Cryptkeeper Five are just a few off the top of my head.
The Deadhouse: What are some of your favorite horror movies?
Danny Demented: Right, favourite horror films, I’m gonna start with the old school movies. Dracula, Bride Of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Last Man On Earth, and The House On Haunted Hill. Going to more later films I’d say the original Halloween, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Hellraiser, Lords Of Salem and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. There’s so many more but we’d be here all day haha.
Savage Monster: Tim Burton is a genius so anything by him. Being a vampire fan, my top three would be The Lost Boys, the Bela Lugosi Dracula and Nosferatu. Away from vampires are The Pit And The Pendulum with Vincent Price, The Body Snatcher with Boris Karloff, A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Halloween. I’m also a big fan of Rob Zombie’s movies, specifically House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Lords Of Salem, 31 and The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto. Some people slated him for his Halloween remakes but you gotta look at it as a brand new movie and he nailed it! Also, biographical movies on serial killers are a big interest for me!
The Deadhouse: What about outside of the horror genre?
Danny Demented: Outside of the horror genre, I’ll say films when I was growing up were The Goonies, Jumanji and The Lion King. More serious films I’d say Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, Secret Window, Django Unchained, all of the Friday movies and Independence Day.
Savage Monster: This is a tough one, but the movie based on Ian Curtis from Joy Division called Control is a really good picture, it portrays his life perfectly! Also, I adore Johnny Depp’s work in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, The Ninth Gate and Pirates Of The Caribbean.
The Deadhouse: Tell us more about Siblings Of Samhain.
Siblings Of Samhain: Back in college, both of us were originally in a post-hardcore band, which lasted a few years, but due to musical differences we split. We were the only two that had a major love for horror in general. The Lost Boys is the picture we watched religiously when we used to hang out. In between then and Siblings, we were both in different bands which was great at the time, but both never found the true spook that horrorpunk has. For myself (Savage Monster) I started a booking agency under the same name to keep in touch with the scene, but it wasn’t enough to feed the monster. I had to play live/record/release music myself! So we both left our previous bands (Feral State and Gorgeous Morgue) and within a month we were writing, which would later become the songs that feature on our debut EP, Dark, Dead and Deranged. We weren’t sure what we were writing about at the time, but we knew it was going to be Horror-ble!
The Deadhouse: What exactly can fans expect from Siblings Of Samhain?
Siblings Of Samhain: Expect huge show/tour announcements between now and 2018! All will be revealed in good time. But in the meantime, expect acoustic horror in the most undead way possible…
The Deadhouse: When should fans be ready for Siblings Of Samhain to be unleashed?
Siblings From Samhain: We were originally aiming for a Halloween release, but due to the pre-orders for the new EP selling out, and us being way ahead of schedule, the official release date is the 1st of October!
And finally, as a last word to the fans! We want to thank everyone out there who’s supported us so far! It means so much to us, and we hope to meet as many of you as possible on the road!
I’d like to thank both Danny Demented and Savage Monster of Siblings Of Samhain for talking with us and be sure to keep an eye out for the release of Dark, Dead And Deranged this fall!