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.
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!
Fiends and ghouls, today we have something a little different. As horror fans it is quite obvious that we are a passionate bunch when it comes to our beloved genre. There are few better examples of this than the horror convention. Think about the concept. You get anywhere from dozens to hundreds of fans of the macabre and blood and guts, throw them into a building together with vendors shilling their same love, actors and directors that are beloved by these same fans, and let them loose for a weekend of debauchery. Some of these conventions have become more about the corporate image or just taking advantage of horror lovers’ wallet.
I have not had the privilege of attending many different cons due to my geographical location as well as financial problems, but there does seem to be certain ones that are universally beloved (Cinema Wasteland, HorrorHound Weekend) and ones that the fans have steadily turned their backs on due to the aforementioned wallet-hungry corporate shills (Festival Of Fear). Then there is Shock Stock, the annual weekend of horror and grindhouse loving, VHS trading and other things that can’t really be mentioned here. I have absolutely no issue telling fans of the site that Shock Stock is usually the best weekend of any given year for a fan such as myself. From the familiar faces over the years (shout out to Ron Mackay from Troma!) to the always friendly guests who seem relieved with the more laid back vibe that the show offers compared to similar events.
As a big fan of the weekend’s festivities, and with the Deadhouse starting to gain a following, it seemed natural that to help promote this year’s event, an interview with co-founder Jake Grimbrother was in order. I met Jake several years ago through him running Vagrancy Films with his cohort and the other half of the Shock Stock equation, James Bialkowski. Over the years we have become what one might say friends, and I have a deep respect for both Jake and James for what they have been accomplished with Vagrancy and Shock Stock.
So without further a due, allow yourselves to get a little taste of the madness that is Jake Grimbrother.
As I mentioned in my review of the new Johnny B. Morbid album, Welcome To Die! I have been a fan of the group for a few years now. So when he sent me an email with the opportunity to do a review for the album, then happily agreed to do the second ever Deadhouse Interview I was more ecstatic than a necrophiliac in a morgue. For those of you who don’t know, Johnny himself has been fronting the Johnny B. Morbid band for several years, as well as the bass slinger for Michale Graves solo project. In fact, this interview was actually delayed due to the fact that once Johnny B. Morbid finished their tour, he had to go straight into the studio to record for an upcoming Michale Graves project. So without further ado, I present to you the second ever Deadhouse Interview with the man himself, Johnny B. Morbid!
As a site that focuses on the world of horror, specifically movies and horrorpunk music, it was always my intent to use this as a platform to help spread the word amongst the masses. While this will apply to films as well, it is certainly more imperative when it comes to the horrorpunk scene. While horrorpunk fans are certainly some of the most passionate fans you will ever meet, it is a genre that generally does not reach outside of the community. If I am able to get even one person to go out and check out some of these bands, then I consider that a great success. These bands are some of the hardest working people you could ever encounter, and definitely deserve the recognition that can at times allude them.
I have had the privilege of being Facebook friends with the awesome Shadow Windhawk for a few years now, and I have been able to witness through that his growth from being in DieMonsterDie to his solo project, right through to his current project Shadow Windhawk And The Morticians. I feel very honored to have been given an advance copy of their debut, the Casket Spray EP for review, and moving forward it seemed appropriate that the very first interview for the site would be with Mr. Windhawk. I was then informed that since the whole band is so excited and passionate about the project, that this interview had been expanded to being with the whole band. So without further a due, I present to you the first ever interview conducted by Mister Gore’s Deadhouse!