What is Horror Punk?

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Let’s solve a puzzle none has solved yet… if we dare…

What is Horror Punk?

Well, this ist what Wikipedia says: Horror punk (sometimes called horror rock) is a music genre that mixes gothic and punk rock sounds with morbid or violent imagery and lyrics, which are often influenced by horror films or science fiction B-Movies. The genre is similar to and sometimes overlaps with deathrock, although deathrock leans more towards an atmospheric Gothic rock sound while horror punk leans towards a 1950s-influenced doo-wop and rockabilly sound. Horrorpunk music is typically more aggressive and melodic than deathrock.
Well, I am the Dead Doctor and not someone who has time to write articles on Wikipedia, so I have a completely different description:

Horror Punk contains the words HORROR, an old chthonian word that means „Hey, that movie with the guy/girl eaten by zombies/killed by weird monsters was really fun!“ and the word PUNK that is originally from a language that the great old ones and their leader, Cthulhu, spoke and that translates „I don’t give a wet fuck about your rules, I do what I like!“

So basically it is nearly any kind of Rock’n’Roll music with eerie and gory lyrics. You can do punk rock, rockabilly, psychobilly, something close to metal or even goth rock and mix it with a singing style like Glenn Danzig, Pete Steele, Lemmy or goddamn Riff Raff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Anything that suits your sound. Then you spice it up with some weird, spooky costumes and make up and there you are.

But why is there so many people that are trying to tell everybody what the true Horror Punk is?

Well, it is the same thing like with heavy metal. All people are equal, but some are more equal than others! Some people just need to troll about what is the only truth in this or that or whatever.

Does that mean that your band is not horrorpunk because you don’t sing like Glenn Danzig? Nope, it just means you simply can’t please everybody.

Here is my advice: If everybody in your band is pleased with your music and your audience and fans are too but there is still a few who aren’t, WHO CARES? You don’t have to sound like the Misfits, like Blitzkid or any other better known band. Your band has to sound like your band. It has to do the songs you want and not the ones anyone else wants.

Always remember, the old word PUNK translates: „I don’t give a wet fuck about your rules, I do what I like!“

 

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Cooperation: A Key To Success?

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Today, my beloved readers, your humble host has another topic that, in my insignificant opinion, should not be ignored.

COOPERATION

Too many bands, bookers, artists and alike do not like to cooperate. They try to keep their little corner of the sandbox free from any stranger. They only care about themselves and their particular projects. They only let those in who are a sure shot, who really mean profit for their own project. And also they would NEVER EVER support anyone who is not known well enough. And still they ask for YOUR cooperation whenever you do something they are interrested in. Their „cooperation“ is simply business, nothing else. If you are not of any use, they would not piss on you when you’re on fire!

Ok, people, here is my questions. Are you for real? Is this really what you want?

But then there ist another type of people. They REALLY cooperate, they REALLY interact. They keep you informed about everything that could be of use for you.  They even REALLY bring you in when someone is looking for someone who is somehow like you. In short words they are rather acting as friends then businessmen.

THOSE are the people you should hold on to, no matter what! THOSE are the people you should assist when assistance is needed.

And keep in mind, you always meet people twice in life and those, who you threw shit on before, may somewhen be in a position to throw some of that shit back on you… So be careful who you piss off, it could be someone who stops your ride on the downward spiral!

How to piss wannabes off in one simple step…

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Todays topic, my dearest readers, your humble host wants to talk about something he masters like only a few do. Pissing people off.

For the most people pissing people off is hard work. It takes a lot of time and action. And why? Because they still try to do it in a diplomatic and political correct way.

Me, your beloved Dead Doctor, I have found a faster and much more effective way. I have found a way to piss people of instantly! And it can be described in one single word:

HONESTY!

Really, most people who, ask for an opinion, don’t really want an opinion. They want their own point of view to be verified. They are looking for somebody to tell them how great they are. They are not looking for a honest and constructive review on what they do, they are looking for groupies who will never disagree.

In reverse erverybody who tells them straight up that he sees something bad  in what they do, is automatically viewed as an enemy and instantly attacked.

Come on, people. Can’t you see that you’re making fools of yourself? How long will you go on in this manner before you wake up and see that you are surrounded by a bunch of asskissing idiots that in fact give a wet fuck about you and only want to stand close to you because they MIGHT take advantage of you some day. A place on the guest list for your next gig, a free merch pack, getting to know people that know people or simply the fact that there could be the moment when they say: I knew (insert name here) before they have been famous! I am a close friend to (insert name here)! I know a lot of stories about (insert name here).

So if you want to piss people off in an instant, just be honest. There will always be two advantages about being honest.

First: you will know right away if that person is really interested in your opinion or if he is just fishing for compliments.

Second: you will know pretty fast who is worth wasting your time and energy.

And believe me, the few out there who don’t only want to be pampered, are the ones who will really appreciate your time, energy and honest words!

New Breed Of German Horror-Punk

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Ok, this is simply my view on things. And now I want to let you know what, in my humble opinion, the „New Breed Of German Horror-Punk“ is. But let’s not rush things… let’s start from the beginning.

In the beginning, there was the MISFITS. Yeah, I hear your voices yelling at me that there was other horror-themed bands before or in the same time… so what? THIS is MY Blog and I write it the way I want! Sorry, dude!

Ok, in the beginning, there was the MISFITS. Some teenagers that gathered to make some brutal music, spiced with that terrifying lyrics and evil looks. And man, they rocked the stage.

In germany there was… wait, let me think… Nothing! Well, maybe there was something, but most people never heard of it. After a while (the Misfits had split up already) the first Misfits coverbands showed up, played some gigs and vanished again. The musicians formed punk- or metalbands, some of those are pretty successful now. But Horror-punk? Errr… Nope!

Somewhen, at the and of the 20th century, the american Horrorpunk scene invaded germany more and more and in the beginning of this century the first Wave of german Horror-Punk bands was founded. A few have to be named like The Other, The Crimson Ghosts and The Fright. These are the bands who have paved the way for the new Breed. Also Labels have been founded in this first decade of the new undead century.

Now the first decade of this century has gone by. The bands of the first wave still exist, but a whole bunch of new bands have appeared. Those bands are, what your humble host calls them, the „New Breed of German Horror-Punk“! And man, what a variety of bands there ist. Angelstrife, Dr. Hell, Hellgreaser, THEM! or Johnny Flesh and the Redneck Zombies, just to name a few. And as diversified as the names are, the music is too. We have those who are more Deathrock, some are rather Punkabilly, some are classical Horrorpunk and some have Metal influences.

Your humble host promises you that it is REALLY FUCKING WORTH watching out for those bands. They are a promise for a really good time. They are out there to haunt your dreams and spook your life. And basically they are some kind of a weird and wicked family.

They are the NEW BREED OF GERMAN HORROR-PUNK, and it seems they’re here to stay.

Are you prepared?

Bookers, Clubs and other Vermin

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Bookers, Clubs and other Vermin. Well, this is a problem all musicians know.

You are out there with your band, you wrote some great songs that not only the band and their girl-/boyfriends like, you produced a CD and have paid hard cash for it, you promote it wherever you can, maybe you even have been lucky enough to get support by a record label or alike. You feel, you are on the right way.

And suddenly they appear from out of nowhere. The Vermin, the Scavengers of music business.

First, the socalled Bookers or Promoters: They approach you in a really gentle way, start telling you they’ve heard about you and really would love to work with you. Tell you they just need a promo cd and then will get you gigs. Not only in small places, no, there is enough festivals they can bring you in.

Then there is also the Clubs: Same thing basically, but at least they don’t talk about festivals, just talking about their own locations.

So you as a musician, probably in a very young band, you try to get as many gigs as possible. You are ready to do nearly everything to get on the fucking stage. You don’t really care about profit, it would be enough when your expenses are paid. So what you do is what everybody would do. You send out your promo CD, which is basically the CD your band has produced for the hard cash that came straight out of your pockets.  And who ever has produced a CD before knows, that it really costs!

Good, what happens next?

In most cases you will hear NOTHING. Nobody is getting back to you, they mostly don’t even confirm that they got the CD. And when you ask them, the only thing you get is: „Yeah, got it, great stuff… I am sure we can work together soon! But don’t call me, I’ll call you! Promised!“ Oh REALLY?

Sometimes they get back to you. And here is what you get: „I just got your CD, great stuff… I am sure we can work together soon! But don’t call me, I’ll call you! Promised!“ Yeah, right!

And then there is that really, REALLY, REALLY small percentage of people who really get back to you and tell you right away if they are interested or not and who really get you gigs if they promised so. Or at least don’t promise anything. If you are one of these, please keep in mind that I am not talking about you!

For the other two types, here’s my question: WHY? Why are you doing this? Does it make you feel better or more important? Does it give you the feeling of having everything under control? Or is it simply for the free CD you get that could be really worth some money IF the band is successful? COME ON! REALLY?

Maybe YOU feel better, but try to see the other side. For us, the bands, it is expensive and fucking frustrating. It is not about the stuff we have sent out without being asked for it. It is about the stuff YOU asked from us! You haven’t been pleased with digital versions of the bands stuff, you wanted the real thing.

My final advice for you is: Try to be fair to the musicians you approach. Try to see their point of view. At least try to provide them with some information. And if you keep being an asshole, then PLEASE don’t be surprised if some of these frustrated bands show up to kick your teeth in….

With fiendish regards

The Dead Doctor!

Contra Light Records – Home of the New Breed

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Today, my willing readers, I want to introduce a record label to you. I am talking about Contra Light Records, the home of a new breed of horrorpunk bands.

The Label is based in Leipzig, Germany, and was founded in October 2007 as a department of the Oi and Punk label Contra Records. In 2011 it turned autonomous and is managed exclusively by Soiche, who was working for Contra Records before.

So much for the facts, but there is more behind it than simple facts.

The most important thing to say is, Contra Light is a label that really cares. It cares for its customers, it cares for his artists, it cares for the horror. Contra Light has released and supported a variety of horror punk bands. They have started with The Fright, took care for the Crimson Ghosts and Dead United, and recently released some fine russian horrorpunk bands like Braindead or Romero’s Nation. They also run a webshop where they offer a diversity of really fine horrorpunk related products. And yes, CLR isn’t even afraid in supporting absolute newcomers like your humble hosts own band THEM!

But not only the artists are cared for, CLR also really looks after the customer. Not only the shop is run diligent, also the average fiend is fed with all information that CLR can provide. A newsletter is sent out when new releases or other stuff is to be promoted.

To put long things short, CLR does what others only promise. Make sure to check them out.

CLR Homepage

 

THEM! – …Risen From Perdition

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Question: Is it ok to review your own work?

Answer: WHO CARES?

But your hubmle host doesn’t want to boast about something he took part in creating, so I will give the word first to the Marquis DeBlood, founder of the horror punk community Horror-Punks.com:

Hailing from Nuremberg comes the debut release „…risen from perdition“ by THEM! These fledgling monsters scare it up frightfully on this 5 song EP. Kicking off with the racious „There For Your Blood“, Then into the pogo fueled „Atomic Giant Lizard Thing“. THEM barrage the listeners senses with unrelenting, claw flailing fury all the way through to the closer, „We Are The Ghouls“. Ably fronted by Dr. R. U. Pickman and backed solidly by Jack Killmore, Lawrence T. Caterwaul and Maneat Pete. THEM! take you on a journey to eternal punishment and damnation. With catchy riffs and hooks, these ghouls really know how to bring it. I forsee a great future for these zombies. With killer packaging and amazing artwork, the only draw back is that the EP is too short. It definitely makes you „Feel the Hunger Inside“ for more. Overall, „…risen from perdition“ is a fun filled blood fest that will make a great addition to your horror-punk collection. Hell, Hell might not be such a bad place after all!

Well, such nice things said about our first release and we are really proud about that piece of work we did. We are another band of what your humble host calles the New Breed Of German Horror Punk. We see ourselves among the new breed of ghoulish bands that spread the horror in this still unsuspecting country. And yes, your humble host, your beloved Doctor, is proud to be part of this movement.

So take your time and check us out, maybe show up at one of our gigs, we promise to give you a really ghoulish time!

THEM! Homepage

THEM! on Facebook

THEM! on Horror-Punks.com