by Ryan Meehan
“The saviours of hardcore…big riffs, memorable hooks and enough shoutalong moments to guarantee pandemonium at any gig” – Metal Hammer
“Venomous hardcore of the highest order” – Rock Sound
“The most exciting band of 2014” – Front Mag
Black Mist of The Hell is our guest today in 7 questions, and this interview pretty much speaks for itself.
RM: Are all of twelve members of The Hell present at every show? How difficult is get everybody in one place; and how many vocalists do you have?
BM: I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THIS IDEA THAT WE HAVE TWELVE MEMBERS CAME FROM. VICE DID AN ARTICLE ON US A WHILE BACK AND WANTED A PHOTO SO WE ROUNDED UP ANYBODY WHO WAS HANGING OUT AT MY STUDIO THAT DAY. THERE WAS THIRTEEN PEOPLE, BUT THEY PHOTOSHOPPED ONE OUT. WEIRD. I DUNNO. WHAT WAS THE QUESTION?
RM: How are disagreements within the band commonly resolved? Would you say that because you are the vocalist and the guitarist, you tend to have more of a final say in deciding what will be done?
BM: OF COURSE I FUCKING DO. ANYTHING I SAY GOES BECAUSE I AM THE HARDEST. NAILS IS CALLED NAILS BECAUSE HE HAS A COMPLEX ABOUT BEING LESS HARD THAN ME. WE NORMALLY RESOLVE OUR DIFFERENCES WITH FISTS, BUT SOMETIMES WITH A GAME OF SCRABBLE IF IT’S NEAR CHRISTMAS.
RM: You said that drugs and hate fuel your music…What kinds of drugs are you into? Which drug in particular seems to have the greatest influence on your songwriting?
BM: ALL OF THEM. MAINLY THE HARD ONES. LEMSIP, ASPRIN, IBUPROFEN, BONJELA… ONCE JACKHAMMER GOT SO HIGH OFF OF FOUR PARACETAMOL THAT HE THOUGHT HE WAS A SWAN AND JUMPED INTO A CANAL. TO BE HONEST WE WERE SO SPRANGDANGULATED ON MOSQUITO REPELLENT THAT I BARELY REMEMBER MAKING EITHER OF OUR ALBUMS. WERE THEY ANY GOOD?
RM: What’s your favorite lyric that you’ve written in all of your time with The Hell? Why do you like that line so much; and what is it about that group of words that seems to resonate so well with you and your fan base?
BM: IT’D HAVE TO BE ‘WE LOVE DICKS’ – CALL US FUCKING GAY MATE, I’M OVER IT’. WE HATE EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING IN EQUAL MEASURE, SO IF THE BEST THAT PEOPLE CAN COME UP WITH IS BEING HOMOPHOBIC AND CALL US GAY THEN SO BE IT – WE LOVE DICKS. THE HELL ARE BRINGING MINDLESS METAL KICKING AND SCREAMING INTO THE 21ST CENTURY, SO LEAVE YOUR BIGOTRY AT THE DOOR, DICKHEAD.
RM: Why is it that you are so full of hate? Do you think that hate is something that can be learned; or do you have to be born with a certain amount of it in order to create music such as you do?
BM: LISTEN, LIKE I JUST SAID, WE HATE UNIVERSALLY. WE DON’T LEAVE ANYBODY OUT AND WANT EVERYBODY TO GET THEIR SHARE OF HATE. METAL IS A FUCKING PANTOMIME AND WE’RE THE FUCKING BAD GUYS. DEAL WITH IT AS YOU WISH. IF YOU WANT A BAND THAT SHARES THEIR LAUNDRY ROTA ON TWITTER OR PUTS THEIR FINGER PAINTINGS UP ON INSTAGRAM THEN GO GET INTO ANOTHER BAND YOU FUCKING IDIOT.
RM: What is your current setup for live shows? How many different guitars do you use on stage; and what kind of amplification do you use to bring those guitars to life?
BM: OKAY SO EARLY MAN AND I ARE TUNED THE SAME. TWO STRINGS EACH, ALL TUNED TO ‘E’. WE PLAY FENDERS – I USE A FENDER VI AND EARLY MAN USES A JAZZ BASS. HE USES AMPEG AND I CHANGE FROM SHOW TO SHOW. ORANGES, MESA, 5150’S, WHATEVER I FANCY TAKING ON THE ROAD.
RM: Is there any specific reason for wearing the bandanas over your mouths? Do you ever feel like that hinders your ability to sing or communicate with each other?
BM: IT TOOK A BIT OF GETTING USED TO BUT LUCKILY WE ARE SUPER TALENTED AT EVERYTHING SO IT’S A BREEZE NOW. THE BANDANAS EXIST BECAUSE WE’RE NOT INTERESTED IN ANYTHING APART FROM PISSING PEOPLE OFF AND CONFUSING THEM. SEEMS TO HAVE WORKED SO FAR. OH, AND MAKING THE MOST OFFENSIVE NOISE WE CAN. PEOPLE CAN SEE IT AS A GIMMICK IF THEY LIKE, WE’RE NOT BOTHERED. WE WEREN’T THE ONES TOUTING OURSELVES AS A SECRET SUPERGROUP OR THE NEW SLIPKNOT – EVERYBODY ELSE DECIDED THAT. IT’S STRANGE, THIS BAND SEEMS TO MAKE PEOPLE GET ANGRY WITH THEMSELVES – THEY MAKE UP WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE’VE SAID AND WHAT WE’RE ABOUT AND GET PISSED OFF ABOUT IT. AND THAT’S COOL, I GUESS WE’RE A HEAVY METAL PUNCHING BAG FOR FUCKING MORONS. GLAD WE CAN HELP.
RM: What’s up next for The Hell in the remainder of 2014 and beyond? Anything big in the works that we should know about?
BM: BANGING ON WITH ALBUM THREE. WE DON’T REST. WE GO TO THE TOILET AND PISS HITS. OPEN OUR CAR DOORS AND HITS FALL OUT. HITS FUCKING EVERYWHERE. SO YEAH, THAT AND SOME SHOWS WE ARE PUTTING TOGETHER FOR THE UK. IT’S ALL KICKING OFF.
Official Website: http://thehellyoudick.com/
The Hell on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehellthehellthehell
The Hell on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thehellyoudick
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