Sirens are blaring somewhere outside a venue in Chicago and I ask Danny from shock rap rockers Hollywood Undead if the po po are coming for him?
“No. I’m cool, man,” the vocalist answers, chuckling.
I’ve just checked in with Danny by phone while he lingers outside The Underground in Chicago on the band’s tour in support of brand new album Day Of The Dead. Their fourth record is a big, smart AND dumb blend of dance music, rap and hard rock elements with the band being able to take the piss and also still try to connect to fans on a real level at the same time.
“Jordan was like, you’re way more metal than me, man. You talk to Metal Riot,” jokes Danny. “It’s lookin’ good for tonight. We’re playing a nice sold out show. It’s been a fun tour so far. We all have our own ways to get ready for a show. I bring in my stereo and have spotify mixes. Usually before we go on we put on funky shit like James Brown. That’s been the ritual for like three or four years now,” he laughs.”
Today I was reading a gross article on Lambgoat about how Disney has banned outstanding fast thrashers Warbringer (one of the hardest working bands in METAL!) from playing a House Of Blues show due to content and imagery. What a complete dis to the subculture. That kind of gestapo-mickey mouse behavior on Disney’s part not only makes me nervous the new Star Wars movies will suck but also is pretty pathetic from a corporation that bought family friendly Miramax (There Will Be Blood, No Country For Old Men, Pulp Fiction)! Oh, I forgot it’s “Ok” to discriminate in the USA now. So…YEAH… it warms my heart today to be promoting a record that has fun with slow blunt smoke, glitchy ear rattling electronic elements and lots of cussin’.
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