Jamey Rottencorpse and the Rising Dead
"the Horrorpunk scene (in Germany) is very familiar.. it´s like we are all related.. of course, you have 1 or 2 uncles or aunts that you don´t like that much, but still, it´s all family"
Graveyard Greaser Gang: "horrorpunk is not a genre, it's a scene"! what does this mean to you?
Jamey Rottencorpse: Horrorpunk today is a mix of numerous genres.. You have oldschool punk, metal influences, rock n roll, gothic up to country…. so it´s hard to define the music in whole…
When it comes to the scene, for me, the Horrorpunk scene (in Germany) is very familiar.. it´s like we are all related.. of course, you have 1 or 2 uncles or aunts that you don´t like that much, but still, it´s all family… ;)
I think by now, every active HorrorPunk band, has shared the stage with about every other active HorrorPunk band in Germany.. that makes for a great network of great bands…compared to the metal band scene, the horrorpunk scene tries more to pull together and have realized, they are sitting in the same boat… in the metal scene, there is more of a "elbow society" thinking going on.. and I don´t mean inside the moshpit.
GGG: how would you describe horrorpunk to people who are not familiar with the music/scene?
JR: "It´s punk music man… without politics…but with lots of vampires and zombies, dude! …And the chicks are awesome!"
GGG: what was your first contact with horrorpunk?
JR: I actually am fairly fresh in the scene… about 5 years now..I always liked The misfits and Danzig until my bandmate "Mr. Scumbag" introduced me to the rest of the horrorpunk-universe.From then on , I was hooked.
GGG: why did you start/play in a horrorpunk band (not a regular punkband for example)?
JR: Back then, I listened a lot to the misfits, but also to wednesday 13..I really liked Wednesday and decided, after a few beers, that I could record something like that.. so I did. I recorded the first songs just for fun and thought: "Ahh what the heck, let´s think of a stupid name for it and post it on myspace, no one is gonna listen to it anyway.."… 4 weeks later, I got booked for a horrorpunk/goth festival, quickly put a band of ghouls together and started playing.. been doing it ever since.
I did not choose horrorpunk, horrorpunk chose me…. Wow.. that sounds pretty hollywood. ;)
GGG: what does horror in general means to you?
JR: Horror comes in many ways… and everybody likes a little scare. The fun in Horror-Movies and/or Horror-Themed-Music is that it´s not real. Thats why we can feel safe and be scared at the same time, which allows us to have fun with it…. true horror is around us all the time. Crime, Wars, Poverty, vioence in general…Nobody wants that in their life… But on the screen or through the speakers it´s different.. this gloomy eerie world, that you actually should better not see or feel…. I love, when it´s spiced up with comedy though. ;)
GGG: there are millions of horror fans in the world (movies etc). in your opinion, why does barely people know about horrorpunk?
JR: I guess Punk Music in general is not so "mainstream" anyway.. so the subgenere like HorrorPunk has even less exposure in the media-scene.
GGG: most horrorpunk bands say that it's difficult to get booked for a show. in your opinion, why is it like that?
JR: Hmm.. good question.. I personally do not feel like that. The "Horror-Gimmick" (Masks, Blood, etc..) actually brought us more attention from promoters. I guess because it still is something special.. it´s not just crappy punk music, it´s also a lot of theatre on stage.. and even if you dislike the music, you still got something fun to watch.
GGG: how did the horrorpunk scene develop/change since you are part of it?
JR: I´ve been part of the scene for the last 5 years now, and I´ve seen a few bands and a few festivals come and go.. overall it hasn't changed much since I became part of it.. it still is the familiar bunch of lovable freaks and ghouls that I liked from the start on… we, on our part, try to do everything to expand the scene.
GGG: what's your favorite memorie when it comes to horrorpunk?
JR: there are a few…getting totally drunk with"the crimson ghosts" in a hotel room in Leipzig at "Wave Gotik Treffen"…getting escorted off stage by security guys at a festival gig… Fans from England (The Undead 13) came to that gig especially to see us play, which meant a lot to us.
And one thing I wont forget is that, when we played support for "Blitzkid" on the "Apparitional Tour", we had the honor to join them on stage for "Nosferatu"….Since I am a big "Blitzkid" fan, it was a huge thing for me.
GGG: what are your three favorite horrorpunk bands?
JR: The Crimson Ghosts, Blitzkid, The Misfits (Graves Era)
GGG: what are your three favorite non-horrorpunk bands?
JR: Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, The Doors
GGG: if you'd have to describe your current band with five words, which words would that be?
JR: Monsters, sex and Rock n´ Roll… does that count as 5 words? ;)
GGG: what are your next plans with your band?
JR: We are currently undergoing some formation changes, nevertheless, a new Album will be recorded next year. Most of the Songs are ready and are already being played at our live shows.
We just finished a 3D Music Video to a song of the first album, which was just screened in Bremen´s Cinemaxx 3D Cinema last week.. As soon as some rights are cleared, it will be released on youtube, vimeo or whatever fits…further more, we got one more show booked for this year… next year there is england on the plan.. and some show with our friends Flesh Roxon in finland and germany.. but still all in the planning stages.
GGG: thanks for your time. anything you wanna add?
JR: Thanks to all the great HorrorPunk bands, blogs, e-mags, Facebook groups and fans worldwide and especially the HorrorPunk bands in Germany, for keeping the scene alive and kicking!