~Zach– Hey, man! Of course, it is 666 percent ok to plug Shadebeast Records, please do! I know Joe would for sure fucking appreciate it! Shadebeast Records rules and I am so stoked that Joe thought enough of me to make me a part of it. The place is super unique, and it caters to a demographic of music fans that get ignored all too often. Joe is super passionate about heavy underground music and a damn good dude all around. Shadebeast Records for fucking life!
~Zach I feel, man. It can sure fuck ya up if you let it.
~Zach Hahahahaha, asshat, great way to describe ’em. I will only refer to them as asshat for the duration of this response.
First off, there have been many folks over the years that said I remind them of GG in one way or another. I am a big GG Allin fan, and I will take that as a compliment. Since I began playing shows way back in 97, I have always come unhinged live. I feel the music and I lose my shit, and many times I have injured myself and others. I have busted my head with microphones, guitars, pa monitors, other people’s skulls, and yes, I have bled all over the place and will most likely continue to do so. I am a full blown crazed animal on stage that does not give a fuck, been that way since I was a teenager. I am certain that this is largely where the comparison comes from, and I am more than ok with this. I have immense respect for GG Allin as an artist and as the most dangerous frontman of all time. I can’t even begin to think I am anywhere near the same caliber of the frontman he was. He transcends the title, there is only one GG. I would be totally full of shit if I said that I was not inspired by the man. However, there have been some asshats as you call them that have gone out of their way to say I am nothing but a GG Allin ripoff. This is also fine as asshats are allowed to have their opinions just like I am. These so called punk rock “experts” are more than likely coming to this conclusion from just seeing photos of me playing live and have most likely never heard a single band I have ever been in. If they did, they would hear that I have never written a single note of music that sounded anything like GG‘s. Hell, one of the last bands I was in was a progressive metal band, stylistically not even in the same ballpark as GG. In actuality, I have been way more influenced/inspired by Jeff Clayton of ANTISEEN, David Yow of THE JESUS LIZARD, Noah of MUSIC HATES YOU, and Dave Slocum of ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER. I know people who were close friends with GG, and the consensus is the same. If he met any of these internet “experts” face to face, he would destroy them without batting an eye, that is the irony of it, hahaha.
~Zach Absolutely. I am beyond excited about HEMBREE AND THE SATAN SISTERS. In all honesty, I have not been this excited about a band I have been in since way back in the MUSIC HATES YOU days. After I decided to leave TORO, I wasted no time putting together new music. I told myself I would take some time off and focus on other things than music, but that never works out. I have to play and write, it’s a cliche point that most songwriters make, but it is true. If I don’t create music I go fucking crazy. I began writing the songs for this band in December 2017. I briefly joined CRAWL on vocals, but now I am focused 100 percent on HEMBREE AND THE SATAN SISTERS.
~Zach Let me clarify. I have nothing against labels or being signed, to each their own on both sides. I think labels can be great for bands if they are actually willing to respect what the band is about or their approach, or if the label and the band share the same goal. A lot of people think then when they become signed, especially by a bigger label, that they have people that are going to do all the work for them. This is simply not true. Once you are signed by one of these bigger labels, your work has just begun, and most bands fold under the pressure fairly quickly. Unless, you are an established act, and they can rely on you to move merch, then you are under their thumb. I have friends that run independent labels like Rusty Knuckles. Those guys take great care of their artists. They may be grassroots, but I prefer that approach because it feels more human to me. I think Phil Anselmo‘s label, Housecore Records, does a killer job working with bands, Southern Lord treats their bands well from what I heard. I have friends higher up in the industry that even worked for these bigger labels and/or produced albums for these labels that told me I would be better off not even dealing with them.
~Zach I would say don’t let the inevitable discouragement that will come get you down. Trudge your way through that shit, it builds a ton of character. If you are just starting out, absorb everything you can about music. Give it all a chance you will be surprised at what you actually end up liking or hating. There are only 2 types of music in the world, the music you like and the music you don’t. Don’t give a second thought or waste your valuable time being concerned with music you don’t like, play the music you do like. Play all the damn time, become obsessed with it (if you are not already) Be married to it. Realize that you will never stop learning how to play your instrument or writing songs, no matter how great you become. Every time you play, write or perform you should learn something new. Every day that you commit to it you will become better, but it will piss you off a lot at times. Use that shit to fuel you.
This is him on vocals with the band TORO