HORROR DANCE SQUAD INTERVIEW 2.09.20
MM: Can you tell us about your band and who are your biggest influences?
HDS:Hailing from Tallinn, Estonia, Horror Dance Squad has been blasting stages throughout the Baltics since 2014, unapologetically blending metalcore and punk with vibrant electronics and delivering it to our audiences with unforgettable ferocity. As a six-piece--each with our own long, personal music history--it shouldn’t be a surprise when we say that we have been influenced by more artists, musicians, writers, philosophers, scientists, activists and policymakers than can properly be named. However, we can trim it down to a few for you. Musically, we have been largely inspired by bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Enter Shikari, Parkway Drive, and Sikth. Non-musically, writers Stephen Pinker, Graham Hancock, Allan Watts and J.P. Lovecraft have inspired us in different ways. And, without a doubt, general curiosity and a drive to grow and learn will continue to influence us until the end of our days.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from?
HDS:We sing a lot about social and personal issues, justice and injustice, philosophy and spirituality. Questions and topics that are pressing for us as individuals, but which we feel are common issues for mankind in general. We hope that if someone is struggling with an issue in their lives we will have a song that will speak to them and help them find positive ways to deal with that issue.
MM: What would you say is your band’s favourite song?
HDS:That’s a very tough question. We always work very hard to make sure every song we write is a song we love and are proud of so it is tough to pick a favourite. However, our song Game Changer, as the name implies, was a very important song for us in a number of ways. Not only was this one of our first sincere steps in a new creative direction as a band, especially in the way we included synths and electronic elements, but it was also an evolution in our songwriting process as a whole. The process of writing Game Changer literally changed the game for us.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020
HDS:Due to COVID 19 we had to postpone a bunch of great shows. We made up for it by hosting our first web-concert in March which was an exciting experience for us (you can check it from youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo08f2oy_40). As restrictions lifted here in Estonia, we have also had the chance to play at two Estonian summer festivals (Punk and Rock, Tartu; Käbliku Beer Camp and Rock’n’Roll, Käbliku Talu) which was an absolute blast. We are also working hard to make sure our album release show is our most intense and inspired one yet, so that’s keeping us all busy. In the long term, we, like most artists these days, simply hope we can get out on the road in 2021 to tour our new album.
MM: What can we expect from Horror Dance Squad live?
HDS:Energy, energy, energy. We work very hard to bring our audiences the best live shows we can and we pride ourselves on being the most energetic metal band this part of Europe has to offer. We want our audiences to be able to truly feel how much we love playing the music we make. We love writing music, but the ultimate goal is to be able to share our passion from the stage. When you come to see Horror Dance Squad you get to see us at our most joyful.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring?
HDS:What is there not to enjoy about touring and playing music? Sure, it’s not always easy, and there is a hell of a lot of work to do, but we love the process and we are aiming for greatness. Long hours on the road packed like sardines in the van might be tedious at times, but spending those moments together are priceless.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies?
HDS: It’s very tough to say who you are going to get along with on something like a long and intense tour, but we can say that we had some great times with the band One Morning Left from Helsinki, Finland and hopefully we can spend some more time on the road with them in the future. We would also be extremely excited to have the opportunity to tour with Fever 333 and Bad Religion as they seem like a lot of fun to hang with and share the same values.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why?
HDS:Bring Me The Horizon came to Tallinn a few years ago and we all agree that it was one of the more inspirational shows we have seen here in a while. The visual effects, the setlist, and the overall performance were at a level we aspire to with our own shows.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
HDS:Writing, recording and releasing our new album, No Flag Will Fly Forever. This is truly the culmination of all of our efforts since we got together as a band and showcases what we have always aspired to become as a band.
MM: Which are your two favourite albums of all time?
HDS: From our past, Slipknot’s self-titled album was a big influence on all of us and inspired us to start playing metal as youngsters. More recently, Bring Me The Horizon’s album, That’s The Spirit, inspired us to grow as a band, evolve our style and become better musicians and singers.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
HDS:By the time we had our first show as Horror Dance Squad, all of us had a lot of experience playing live with previous bands so it wasn’t a brand new experience for us. However, we can all remember what our very first shows were like and we all agree that it’s not easy to get up there for the first time. It was scary, but also very exciting -- enough so that we are all still eager to play live as often as possible.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
HDS:Many. But to name just a few: Rancid, Slipknot, Bad Religion, Sikth and Parkway Drive.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person?
HDS:Honestly, we can’t narrow it down to any one person. Metal and Rock have roots so deep in music history that it’s impossible to say any one individual inspired it more than someone else. Music is a cultural phenomenon that takes the effort of many in order to evolve. We are just happy that enough musicians were willing to take risks with their instruments and songwriting to allow us to make the type of music we make today.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
HDS:Having fun together. We work very hard on this project and put in hours and hours of effort to make it successful. But the bottom line is always having fun and being inspired by what we create.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
HDS:One of these days we are going to cover an Estonian pop hit. We think it’d be a lot of fun to put a metal spin to one of our country’s less-metal songs.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to Horror Dance Squad?
HDS:Because we love what we do and we believe that you will too!
MM: Four words to describe Horror Dance Squad:
HDS: Passion, energy, fun and love!
Final Words for your fans and our readers:
HDS:Thank you for everything! And don’t forget to mark your calendars: No Flag Will Fly Forever is available September 25th on all major streaming platforms!