You have been touring quite extensively the last years. What was it like being on the road again and again?
Fate: I kind of forget that I actually have a permanent home in LA. I found myself kind of this nomad, less of an American, and more of a person of the world. This does not bother me at the least, with conditions in America being with what they are, it doesn't bother me to not have a country. I think in the future, when America grows up, I will then be happy to say that I am happy to be an American.
Stress: I feel like Willie Nelson, old and stoned.
Tino: Better than driving a UPS truck, I feel good and a bit exhausting at times
Rob: This is my first tour with The Deep Eynde. I'm quickly learning what 'being on the road' is all about. It's a constant production, then a party over and over again... then on to the next town. Europe is great! The people here make back home seem cold and heartless in comparison.
Dar: I have only been with the band for three months. This tour is my first and everything about it has been new and exciting. It has been a long dream of mine to see the world as a touring musician, and now I'm living the dream.
Your new cd 'Bad Blood' is so much better than your previous one. What did you guys do that the difference is so striking?
Stress: Sold our souls to the Devil.
Tino: The right chemistry was there and we with it. We put the pedal all the way to the floor.
Rob: This album has many more influences and people involved in it. We all agreed this album was going to be raw and more aggressive than the last. It's the Deep Eynde with a little kick.
Fate: From the beginning of recording this album, I was looking more for a warmer sound than the last. I really felt that SHADOWLAND, our last album, was a bit on the cold side, as we had taken a bit more time to record it. One of the main differences was changing the studio we had recorded previously, the engineer, Mike Rozon, had a tendency to clean things up too much... like if my vocals were off, he would fix them in pro tools... and I have to say, I am not down with that. When there is a lot of editing done to an album, it begins to loose the human feeling, and becomes more like a machine. When SHADOWLAND was done, I felt that Mike overstepped his engineering and made that band sound more 'cold' and too clean. So I turned to an old friend, William Faith, who I had known where I had come from, and explained to him that I wanted to attack this next album on a different level. After discussion, we made the agreement that the only way to do this next album is to basically record it live and that is pretty much what we had done. The studio I wanted to do this album was originally owned by Bad Religion, and recorded a slew of bands all of which had a guitar sound that I really dug. The biggest problem these days with recording songs is that most people think that they can do it themselves with music programs they can buy. There is a difference, and it weather they realize it or not, it is totally obvious. With time being an issue, I wanted the most diverse sounding album. So I created two teams, two bands to back my vocals up, both of which would help me write the next album. The producer, and even the studio had never heard of doing an album like this, but I pushed ahead practicing one day a week with one band, then practicing another day a week with another. And at the end we took all the musicians and both bands to Westbeach recording studios and pounded it out in a day and a half, which literally blew away the producer as well as the engineer of the studio. Because we made use of the time, with so many musicians involved.
Dar: The new lineup of Rob graver on Bass and Stress on guitar has definitely taken the music to a whole new level.
You have quite dark/scary /spooky lyrics. What inspired you to write this sort of stuff?
Fate: I always had this obsession to look at the dark side of life. I find it was the only thing to get thru my shitty childhood of going to church and being brainwashed that if I masturbated or did any thing bad, that I would go to hell. Then I got infatuated with this concept of 'hell' and I'm thinking that if everything I do that makes me feel good is going to make me go to hell that I might as well go there. From just a kid, as other guys were hiding porno under their bed, I loved horror movies, and girls running from psycho killers, it just did it for me. I fucking love haunted houses, things that are quaky and spooky, but a lot of what I write about isn't so much all that. They are mostly about relationship issues, being dumped, being let down and associating this horror theme to it. As most other bands write a song about 'Satan's blood sucking zombies from Mars' my titles are along the lines of 'kiss of violence' and 'date from hell', which is pretty much what my relationships have been: a date from hell.
You have toured quite a bit but when will we be able to see you guys again?
Fatal: There is talk right now of returning this fall for the 'hell nights' tour. We are talking about this now, as with a release of a new compilation of some older sounds and pictures, a kind of collectors release.
People have often compared you to Misfits. Does that ever bother you or do you see it as a positive thing?
Fatal: I don't mind that at all, especially because they are such a large influence on me, as long as we are referring to the original Misfits, with Glen singing. For music, The Misfits have really brought me to a style of music I could relate to. Glen really opened a lot of doors for so many bands, and literally created a style. Love Samhain, and his solo stuff. But I have to say we are heavily influenced by California bands such as Agent Orange, TSOL, as well as other bands that are totally obvious. I guess I would have to put The Damned and Misfits at the same point of influences. I really hope one day Glen will come out on tour with all of his music, because everyone who is into horror punk, or any music needs to see him.
Tino: It's a compliment, but I feel more like a misfit than sounding like them.
Rob: I'm honored to be compared to the Misfits. They are one of my favorite bands. Fiend Club for life!
Dar: Being compared to the Misfits can only be seen as a positive. The Misfits are beloved by a lot of people and have influenced countless bands – too many to name.
What are your main musical influences? I have the idea they are not as obvious as most people would think.
Stress: Miles Davis, Hendrix.
Tino: Bauhaus, Zeppelin, Elvis...
Rob: Misfits, Bauhaus, Rocket from the Crypt, Murder City Devils, Cancer Slug, Oingo Boingo, Bad Religion, The Clash, Danzig.
Fate: I think you are right about that. I grew up listening to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton actually. I was heavily involved in the church, so as far as what people think that I was influenced by, they might be surprised that I had no knowledge of what AC/DC was until I was about 18, the day I got kicked out of my house. There was such great timing, leaving my house and listening to 'Highway To Hell'. Gothic music, Siouxisie and the Banshees and Bauhaus began the foundation of what I can say that really got me started. But it has grown since then and I began to search for other styles that I could somehow warp and tune to my liking. The new album actually has goes from an AC/DC influenced stand to an 80's sound, gothic and straight punk. When you start a band, you think you want to have it sound a certain way, then over time, you begin to take on your own form, so I can say that one of my songs was exactly influenced by an old Johnny Cash song, but you would never know it because we translated it to a sound we could relate to.
Dar: My main musical influences would go from classic rock from the late 60's and early 70's, as well as heavy metal and hard rock from the late 80's and early 90's. My favorite band of all time is Guns N' Roses, 'Appetite For Destruction' has a huge impact on my life and as it was released right around the time I began playing the drums.
Your artwork is always very stylish and comic-like. Is that a concept you want to maintain for as long as The Deep Eynde exists?
Fate: I totally into vector art, high contrast, so initially I am looking for that style. The movie 'Creepshow' is a big influence on my artwork, comic book colors. This album cover was inspired by 'Day Of The Dead' theme, a celebration in Mexico where people celebrate the dead on one day and make skulls out of sugar, a very colorful celebration. This album, I wanted to have this theme and at the same time my girlfriend dumped me. So I thought it would be fitting to do celebrate my love that is dead. So the whole album is about that. I felt there were enough love songs. Time for songs for everyone who has been dumped.
What are you interests besides the band. Are you into horror movies and stuff like that or do you have completely different interests?
Stress: Yoga, and sex, some drugs and death.
Tino: Family, animals, camping.
Rob: I'm a big horror movie fan, mostly zombie movies.
Fatal: I have been writing stories over the years, sometimes I just get possessed and they just happen. and every so often, I become so attached to my characters, that I actually begin to think that they exist. Some of my newer stories are posted on Myspace.
What did you want you to become when you were a kid? A musician perhaps?
Rob: I never thought about growing up... and I still don't.
Tino: ½ Elvis, ½ Jimmy Page, or maybe a dentist.
Dar: When I was a young kid, I wanted to be an archeologist, but by the time I was 17, I knew that I wanted to play the drums, and that desire has only increased over the years.
Fate: I never really had a solid plan, I just always wanted to be where the party was. There was a time I remember in the Valley, where I grew up. Walking on a fucking hot day with my drum machine. I was sweating all pissed off, walking to practice, when I saw this circus setting up. I was totally ready to join. Although it doesn't have the same effect like it used to, I dreamt about joining the circus. Not sure what I would do, maybe throw knives or something. It was the idea of traveling to a different town al the time, and in some way I am in that circus, traveling from town to town.
Is the fact that you play in a band something you would want to do for the rest of your life?
Fate: Life isn't long enough to fuck around doing something you hate. However it may be, I don't think I have a choice. I have to do music. It's the only thing that has kept me alive.
What does a phenomenon like Halloween mean to you as a band?
Fate: This holiday is amazing in America because it is the only time of the year where everyone looks like us. Regular people, who are for the most part conservative, change on that day to wear something that really expresses who they really are. That is so fucking cool. Americans have taken this holiday more seriously over the years, with sales getting close to that of Christmas. Culture is so lacking in America, and this holiday seems to break barriers and join together people, regardless of who you are, how rich you are, and what race you are. People evaluate then each other on this day by their character. Not by the car they drive. Pretty cool. In Los Angeles, and New York, these parades are incredible, just incredible. Every year, there is a big party in a cemetery in Hollywood. It is the Day of the Dead Celebration, where everyone makes alters to celebrate the dead. We usually make an alter to all our rock n roll ancestors like Wendy O Williams, Joe Strummer, and Johnny Cash.
Any last (scary) words to add to the interview?
Rob: Stay sick.
Tino: Save your drug money and buy this CD.
Stress: Free Condi.
Fatal: Kill Condi .