As our Halloween celebrations continue over at The Gore Splattered Corner we are very honoured to welcome one of our favourite bands through our doors The Bloodsucking Zombies from Outer Space. I first discovered these guys through their video for the song ‘Blood on Satans Claw’ (one of my all time favourite Tigon films) and was bowled over by the combination of gory visuals (including a fantastic ode to the Italian king of gore Lucio Fulci) twinned with their own horror infused brand of kick ass punk rock and psychobilly.
Hailing from Austria the band are like a living, breathing tribute to horror films in musical form with a back catalogue of tracks which resemble the DPP’s video nasty list. Horror influences are rampant in their music and they have used horror films as a basis for many of their songs with titles like Dr. Freudstein, Nightmares in a Damaged Brain, Cannibal Holocaust. The band is headed by drummer and vocalist Dead ‘Richy’ Gein, Dr. Evilize on guitar and backing, The Reverend Bloodbath on keyboards, and Dr Schreck on double and electric bass, and this bunch of outrageous ghouls are enough to melt even the hardest gorehound’s heart as their music pumps out the overall message we fucking love horror films and we are going to tell everyone about it!
The band founded in 2002, who incidentally dub their cross over musical style Horrorbilly, and since then have gathered the attentions of international and home-grown fans alike. What I have always loved about psychobilly, and horrorpunk is the association with horror, but these guys give it some and then more. This love is also expressed in their live shows ( I was very impressed to see they have used the Silver Shamrock song as an entrance piece!) and the band have also featured on a number of horror movie soundtracks; including Hack Job (2011), I Spill Your Guts (2012) and Cool as Hell (2013) .
The band already have an extensive discography under their belt so for newcomers there is plenty to explore, so if you haven’t already The Gore Splattered Corner highly recommends this band, with a new album set for next year and an accompanying tour, now is the time to invite these horrorhounds into your life, be warned though once you do I can promise you won’t ever want them to leave. We caught up with Dead Richy Gein to talk horror, music and that video, and The Gore Splattered Corner thanks him for taking the time to come and chat to us!
Ok I will start with perhaps a ridiculously obvious question but why Horrorbilly, how did it all start for you guys?
Richy: I founded the BZFOS to bring the 2 most important things to me music and horrorfilms together. Our music is influenced by a lot of different styles and genres but mainly you can say Horrorpunk and Psychobilly – so we thought “horrorbilly” is maybe the best description.
Tell me a bit about the concept for your Blood on Satan’s Claw video, and also who directed it and did the effects (there is some pretty impressive gore going on there)?
Richy: It was basically my idea. At this time a lot of those so-called “The blablablabla” bands were overflowing the music industry. Playing soft and boring Guitar pop in Suits and Ties and calling it a Rock´n Roll Revolution. I really hated those bands and so I let all my anger out in that video. The gore effects were done by me, but I think they could have been done way better and definitely way bloodier.
If you were given free reign to run a TV Channel movie marathon for Halloween, with nothing off limits, which films would you choose and why?
Richy: Hmmm that’s hard….Not in particular order:
Return of the Living Dead (Part 1)
Suspiria (Dario Argento)
Halloween (Part 1)
Zombie (Lucio Fulci)
Friday the 13th Part 3
The Satanic Rites of Dracula
House on Haunted Hill (with Vincent Price)
Necronomicon (Brian Yuzna etc.)
Evil Dead (Remake)
You have featured on a few horror movie soundtracks, could you tell me a bit about how you got involved with that?
Richy: We did songs for James Balsamos “Cool as Hell” and “Hack Job” and some of our songs were also used in some underground Splatter/Horror films without us even knowing about it. James asked us, if we were interested and of course we were – it is always a pleasure to be involved in horror films cause without them our band would not exist.
Where do you draw your musical influences from?
Richy: There are a lot of different bands and styles that has influenced us. Mainly Psychobilly, Punk and classic Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Bands, but I also listen to Death-Metal, Neo-Swing, Dark Wave, Post-Punk etc. and the boys also have tons of other stuff they listen to besides that. Besides that I am since my childhood a huge Alice Cooper Fan.
Any hints on what to expect from your new album, and have you got a fixed date for release confirmed?
Richy: Our upcoming album is gonna be released on Feb. 14th 2014 and it´s called “Toxic Terror Trax – Music for the Post-Apocalypse”. As the title already says it is all about the Post-Apocalypse and movies like Mad Max, Riffs3, Cry of the Jugger, etc. had a lot of influence.
How has your experience with International audiences been?
Richy: Great! In general we really love to play for people who are into our music and there are not so much differences between the crowds in Spain, Germany, Austria, Russia etc. We love to perform everywhere where they wanna hear us.
What can fans and newcomers expect from your next tour?
Richy: We´re trying to work a lot on our stage setting, cause the whole “post-apocalypse” theme gives us so many options to bring on stage! Be prepared, it´s definitely gonna be a lot more theatrical than what we have ever done before.
Finally if you had to die in a way portrayed in a horror movie, which death would you choose?
Richy: I always loved “getting split in half with a machete, while doing a handstand” – you should know what scene and from which movie!
Check out the Bloodsucking Zombies from Outer Space official site here http://www.zombies.at/
- 2003: Eaters of the Dead
- 2004: See You at Disneyland
- 2005: A Night at Grand Guignol
- 2008: Monster Mutant Boogie
- 2010: Return of the Bloodsucking Zombies from Outer Space
- 2012: Decade of Decay – gravest hits (compilation, as a 12 “vinyl LP)
- 2013: Anatomy of the Dead (Live Unplugged)
- 2005: Army of Zombies (for members only)
- 2009: Killer Klowns from Outer Space
- 2010: Clash of the Monsters (split EP with Thee Flanders )
with four unreleased songs: amok, Jack the Ripper, The Witch, CHUD
- 2011: Killer Blues
- 2008: Psychobilly Ratpack, Vol 2 (3 exclusive songs: Cellar Dweller, Dead Eyes, Nocturnal Vacation)
- 2013: We Are Rockers tribute album (Song: Graveyard Blues)
- 2005: Fixed Fiend Germany 2005
- 2010: Anatomy of the Dead: Live at the Anatomy Theatre Vienna Unplugged concert