Unmasked and uncensored, we bring you our interview with the much talked about Hollywood Undead. We managed to get a hold of all six members for a quick chat before their Newcastle show supporting The Blackout.
Faye: Hey, can you say your names and the reasons behind them?
Funny Man: Alright, I’ll start it off, Funny Man, I’m not funny.
Da Kurlzz: I’m Da Kurlzz and I don’t have curly hair.
Charlie Scene: I’m Charlie Scene and I’m not a scene kid faggot.
J-Dog: I’m J-Dog, because those are my initials.
Funny Man: And he’s not a dog, woof woof!
Johnny 3 Tears: I’m Johnny 3 Tears because I never cry.
Deuce: I’m Deuce, because I don’t know why.
Funny Man: You don’t know why?!
Funny Man: Holy shit.
Faye: So, how did you all meet?
Charlie Scene: We all grew up together pretty much, a lot of us went to school together. We’ve known each other forever, way before the band.
Faye: What’s up with Shady Jeff, who left the band a while ago, are you still in contact with him?
Funny Man: No!
Deuce: He’s building a new car for me. [laughs]
George: It’s your first time on tour over here, has the U.K. been treating you well?
Charlie Scene: Yeah, the fans out here have been really good and the shows have been good, I’m stoked.
George: How did Slam Dunk go for you on Sunday?
Charlie Scene: Awesome, that was probably our favourite show we’ve played on the tour.
Funny Man: Yeah, it was the best show.
Faye: What has the U.K. reaction been towards you like?
Charlie Scene: It’s been good, I mean, at Slam Dunk the whole room was packed.
J-Dog: But the U.K. as a whole has been really good, we’ve been selling a lot merch which has been awesome.
Faye: Back in February, you played a one-off headline show in London, how did that go for you?
J-Dog: It was awesome, like every kid knew every word, they all went nuts, doing flips off the stage, couldn’t understand half them, but it was fun.
Faye: You only started playing live as a band last August, what took you so long to play shows?
J-Dog: We couldn’t afford to buy the equipment and we didn’t have the money to pay for rehearsal space, and our album wasn’t getting released, so finally when the album was released we were able to buy equipment to play live shows, before we had nothing.
George: Speaking of your album, Swan Songs, it’s now out in the UK, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Charlie Scene: It’s got 14-songs on it, we had about 30 to choose from, so we chose what we thought were our best weapons against the world.
Deuce: It’s basically a mixture of old, like No. 5 which is on there, and new songs.
Faye: You’re known to play Dead In Ditches live, but how come it didn’t make it on the album?
Deuce: Too many bad words.
J-Dog: Yeah, too explicit. There’s certain things you can’t say in songs that are on that song.
Deuce: Probably because of ‘fag’, I don’t know.
Charlie Scene: Yeah, we say the word ‘faggot’ on that song too much, but when we say ‘fag’, we’re not talking about homosexuals we’re talking about people like him. [Points to Da Kurlzz] Faggy right now on his laptop in the middle of an interview.
Faye: [laughs] Why do you always pick on Da Kurlzz?
Charlie Scene: You know about that?! Well, look at him! How could you not want to pick on him? [laughs] He’s ignoring me right now, it makes me want to talk even more trash about him.
Faye: Can you tell us a bit about The Diary? It’s one of my favourite songs from the album, musically and lyrically, it’s a lot different and more sombre than anything else you’ve produced.
Deuce: Me and Johnny both have parts on The Diary, I wrote my part about a girl I used to like a lot, who I didn’t get to see a lot of the time, what did you write your part about?
Johnny 3 Tears: Just the time period we were going through, it was hard on us because the record wasn’t coming out, it’s mainly about alcohol abuse and what was happening at that time.
George: You’ve got quite a lot of fans, but you’ve also got quite a lot of haters, what are your thoughts on them?
Charlie Scene: We’ve never met a single hater, they’re too scared, they just talk shit on the internet and stuff.
J-Dog: Yeah, talking shit on the internet doesn’t count, if you want to talk shit you do it in real life, come to a show.
Funny Man: Come meet us!
J-Dog: Yeah, it’s funny though, when you hear people say they’ve changed their opinion of you when they’ve been to a show.
Faye: What were your thoughts on Buddy from Senses Fail talking shit about BrokeNCYDE every night, during your headline Saints and Sinners Tour in the US?
Funny Man: We thought it was hilarious, we encouraged it. We would find new things for them to talk shit about, so he would have something to say, but mostly it was all him, it was a good time. We actually really miss BrokeNCYDE, we miss laughing and having a good time with them, and we miss Senses Fail a lot, we love all those guys.
Faye: What are your thoughts on BrokeNCYDE’s music?
Funny Man: It’s certainly crunk. [laughs]
Faye: How do you feel being associated with all these ‘screamo-crunk’ bands?
Funny Man: Well, technically, we shouldn’t be associated since we’re not ‘screamo-crunk’, that’s just the media’s word, not ours, because if you listen to our music and then you listen to their music it’s two completely different sounds.
George: What’s with the masks and why do you take them off after a couple or so songs into the set?
Deuce: I guess it’s just because we don’t want to be stuck to one image, we want to change throughout the show.
J-Dog: It’s easier to communicate with the crowd when you’re not wearing a mask, because they can’t see your facial expressions since there’s just a few holes, so it’s really hard and it makes you hot.
Faye: Do you design your masks yourselves?
J-Dog: Yeah, everybody designs their own masks individually, then we have them made by some crazy guy.
George: What was your inspiration for the Undead video with all the naked ladies?
Deuce: That was the director’s idea on that song, pretty much, it was good, crazy party scenes, smashing shit up.
Funny Man: Yeah, it’s a video that communicates the song well.
George: What have you had to sacrifice since making it big?
J-Dog: My virginity, I lost it in the UK, on my 18th birthday this morning.
Funny Man: He got laid in Kentish Town.
J-Dog: By a Kentish whore, I lost my virginity to a Kentish whore.
Faye: So, what do your parents think of your music? Are they supportive? Do they approve of the content?
J-Dog: They support us as a band, all our parents are just happy that we’re finally doing something with our lives. They’ve all been to a bunch of shows. I’ve never actually talked to them about the lyrics.
Johnny 3 Tears: My mom likes the music, she’s a potty mouth. [laughs]
George: Do you have plans to come back to the UK to maybe do a headline tour after in the near future?
Johnny 3 Tears: Yeah, definitely, the next time we come back we’re supposed to be doing a headline run.
George: Change the record, who should we be listening to?
J-Dog: Sonny and The Blood Monkeys is one of them and Haste The Day.
Funny Man: He’s a big Framing Hanley fan.
Charlie Scene: I love Framing Hanley.
J-Dog: The Urgency.
Faye: Is there anything else you want to say?
J-Dog: Our album, Swan Songs, is out in the UK and Europe, check it out if you haven’t heard it yet, shit’s off the chain.