Rod Usher on Without Your Head Horror Radio
Recap of Rod Usher on
Without Your Head Horror Radio, 03/26/2015
by Vic Schiavone
Hosts Nasty Neal and Annabelle Lecter welcomed Rod Usher, the frontman for the German horror punk band The Other, to Without Your Head Horror Radio. The Other was the Without Your Head Artist of the Month for March.
Highlights included the following:
·WYH: How did the name The Other come about?
RU: “I get asked this pretty often, and it still is hard to explain. It kind of happened because I was at university doing my Master’s Thesis on Stephen King, and Lovecraft, and Edgar Allan Poe and all this, and I always stumbled upon this concept of “The Other”; like the monstrous Other…Dracula was like the personification of the monstrous Other. It’s like some kind of philosophical concept of a being that is a little alike to humans maybe but it represents the bad and nasty side of humans, like a personification of evil. And I thought that kind of fits us pretty well.”
·WYH: Do you think your unique look is important in getting people to first notice the band?
RU: “Absolutely, because that’s what makes us unique. There are bands like Kiss and Alice Cooper and GWAR and whatever and they all get attention because of their look, but they’ve got to deliver the goods musical-wise. I think that’s the same with us. There are so many magazines writing about us because of our looks and especially mainstream magazines here in Germany; daily newspapers writing stuff like ‘IS THIS GERMANY’S SCARIEST BAND?’ or whatever. If we were just a regular band, with jeans and sneakers, nobody would care. Some people would come to the local bar and see us play, but it would have never gotten anywhere. We wouldn’t have done the video clips that we did; we wouldn’t have done the comic books, all that kind of stuff. That horror thing that we love so much has helped us lots. We played at Weekend of Horrors and we got in touch with people from the horror scene. I was talking to George Romero and giving him our CD and him looking at the photos and appreciating what he sees. If we were just a regular band, he would have just said ‘Thank you; see you later.’ So, we have so much to thank the horror community for, and we know that horror fans are loyal and we’re happy to be horror fans as well, and it’s great to be appreciated like that.”
·WYH: Are you a fan of the original silent German movies such as “Nosferatu”?
RU: “Totally, yeah. The expressionist films of the times are some of the greatest horror films ever: “(The Cabinet of) Dr. Caligari”, “Nosferatu”…I love the visuals. It was just something totally unique, and the sad thing about it is that we never in Germany have had a horror tradition anymore. We started out as the country where those legendary movies came from, but after that nothing ever happened. Those directors fled to the U.S. and all of a sudden the horror movie tradition died in Germany until probably Jörg Buttgereit started it again. There are no good horror movies between the end 20’s and pretty much now, so that’s kind of sad, but the more reason to appreciate the originals.”
·WYH: Is there any kind of horror culture of Germany growing?
RU: “It’s funny that you say that because that’s exactly what I feel is happening here. That’s what I said; it’s just been starting now. We have been recently only, just in the last couple of years, in touch with a lot of new filmmakers who just do their thing. They are mostly totally trashy movies, it’s kind of hard to look at some of them, but there’s like a real family kind of community there. They all come to the conventions, and you hang around, it’s like some of the same actors in every movie and one director will be the cameraman for the next movie, but there’s a certain sense of community that’s growing here. I’m sure that some of these guys who are just now starting out with no budget at all and probably no script or whatever, just some splatter and some nudity, will be probably the next Sam Raimi or something in like ten years. Something is happening here, I feel that, it’s just that nobody here really from mainstream audiences or people who work in cultural positions appreciates this. There’s no money going into these independent films; it’s all going into major cinema, so that’s kind of hard. But, that’s how punk rock started out. No money, no nothing, and it became a worldwide thing. So maybe that’s happening with those new German movies as well.”
Other topics discussed included:
· How long has the band been together?
· Who writes the lyrics for the band?
· Does he have a particular track that would be the most meaningful to him?
· Who were some of the inspirations for the band’s music?
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