Interviews: House Of Hatchets

In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the Alternative Metal band House Of Hatchets from UK. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that? 

FRAZER; We went through a few. House of Hatchets we felt was strong.  Cutting and to the point. Heaps of good possibilities in terms of logos, merchandise, stage backdrops, etc.

JIM; We liked the feel of it on the tongue.  I like the symmetry of ‘HOH’. 

CHRIS; Robert Bloch who wrote psycho wrote a book called the House of the Hatchet. There’s a rough lineage there.

2.Why did you want to play this genre? 

CHRIS; For me it is the songs not the genre. Jim sent me the EP songs and they blew me away. I think heavier music does lend itself to a bigger palette of vocals which I enjoy.

PETE; It’s so cathartic. Letting loose and playing some heavy riffs, it releases something inside you.

JIM; The energy required to play it. The flexibility of the genre. The sheer amount of emotions it can provoke. Love it. Nothing else compares.

FRAZER; It’s always moved me. The aggression, the emotion, the energy. 

LEWIS; Metal is a life, it's a family, brutal, vulnerable, no matter what way it is it's beautiful, and when you head goes at 500mph every day you tend to want to listen to something that keeps it calm and focused.  

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

JIM; Me and Fraze are cousins.


PETE; It was being in Manchester which led to me joining the band. The guys had a bassist lined up to join but when the first gig came about he couldn't make it.  I'm studying at the Royal Northern College of Music with said guy's brother so they put me in touch.  Without me - there would be no band.

JIM; Aye, right.  Yer dah sells avon, mate. Hahaha.

LEWIS; I met the other guys through Pete, who I knew from music college. He was in the year above me and by chance a moment came up where he needed a dep for House of Hatchets, and here we are!

CHRIS; Jamie and I met at college, it wasn't until a few years later that he started the HOH project through which I’ve met the guys.

4. Each band member favourite band? 

LEWIS; Ozzy/Sabbath.

JIM; There are so, so many but if I had to choose one right now I guess Slipknot.  But maybe Oasis or Blur.  Maybe INXS.  Yeah I’m not sure.

CHRIS; I would have said the Doors at one point, and the Ramones at another. Right now I am in the market for a new favourite band.
PETE; UK Prog-metal forefathers Sikth.

FRAZE; Jesus there are far too many. I’ll say Slipknot.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

CHRIS; Songs can be written about experiences, ideas, dreams, things I need to work through, emotions that need explored. I need to write to keep me grounded.

LEWIS; Jim. Always Jim, it's his beard. 

JIM; Depends where I am, what I’m doing, what I’m feeling, how busy I am etc. There’s nothing better than a tight, punchy, aggressive riff.

6. Where was your last gig?

CHRIS; Glasgow. We supported Psychostick. 

7. Where would you like to play?

CHRIS; For me I would love to play the Brixton Academy. I saw Nine Inch Nails a few years back and it has a great feel to it.

LEWIS; Wembley one day haha, but the Birmingham arena would be incredible.
PETE; Download festival!

JIM; Aye download would be sick. Slam Dunk.  Leeds/reading.

FRAZER; Wembley arena would be lit.

8. Who would you like to support?

CHRIS; I think that now when we are working with other bands there's lots of respect. Its not us supporting the big band and them looking down on us. So I am happy to work with anyone that's not an asshole.

LEWIS; Slipknot, no doubt. Megadeth, no doubt.

PETE; Trivium! They are such a good live band, and their crowds are always so energetic and welcoming.

JIM; Slipknot and anyone who isn’t a prick.

FRAZER; Beartooth.

9. Who not? 

CHRIS; Anyone that is an asshole.

LEWIS; Kanye West.

PETE; Any bands who don’t give a shit about their supports. Nothing is worse than rude headliners.

JIM; Anyone that isn’t a prick.

FRAZER; Likewise.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that? 

CHRIS; I have been playing in bands since I was 14 and I have always got nervous. I think that you need to remember that everyone there wants to see a good show, they want you to help them escape for a while and experience something bigger than just day to day. When you can lock into that mindset that we ALL want to have a good time, then try and relax as best you can and have a good time.

LEWIS; A little, more I get the shakes, breathing techniques i find help the most and maybe do a quick warm up before, well always. 

PETE; Preparation, if the band is a well oiled machine, which it should be, nothing should go wrong, so you have nothing to fear.

JIM; Yeah preparation is key. It is everything. Leave no stone uncovered. Rehearse like mad and don’t be afraid to shout at someone if they are shit in a rehearsal.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

CHRIS; Bands that I find inspirational are - The Doors, The Smiths, The Ramones, Manic Street Preachers, Queen, currently - But that may change tomorrow.

LEWIS; More guitarists than bands, Randy Rhoads, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman but Avenged Sevenfold inspired me a lot, Dream Thearter for the absurdness and Megadeth for the hard grit of truth.

JIM; Oasis and Blur. Incubus. David Bowie. Slipknot. Funeral for a Friend.  Killswitch Engage. Queen. Beartooth. INXS. Anything that moves me - I'm into it.

FRAZER; Deftones, Incubus, Funeral for a Friend, artists that Jamie's mentioned there.  List is BIG.

PETE; Trivium, Bullet for my Valentine, and Slipknot introduced me to metal, however nowadays, I take a lot of inspiration from the more Progressive spectrum of metal. Bands like Tool, Dream Theater, and Sikth.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? 

CHRIS; Standard stuff include - autographs, hugs and handshakes. What’s struck me is age range.  Kids to people who need canes to walk. 

PETE; I can’t understand half the things these Scots say anyway.

JIM; ‘Sign my feet.’

13. What do you think of your fans?

CHRIS; Everyone who has follows the band or who I have met at shows have been lovely respectful and kind.

LEWIS; They aren't fans, they are family and I hope to see more at many shows to come. Mosh, sing your heart out, give us love and we will reciprocate.

PETE; Whenever we meet them they always seem to be good, genuine people.

JIM; Whoever comes to a show, streams a tune, watches a video, we’re really grateful.

14. What do you think of our site?

CHRIS; a wonderful place to fulfil all your metal needs.

15. Something to add?

CHRIS; Thanks for listening.

FRAZER; Thanks for having us.

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