Are you ready to rock?! Here is an interview with fast growing band from Italy – Hell In The Club!
Hi! Tell me about Hell in the Club. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
The name came from Andy, bass player and founder of the band. He liked the name of the Wrestling match called “Hell in the Cell” and he thought about the same idea but brought to a stage, with a band playing and raising… Hell in the Club! It’s about being a live band basically, about giving a lot of energy and power on stage.
“Shadow of the Monster” album was released early this year. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
Personally I am very satisfied with this album and I wouldn’t change a thing. It is a perfect picture of how we were last year. It would be like changing something in an old photo you know? For the next album we might change something, for the normal development and growth of a band… but Shadow of the Monster is cool because it is like this!
Tell me more about “Shadow of the Monster”? Album ideas etc… And what the monster you are sung about?
The album was recorded last year at Domination Studio with producer Simone Mularoni. The songs came out pretty quickly so it has been a pretty instinctive album. It is the first one with our new drummer Lancs. And about the Monster… actually we are talking about the countless monsters that everyday try to influence us badly or want us to make things that we don’t wanna make. They’re hiding everywhere!
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Fun, Love, Drinking, Sex are your main themes. So, may you dare to say all these words just describes your daily lifes or those are just “to sing about”?
I wouldn’t be so trivial when trying to describe our lyrics. And definitely those are not the themes of our new album. It’s about our lives and our emotions and everything around those two things. I mean for example there is a song that talks about alienation/exclusion, another one is about enjoying our journey on this earth, another about the aforementioned monsters, another about the music community and so on. So… once in a while we also talk about having fun, but that’s definitely not our main concept.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Hell in the Club’s sound?
I would say hard rock. Nothing less nothing more. Of course we have a lot of influences and all songs have different moods and shapes. We would never make an album where all songs are similar. So there’s quite a lot of diversity and dynamics, but basically… it’s rock! 🙂
Why you changed Red Pony Records to Scarlet records? Do they works better?
It was a process of growth. Red Pony was a very small independent label that helped us print the first album, but of course Scarlet was a bigger record company compared to Red Pony and had more resources. By the way, talking about growing, we just signed a new record deal with Frontiers Music now.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
As I said we just signed a new contract deal with Frontiers Music. This is a very important step for us, so yes, we are already writing the new material! New album soon!
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
We all listen to an awful lot of music. Not only rock or metal, but really… anything… may it be super heavy, or pop, or classical, or soundtracks… anything! The main influences for this band though are bands like Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Guns n Roses, Queen… all the great rock bands in the end. But we also love new bands, and stuff that sounds different.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
I don’t know really. I mean… these are things that may happen, but usually I don’t think… ”hey why not “using” this guy so that it would give us more popolarity?” I mean, it would be cool to have some important guests, but there would have to be a reason for it. Let’s see! 🙂
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
No particular strategy. We just try to play live as much as we can and let our music be heard on the internet and everywhere it’s possible. There is no magic formula!
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Personally I have many. Since I’m a big time nerd, I read a lot (books and comics) I watch tons of movies and play videogames. No sports!!
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Yeah, we always had. Now we’re getting older so we are becoming the parents eheheh!!
How’s the metal scene in your local area right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
It’s not bad actually if you compare it with the scene of 15/20 years ago. There is a decent number of clubs and there are a lot of cool underground bands. What we miss are places to buy music, but those are literally disappearing from the face of the planet.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Dave (vocals) – HELL IN THE CLUB