On tumblr your singer Jillian presents some remarkable
laceration. How did that happen and was it a stage accident? Who is
responsible and is it gonna happen again because you're reckless on stage?
Johnny: It happened on new years eve. Jillian was reaching maximum velocity
on stage and mis calculated her trajectory path. She collided head first
with my guitar and split her head open like a cherry tomato. Or maybe I
swung my guitar at her head on purpose. Jillian is always saying the set
needs more blood.. Its gonna keep happening until someone dies on stage. We
incourage all audience members to be the first to die on stage with us.
All the lyrics on "valley of the snake" are amazing, especially
"Tomorrow never comes" has some very poetic passages. Where does the band
get lyrical inspiration from? Any writers you prefer reading?
Jillian: Thank you! Lyrically I pull a lot of imagery and ideas from Greek
and Roman mythology, cinema and sci-fi. Sad twists of fate. The bridge
between the human and spirit world. The bridge between a heaven and hell and
the limbo in between. Purgatory. Messiahs. When the guys were first fleshing
out Tomorrow Never Comes I thought of what a song would sound like from the
angel of death. Those are things that make interesting subject matter to me.
You sold herb grinders a little while ago so fans could grind their
"enemies to dust and store them in a glass jar for all eternity". Who came
up with the idea and wasn't it a lot of work to get a hold on those wooden
boxes and feathers?
Johnny: Jillian had the idea to grind her enemies into dust and store them
in a glass jar for all eterntiy. We said "What if our fans dont have any
enemies?" She said "I guess they can just use it for weed then..." As for
the boxes, they are made of recycled coffin wood.
You combine many genres quite effortlessly, do you sometimes
write a song and realize that it actually is too far out genrewise? Have you
ever put a song on hold because it wasn't compatible with RTH?
Jillian: We definitely jam a lot and everyone's influences are pretty
diverse. A lot of ideas flow but don't always have a home. When a skeleton
is becoming a Ruby song they tend to be a little more powerful and
emotional. There is a darkness to them, even the more upbeat tunes like
Valley of the Snake carry this mood. And they all typically start to run
well over 5 minutes.
How did you get in touch with Tee Pee?
Jillian: We had been admiring Tee Pee from afar, like the girl you want to
ask to prom but she doesn't know you exist yet. We ended up sending them
records and whisky that exploded in transit and they opened our package
because it reeked of booze (they're hounds). After that they listened and we
ran into them at a bar, hit it off, got kicked out, and then signed (also at
John Charles Edward Roth II mentioned the HATCHET HOUSE online,
do you actually live together in some kind of commune and share a flat? Most
of us live in a little house off of the highway.
Johnny: We do, kind of commune style. We have a some residents and a couple
couch surfers. The house is in between the woods and some abandoned
buildings. Nobody bothers us and we can get as loud as we want.
Any helpful advice regarding the recording process? What mistakes
should bands avoid?
All: Be friends and don't do anything that sucks.
Ruby The Hatchet - bandcamp