hell bent – Interview
Interview with Badger from hell bent and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
B. I sing and my biggest vocal influences are Chuck Shuldiner and Martin Van Drunen. I also do visual art, influenced by Ivan Bilibin, MC Escher, Heironymous Bosch, and traditional folk art.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
B. I grew up in Central Massachusetts in a non typical middle/ working class household. My parents were ex hippies who pushed me to pursue art and music. I have obviously done that, but both of my parents hated my sense of creativity- such is the law of unintended consequences. My mother went to her grave lamenting the fact that I never got a degree and worked on the CGI in Jurassic Park. They should have counted themselves lucky I’m not a criminal and never been to jail after the shitty, dysfunctional environment they raised me in.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
B. Besides who I listed in question 1, Iam havily inspired by the writings of HP Lovecraft, and contemporary Lovecraft inspired authors like Norman Partridge. I am also influenced by any and all traditional folklore and occult stories. As far music goes, UK metal- punk such as Onslaught, English Dogs, Sacrilege, and Discharge are some favorites. I also love the most extreme of early thrash metal (which would later be called black metal and death metal) such as Dark Angel, Possessed, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Blood Feast, Post Mortem, Venom… I could go on and on…
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
B. I’ve had the rug pulled out from under me so many times, that I try to live life day to day. Let’s just say that kids, marriage and career are not really what I’ve valued, and still don’t even in my advanced age.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
B. Shawn writes most of them. They’re about war, death, disease, and the occult.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
B. Bandcamp and Facebook mostly.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
B. I’m for it. I have gotten tons of great music through downloads, but the key here is- if I get something I like I make it a point to buy the actual recording or at least SOME form of the band’s merch, or at least go to see them live, and actually pay to get in. With that said, most of my music listening is from bands from the 1980’s, and I bought most of my favorite records when they came out.
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
B. Splintered and fractionalized, but still kicking (thankfully). The days of going to Record Town to buy the new D.R.I. tape are long gone, but contemporary labels doing small runs of awesome new bands are what to look for (and support).
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
B. “Life Returns” by Dr. Know. Listen to it, it’s fucking eerie.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
B. Too many to mention. The current stupid political situation here in the US tops my list. To elaborate- the United States AND the entire planet is in trouble, and the best our stupid political leaders can do is act like a bunch of 12 year olds writing mean things about each other on the bathroom wall known as Twitter. When they’re not doing that, they’re stealing our money and spying on us. Pretty pathetic behavior for the most prosperous country in the history of the world if you ask me.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
B. The release of the Hell Bent “Apocalyptic Lamentations” LP. It’s the first recording I’ve ever been on where I’m not sitting here thinking “I wish that didn’t sound like… I don’t really like… Could’ve had better artwork… etc.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
B. MDF May 26. Record release in Providence at AS220 June 13. You should go because we’re old pros at this and put 100% into every performance.
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