Horror Dance Squad talk to Loud-Stuff about the inspiration of philosophy and spirituality, Avocado, and Estonian children’s songs.
How would you describe your music?
A mixture of metalcore, electrocore, nu-metal and punk. Nucore doused with electronics. Catchy melodies and brutal breakdowns.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Horror Dance Squad hails from Estonia’s capital, Tallinn. The squad began taking formation when guitarists Indrek Ulp and Mikk Peetrimägi put their eagerness to keep the metalcore genre alive in Estonia together and began writing songs. They took on drummer Henri Kuusk and after about a year of practicing and trying out vocalists (including Ian Karell who is originally from Pittsburgh, PA). The first line-up was established.
We played our first show at the beginning of 2014. After a couple of years, we made a small line-up change adding vocalist Karl Mesipuu and synth and sample wizard Margus Tammela to our squad. This new line-up took us on a path that has definitively shaped and evolved our music into our own signature style. Throughout our years together we have had the enormous pleasure of sharing the stage with international heavy hitters such as Siamese, Comeback Kid, Dead By April, Adept, Eskimo Callboy, We Butter The Bread With Butter, Deez Nuts, August Burns Red, One Morning Left and may others. We also represented Estonia at the 2016 Wacken Open Air Metal Battle.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
As a six-piece–each with our own long, personal music history–it shouldn’t be a surprise when we say that we have been influenced by more artists, musicians, writers, philosophers, scientists, activists and policymakers than can properly be named.
However, we can trim it down to a few for you. Musically, we have been largely inspired by bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Enter Shikari, Parkway Drive, and Sikth.
Non-musically, writers Stephen Pinker, Graham Hancock, Allan Watts and J.P. Lovecraft have inspired us in different ways. And, without a doubt, general curiosity and a drive to grow and learn will continue to influence us until the end of our days.
What inspires you?
Making music we love to play and telling stories we feel are important to tell. We sing a lot about social and personal issues, justice and injustice, philosophy and spirituality. Questions and topics that are pressing for us as individuals, but which we feel are common issues for mankind in general. We hope that if someone is struggling with an issue in their lives we will have a song that will speak to them and help them find positive ways to deal with that issue.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Both have their ups and downs. Writing and recording together has always been a blast, but nothing beats playing your music to your fans and sharing that experience together. In both cases, we are always growing closer together and having the best time possible.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
At the moment, we are gearing up to perform our new material live for the first time, so we’re sure there’s going to be a new favourite soon. However, in the past, our song Avocado is always a crowd pleaser and gets the mosh pit going.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Tough question. There are so many bands that have inspired us throughout the years, but if we got the chance to put together our dream tour it would be with Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive and Fever 333.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s a tough place to make a living, but there is a lot of opportunity to get your music out there and heard.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Being stopped on the Lithuanian border in a van overflowing with metal-heads and gear blasting Estonian children’s songs.
What are your future plans?
To perform and promote our new album, No Flag Will Fly Forever as much and as often as possible!