Saturday, September 24, 2016

HORROR HOOT INTERVIEW 2016 - Jackson Phibes

We are certainly excited this year to have the mighty Forbidden Dimension coming back to headline the Horror Hootenanny on Oct 1.!
We wanted to pick their brains a little prior to the show so we split the three members of Forbidden Dimension into three different interview rooms and played a little ""Good Cop / Bad Cop" with them with 13 ridiculous questions apiece.
First up is the longtime FD main man, Jackson Phibes!



13 Questions with Forbidden Dimension
Jackson Phibes


Name rank and serial number:

 Tommy "Jackson Phibes" Bagley: axes, organs and yelling. I like Kellogg's Vector!

Is there a story behind your 'Forbidden Dimension' name and persona?
A bad pun, started out kinda like a pint-size Vincent Price-y thing, turned in a Martian ghoul, but now I'm just a wild old woofman.

How long have you been a part of the Forbidden Dimension?
 28 years.

Are you a full blooded Canadian? 

Thin-blooded Canadian, yes.

What bands/records make you get up and bounce around?

Seikima II, Inugami Circus-Dan, BÖC, KISS, Ghost, The Oath/Lucifer, Takeshi Terauchi, Acanthus, Blood Ceremony, Shonen Knife!

Last good band you heard for the first time?
Live? Messer Chups!

Last great film you saw for the first time? 


Belladonna of Sadness

What do you think of the state of pop culture today? Bands, movies other trends?

Lots to choose from. I miss video stores. Almost too easy to acquire any movie or music in the world that one may want, so I still like to get hard copies of movies or music.

Besides making great rock n roll, what activities or hobbies float your boat?
  Late-night prowling with the Bat Lord! Sewing!


Aside from playing the Horror Hoot what other plans do you have while in Nashville?
Hot chicken! Tennessee suckin' grass!

Do you have anything you'd like to say to the kids of Nashville who will be in the crowd on Oct 1?
Don't hate us just because we're ancient and evil. There are so many other reasons!

Nicknames you have for the other two members of FD?
 Li'l Fuzzy and Thingy.

When is the next FD slab hitting the streets and what can we expect?
Hopefully have it out for the Xmas season. 6th studio album, 8th over-all. 15 tunes in various gruesome and terrifying styles that all hopefully sound like F.D.!

Every Twisted Tree - a Forbidden Dimension collection! Pick up your copy at The Hoot!

Friday, September 23, 2016

HORROR HOOT INTERVIEW 2016 - Virginia Dentata

And last but not least we have Forbidden Dimension's newest addition, the amazing Virginia Dentata!

13 questions with Forbidden Dimension Virginia Dentata Name rank and serial number Virginia Dentata First Science Officer #5 Is there a story behind your 'Forbidden Dimension' name and persona? I wanted something that made me think 'Rawr!' How long have you been a part of the Forbidden Dimension? This will be my third Halloween with FD. Are you a full blooded Canadian? If no - details? Full blooded immigrant from the Land of Kimchee! However I did become a full blooded citizen, so officially I am a full blooded Canadian. What bands/records make you get up and bounce around? The Creepin' Cruds and Mummula! Last good band you heard for the first time? The Shiverettes Last great film you saw for the first time? Sharktopus What do you think of the state of pop culture today? Bands, movies other trends? I rarely come out of the cave so I'm a little out of the loop. I don't really know what state it's in. Is it in Tennessee? Besides making great rock n roll, what activities or hobbies float your boat? Anything to do with eating. Aside from playing the Horror Hoot what other plans do you have while in Nashville? I hope to eat Hot Chicken! Do you have anything you'd like to say to the kids of Nashville who will be in the crowd on Oct 1?
Rawr! Nicknames you have for the other two members of FD? Brad and Kevin When is the next FD slab hitting the streets and what can we expect? Hopefully December and you can expect to be gruesomely terrified! Thank you Horror Hootenanny, it's an horrific honour! xovd

Thursday, September 22, 2016

HORROR HOOT INTERVIEW 2016 - PT Bonham

The Forbidden Dimension Interviews roll on!
Second up to bat is PT Bonham - who has been defiling the drums for Fobidden Dimension for many eons!


13 Questions with Forbidden Dimension's PT Bonham:

Name rank and serial number:

 P.T. Bonham, Stix `n' Trix, #OU812

Is there a story behind your 'Forbidden Dimension' name and persona?
"there's a slacker born every minute"

How long have you been a part of the Forbidden Dimension?
 Since 2006 ... BC.



Are you a full blooded Canadian? 
I am as Canadian as beaver pie/Je suis aussi canadien que la tarte aux castors.

What bands/records make you get up and bounce around?

The New Vatican Singers, Scott Brezhnev, Wallace Sugden, Creepin' Cruds, Mummula, Alucard

Last good band you heard for the first time?
The Briefs!

Last great film you saw for the first time? 

How To Make Love To The Modern Adding Machine (original not the reboot with Glen Ford)

What do you think of the state of pop culture today? Bands, movies other trends?

It sucks major donkey dink except for the parts I like. So no real change since 1853.

Besides making great rock n roll, what activities or hobbies float your boat?
 Snowmobile restoration, networking.


Aside from playing the Horror Hoot what other plans do you have while in Nashville?
Dr. Gangrene's Basement of Horrors, regional snacks

Do you have anything you'd like to say to the kids of Nashville who will be in the crowd on Oct 1?
Sorry! (traditional Canadian greeting)

Nicknames you have for the other two members of FD?
Wife. Other Wife.

When is the next FD slab hitting the streets and what can we expect?
Christmas. Will replace lump of coal in many stockings.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

13 QUESTIONS WITH MUMMULA!


It's Horror Hoot interview time!
To kick things off we have rounded up the members of MUMMULA! The bandaged vamps from Ohio..

Let us not delay any further - here's 13 Questions with MUMMULA

NAMES RANKS AND SERIAL NUMBERS PLEASE:
Eric von Goosebumps: bass and vocals
El Santos: guitar and vocals
Jon Alien: guitar and vocals
Mark Hofthevampyre: Drums
I’d give serial numbers, but this keyboard doesn’t have keys for vampieroglyphics.

IS THERE A STORY BEHIND THE NAME MUMMULA OTHER THAN THE OBVIOUS?
Well, we’re called Mummula because that’s what we are: Mummulas. That’s what happens when your dad’s a Dracula and your mommy’s a mummy.

HOW LONG HAS MUMMULA BEEN AROUND AND WHAT SHOULD WE KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Mummulas have been around since the dawn of time. But as a band, it’s been about four years.

ARE YOU ALL FULL BLOODED OHIOANS?
Well, we don’t really have blood, per se. It’s more like a mixture of sand and the milk that’s left over after a bowl of Count Chocula. We’re all originally from Sandsylvania, but a few years back our Mummula overlord, Iggy, sent us to the midwest to spread the Mummula curse.

WHAT BANDS/RECORDS MAKE YOU GET UP AND BOUNCE AROUND?
We each bring our influences to the table, but there’s definite overlap when it comes to punk, garage, and surf…and if it’s spooky, even better! We have an obvious love for the Misfits and the Ramones. The Ghastly Ones are a creepy kinda’ cool. We have a soft spot in our heart-holes for ‘60s monsterkid culture. And it’s really amazing being able to share a bill with Forbidden Dimension, because they’ve been huge as well!

LAST GOOD BAND YOU HEARD FOR THE FIRST TIME?
EvG: Mrs. Magician, from California. They’ve got a perfect balance of raw, drippy, and catchy as all get-out!
MH: KEN Mode “Success”-- a post hardcore band from Canada that’s like angry beat poetry! Probably that or the two folks who wrote the theme song to “Barbarella” -- psychadella!
JA: The Inseminoids, from Sweden. Surfy, trashy punk rock. Those guys are the best!
ES: Mean Jeans outta Portland Oregon - PARTY PUNK!

LAST GREAT FILM YOU SAW FOR THE FIRST TIME?
EvG: I saw Kubo and the Two Strings a few weeks ago and it was really cool! Magic, folklore, and some nice moments of creepy atmosphere!
MH: Also gotta be Barbarella. Only the goodness of Jane Fonda saving the universe in wacky ways! If only my sarcophagus was covered in shag carpet like her spaceship!
JA: Lady Snowblood. Action-thriller from Japan, made in 1973. It’s the movie that inspired Tarantino to do Kill Bill, and it’s a beautiful, bloody masterpiece!
ES: Green Room - if you’re a touring punk band, watch out!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE STATE OF POP CULTURE TODAY? BANDS, MOVIES OTHER TRENDS?
EvG: American pop culture is a mystery to us. Where are the pyramids? Where are the camels? And bats? Maybe someday you’ll get it together…
MH: When’s Mummula gonna come out with a horrifying concept album?
JA: Pop culture makes me think of pop, which makes mewant a Cherry Coke. Mmm, Cherry Coke.
ES: We’re still trying to figure out how to do the Truffle Shuffle.

BESIDES MAKING GREAT ROCK N ROLL, WHAT ACTIVITIES OR HOBBIES FLOAT YOUR BOAT?
EvG: I draw a lot and make things, so I’m always working on art and other stuff at Moon Rock Collective. That and the band keep me pretty busy, but lately I’m watching the heck outta’ Steven Universe! MH: I play saxophone and make hair oils in my spare time for ghouls and ghosts alike! Keeps a mane fresh and pungent!
JA: I’m obsessed with an internet show called Critical Role, where voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons. Also, yoga. I recently got my certification to teach, and hope to do lots of that!
ES: Lately I’ve been making my way around the Commonwealth in Fallout 4 and catching up on issues of Haunted Horror by Yoe Books!

ASIDE FROM PLAYING THE HORROR HOOT DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER PLANS WHILE IN NASHVILLE?
EvG: We definitely plan on stopping by Dinosaur World on the way down. Probably check out Third Man Records. Maybe grab a Goo Goo Cluster, while we’re at it!
MH: Crushing local candies because I TREAT myself. Trix are for kids.
JA: Hanging out with pals, old and new!
ES: Visiting Yazoo Brewing and having some Thunderbird Wings!

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO SAY TO THE KOOKY KIDS OF NASHVILLE WHO WILL BE IN THE CROWD ON OCT 1?
EvG: It’s hip to be scared!
MH: You will shake your bones before you know it!
JA: Beware! Take care!
ES: Fear will FREEZE you when you face MUMMULA!

IF YOU COULD MEET ANY PERSON, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE?
EvG: Probably Vincent Price. He seemed like a real class act!
MH: Brad Pitt — Legend amongst the vampires. He sucks the life out of everyone!
JA: I’d probably go with Vincent Price as well, but to change it up, I’ll say Joey Ramone. Ooh, or Rod Serling! Could we change it to a top ten list?
ES: I gotta go with Mr. Rogers. He was an uncommonly kind and caring person who made a huge difference in a lot of lives!



WHEN IS THE NEXT MUMMULA SLAB AND WHAT SHOULD THE KIDS EXPECT?
We have our debut album that’s quasi-released right now. We’ve sold a few DIY copies that we hand-assembled in Mummula Manor, but hope to have the official copies soon. It’s a cassette release with some fun scratch-off digital download cards. 14 tracks of spooky, surfy punk, with cover art by Tom Bagley! It’s guaranteed to scare anyone to death...and back!



Thanks to MUMMULA for enduring ridiculous questions! Now here's some MUMMULA music!



Friday, June 24, 2016

Horror Hootenanny 13!



Ok Fright Fans, the gory details have been nailed down and it's my pleasure to announce that this year we are bringing Canadian horror rock legends FORBIDDEN DIMENSION back to the US for DR. GANGRENE'S HORROR HOOTENANNY 13!!


Joining them in the musical mayhem will be Nashville's own THE CREEPING CRUDS, and garage/surf rockers MUMMULA.


The action all takes place SATURDAY OCTOBER 1st at THE END in Nashville. So make plans now to kick off the Halloween season in style with Nashville's host with the most, Dr. Gangrene, The Creeping Cruds, Mummula, and Forbidden Dimension, and stay tuned for more updates and bloody details!!




About the Hootenanny:


Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny is Nashville's premiere rock and shock event. Since 2004 the event has brought horror music and madness to Music City, hosted by the Physician of Fright, Dr. Gangrene, and featuring a plethora of bands throughout the years including The Creeping Cruds, The Koffin Kats, Forbidden Dimension, Psychocharger, Dead Dick Hammer, Daikaiju, and many more. For more information and updates check out the facebook group https://www.facebook.com/horrorhootenanny/ or the blog at http://horrorhootenanny.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Horror Hootenanny 11

The details for the 11th annual Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny are officially announced, and we're excited to announce a new venue this year, as well as a slightly different format. This year we'll be showcasing 3 bands early on in the evening, with a special 40th anniversary/Marilyn Burns tribute screening of Texas Chainsaw Massacre at Midnight, with special guest John GRANDPA Dugan.

As always the event is a costume party, with special prizes for winners, plus a dollar discount at the door for all who come dressed in costume. There are 2 separate areas at the new venue, the CULT FICTION UNDERGROUND. One is the screening room where the bands will play and the movie at midnight. The other room is the bar area where the Halloween party will rage until the wee hours of the morning.

The Horror Hootenanny has been howling for over a decade - this is the eleventh annual Hootenanny, Nashville's premiere Halloween event. make plans now - it's gonna be a scream!


Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Creeping Cruds Video

The Creeping Cruds, Nashville's Scariest horror band, have a new video for their song GET UP AND KILL - so I wanted to share it with you fiends! What I wouldn't give for a drive-in that showed a kick ass lineup like this one!!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The HORROR HOOTENANNY Interviews - JACKSON PHIBES!

Old Man Winter rages on here in Horror-Hoot land and during this frosty downtime we want to keep all you Monster Kids having bad dreams about us - so we roll out even more cool-as-hell reviews, commentary and interviews with our favorite Horror-ish Rocksters..

Today we speak with the and only Jackson Phibes from Calgary's legendary The Forbidden Dimension! Jackson Phibes is a name that deserves its own peg atop the Horror-Rock Totem Pole of Royalty - next to the likes of Roky Erickson, Alice Cooper, The Misfits etc. A master guitar slinger, genius wordsmith and extremely gifted artist, Jackson (aka Tom Bagley) has spent decades sharing his twisted obsessions with all things creepy-crawly. 



The band's brand spankin' new, bombastic and completely over-the-top super-slab, "The Golden Age of Lasers" further proves that while the rest of the horror herd is doing their best pretending to be The Misfits, Phibes and gang are steadily keeping it real for the Monster Kids! Chock full of accomplished monster Rock guitar and fiendishly clever themes, "Lasers" blasts through your skull like a death ray from Neptune. This Dimension remains Forbidden in 2012!



HH: What is the current Forbidden Dimension line-up and how long has this version been intact?

Jackson Phibes: 
Currently, it's myself plus H.P. Lovesauce (Craig) on bass, and P.T. Bonham (Mark) on skins. 

FD line-ups are pretty much a shaggy dog story, but this one has been intact (off n' on) since 2000, albeit often in the guise of a different band, The English Teeth (we worked on the FUBAR soundtrack, our claim to quasi-fame). And we had a different drummer for a couple of years (Hyde Maintenance) around the time leading up to and the recording of A Cool Sound Outta Hell (2005-2006).



HH: Over the years FD has remained pretty true to their original sound while the sonic impact of each successive record has increased. What can fans expect from the new slab The Golden Age of Lasers?

Jackson Phibes: This was the second time we worked with Casey Lewis twiddling the knobs, and Mark was much more open to some of his ideas involving drum sounds than Hyde was on the last album, so there is definitely a ballsier drum sound. Personally, I had no problem with the more fractured, garagy sound of "Cool Sound", but this one does perhaps kick a modicum more ass.

We also did things like adding lower piano notes to some of the bass guitar passages, so it almost gets a kind of "KISS Destroyer" feel going at certain spots. You can't really pick it out, but there's a weird warm, thunder-y tone happening, particularly in a few songs where the bass is carrying the melody of the riff.



HH: Do you produce your own music or are you associated with greedy suits who want to "own your very soul"?

Jackson Phibes: (When I first read this I thought you said "greedy sluts": I wish!) We always have called the shots, although we like to work with somebody (like Casey) who can help us out with things like background harmonies and off-the-wall ideas for keyboard and percussion over-dubs, etc., stuff that makes the recording sound more like a real record!



HH: Until very recently, FD has not been available via the popular digital/internet resources of the day - and even now we're limited to random access (Cool Sound now on iTunes, Coffinful of Crows on CD Baby).
Do you plan on opening up the download library for the children of the internet age?


Jackson Phibes: Indeed. I would like to get the Cargo albums out for download (Cargo itself long ago went tits-up). Right now you can get 'em from the blogs, but it would be nice to have it all a bit more legit and properly available.


HH: You have worn a familiar face-paint over the years. Is there anything behind this other than a "look"? Did the look evolve or have you kept it the same since the beginning. The kids need to know.

Jackson Phibes: We didn't wear it when we first started out (late 80s), but I kinda wanted to get a bit more of a little-kids-in-ghoul-make-up-posing-for-Famous-Monsters feel. That eventually evolved into a more glammy direction in my own appearance, the dribbling blood became more of a black and white graphic with little spirals n' stuff. Quite often, we'll do shows without any make-up at all these days, as I'm starting to look creepy and eerie enough as I get older. It's fun though, esp. when we do shows nowhere near Halloween and you get the hosers in the bathroom that have never seen us before wondering what the hell is goin' on. Mark always puts the bag on his head though. Just for the sheer terror that it inspires.







HH: Your (fantastic) artwork is pretty recognizable for people that pay attention to certain art culture circles. Aside from the obvious FD record covers etc. where would we find your work (other band's records, pubs etc.)?

Jackson Phibes: Thanks! I do lots of covers for weekly/monthly local papers and I have a weekly cartoony-illustration I do for a FFWD column called Video Vulture, where a fellow named John Tebbutt will write about various famous/obscure movies in different genres (some horror and sci-fi, lotsa Asian obscurities, action, comedy, etc.). I also do CD covers for local bands, although not as many as in the old days when there also seemed to be a lot more 7" singles being released all the time. I've done things for Chixdiggit!, Huevos Rancheros, Man or Astroman?, Cripple Creek Fairies, the Von Zippers, etc. I'm uploading stuff all the time on my Flickr page:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tombula/



HH: It has been discussed between Dr. Gangrene and myself for a while to bring Forbidden Dimension down to play The Horror Hootenanny in Nashville. What are your thoughts on coming down for this and what is your perception of the TN/US Biblebelt in general?

Jackson Phibes: I'd love to come down there. Any excuse to see some place different than here at a nice time of year! As for the TN/US Bible Belt, I'm married to an American Jew, and since they control the media, I just believe whatever she tells me about it.



HH: Do you travel outside of Calgary with any frequency these days?

Jackson Phibes: Not a whole lot with FD this year., but this will most likely change in the spring when the new album's been out for a while. We might start getting more invites. However, I play in another band called the Agnostic/Phibes Rhythm & Blood Conspiracy, and we always seem to be playing at weird folky/blues festivals out in cow pastures throughout the summer months.



HH: What are thoughts on the ever-widening "Horror Rock" scene and are there any acts that you especially like or we should know about?

Jackson Phibes: I do tend to avoid bands that are in the horror-rock genre, as many of them seem to be super derivative, although I'm always interested hearing things that my facebook fiends are involved in. For new stuff, I tend to listen to stuff like Heavy Trash, Dex Rowebber, SCOTS, and quasi-metal stuff like Ghost and Witchcraft. Also, I really like this English instro band called the Space Agency. Most of the time though, listen to old stuff in various genres like old metal, 50s-60s jazz, rockabilly, Dave Allan and the Arrows, Link Wray, garage rock, soundtracks, etc. The usual junk! 


HH: It's obvious that you are fan of the golden ages of horror, what are some of you absolute favorites and what are your thoughts on modern horror trends?  



Jackson Phibes: I'll always return to different periods and sub-genres (Universal, Hammer, 50s B-movies, Mexican, Val Lewton, Coffin Joe, 70s drive-in, Euro-trash, Bigfoot docs, spaghetti westerns, noir) depending on my mood/time of year/etc. I always say the same movies whenever I'm asked to give a list of classics: "Curse of the Demon", "Night of the Hunter", "Spiderbaby", "Mad Love", "Carnival of Souls", "Dementia","Island of Lost Souls", "Mad Monster Party?".

I've also added a lot of the classic TV shows to the list, as I tend to watch them over and over again more these days more so than full movies (shorter attention span). I also really enjoy the sub-sub-genre of poverty-stricken hicks trying to make horror movies in the middle of nowhere (American Movie, Demon Lover Diary, Mule Skinner Blues)...



HH: Lugosi, Chris Lee or John Carradine?  

Jackson Phibes: Louis Jourdan! Max Schreck! All of the above! All are fun for different reasons. Carradine is probably the least "great" in the role, but he had a nasty sense of humour which lurks beneath the surface, like a crotchety uncle forced to dress up like Santa. Plus, he was in "Las Vampiras", probably the finest Drac-in-a-cage-overseeing-vampire-chicks-in-green-dance-tights-fighting-Mil-Mascaras movie EVER.

Lugosi IS Dracula (at least he said so), but that doesn't mean his movie is the best (it would've been the best Drac ever if he was in the Spanish version). Lee was very interested in Dracula, always putting across a good, forceful performance, but was always upset with the exploitative material of the movies (which now seem like quaint family fare) and you can tell, he was suffering with those red contact lenses.


HH: If they made Forbidden Dimension: The Movie, who would play you (and the rest of the guys)?

Jackson Phibes: It would have to be be done with puppets or an all-Asian schoolgirl cast.







Thank you Mr. Phibes!. Tennessee awaits The Forbidden Dimension invasion! Be sure to pick up anything you can find by the band - and let them know you want to see them rocking The Horror Hootenanny soon! - Jeano

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Island of Dr. Roid Halloween 2011!

This year was creepy crisp fall perfection at Roidhause here in the tiny Bavarian village of Franklinstein, TN.
Tanya and I split work on 24 wicked jack-o-lanterns and a whole mess of reddish stick-n-skull work that would lure unsuspecting neighborhood kids into our maze of horror under a drifting orange/green veil of hellsmoke! The burnt pumpkin-ish odor of candles and sounds of horror echoed late into the night - even after we went off to watch Trick r Treat and a pair of annual favorites from the early Hammer House of Horror..  Be sure to listen to your favorite CREEPING CRUDS tune whilst enjoying these pics! 
Yours Ghouly - Jeano Roid 2011!