Unleashing the ultimate drug of doom, here comes high yet the awesome Drug Honkey from Chicago. Portraying the dirtiest and trippiest sound like never before, Drug Honkey released it's fourth album mingling with Kunal Choksi of the Transcending Obscurity (previously known as the Diabolical Conquest) on 2012. As their music is becoming much more prevalent in India, we chanced to talk to Paul Gillis, the Honkey Head, handling the Synths/Vocals/Samples/Programming of the band. Here is how the band shed more light into their professional, personal and tripped up routine.
IMR: Hello Paul! Greetings from India! How are the guys in Drug Honkey been doing?
Honkey Head: Hello Rupsa, greetings back to you from Chicago. We are doing well, thanks.
IMR: Coming straight into the album and your music, I am absolutely blown away by the depth in the music. Could you tell us what is the theme of your band and how did it influence you? And which other acts would be your main influence?
Honkey Head: Well thanks, I'm glad we were able to blow you away. Haha... The theme, hmmm... Not really sure there is a theme. We just do what we do. There really isn't a set idea as to what we do. We just do whatever it is that we do. As for influences; we have many. A few would be: Winter, Autopsy, Godflesh, Scorn, Plastikman, & Celtic Frost...
IMR: How has the recording of ‘Ghost In The Fire’ been for you guys? What was in your mind when you recorded the album? Has the anticipation been successful?
Honkey Head: The recording process was relatively smooth, but over a long period of time. We don't rush things, as we have our own recording studio(s). Doom was in our mind along with all the bullshit life throws at you along the way.
The anticipation was definitely successful. The album ended up sounding just as we wanted & it has been very well received overall..
IMR: This is your fourth full length album, how has the earlier albums been perceived by the people? How was the experience?
Honkey Head: Some people love our albums & some people not so much.. It is just the nature of the beast when creating music as we do. It's definitely not for everyone, & we are ok with that. When picking up a Drug Honkey album, you either know what you're getting yourself into, or you are willing to open your mind. The last thing we want to give the listener is the same old shit everyone else has already before.
IMR: How did you guys couple up with Diabolical Conquest?
Honkey Head: Kunal asked us if we would be interested in working with him & the rest is history.
IMR: I have been particularly interested in the artwork of your album. If you could tell us more about it. And how did the band name come into life? Any special significance of the name?
Honkey Head: A friend of mine snapped the shot of that tree. I really liked it, so I took it & added the ghosts, color, atmosphere, etc... It felt very much like what the album encompasses.
Drug Honkey basically means we are the Honky's giving you the key. The key being the music. Hence the spelling Drug Honkey.
IMR: How has the rehearsal schedules been for you guys?
Honkey Head: As of late, we have been in recording mode towards a 4 song EP we are hoping to release by mid 2014. We have been concentrating on that & not "live" shows for the time being.
IMR: Could you tell us more about the lyrical content in 'Ghost In The Fire'? What would the newer audience expect from the lyrics and the songs?
Honkey Head: The lyrics are mainly my subconcious brought to life. Most of them are improv & just happen as the songs are created. It really depends on the mood I'm in at the moment. That determines where I go lyrically, & that tends to be a dark place.
IMR: Any new materials on the roll? When can we expect the next drug pill to be unleashed among the audience?
Honkey Head: As I said a bit earlier, expect an EP sometime in 2014.
IMR: Any live shows that you guys are doing recently?
Honkey Head: Not lately, as we are concentrating on the new recording.
IMR: What’s your take on the Indian audience? Would you like to come and perform in India in the future? Any Indian bands that guys have heard and look forward to? What are your views regarding the growing scene in India?
Honkey Head: They have been supportive for the most part. There are aot of people in India & we hope to capture them all. We would love to play India, as long as we are taken care of financially as it would be an expensive trek.
IMR: How is the relationship between all the band members? Sheer professionalism, or work and play both? Apart from being a part of the awesome band, what’s your day-job, or profession?
Honkey Head: We are all friends as well as bandmates. We party together, fight together, & even work together from time to time. I am an elevator constructor, Hobbs & Brown Honkey are carpenters & BH Honkey is a studio engineer.
IMR: I have heard that you are in another band named 'Morgue Supplier' as well. Is managing two bands, tough? Are other members of the band, part of some different band as well?
Honkey Head: You have heard correctly, I am. It is tough keeping both going, yes. But I love doing it & will continue until I cannot anymore. As far as Drug Honkey goes, I am the only one with another band.
IMR: What are your plans for future?
Honkey Head: To make music & play shows.
IMR: What would be your message for all our readers?
Honkey Head: If you have an open mind, & love heavy music, Drug Honkey will fufill your needs. Give us a listen.
IMR: Thank you, Drug Honkey! For the wonderful time that you have provided us with. I would personally thank you for the awesome album. We wish you all the best for your future endeavors and everything nice and great!
Honkey Head: Thank you for the great interview Rupsa!
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