An Interview With Hellitoisis
A fresh album from Hellitosis is glimmering with a soiree of character riddled rock undertoned styles that range from classic rock to metal, and plenty in-between as guitars bend, surf, thrash, and vocals take the shape of what the song brings and it's all such an incredibly in depth and fun time it's ridiculous.
The Seshing the Trench Mouth album is brimming with edgy and haunted styles and tones and a crazy energy that comes through colorful and alive right alongside the diverse blitzkrieg of rock stylings.
This record has a bit of everything, and it really stems from this deepening hard rock approach and as it's played you get augmented and quirky rhythms, drumming, textures, sounds, and it at times touches of 90's alt and grunge as it mixes into the bands root metal and classic rock soundscape.
This release is like a sucker punch to the gut. It surprises the hell out of you and in the end, you know you deserved it all.
It's been some time since you've had this much fun listening to an album.
It's hard to describe ion one sitting and it does need a few listens to really soak it all in properly, but it has this charm to it.
With the release of such a badass album, we wanted to touch base with Hellitosis to find out where it actually came from and what may be next for the band.
Here's what went down.
Buzz Slayers: Let's kick things off with Seshing the Trenchmouth album. This record has a lush metal feel to it. Where did this album come from?
The album presented itself over a long process of writing the songs and trying to make them fit in with the idea of the novella. I wanted each song to tonally fit the chapters and also to stand alone with their own personality. Buzz Slayers: The record is going to be paired with a novella as well, right? Where did this idea come about?
I have always had the love of writing as well as the drive to create and play music but they always came as two separate crafts. I would usually have to put one project down to work on another. I decided to put the two together and also realized that I could have an opportunity to sell my book in more locations (at concerts) than most writers ever get the chance. It seemed like a great marketing advantage. Buzz Slayers: So how did this all start for you guys as a band?
I started the band in 2006 and went through a couple different “incarnations” of the band. Unfortunately the band members that helped record the album have moved in different geographical locations due to the pandemic and other factors. They played the album in it’s entirety with me at the Album/Novella release party in March of this year. That was the last time we played as that lineup. At that very same show I had the new lineup of Matt and Brandon (aka Matty Madman and The Tooch) play a handful of tunes off of our new project. Buzz Slayers: What inspires you guys to write a song?
A lot of the creative force has laid in my hands in the past although this band has always had a open forum and involved everyone’s creative voice. We have written theme songs, short film screen scores and worked with The Boston 24 Hour Film Fest Project. The impetus is to always be creative and different. Buzz Slayers: This track has some great styles! Can you all give us some of your top musical influences?
JoTa: tool, The Byrds, Classical music. The Tooch: Neal Peart, Mike Portnoy, Joey Jordinson Matty Madman: Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, Frank Bello Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
I am obviously writing a lot or working on film projects with friends. Long walks on the beach and staring aimlessly into the abyss as well. Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now?
Some great local bands such as Low Moments, Crawl Below, Black North. I am trying to curate a lot of my Mothers interests in music as well. 50’s, 60’s and 70’s songs that she has always loved. Newerstuff would be Animals As Leaders and I am getting into Polyphia. Buzz Slayers: Are you guys doing any live performances right now?
Our next show is on October 29th at the Raven in Worcester MA for the Grey Curtains album release. This will be our last show for the year as we will be focusing on reciting our next album. Buzz Slayers: This album feels like a massive undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming bands out there?
We are very lucky as we record ourselves in our own studio, so we can take our time. It gives us room to be really creative and take chances. If you are going into a studio, practice practice practice. You don’t want to pay to WRITE your songs, have them ready and rehearsed for recording. Also, don’t try to sound like other bands, look at ways you can do something different. Follow your music sensibilities and admit if something doesn’t sound right. Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you guys in the near future?
Our next album/book is going to be a lot different than our current release. Whereas the current album “Seshing The TrenchMouth” and the novella “Literally Horrible” are about a serial killer who thinks they are a demon tasked with bringing about the apocalypse, the next project is about grief, loss and redemption through the creative process. It specifically deals with the loss of a child. Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
If you have supported us in any way we would love to thank you. This is not the easiest listening music and it is not made for everyone. Hail to all the like minded people and the fans that seek out music from dark corners where the weird stuff grows.