Constantly Changing: Chris Hornbrook of Senses Fail/Poison The Well

Chris Hornbrook, photo provided by ChrisHornbrook.com

Chris Hornbrook, photo provided by ChrisHornbrook.com

Chris Hornbrook has been one of the most distinctive drummers in music for almost 20 years. Best known for his work with seminal modern metal innovators Poison The Well, in addition to sitting behind the kit for Senses Fail for the last few years, Chris is also known for his work with Big Black Delta and many other live and session gigs. For a guy as accomplished as he is, he comes across as humble and positive; something you can’t say about everyone who has been in the business this time.

 

Having just reunited with Poison The Well to play two shows, this seemed like a good place to begin:

They were really great and I personally had a blast. The headlining gig was obviously our thing, so that was a bit more fun because we had control over how the show went in terms of venue, lighting, monitors, etc. The set list felt really good, as was the people in the audiences enthusiasm and excitement. Skate and Surf was cool and I had a good time, too. A bit of a shorter set and since it wasn’t our show, the less control over all the variables that can make or break a show. Overall, it was really great.

Poison The Well in 2015, photo by Luis Ruiz

Poison The Well in 2015, photo by Luis Ruiz

 

We next asked about the spark that brought PTW back together again and if there would be other shows in the future:

I think it had been in the back of heads for a while. We never stopped playing and recording because we didn’t want to create with one another or hated each other’s guts. PTW stopped because it had become too taxing for some and a few of the band members felt like it was time to take a step back. A break was needed. We’ll have to wait and see what happens in the future with other shows. Nothing is confirmed yet.

Looking back, a lot of today’s bands, especially metalcore bands, owe Poison The Well some props at least as one of the originators of the style. We wondered if Chris, when he hears modern bands, does he feels proud, ripped off, or nonplussed?

I mean I would never say we were the originators of the whole “metalcore” thing. There were a ton of bands that came way before us that had laid the ground work down and produced some really interesting and cool stuff. From my perspective, we just wrote the right record at the right time. I think we could modestly take credit for helping popularizing that sound in the early 2000’s. In terms of today’s metalcore scene, I really have no feeling in either direction. I don’t listen to that genre much anymore and if I do dip into something heavy, it’s more of a “boutique” band and/or sound.

 

Being a band that was innovative and leader in their sub-genre, and then changed radically; sometimes this has the fan base at odds with a band and their creative choices. We asked if Chris agreed or disagreed with this notion:

Thank you and I agree with you. What I’ve come to see and learn is people get very emotionally attached to a record because of where they were in their lives at that point. What that record did to help them out and pull them through whatever time they were having, good or bad. So they REALLY get attached. It’s like they develop a personal and close relationship with that record much like a girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, or wife. Additional to that, people don’t like change, which is something that I find ironic as life is constantly changing. But, we’re creatures of habit and comfort…

So with that being said, when you serve up something that sounds different, you’re normally met with, well, whatever you’re met with. Sometimes good, but more likely than not, critical and bad because it’s not what they envisioned you to do. So PTW just learned not to really care, as being creative, trying new things and pushing into territory that we hadn’t been before became number one. This was advantageous and detrimental all at once.

 

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Senses Fail just wrapped up a spring tour and their new album Pull The Thorns From Your Heart (Pure Noise) drops in about a month. What can fans expect from the record?

An extremely heavy record, very different than the bands past work. Once again, this is going to get very polarized responses. I’m trying to approach it the same way I do with PTW, not really caring because negativity can take its toll on you if you let it in.
Over the arc of a long career that started when he was still in high school, Chris has worked with some of the greats in music production. We asked if he had a favorite producer (production team and if there was anyone he’d like to work with given the chance.

Yes, I’m very lucky to have worked with some of the people that I have. I respect all the dudes that I’ve worked with in different ways and have taken different bits from each person, one not superseding the other. Hopefully, I can check off a few more names before I die. I’d really like to work with Steve Albini, Joe Barresi, Ken Andrews, Rick Rubin, Dave Fridmann just to name a few.

 

Booked for all of 2015 with projects and tours, we asked about his other gigs since he seems to be perpetually working:

Yes! I’m very lucky and stoked to have a full year of work. I’m already starting to hear of plans for next year, which is great. In terms of other projects, I have one with Beau from Saosin, but that’s been put on hold. We’re both really busy at the moment. Hopefully, we can resume sometime towards the end of the year.
Lastly we wanted to know what he does in his down time and what hobbies Chris enjoys

I’m a busy body / work-o-holic. I have to stay busy doing something or I’ll lose my mind. So, with that being said, I generally bounce in between drumming and learning more of that craft, spending time with my girlfriend and friends, and keeping on top of whatever business stuff I have going on. I fill in as much space as I can.
Chris Hornbrook can be seen this summer on the Vans Warped Tour with Senses Fail. You can follow his other projects and book him for lessons via his website.

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Deez Nuts Streaming “Face This On My Own” Music Video

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Deez Nuts are streaming their music video for “Face This on My Own,” off of their forthcoming album Word Is Bond, out April 21, 2015 in North America and April 27, 2015 in Europe via Century Media Records, below. The video was made in Melbourne earlier this year and was shot in just one take, along the street that frontman JJ Peters lives on.

As previously announced, the band have an extensive European tour with Stick To Your Guns, Trash Talk and Being As An Ocean in place.

DEEZ NUTS TOUR:
w/STICK TO YOUR GUNS
Special Guests: Trash Talk, Being As An Ocean
Apr 24: Impericon Fest – Zuerich (CH)(without Trash Talk)
Apr 25: Impericon Fest – Oberhausen (DE)(without Trash Talk)
Apr 26: Amager Bio – Copenhagen (DK) (w/Madball)
Apr 27: Sub Scene – Oslo (NO)
Apr 28: En Arena – Stockholm (SE)
Apr 29: Arena 29 – Gothenburg (SE)
Apr 30: Übel Und Gefährlich – Hamburg (DE)
May 02: Impericon Fest – Leipzig (DE) (without Trash Talk)
May 03: Amsterdam – Impericon Fest (NL) (without Trash Talk)
May 04: Impericon Fest – Manchester (UK)( without Trash Talk)
May 05: Cat House – Glasgow (UK)
May 06: ULU – London (UK)
May 07: Glazart – Paris (FR)
May 08: Longlive Rockfest – Lyon (FR)
May 09: Vidia Club – Cesena (IT)
May 10: Live Forum – Milan (IT)
May 11: Gala Hala – Ljubljana (SLO)
May 12: Arena – Vienna (AT)
May 13: A 38 – Budapest (HU)
May 14: Explosiv – Graz (AT)
May 15: Posthalle – Wuerzburg (DE)
May 16: Astra – Berlin (DE)
May 17: Hydrozagadka – Warsaw (PL)
May 18: Lucerna Music Bar – Prague (CZ)
May 19: Weekender – Innsbruck (AT)
May 20: Rosenhof – Osnabrueck (DE)
May 21: Substage – Karlsruhe (DE)

Jul 05: Atlas – Kiev (UA)
Jul 06: Re:Public – Minsk (BY)
Jul 08: Volta – Moscow (RU)
Jul 09: Clubzal – St. Petersburg (RU)
Jul 10: Ogni Fest – Ekaterinburg (RU)

Summer Festivals:
May 29-31: Grüne Hölle – Nuerburgring – Der Ring (DE)
Mat 29-31: Rockavaria – (D) Munich (DE)( without Trash Talk, Being As An Ocean)

Deez Nuts Streaming “What’s Good?” Music Video

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Deez Nuts is streaming their music video for “What’s Good?,” here, off their new album Word Is Bond, out April 21, 2015 in North America and April 27, 2015 in Europe via Century Media Records.

 

Word Is Bond showcases frontman JJ Peters at his most real. It’s a short, sharp shock of pure honesty delivered in inimitable old-school style, and shouts loud and proud that Peters, guitarist Matt ‘RealBad’ Rogers, bassist Sean Kennedy and drummer Alex Salinger are here to stay. The half Melbourne / half New York City based four piece has been touring the world constantly for seven years, becoming one of the most well know hardcore bands Australia has ever produced.

And sure, Deez Nuts still go harder than any other motherfucker in the room but now, with Word Is Bond – their fourth album, produced by Andrew Neufeld (Comeback Kid) and Shane Frisby (The Ghost Inside, Bury Your Dead), Peters is confronting exactly what happens when the party stops. And with a little help from his boys Drew York (Stray From The Path, who also guests on ‘Party At The Hill’) and Sam Carter (Architects), he decided to open up like never before.

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DEEZ NUTS – Word Is Bond – track listing:

1. Word
2. Yesterday [feat. Dre Faivre]
3. Pour Up
4. What’s Good?
5. Behind Bars [feat. Andrew ‘Goose’ Neufeld]
6. What I Gotta Do
7. Chess Boxin’
8. Don’t Wanna Talk About It
9. Face This On My Own
10. Wrong Things Right
11. Understand
12. Party At The Hill [feat. Andrew ‘Drew York’ Di Jorio]
13. The Message
14. Word Is Bond

Upon the release of Word is Bond, Deez Nuts will embark on an extensive European tour with Stick To Your Guns, Trash Talk and Being As An Ocean.

DEEZ NUTS TOUR:

w/STICK TO YOUR GUNS
Special Guests: Trash Talk, Being As An Ocean

Apr 24: Impericon Fest – Zuerich (CH)(without Trash Talk)
Apr 25: Impericon Fest – Oberhausen (DE)(without Trash Talk)
Apr 26: Amager Bio – Copenhagen (DK) (w/Madball)
Apr 27: Sub Scene – Oslo (NO)
Apr 28: En Arena – Stockholm (SE)
Apr 29: Arena 29 – Gothenburg (SE)
Apr 30: Übel Und Gefährlich – Hamburg (DE)
May 02: Impericon Fest – Leipzig (DE) (without Trash Talk)
May 03: Amsterdam – Impericon Fest (NL) (without Trash Talk)
May 04: Impericon Fest – Manchester (UK)( without Trash Talk)
May 05: Cat House – Glasgow (UK)
May 06: ULU – London (UK)
May 07: Glazart – Paris (FR)
May 08: Longlive Rockfest – Lyon (FR)
May 09: Vidia Club – Cesena (IT)
May 10: Live Forum – Milan (IT)
May 11: Gala Hala – Ljubljana (SLO)
May 12: Arena – Vienna (AT)
May 13: A 38 – Budapest (HU)
May 14: Explosiv – Graz (AT)
May 15: Posthalle – Wuerzburg (DE)
May 16: Astra – Berlin (DE)
May 17: Hydrozagadka – Warsaw (PL)
May 18: Lucerna Music Bar – Prague (CZ)
May 19: Weekender – Innsbruck (AT)
May 20: Rosenhof – Osnabrueck (DE)
May 21: Substage – Karlsruhe (DE)

Summer festivals:

May 29-31: Der Ring – Nuerburgring (DE)(Grüne Hölle) (without Trash Talk, Being As An Ocean)
May 29-31: Rockavaria – Munich (DE) (without Trash Talk, Being As An Ocean)
Jul 03-05: With Full Force Festival – Roitzschjora (DE)(without Trash Talk, Being As An Ocean)

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Deez Nuts Releasing Word Is Bond In April Via Century Media

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Deez Nuts is releasing Word Is Bond on April 21, 2015 in North America and April 27, 2015 in Europe via Century Media. The album was produced by Andrew Neufeld (Comeback Kid) and Shane Frisby (The Ghost Inside, Bury Your Dead).

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DEEZ NUTS “Word Is Bond” track listing:

1. Word
2. Yesterday
3. Pour Up
4. What’s Good
5. Behind Bars
6. What I Gotta Do
7. Chess Boxin’
8. Don’t Wanna Talk About It
9. Face This On My Own
10. Wrong Things Right
11. Understand
12. Party At The Hill
13. The Message
14. Word Is Bond

DEEZ NUTS
STICK TO YOUR GUNS
Special Guests: Trash Talk, Being As An Ocean
Apr 24: Impericon Fest – Zuerich (CH)*
Apr 25: Impericon Fest – Oberhausen (DE)*
Apr 26: Amager Bio – Copenhagen (DK)(w/Madball)
Apr 27: Sub Scene – Oslo (NW)
Apr 28: En Arena – Stockholm (SE)
Apr 29: Arena 29 – Gothenburg (SE)
Apr 30: Übel Und Gefährlich – Hamburg (DE)
May 02: Impericon Fest – Leipzig (DE)*
May 03: Impericon Fest – Amsterdam (NL)*
May 04: Impericon Fest – Manchester (UK)*
May 05: Cat House – Glasgow (UK)
May 06: ULU – London (UK)
May 07: Glazart – Paris (FR)
May 08: Warm Audio – Lyon (FR)
May 09: Vidia Club – Cesena (IT)
May 10: Cerbero Club – Rozzano (IT)
May 11: Gala Hala – Ljubljana (SLO)
May 12: Arena – Vienna (AU)
May 13: A 38 – Budapest (HU)
May 14: Explosiv – Graz (AU)
May 15: Posthalle – Wuerzburg (DE)
May 16: Astra – Berlin (DE)
May 17: Hydrozagadka – Warsaw (PL)
May 18: Lucerna Music Bar – Prague (CZ)
May 19: Weekender – Innsbruck (AU)
May 20: Rosenhof – Osnabrueck (DE)
May 21: Substage – Karlsruhe (DE)
* without Trash Talk
** without Trash Talk, Being As An Ocean

Summer festivals:
May 29-31: – Grüne Hölle – Nuerburgring – Der Ring (D)**
May 29-31: – Rockavaria – Munich (DE)**
Jul 03-07: With Full Force Festival – Roitzschjora (DE)**

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Trash Talk, Ratking and Lee Bannon Book North American Tour

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Trash Talk, Ratking and Lee Bannon have booked a February/March US Tour
Feb 13: Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
Feb 14: The Epicentre – San Diego, CA
Feb 17: Club Dada – Dallas, TX
Feb 18: Red 7 – Austin, TX
Feb 19: Walter’s Downtown – Houston, TX
Feb 21: Red Bull Sound Select – Atlanta, GA
Feb 23: Orpheum – Ybor City, FL
Feb 24: Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL
Feb 25: Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL
Feb 26: Kings Barcade – Raleigh, NC
Feb 28: Black Cat – Washington, DC
Mar 01: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Mar 03: Palisades – Brooklyn, NY
Mar 04: Marilin Room at Webster Hall – New York City, NY
Mar 05: The Sinclair – Boston, MA
Mar 06: Studio Bar – Toronto, ON
Mar 07: Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
Mar 08: Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Mar 09: Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
Mar 12: Korean Hall – Vancouver, BC
Mar 13: Star Theater – Portland, OR
Mar 14: Neumos – Seattle, WA
Mar 16: Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
Mar 17: The Independent – San Francisco, CA
Mar 19: Strummer’s – Fresno, CA
Mar 20: Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA

Stick To Your Guns, Deez Nuts, Trash Talk And Being As An Ocean UK/European Tour

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Stick To Your Guns, Deez Nuts, Trash talk and Being As An Ocean will taking part on a UK/European tour this spring.

Apr 24: Impericon Fest – Zurich, SWI (no Trash Talk)
Apr 25: Impericon Fest – Oberhausen, GER (no Trash Talk)
Apr 26: Amager Bio – Copenhagen, DEN (feat. Madball)
Apr 27: Sub Scene – Oslo, NOR
Apr 28:– En Arena – Stockholm, SWE
Apr 29:– Arena 29 – Gothenburg, SWE
Apr 30: Ubel Und Gefahrlich – Hamburg, GER
May 01: Groezrock – Meerhout, BEL (no Deez Nuts/Being As An Ocean)
May 02: Impericon Fest – Leipzig, GER (no Trash Talk)
May 03: Impericon Fest – Amsterdam, NET (no Trash Talk)
May 04: Impericon Fest – Manchester, UK (no Trash Talk)
May 05: Cat House – Glasgow, UK
May 06: ULU – London, UK
May 07: Glazart – Paris, FRA
May 08: Warm Audio – Lyon FRA
May 09: Vidia Club – Cesena, ITA
May 10: Live Forum – Milan, ITA
May 11: Gala Hala – Ljubljana, SLO
May 12: Arena – Wien, AUT
May 13: A38 – Budapest, HUN
May 14: Explosiv – Graz, AUT
May 15: Posthalle – Wurzburg, GER
May 16: Astra – Berlin, GER
May 17: Hydrozagadka – Warsaw, POL
May 18: Lucerna Music Bar – Prague, CZE
May 19: Weekender – Innsbruck, AUT
May 20: Rosenhof – Osnabruck, GER
May 21: Substage – Karlsruhe, GER
May 29-31: Grune Holle – Nurburg Der Ring, GER (no Trash Talk/Being As An Ocean)
May 29-31: Rockavaria – Munchen, GER (no Trash Talk/Being As An Ocean)

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The Dillinger Escape Plan – Trash Talk – Retox – Shining (NO): at Brighton Music Hall, Allston MA

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There aren’t many tours that are revealed that I get giddy with excitement for immediately after they are announced. After hearing The Dillinger Escape Plan were playing Boston, however, it became one of my most highly anticipated shows of the year, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. They are one of those bands who, from the times I have seen them, put on some of the most intense shows I have ever seen.

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So, when I reached the sold out Brighton Music Hall and saw the crowd building up when doors opened, I knew Boston was going to be in for a hell of a show. The night started off with the band Shining. No, not the black metal band from Sweden, but the experimental metal act from Norway. Fronted by guitarist, vocalist, and saxophonist Jørgen Munkeby, Shining blends the intricacy of progressive metal with the sound of jazz and black metal in order to craft very interesting pieces of music, which can be heard on their releases Blackjazz and One One One (Indie Recordings). Opening with the track ‘I Won’t Forget’, it was obvious that some of the crowd did not know what to expect after they began to play. The band played with a lot of energy and had a very strong stage presence throughout their set. By the end, most of the crowd was into their performance, even some of the people who were talking about why they were on the bill. They ended their set with a cover of ’21st Century Schizoid Man’ by King Crimson, and having the whole crowd sing along was a perfect way to close their set.

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Following Shining were glitchy hardcore noisemakers Retox, whose mathy approach must have been a tad too offbeat for a crowd awaiting Trash Talk. With a more straightforward and urban approach to hardcore, it lends itself more to the mosh, essentially. Busting out oldies like a souped-up version of ‘F.Y.R.A.’ and the title track from their fastcore favourite, ‘Walking Disease’ and evenly dotting in some of their darker, heavier material from Eyes & Nines and 119 paved the way for stage-dive and crowd surf central. With vocalist Lee Spielman keeping the crowd hype in order to give them their money’s worth in next day bruises, there was no shortage of circle pits, rafter hanging (guitarist Spencer included), and of course, good old fashioned mosh ignorance. Those near the stage during the seasonably doom-laden ‘Hash Wednesday” would also be able to smell a certain sweet leaf making the rounds. Surprisingly, no hospitalizations, but definitely a lot of damaged shoes.

 

To pile mayhem on mayhem came The Dillinger Escape Plan, who, unlike Retox, have the history and long-standing reputation for hosting shows where the trend generally is rafter hanging, pit violence, more rafter hanging, impassioned singalongs, and maybe more rafter hanging, but this time instigated by guitarist extraordinaire Ben Weinman. Of course, you can guess that this set followed the formula of a normal Dillinger set, but is that ever a bad thing?

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Aside from vocalist Greg Puciato telling all couples to make sweet love for the sake of procreation during the swank, ear-friendly intro to the title track of their Sumerian Records debut, One Of Us Is The Killer, you can guess what happened, short of the venue walls collapsing under the weight of ‘43% Burnt’, or the glorious pile-on/stage invasion during ‘Sunshine The Werewolf’, a fitting closer. Whoever programs their light show should get an academy award for the headache inducing task of syncing up anti-epilepsy death rays with the mind-bending time signatures that they bust out as easily as a grade schooler can beat-box. When even ‘Panasonic Youth’ is a comparatively ‘easy’ song to tap your foot to, you know you’re in for the musical equivalent of a plane crash. In the best way, of course. Be sure to pick up the wreckage that was your brain on the way out of the venue.

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Despite all odds, the Brighton Music Hall still stands, and so we may tell the tale of the night it survived Trash Talk And The Dillinger Escape Plan back to back. Honestly, I’m still puzzled, but some things are best not to think too hard about and just accept. Life is kind of like stage-diving, if you think about it that way.

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Review by Jason Mejia and Sean Pierre-Antoine

Photos by Meg Loyal Photography