The Rebel Flesh is Austin’s number one horror punk act.
We were lucky enough to be able to pick the brains of these musical miscreants for a quick interview.
What/Who are your influences?
Jeremiah: We all have different influences, mainly punk, new wave, rockabilly and some hair metal probably, haha. We like Dead Boys, Killing Joke, Ramones, and Nick Curran.
Mike: Just old punk,metal and new wave also all the killer bands that I have got to play shows with..way to many to name.
Chris: I’ve got a wide variety of singers and musicians from 50’s rock and doo wop to 80’s punk and hard rock…and of course horror movies which I have loved since before I can remember.
Royce: Straight rock n’ roll man. if it rocks I can dig it. Between the four of us I think we have all the cool bases covered. I have metal leanings,I like old Metallica and Black Sabbath. Danzig is high up there. I don’t know what the kids are calling it these days, but Timber Timbre, and Uncle Acid and the Dead Beats are cool too Punk rock, Rancid, NOFX, Ramones, Social Distortion, on and on.
Give us a little history on the band.
Jeremiah: We started about three years ago in Austin, TX, we’ve released three albums and we’re currently rehearsing music for the fourth album. We wrote the theme song for the horror movie The Barn and they made a video for it and its killer.
Royce: Jeremiah, I’ve know forever and a day, he had talked about starting a band before he found Chris and Mike. And I think those two guys are brothers, so thats how they know each other. I came in after Mike,Jeremiah and Chris got started. They already had the first record out ( I Have Become the Night), and Jeremiah had the second (Up All Night) in the works. So I was a little late to the game. It’s a blast playing with these guys.
Horrorpunk is one of the most durable sub-genres of any musical style. Why do you think it retains it’s appeal across generations?
Jeremiah:I don’t know, to be honest, I don’t see it as having a very broad appeal.
Chris:: It’s fun,it’s dark.theres just a great energy when it’s done right.
Mike: I like horror and I like punk rock but never really been into the “Horrorpunk”scene,I do know people like to look scary and we have no problems there.
Can you give us a no bullshit idea of what it’s like playing in the Austin,Texas music scene?
Mike:I really don’t go out that much and we are grateful and lucky that anyone shows up in town to see us play at all. Downtown is kinda creepy and I never know what clubs are still open so I guess I am out of the loop.
Chris: It’s rough, there are a lot of bands here and a lot competition.Don’t get me wrong we’ve had some good shows in Austin but I kinda like playing out of town a little more.
Royce: Good luck. Seems like there are fewer rocking places to play. Shit some places don’t even give you beer tickets. Fucking travesty. Plus you can’t swing a stick in Austin without hitting a guitar player. So it makes it a pretty rough town to play in. Knowing the right people helps, but not always.
Jeremiah: Playing the type of music we play is tough. It’s not the “in” thing so for us, the scene can be brutal. I’m not sure where we fit into the whole thing. There are so many bands, it’s tough to get attention from anyone. Everyone is in a band, and most of the bands, no matter what genre, are usually fucking awesome.
Speaking of horror, this is a horror movie website. What’s the band’s top ten favorite horror movies?
In the Mouth oF Madness
Beyond the Black Rainbow
Return of the living dead
Nightmare on Elm St 3:Dream warriors
Prince of Darkness
Amityville 2:The Possession
Return of the Living dead.
Nightmare on Elm Street
Day of the Dead
28 Days Later
1. The Barn
2. Night of the Living Dead
3. Creepshow 2
4. Invaders From Mars
5. Evil Dead
6. The Town That Dreaded Sundown
7. Night of the Demons
9. Fright Night
10. Maximum Overdrive
How Many Times a Month do You Play out?
Jeremiah: We usually play out once a month, Mike & I both have daughters that are young so we try not to go too crazy with the shows right now.
Are you into True Crime or the Occult as well as horror/sci-fi?
Jeremiah: I’m in to true crime, mainly serial killers, specifically Ted Bundy. I used to be interested in the paranormal but I kinda decided it’s pretty much bullshit, which sucks for me because I really wanted that stuff to be real.
What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened to the band?
Jeremiah: The scariest thing that happened to the band was the shitty motel we stayed in up north when we went to shoot a video with Justin Seaman from the Barn movie. The motel was so sketchy and had this strange makeshift door type thing in the corner behind one of the beds, it was creepy man, haha, but nothing actually happened.
Any upcoming shows or projects you want to plug?
Mike: We just got asked to be on soundtrack to upcoming horror anthology directed by Rocky Gray called 10/31/16.
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