Melancholy metal voices are so
hard to find in a metal scene that seems to want to continue ripping
off Rob Halfart (not a typo just my name for him), sure super high
vocals are great when I'm in a good mood but when I'm bummed I love
voices like Matt Barlow, Blaze Bayley, Bobby Lucas and Myke Hideous.
These guys voices make me think that there is someone else out there
that understands the darkness that I feel inside.
Empire Hideous has been around since
the end of the
|Myke Hideous:||Yes. HIDEOUS started somewhere in '88. The only
band I was in before HIDEOUS was a hardcore horror
rock band called ANGRY CORPSES. Influenced by
T.S.O.L., MINOR THREAT, THE F.U.s and THE MISFITS. The
guitarist Kenny Balon went on to play bass for M.O.D.
and the drummer Frank Nasty is now in a band called
the TOMBS TONES with my ex-guitarist Donfaratu.
However, in answer to your question, I learned nothing
from my experiences with ANGRY CORPSES.
|Prof.ManiC:||What did really early Empire Hideous sound like??|
|Myke Hideous:||Crap. In my personal opinion.|
|Prof.ManiC:||What does the new Empire sound like??|
|Myke Hideous:||Like the end of the world. (I mean that in a good
|Prof.ManiC:||Has the needles, whips, vulgarity and shock value
always been a part of your shows since the beginning??
|Myke Hideous:||No. That started in the mid nineties when I started
doing performance art and pro readings and at other
bands shows. Setting off firecrackers before the band
would go on and getting kicked out of the club as a
result. Exposing myself at fetish clubs as the host of
a gig and stuff like that. Fun stuff.
|Prof.ManiC:||Are they still part of the show or
has the new version
of Empire mellowed out??
|Myke Hideous:||I've started focusing more on the music these days,
but you never know what might happen.
|Prof.ManiC:||What are some of the most fucked up things you
done on stage??
|Myke Hideous:||Hmmmm… I'd say the whippings
always caught the most
attention from everybody watching the show. Some
people had to turn away because it was too brutal for
them will videos of death and carnage played on the TV
set on stage. And when I say whipped, I mean WHIPPED!
Welts, blood scars and extreme pain with every crack,
right up to the 39th blow. It was no act or
simulation, believe me.
|Prof.ManiC:||How many scars do you have today from
your past stage shows?
|Myke Hideous:||I think about three or four. Mostly from inflicted
razor cuts before a gig. No big deal though.
|Prof.ManiC:||Are the stage shows just a show or are they an outlet
for your darker side and maybe S&M fetishes?
|Myke Hideous:||I've always felt that were an extension of expression
while the performance was going on. It's not easy to
explain, but I must say they were NEVER an attempt to
recreate an S&M/B&D scenario. My personal fetishes are
NOT so public.
|Prof.ManiC:||When would you say that what we
consider the "Goth
subculture" started to form in NYC? Was it always
there or is there a certain date or event that you
think started it??
|Myke Hideous:||We absolutely did NOT start it up out here. I
was at it's peek in the mid 80's where I experienced
some of it, but considering I was more of a punk rock,
horror kid, I didn't pay much attention to it. I hated
the Cure and couldn't care less about the Sisters Of
|Prof.ManiC:||Buried deep in the Gothic scene is a Vampyre
how much of an influence does that scene have on you??
|Myke Hideous:||Have on me? Well, the tables are turned now. I founded
myself turned on to that specific subculture just as
it started to poke its head out in the early 90's, and
even before that. As a result "I" somewhat assisted in
getting the scene started with fellow members of the
assembly. Now, I'm a higher ranking member to the
society. I contributed my time to the movement when it
had virtually 30 members to its coven.
|Prof.ManiC:||How much of the Goth
and vampyre scene do you talk
about in your book "KING OF AN EMPIRE TO THE SHOES OF
A MISFIT" or is it simply a book about the rock
industry and your climb through it?? Or is it more of
a "Piss off" to the Misfits??
Well, I talk about what drew me to the subculture
|Prof.ManiC:||Is there any tension between the Goth scene and
Vampyre scene?? If so how is the war being waged?
|Myke Hideous:||Yeah, sometimes. I try not to get involved with
|Prof.ManiC:||How does the gothic and vampyre scene feel about metal
|Myke Hideous:||I have no idea. It's no different than asking
a question like that. Everyone has there own opinion
|Prof.ManiC:||How did you get involved in the BRONX CASKET
|Myke Hideous:||After EMPIRE HIDEOUS disbanded in '98, I put out an ad
in the local music newspaper and I got a call from
guitarist Jack Frost explaining to me about how he and
DD Verni from Overkill were starting up a side project
and that I should sing for them. I listened to the
demo and agreed to do the BCC album with them.
However, it wasn't until after I was out of the
Misfits that I truly committed myself to doing the
album. That’s pretty much it in a nut shell.
|Prof.ManiC:||On the Album credits,
why call yourself Spy and not go
by Myke Hideous?
|Myke Hideous:||Originally I wanted to use the BCC to personify a
different image, since I myself did not take part in
any of the writing. It doesn't matter anyway. The
record label fucked up anyway and put a sticker on the
CD that featured me, "Mike Hydeous" from the Misfits.
That shot everything to shit. I just wanted to
separate the two rolls that I was now going to
|Prof.ManiC:||How did you know DD Verni??
|Myke Hideous:||I used to work at a music magazine and we would talk
on the phone every once in a while.
|Prof.ManiC:||When you got involved did you expect it to sound more
like Overkill and instead of the doomy gothic sound it
|Myke Hideous:||No. I knew it was going to have a metal edge to it,
but did not know to which extreme it would lead to.
|Prof.ManiC:||Does BCC still have a label deal??
|Myke Hideous:||As far as I know. I think we're still on Massacre
Records in Germany.
|Prof.ManiC:||Will BCC ever play live??
|Myke Hideous:||Don't know. We try to set something up for last
October, but everyone in the band had different plans.
|Prof.ManiC:||What is the word on a new Bronx Casket Company album?
|Myke Hideous:||Again, I don't know. It's been talked about but it's
all DD. When he's ready, he'll do it.
|Prof.ManiC:||Which of the two albums do you like better?? Why??
|Myke Hideous:||Sweet Home Transylvania was my favorite of the two,
because it seems better produced than the first. But
that’s just my opinion.
|Prof.ManiC:||Which one did you have more influence over?
|Myke Hideous:||I would say there was an equal amount of freedom that
DD extended to me for both of them
|Prof.ManiC:||What are some of your favorite gothic and metal
|Myke Hideous:||Fields Of The Nephilim, Sisters Of Mercy, Red Temple
Spirits, Interpol, Chameleons UK. The list goes on and
|Prof.ManiC:||Any final Comments??
|Myke Hideous:||My book KING OF AN EMPIRE TO
THE SHOES OF A MISFIT can be purchased on-line at http://www.1stbooks.com,
new album from EMPIRE HIDEOUS, 'Say Your Prayers' will
be out on Hells Hundreds Records in October or
November 2003 and available through