Interview With Greg Haran Of Hostility
Novato, Califonia's HOSTILITY has been leveling everyone in their path this year with their debut album "Uncompromised" off The Penn/Voltaic Records. They are one of the few bands that seems to properly incorporate the best of thrash and death metal into their own brand of heavy music destruction and are looking to take their game now to a higher level for 2007. I've been lucky enough to see these guys live and to hang out with them and wanted to continue educating all of you on a real metal band that deserves the hype and killer national exposure this band is certainly now receiving. I was able to recently get some Q&A in with their lead vocalist, Greg Haran.
Rocket: So are you originally from Novato, California?
Greg: I've lived in California my whole life. I moved to Novato when I was twelve.
Rocket: When did you first start singing in bands?
Greg: I started singing, or shall I say screaming for Hostility in 1998. I've never been in another band.
Rocket: Are you one of those gifted vocalists where you never took any formal singing lessons or do you continue to train yourself in that area to stay in top form?
Greg: I've never had any formal vocal training. I just picked up the mic and started screaming my balls off! I've always had anger issues, so it was a positive way of channeling my rage. I'm always pushing myself to be a better vocalist through constant practice. I also workout to keep myself healthy and to increase my endurance.
Rocket: Whatever you're doing, a thousand other vocalists will try but not be able to achieve. You certainly house one helluva beast in your throat, brother. So who are some of your biggest vocal influences? Past or present.
Greg: I grew up listening to all the classic metal bands like Pantera, Metallica,and Slayer. As I got older, I started getting into a lot of death metal and grind such as Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation and Napalm Death.
Rocket: I knew you had to be into death metal pretty heavy. I can totally hear that in this band's music. Now you know how much I love your debut effort 'Uncompromised' off The Pen Records. Are you guys working on new material and what can we expect with the follow-up? I think a lot of fans want to know if it'll be as heavy or even heavier.
Greg: We've already started writing new material and it's definitely heavier and darker. I'm more pissed off than ever, and I know the rest of the band feels the same way. Our goal from day one has always been to be as heavy as humanly possible. As we progress as musicians our sound will only become more brutal.
Rocket: That's why I'm so into Hostility. You guys are crushing at all times. You and Tony V on lead guitar seem to get along like brothers from the time I've hung out with you guys. Is that the general vibe with the entire band? I imagine there's fights here and there just like family when you're on the road though.. over petty stuff like who drank the last beer. Ha!
Greg: This is definitely a band of brothers. We've been playing together for eight years and I know these guys like the back of my hand. Sure there’s fights from time to time, but that's expected when you're around eachother as much as we are. I think the fact that we've never had a line-up change speaks for itself, although nobody better drink my last beer.
Rocket: Haha. Hell yeah! Don't be messing with Greg Haran's beer or you're gonna be feeling some of the Hostility. Love it!
So when you're on the road, what is the one thing you miss most about being back home?
Greg: Steady pussy.
Rocket: Horns up on that one... way high, man. I've got them both up! I like to have fun with this next one. What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you while performing on the stage?
Greg: We were playing a party in Chico, CA. and these drunken freaks thought it would be a good idea to throw an empty keg at eachother. It got pretty bloody and I couldn’t help with laughing my ass off.
Rocket: Metal music and bloody beer kegs. Hmm... who knew? Ha! Man, there's been a lot of killer metal released in 2006. Do you have a personal favorite?
Greg: I'd say its a three way tie between Slayer's Christ Illusion, Cannibal Corpses' Kill and Suffocation’s Self Titled. They are all really amazing records.
Rocket: Yeah, it's pretty hard coming up with a top ten for this year and not leaving some real good ones off of it. I know this band had a real killer show out in Mechanisburg, PA back on Oct 28th at The G-Man with Ninetail and From Dissension through Level Nine Entertainment. You were put on the bill as a replacement. How much fun do you have going into a place and just blowing all these fans minds with Hostility's music for the first time?
Greg: It's an awesome feeling to go out and kick an audience in the teeth when they least expect it! Hostility shows are pretty intense and most people don't know what to expect when we hit the stage. We like to grab the audience by the throat and keep squeezing till the final note.
Rocket: With all the stuff you have to do even when not on the stage to keep this well-oiled metal machine going, do you ever actually get time to answer some of your MySpace fan mail?
Greg: I can always make time for a fan. I may not write 'em a fucking novel, but I will definitely make the effort to get back to whoever has a question or wants to say what's up.
Rocket: Very cool. How can a fan of this band get involved with the street team effort? And do you guys send those supporters merchandise for a job well done at some point?
Greg: you can join our street team through www.HOSTILITY1.com we send out shirts, cds, posters, and other promo stuff to the fans that go the extra mile.
Rocket: So what are some of the upcoming shows for Hostility?
Greg: We're playing Desilva's bar in Novato on Nov.24th. We have plans for another U.S. tour in febuary 2007, so keep your eyes peeled for a show near you.
Rocket: Thanks for taking the time out on this, brother. Best of luck to this band. Give a shoutout to your biggest supporters.
Greg: Thanks a lot, Rocket. I just want to send a shoutout to all the fans a.k.a- the meanest motherfuckers in the world.see ya in 2007.
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