A Video Interview With Front Man Ben And Backing Vocalist Chris From At Home In Hell
Band Photo: At Home In Hell (?)
Montana metallers At Home In Hell had their first live show in seventh months on August 14th. The band raffled off B.C. Rich Warlock guitars and tattoos from local artists to raise money for the full-length follow up to their 2006 self-titled EP. Front man Ben and backing vocalist Chris sat down with Metalunderground.com's Ty Arthur (aka xFiruath) before the show to discuss their long absence from the live scene and their upcoming album "In Home Hell." A transcript of the interview can be found below the video clip.
xFiruath: So we are here with At Home In Hell. It’s been one year since our last interview. Since that time you guys have been on a little bit of a hiatus. I guess before we get into that why don’t you tell me who are you and what do you do in At Home in Hell?
Ben: My name is Ben and I sing and play bass.
Chris: I’m Chris and I do samples, keyboards, all the stage lighting, and backing vocals.
xFiruath: So all the sexy stuff?
Ben: That’s right. All the important stuff.
xFiruath: So you’ve been on a hiatus but you’re just getting started again now. What went on there?
Ben: We took a little down time. We wanted to write some new material and get a full album worth of stuff. We’re out here tonight trying to raise money to put out a full length album. We spent the winter months writing everything and adding some new things to the show (points to new stage lights and amplifiers). We’re ready to get out there and we were just trying to upgrade as much as possible.
xFiruath: Tell me about the new one you are working on. How much have you got written and have you recorded anything so far?
Chris: “Threshold” is the only thing we’ve got recorded, but I’m sure we’ll re-do that. I don’t how many we’re going to do, maybe 14 songs.
Ben: We’re going to do 14 altogether, 13 that have never been recorded. “Threshold” being the 14th. The album will be titled “In Home Hell,” which is kind of a play on the name. It’ll be just about living in a shitty situation. There’s a million of them and this album is about them all.
Chris: We tried not to leave anything out, just whatever pisses us off.
xFiruath: You guys have that cover song you did of “Three Little Pigs.” Is that going on the album or staying off?
Ben: No, those are special for Halloween. We like to do covers on Halloween for fun. We did “Thriller” and this year we’re going to try to do “Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring. That’ll be a good one. We’ll see if that works.
Chris: That one is retired.
xFiruath: I understand you were going to have a keyboardist but that fell through?
Ben: Yeah we hired a keyboard player but his ultimate decision was that he would rather be my friend than hate me. I’m kind of a slave driver in the band.
Chris: He’s a little bit of an asshole at times.
Ben: He said “I like Ben way too much to want to punch him in his face.” So he took off. He was kind of freshman too, he had never really played anything before. We were trying to get him toned up. You know we’re not incorporating anything too intricate, Beethoven shit or anything. He was having troubles getting some that so we let him go and handed it over to Chris. As usual Chris picked it up.
Chris: Not like I don’t have anything else to do.
xFiruath: Tell me about tonight’s show. You’ve been buying a lot of new equipment, so what’s going on tonight we haven’t seen before?
Ben: Just new show, new songs. Like I said we added some more visuals and things like that. We’re really just trying to raise money for the album so we’ve got some local sponsors out. We’re going to be raffling off two B.C. Rich Warlock guitars. A couple of $150 tattoos. It’ll awesome hopefully. It’s just us tonight, no opening bands. We’ll be playing for two-and-a-half hours and giving away lots of shit.
xFiruath: So a lot of stuff that isn’t on the demo then?
Ben: Yeah as a matter of fact we’re going to start with every song we know, except for cover songs. We’re going to start with the EP we have out now and then everything from that point on will be on the new album. Kind of a presentation of what’s to come.
xFiruath: On to some bullshitting, what you are guys listening to these days?
Ben: I’m still stuck on Dillinger.
Chris: Dillinger Escape Plan has grabbed a hold of me. Despised Icon is pretty nice. The usuals.
Ben: Fear Factory.
xFiruath: That’s about all my questions. Is there anything else you wanted to say to all those people out there in Internet land?
Ben: There is one thing I would like to address, and actually only because it has been brought up before in conversation. I just want to make this absolutely 100% clear that we are in no way racist. We wear white because of the stage show thing. Not one bit. This is just for visuals. Fuck the KKK, they ruined my theme. We don’t wear pointy hats or robes and there will be no burning crosses.
Chris: This is strictly entertainment.
Ben: As a matter of fact the only hate crime we are going to commit is the next mother fucker who accuses us of being racist. We’re going to lynch his ass and drag him behind the truck. I just want to make that clear for everybody, this is for image.
Chris: We’ll make a video out of it.
xFiruath: You have a little bit of a horror theme going on with the slasher thing. Is there a favorite horror movie there or something behind it?
Ben: No, I just like to stand out. We do the black lights with the hot colors in the back because you stick out like a sore thumb.
Chris: You can’t see anything on the stage but us.
Ben: It’s just all visual. We’re not really inspired by anything, we just this would make for a cool show.
Chris: And on top of that we would like to become the only metal band wearing white. Everyone wears black. This is the new black from now on.
Ben: Mainly our biggest goal is to be the small stage band that has got the big stage show. If you go to a bar I want you to feel like you’ve just left a concert. That’s our only goal.
Chris: It’s to entertain. The more we entertain people the more we’re entertained. It works both ways.
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