Mike IX Williams Of EyeHateGod Comments On The Filming Of HBO's "Treme"
The long-running fathers of southern sludge metal EyeHateGod were filmed for an upcoming episode of HBO’s “Treme.” The show follows the recovery of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer strived to make a true-to-life portrait of the lives of people living close to the historic Treme (pronounced Tre-may) neighborhood in New Orleans. They decided to involve as many local actors and real locations as possible; including filming many musicians like Dr. John, rapper Juvenile, bounce artists Big Freedia and Katey Red, and brass bands Rebirth Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, and the Dirty Dozen. “Treme” has produced two seasons and will premiere the third season, containing the episode with the metal band, this fall. The episode including EyeHateGod was filmed at Southport Hall on February 15th and is set in January 2008.
Vocalist Mike IX Williams commented: "Getting to do the “Treme” shoot was tremendously painless and great, great fun. Everyone we dealt with was as easy going and nice as could be. Not the horrid Hollywood atmosphere I was expecting! Being asked to do it in the first place was cool as hell and something they've teased us with for a while, so when they contacted us finally we were majorly prepared and ready to be a part of it, in any way we could.” Mike went to school years ago with the man that the character Davis McAlary is based on. “I went to high school with Steve Zann's character (DJ) Davis Rogan and I remember Davis being a bit.. ummm... of a nerd back then? Sorry Davis. Me, being criminal minded and a little useless (nerdy) Punk Rock kid, actually set Davis' locker on fire when I skipped out once, while everyone else was in classes at McMain Magnet School in the early 80's... Not something I'm proud of, but it's definitely a piece of New Orleans music past history I suppose!!! I'm totally interested to see where this season of “Treme” evolves to and I'm also looking to see EyeHateGod and more local talent on upcoming episodes."
Mike IX Williams and bandmate Ryan McKern will be appearing in their band The Guilt Of… at the WTF Fest during the SXSW festival this month on Wednesday the 14th.
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