Heavy Metal / Industrial artist THE HATE CLUB has released his latest single titled “A Dying Dream”
Grotesque and fearless, satyrical and anxious the amalgamation of his musical prowess crashes a cascade of ramming distortion, raw vocals and signature production style onto listeners heads.
We had a few question for Alex Poe and he gave us some great ones.
1. Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
The Hate Club is a solo act, so I’d like to think that I’ve been “together” for quite a long time haha. The project was started in LA, 3 years ago, after randomly hanging out with one of my friends and coming up with the band’s name, created based on realization that I enjoy chaos and uncertainty way more than “positive vibes”. Since then, there was a substantial amount of development and experimentation that lead the band to where The Hate Club is today. One of my friend’s referenced a quote from the Bible that goes like “My name is Legion, for we are many.”, I think it’s an interesting way to describe THC.
2. What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
My family played a huge role in the development of my musical taste, my dad has a massive collection of CDs and he’d often play those while hanging out with his friends, my dad used to play drums, his friends played, too. For my family music was and still is the religion and the way to express personal identity. What got me in was the desire to just try it out, you know, put my hands to it. So I was begging my parents to get me a guitar for a year straight, till I finally got it. What keeps me going? There’s so much to be done, so much to create, I think that music is a reflection of how we live our lives and in a way the music is there to help me tell my story with all the highs and lows.
3. So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
New album, yes, but later this year. All of my fans are really stoked about it, and me too personally. Debut album is a really important step in any artist’s career, so I’m anxious and exhilarated at the same time. There’s been a major shift in the sound of The Hate Club, I’m going heavier and I freaking love it. Just released 2 new singles over the last month and the response has been great so far.
4. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
I’d love to be a professional hitman or perhaps, some sort of dictator…ah the dreams. Whatever it may be, it gotta be something epic.
5. What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
My favourite funny question is how many band members are there in THC lol.
6. If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
Remember be as their lord savior, but really, I talk to a lot of my fans and each of them discovered THC in their own way, for each of them THC means different things. There is an amazing quote from Goethe’s Faust, – “The mass are only moved by things en masse. Each one, himself, will choose the bit he needs”: I think it’s really beautiful, and tells me that as an artist I just need to give a lot and let people take what they want.
7. On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
Ha, this is a good one, I think that Cerberus (previous single) is 2093 and A Dying Dream is 2237. With ADD I’ve tried some new things and it’s a good feeling, however, Cerberus is very different to previous records, and is also a song I really enjoy.
8. What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?It’s Hello, My Friend, it’s just raw and epic as hell, I was at a very weird place in my life and the lyrics and the music connected in a unique way. The song was inspired by Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean, that’s where the bridge of the song comes from “Ima, Ima, Ima Space Born” – people love that. Right now, there’s some really strong material I’m working on and saving for the LP release, patience. I’m pretty sure, there are 2 more songs of that level are gonna be on the album.
9. Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
Yes, 2593%! 😉 Of course, there’s always so much to learn, I really wanna grow as a singer, guitarist, producer, performer, visionary, try new instruments and challenge myself in any way possible, I get a huge kick out of it, it’s a lifelong path. One achieves that by constant practice and exploration. As a matter of fact, I’m trying to get better at playing complex riffs and sing at the same time, really challenging stuff.
10. If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
I was born within 100 miles of Chernobyl. I was homeless for a moment and slept at train stations and parks.
11. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I’d be a new type of three-color crayon that painted red, black and white. I like the energy that combination of colors calls for, it’s aggressive, violent and bold, yet distinct, piercing and crisp – qualities I’m looking for in music.
12. Who are you inspired by?
My biggest inspiration of all time is Led Zeppelin, I had a huge collection of their music when I was a kid, freaking love them. It’s LZ and Keith Jarrett that laid the foundation to my musical journey. Right now, I’m crazy about Tool and Rammstein. Have you seen Tool’s performance of Sober live, like wtf? Who acts like that on stage? So raw and primeval. Rammstein are just gods of industrial, their sound, image is rock solid. I want to be a completely immersed and oblivious entity that doesn’t belong to itself.
13. What’s an average day like for you?
Me waking up and laying in bed for some time thinking about useless shit, then jumping into a bathtub and reading at least a couple of chapters of classic literature. The sooner I jump working on music the better, I’m most productive in the morning, making music at night is over-romanticized bullshit, imho. These days I’m really trying to develop more skills, like learning new piano pieces, practicing guitar, writing new songs and discovering new philosophical and artistic concepts. I want to create something bigger than myself, I don’t know what it is but I know it’s possible by devouring what the creations of mankind have to offer.
14. Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
I try to respond to everyone I can. We are one and we complete one another. There’s quite a community there, I must admit, everyone has a unique character and they’re unafraid to share their life stories with me, it’s amazing. I love the legion, I serve the legion, I die for the legion.
15. Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Yes, with a lot of it, especially in my early days when I was studying jazz and classical, you’re not supposed to make a single mistake there, it was really stressful and I couldn’t get to the comfortable zone when you can channel your energy to the audience. Instead, I’d stress out a lot, and the audience would feel my stress, no good times. Now things are different, I still always get butterflies in my stomach but when I start performing it all goes away.
6. Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
I really loved playing at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, that was my first green room ever. Not the kind that you see in movies, all picture clean and with expensive champagne, but the rawest and most og green room that is trashed and covered in graffiti and dirt, I love that kind of grit.
7. What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Don’t follow anyone’s footsteps, learn from people you admire but ultimately develop your own sound and means of expression.
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