Monthly Archives: September 2011

An unpublished interview with Mike Terror (early 2010)

UR: How’s it going?

MT: Decent. I’m staying pretty busy these days.

UR: So tell me about your band. How did you guys get started?

MT: In the beginning, it was just me. When I told people I was working on a music project, the typical response was something like “oh yeah? Who isn’t?” or “yeah, let me know how THAT goes..”

UR: People didn’t take you seriously?

MT: No, not really. I recorded a few experimental demos that kind of sucked. One was called “Holy Water Enema.” It was a playful, yet wildly absurd little tune about having a demon possessed rectum and needing hookers to eat your semen… one could make sense of it if they tried, but its probably not worth the effort. Anyway, as soon as people heard “Invasion”, attitudes toward what I was doing started to change.

UR: Is that when you started recruiting the rest of your group?

MT: Pretty much. But my guitar player (Eon) was there from the beginning. We knew each other in high school, and it just seemed like a natural fit to ask him to join me. I think we had some things in common that opened up certain doors for us. We both wore makeup and I’m pretty sure people called us both “fags.”

UR: Your live show includes a sideshow freak. How did you guys find him?

MT: You’re talking about 8ball. 8ball is the shit, no doubt. And technically, he found us. He’s also part of a group called “8e Tribe.” They were responsible for booking our very first show… at a rave… at University of Houston. Weird. We also had a different bass player back then.

UR: I did notice in some of your videos that you’ve had a change or two in your line-up. Have the changes worked out for the better?

MT: I believe it has. Our original bass player (MN4) was a great guy, but sometimes our paths just lead us elsewhere. Android1 is our current bass player. I think he fits in with us quite well. That dirty fucker. You can always count on him to be the guy who pulls his dick out in public. The stories are piling up. He makes me proud.

UR: I noticed you guys have an EP and a Single available on iTunes, are you working on any new material?

MT: Believe it. It’s all I think about… Well, for the most part anyway.

UR: The Mike Terror and the Postmortem Spacemen EP seems to be themed mostly on the Horror/Sci-fi genre. Is this something that you plan to stick with, or do you plan to expand your horizons?

MT: The music and the band will always evolve. Even today, we’re noticeably different from what we were like when we started. As far as theme goes, the Horror element will likely always be present in what we do. In the music we’re working on now, Horror remains, but it’s a different kind of Horror. The EP was based on a lot of different things that had inspired me up until that point, so the result was multiple textured beast of Horror and Sci-fi. Keep the horror, take out the sci-fi, then insert love, pain, sex, and death. That might give you a better idea of where we’re headed.

UR: Sounds a little dark. The EP had somewhat of a “fun” element to it with the song about the Toxic Avenger. Is that “fun” element going to disappear?

MT: No. It’s not like we’re ditching our personalities. If we quit having fun with our music, I’d feel like a lame asshole. Our new CD already contains things that most people would consider to be morbidly absurd. It’s what comes naturally though, so I’m proud of it. Like our EP, it’s going to be about a lot of different things, and it’ll be delivered through many different styles/sounds of music. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you hear “In the Morgue”.

UR: Is that the name of the album?

MT: No, it’s a song on it though. It’s a legitimate love story. You’ll see.

UR: Does your new album have a title?

MT: Yes, but I’m not ready to say what it is.

UR: What is it about the Horror genre that inspires you?

MT: Before we get into that… you mentioned the Toxic Avenger, so now you get to hear my Lloyd Kauffman story…

UR: Ok, go on.

MT: It was at Crypticon 2009 in Houston. We were booked to perform at the VIP party, but we also had a booth at the convention. Anyway, it was the first day, and one of the first people my band ran into is Lloyd Kauffman. One of coolest motherfuckers you’ll ever meet. Long story short, he ended up buying one of our CDs, and came back to the convention the next day singing the lyrics to “TOXIE”. That shit about melted my brain. He even hung out with us in our “dressing room” for a bit while we got ready to perform. Fucking awesome.

UR: That’s cool. So back to horror and it’s inspiration?

MT: Horror has always played a big role with me. My biggest heroes growing up were Frankenstein, Dracula, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Jackson. A few of my earliest memories mark their place in my head with the imagery I was exposed to by horror films… It’s meant to affect people that way, I think. A scene of someone’s blood being splattered has been compared to watching the money shot in a porn flick. I think they have a similar affect on people.

UR: One of your fans was curious to know what you’re like when you’re not onstage. “In everyday life.”

MT: I don’t see any separation between who I am on or offstage. I don’t really see the point in pretending I’m somebody else. If that’s your gig, that’s cool. It’s just not mine. In everyday life, I just do what I can. I’m the best I can be. I’m probably wildly imperfect. Just like you.