Was Hot Graves actually a side project for members of 3 different bands? Could you tell us about the formation of Hot Graves?
H > On a cold November night in the winter of 2007 me Myk and Matt got together to perform a blood libel ritual. We had known each other from the local music scene, being that Matt played in By the Horns, Myk in By the Horns and Thee Kvlt ov (((Ouroboros, and me from Secrets She Kept. After spilling the blood in honor of our dark master, the teacher of philosophies, we knew we had to spread the message of disdain for the human race. Myk began to compose music with the sole intention of driving men to madness. Songs that would rot your brain, inspire human beings to kill other human beings, riffs that would slowly erode the framework of the civilized world, and bring forth the wastelands of death and rancor that humanity is truly fit to live in, and verily deserving of. Bringing forth the destruction of the filth that is humanity is a slow process that takes time to...
M > Okay. I'm cutting this off here to say that we just play the HELLBEAT for those who like to bang the heads, raise the fists, drink the beer, and flail the bodies.
Fenriz of Darkthrone voted Hot Graves as one of his favorite bands - did you expect this, and are you fans of Darkthrone?
H > I would never have guessed that someone like Fenriz would hear, let alone like, our music. And yes, I like Darkthrone, a lot.
M > I am a huge Darkthrone fan, and I could never have expected it. Hail Fenriz for his simple support, and all his musical endeavors.
Are all of the members of HG interested in occult subjects? Are you inspired to write music by occult lore?
H > I can only speak for myself. I study religion, so yes, I find occultism interesting. I am not really inspired to write about occultism in particular, but then again, I don't really write all the lyrics for Hot Graves.
M > Occult lore predominated my writing when Thee Kvlt ov Ouroboros was active, much more than now. These days, our songs are informed by, rather than about, occult subjects.
HG combines elements of punk, black thrash and other genres - Which bands have inspired you?
H > Only the words of the Teacher of Philosophies spoken in true wisdom inspire me.
M > My musical endeavor here is informed by the likes ov Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, Discharge, The Accüsed, Obituary, Darkthrone, Roky Erickson, Helmet, Black Sabbath, Ulver, and a bunch ov electronic producers whom you'd very likely be unacquainted with.
Are you fans of black metal?
H > Yes, very much so. I tend to stay away from anything "symphonic" and lean toward words like "raw". I also am not really sure what's happening with "post" right now.
M > I listen to, and love, plenty ov black metal. The Black Twilight Circle is always a source ov much inspiration and listening time in these days, as are many classic and brand new Australian recordings and Swedish recordings and Norwegian recordings, etc. Any music that bills itself as "post-"anything, I am uninterested in.
How did the band promote itself, in the early days of the band?
H > The band is still very much in a stage of self promotion, just like when we first formed. We use the internet and different websites to try to get our name out there. I think bandcamp pages are one of the better things to happen to independent artists as of late. We post videos on our youtube page. We play shows locally and tour to get the name out there. We do some interviews. Right now, it's just a matter of doing anything we can to get our music heard. That was one of the main motivations behind organizing the Swamp Abyss Sorcery compilation CD.
M > We also used to press up special merch (which we still do), like those Desecration Time coffin poster things, or buttons or whatever. We sent that stuff out with our demo CDs, which was the lifeblood ov our band in the beginning. We also got in on the last wave ov Myspace's utility. I feel like that was actually a pretty useful tool in the beginning, no matter how aesthetically atrocious it may have been otherwise.
Do you any of the members of the band have side projects?
M > Right now, we are all pretty much focused on Hot Graves. I do electronic music/DJ'ing, and there are also plans for a Thee Kvlt Ov Ouroboros reunion coming soon (plus the long-delayed release ov our "GVTS" album), so there is no shortage ov music coming from our camp, including the SWAMP ABYSS SORCERY compilation we put out on our Satanik Recordings label, which features what we consider to be the cream ov thee crop ov Floorida bands who are active in a live capacity. Below is the link to download the compilation (which we curated) for absolutely FREE!! I would recommend doing this now, as it contains an exclusive track from us called "Revenge Lust".
The above mentioned compilation on bandcamp: link
What lies in the future for Hot Graves?
H > Watching the slow maddening of mankind as we slip into a trench of despair that we shall forever call home.
M > That, and we're gonna keep composing hymns for the event itself, yet somehow maintaining a "death / party / thrash / kill" vibe, which we will parlay into an LP called "INTO THE NIGHT" in the near future.
Any controversies about some of your song titles? "Kill for Satan" for example?
H > Satan is but dust beneath the shadow cast by the great old ones. The madness they bring is greater than any judeo-christian theology. All things are impermanent and all gods, devils, angels, and satans will suffer cessation when the stars align right and even death dies.
Anyone a fan of Horror Films?
H > Yup, very much so. I'd gladly talk your ear off about horror movies or horror novels. I, of course, like H.P. Lovecraft, but I am also a big fan of Brian Keene and his fast-paced horror novels. I mean, a book about giant crab monsters, a race of aquatic humanoids and the reanimated corpses of humanity attacking the world, all tied together with Lovecraftian lore??? Fuck yeah. I like independent authors and publishers in the same capacity that I like independent bands and labels.
M > Horror films are pretty rad, but I prefer straight-up low-budget gore. The last movie I saw that made me really laugh was "Hobo With A Shotgun". I guess laughing isn't the point though, really.
Any stories about the fans reaction to your music?
M > Mostly just ones involving women wanting to pledge their eternal devotion and something-or-the-other to the band, at least until I clarify their lyrical translation requests.
Thanks Hutchy & Myk!