Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Horror Dance Squad.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
HORROR DANCE SQUAD: Horror Dance Squad has been blasting stages throughout the Baltics since 2014, unapologetically blending metalcore and punk with vibrant electronics and delivering it to our audiences with unforgettable ferocity. We hail from Estonia’s capital, Tallinn.
The squad began taking formation when guitarists Indrek Ulp and Mikk Peetrimägi put their eagerness to keep the metalcore genre alive in Estonia together and began writing songs. They took on drummer Henri Kuusk and after about a year of practising and trying out vocalists (including Ian Karell who is originally from Pittsburgh, PA) the first lineup was established. We played our first show at the beginning of 2014. After a couple of years, we made a small lineup change adding vocalist Karl Mesipuu and synth and sample wizard Margus Tammela to our squad. This new lineup took us on a path that has definitively shaped and evolved our music into our own signature style.
Throughout our years together we have had the enormous pleasure of sharing the stage with international heavy hitters such as Siamese, Comeback Kid, Dead By April, Adept, Eskimo Callboy, We Butter The Bread With Butter, Deez Nuts, August Burns Red, One Morning Left and many others. We also represented Estonia at the 2016 Wacken Open Air Metal Battle.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
HORROR DANCE SQUAD: As a six-piece–each with our own long, personal music history–it shouldn’t be a surprise when we say that we have been influenced by more artists, musicians, writers, philosophers, scientists, activists and policymakers than can properly be named. However, we can trim it down to a few for you. Musically, we have been largely inspired by bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Enter Shikari, Parkway Drive, and Sikth. Non-musically, writers Stephen Pinker, Graham Hancock, Allan Watts and H.P. Lovecraft have inspired us in different ways. And, without a doubt, general curiosity and a drive to grow and learn will continue to influence us until the end of our days.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
HORROR DANCE SQUAD: Our new album, No Flag Will Fly Forever (coming out on September 25th), is our most ambitious work by far. It is our deepest dive into the style we have crafted for ourselves and truly embodies the values and spirit of the band. We worked hard to challenge ourselves as musicians and songwriters to make sure we wrote the best songs we could. The album was recorded in Tallinn, Estonia and mixed by Cody Stewart (The Browning) in LA.
True to our core, the album was inspired by topics we find essential to discuss: social and personal issues, justice and injustice, philosophy and spirituality. Questions and topics that are pressing for us as individuals, but which we feel are common issues for humanity in general. We hope that if someone is struggling with an issue in their lives this album will have a song that will speak to them and help them find a positive way to deal with it–or at least a few minutes to mosh it out.
To sum it up in a few words, No Flag Will Fly Forever is forty-four minutes of head-bopping, feet-tapping, scream-along mayhem!
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
HORROR DANCE SQUAD: Energy, energy, energy. We work very hard to bring our audiences the best live shows we can and we pride ourselves on being the most energetic metal band this part of Europe has to offer. We want our audiences to be able to truly feel how much we love playing the music we make. We love writing music, but the ultimate goal is to be able to share our passion from the stage. When you come to see Horror Dance Squad you get to see us at our most joyful.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
HORROR DANCE SQUAD: To great places! We have been working hard for over six years bringing this band to where we are and we have no intention of slowing down anytime soon. Once our album comes out this September, we already have many more big plans for the near future and we are confident we will be doing this for a long time to come. You can always expect more music, more shows, more videos and more fun!