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The Chainsaw Hookers

Local horror rock veterans Chainsaw Hookers are half a carton deep into an exceptional year, with frequent live gigs ramping up to the release of their first EP, the Rambotastically titled First Blood. Lucky Tuscadero and Eduardo Martinez (or Andrew and Alex as their parents would have it) sloped down to 399 Bar to field a few questions while the recorder was running, with strong opinions on horror cinema occasionally making way for insights into recording, the state of live music in Perth, the Bloodstock series of events, and what the future may bring.

Now you guys formed in about 2003, 2004, depending on who you listen to. How did you get together?

Andrew : “Well actually, no one who’s in the band now except for me was in the band then. I’d played in a band with a couple of the other guys who were originally in it, but that band sort of finished so we decided to get one other guy in and form another band.”
Alex: “I used to go and watch these guys, and they formed because they love of horror movies and Motorhead, sleazy rock and all that stuff.”

I was gonna save this question for later, but since you mention it I’ll bring it up now. You clearly influenced by a lot of cinema, especially horror. Tell us a bit about that.

Andrew: “I’ve just loved horror movies for so long, it’s just what I watch most of the time. It’s sort of a Misfits kind of thing.”
Alex: “Heaps of bands write about drinking and partying and stuff, so we thought we might as well do something different.”

Favourite movies?

Andrew: “Heaps of favourite movies. How much tape have you got? We could be here all night! A lot of 80s stuff, really, that’s the decade that I love the most. Night of the Demons is one of my favourite movies. They remade it recently, actually. It’s got that chick from American Pie, the chick that has the Russian accent in American Pie, shows the boobs. She’s in Jack Frost, too. She’s in that famous bathroom scene where he rapes her with the carrot nose.

Oh! Um, yeah, she’s in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back.

Andrew: “Shannon Elizabeth! Slumber Party Massacre, that’s another good one, and obviously all those Friday the 13th / Nightmare on Elm Street movies.”

I saw the remake the other day.

Andrew: “Is it any good?”

It’s not bad. It’s not great, either.

Andrew: “I thought the same thing about the remake of Friday the 13th. I thought the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake was pretty cool, though.”

Yeah, a lot of people bagged that out. I haven’t seen the second one, though.

Andrew: “The second one was shit. I really liked the first one, though.”

Now you’ve got an EP coming out. Tell us about that. Where’d you record that?

Andrew: “We recorded that with Bergerk with Al Smith. That took about a week?”
Alex: “About five days I think.”
Andrew: “Yeah, we recorded five songs, because that’s about what we had the money to do. We did a couple of old ones, a few new ones…”
Alex: “They were all new.”
Andrew: (to Alex) “Yeah, they were all new for you! He joined the band about two weeks before the recording.”
Alex: “The other guitarist quit and I joined. They asked and I said fuck yeah. I’d seen these guys play for years, starting before they broke up the first time, and I just jumped into it.”

And when’s that being launched?

Andrew : “This week. At Bloodstock III.”

Tell us about Bloodstock. What’s the genesis of that particular project?

Andrew: “This is the third one. We kind of wanted to do almost a mini-festival, mainly for local bands, get all the different bands from hardcore and metal, and bring them together, and just make it a big deal rather than just a local show.”

So you guys started it?

Andrew: “Yeah it’s us and Laith from Tyrranocorp.”
Alex: “The idea was to give local bands the chance to do a festival type show, split over a couple of days, with multiple stages. And we’ve got a touring band; Mouthguard are coming over from Queensland. It’s also to give new bands a start, because a lot of bands find it hard to crack in to playing regular shows. With Bloodstock, it’s a place for up and coming bands. Not just another Friday night show.”
Andrew: “Just to show that local bands are good. Really good.”
Alex: “There are a lot of really really good bands here.”

And now there are less places to play. How has that affected you?

Andrew: “Not so much, not so badly, I guess, ‘cos we sort of thought about it before, and rather than wait and see what happens we tried to get a few things going just before that. With the Hydey closing down, that sort of hurt.”
Alex: “Luckily places like the Civic and The Rocket Room have really stepped up. It was out of the blue. And now they’ve got the small room, which is like the front bar at the Hydey.”
Andrew: “We played there the other week. It’s good.”

And of course now we’ve lost The Castle as well.

Alex: “I’m surprised it survived that long. It’s a shame, because it had the potential to be such a good venue.”

So what’s going to be happening in the future?

Alex: “We’ve got a support show with SNFU at the Rosemount in July. Further than that we want to get across to Melbourne, and then next year hopefully record and album.”
Andrew: “Yeah, record an album and tour off the back of that. That’s the dream.”

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