Hellbound Hepcats present their own fiery brand of rockabilly, performing with an all-out vengeance. Based out of the thriving Montreal music scene, the hardworking Hepcats have done quite a bit of touring since their inception in 2006, and have shared the stage with the iconic Brian Setzer. Their sophomore album No. 2 has been unleashed through Stomp Records, a big bad epic destined to endear the Hepcats to music fans from all across the globe. Here is an interview we conducted with one half of the Hepcats to find out more about this combustible duo. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Hellbound Hepcats, and how long the band has been together.
Hi I’m Alex Brown lead singer and guitarist of the Hellbound Hepcats, I started the band in 2006 with my bassist Jordan James.
Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there?
Our band is based out of Montreal, the music scene here is amazing, there’s so much stuff going on every night it’s hard to know where to go. We play up roughly four times a week in Montreal and it’s surroundings so we don’t get to go to that many shows, we’re usually playing our own.
Select two songs from your recent album and what inspired the lyrics.
Getting Nowhere Fast is a song I wrote about playing every night of the week so that you can do what you love to do for a living. Even if that means working your fingers to the bone and getting paid next to nothing.
Jessie B. is a song about one of the hottest bartenders in Montreal. She used to work at one of our residencies and I always had a thing for this chick, even though (or probably because) she treated me like dirt and never paid me any attention.
Has the Hellbound Hepcats ever played in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in future days?
We’ve never played in California, but we would definitely love to in the near future. No solid plans yet, though.
What could one expect from a live Hellbound Hepcats show?
A Hepcat show is always high energy and usually loud. We attract a lot of jive and swing dancers to our shows who will find a place to dance no matter how packed the show, no matter how small the venue. Some nights we’ll play up to three hours of music at a show. Not when we’re the opening band though.
What was it like sharing the stage with Brian Setzer and were you able to hang out with him at all?
We played with Brain Setzer about three years ago at the Montreal Jazz Fest, we didn’t get to meet him, but he put on a great show.
If you were invited to contribute a song to a Stray Cats tribute album, what song would you want to record and why?
I think we do a great rendition of Rock This Town. First time I heard that song as a kid I knew I wanted to play rockabilly. It just has such a bad-ass rhythm to it I dig it a lot. If we we’re gonna record a Setzer song for a tribute album it’d be this song
If you could open for any band either now or from the past, what band would that be and why?
I would love to play a gig with young Elvis, just to see the King in action in his heyday.
Are you involved with any other bands or projects outside of Hellbound Hepcats?
Hellbound Hepcats is my only project.
What’s up in the New Year for Hellbound Hepcats?
In 2013 we’ll be recording another album with our new drummer, Sandro Sanchioni. It’s gonna be wild!! Also, we’re trying to get a European tour together for October. We’ll also tour Canada again, as we do every year.
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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