Rocker Glenn Danzig was friendly and in good spirits while discussing his upcoming performance at this year’s Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, TX: “Well Phil (Anselmo, Pantera vocalist and festival co-founder) had asked me to come for a while, and we were available to do it this year and it's pretty cool. I like what Phil's doing.”
The event, (which runs October 23-26, 2014 at Emo’s and Midways) celebrates the best in heavy metal and horror movies. He’s well-versed in both genres, and his pioneering use of horror imagery in music makes the argument that an event like Housecore might not exist without his influence.
That dark thread begin with 70’s punk band The Misfits, his 80’s deathrock group Samhain and continues with his solo career that’s covered 9 studio albums and counting: “I’ve always liked horror movies: whether its monster movies or dark murder movies. So as I developed and read more and experienced more…it's just gone on from there exponentially…the more you know about it the more you have to write about it.”
He’ll perform at Emo’s on Sunday, with a diverse set that will thrill diehard fans: “They asked if we could do a Samhain set and a Danzig set…so I'm glad it worked out.”
Regarding Samhain, he’s been excited by the reception at recent shows like Chicago’s Riot Fest. "The shows have been pretty wild; people knew every word of every Samhain song and I was shocked…it's been very cool.”
On the horror movie front, he’s still working on his long-in-development directorial debut “Ge Rouge” (based on the comic of the same name from his Verotik line). “We’re still doing it. It's just in Hollywood you go from producer to producer…but it looks like it's actually really going to happen this time…and we asked the Soska sisters to direct a Verotika pic and they reacted very favorably to it.”
He’s also a big fan of "The Walking Dead" and has written a song to be used on a future episode and soundtrack. He even hinted he may appear on wrap-up show “The Talking Dead.”
But his main focus remains music, and he’s keeping busy. A new studio album is set for a fall 2015 release, and his long awaited covers album is due in March. Plus he’s working on an EP of Elvis covers.
Given all the musical genres he’s covered, is there any other sonic terrain he’s interested in exploring? “No, probably “Danzig Sings Elvis” will be about it!” he laughs. “I'm pretty lucky in that a long time ago I started my own label. So I can just put out stuff when I want as long as I have a good distributor and no one can kick me off my own label!” he says chuckling. “So I make sure that it sounds like what people expect Danzig to sound like and hopefully they'll like the product when it comes out. That's really all that I do.”
Any final words on Housecore? "I'm assuming that I'm talking to most of the people that are going to be in the area…if it's what you're into, you should definitely come out and support what Phil's doing cause it really cool and it'd be great if it keeps happening every year and gets bigger and bigger.”
You can get more scheduling and ticket info on the Housecore Horror Fest by visiting their official website. And you can read the entire Q-and-A of my Danzig interview by clicking here.