She’s also a lover of classic horror movies.
When I recently interviewed Yseult, she was excited about playing the festival, not just as a musician, but also as a fan. “I'm dying to see Goblin, I've been a huge fan forever, and I love soundtrack music. The fact that they're going to score ‘Suspiria’ live is unbelievable.”
When asked where her love of horror began, she didn’t miss a beat: “I think my earliest memory is being barely able to crawl and turn on the television at some ungodly hour, and I started watching this movie that stuck in my head forever. It took me well into my 20’s to figure out what it was: ‘Frankenstein Conquers The World,’ which is still one of my favorite movies ever. ”
We talked about why horror movies and metal go so well together, which makes this festival so appealing. “I don't have an exact answer, but maybe something about the adrenaline rush that both metal and horror trigger? There’s just so much horror imagery...it just seems natural. You don't have metal bands tied into romantic comedies,” she says, laughing.
Her new band is more bluesy than White Zombie's metal stylings, which she attributes to her own style taking more center stage, living in New Orleans and her vocalist. “Our singer Von Hesseling has a real bluesy voice, so that kind of helps,” Yesult chuckles.
The band will be premiering a new video at Housecore for their single “In My Blood” from their debut album “Tomorrowland Blues.” “Our guitarist [Dava She Wolf] is obsessed with Stanley Kubrick, especially ‘The Shining,’ so she wanted to make a video based on it. We're really ambitiously recreating some scenes. We've already got a crazy CGI reenactment of the blood elevator scene which we'll be in, and we're recreating the hedge bush maze scene and the ballroom scene, and a number of other things.”
“Tomorrowland Blues” is available on Blue Vinyl, complete with expanded artwork and a board game that, according to Yseult, is like a Candyland gone wrong for adults.
Keeping with the horror motif, her instrument of choice is a bass shaped like a coffin, which she helped design and is currently on sale from the Schechter guitar line. “It's lightweight but still sounds super heavy and very powerful. I've gotten compliments from every bass player on the planet even like John Doe...he's like wow that bass sounds amazing!”
As far as her impact on other female musicians who wanted to break into the male-dominated heavy metal genre, she’s modest but pleased. “I get that a lot, and I even get it from a lot of guys too, which I love. I never wanted gender to matter when I played bass, I just wanted to be a really great bass player and an integral part of the band.”
When pressed on other horror films that she loves she gushed over the movies of Jodorowsky: “They aren't exactly horror moves, but they're horrifying. It's horrifying but beautiful. I like that combination.”
Also close to her heart is Hammer Films garish classic “Vampire Circus.” “Its one of my favorites...it's a crazy Hammer film. There’s beautiful imagery, but it’s kind of twisted.”
Keep checking the Housecore Horror Festival official website for the finalized lineup so you can catch Star And Dagger live. I'll be posting recaps each day of the festival.
Click here for our interview with the Housecore Festival founder Phil Anselmo. And click here for the full Q&A of our Sean Yseult interview for even more info on Star & Dagger, White Zombie, her book and her fashion design work.