It’s not enough to say Harley Poe write songs about monsters. Harley Poe sing about being monsters. In the band’s world, the vampires, werewolves, serial killers, and cannibals take center stage and become the protagonists onto whom we project our joys, our fears, and our failings.
It might surprise some to find the first seeds of Harley Poe were planted while singer-songwriter Joe Whiteford fronted the Christian band Calibretto 13, whose turn toward monster-themed songs ultimately pushed their label to drop them. More surprisingly, Whiteford does not view the break as disasterous. “There is no departure, no falling away or turning around,” Whiteford writes. “My art and music, whether it’s Calibretto or Harley Poe are all part of the same path. They all come from this heart and this mind.”
“Horror is a study of humanity’s fear of death and the unknown. It can be cathartic, just like Christianity, or any religion for that matter. Religion is a way for mankind to deal with the fear and inevitability of death. That’s ultimately what horror is; the fear of being killed.”
Harley Poe's latest album – and the first release by HorrorHound Records – is Pagan Holiday, the band's darkest and most horrific release to date. It boasts songs inspired by the Halloween holday and even includes a couple ghoulish cover songs, including John Carpenter's Halloween theme and the Rolling Stones' Paint it Black. Banjo, melodica, and upright bass make these creepy and kooky songs sound like campfire singalongs from a slasher film. Harley Poe’s previous album, Satan, Sex and No Regrets, was named best album of the year by Rue Morgue Magazine – and their previously released albums are still available via Chain Smoking Records and Standard Recording Company.
FOR THE WOLF
For The Wolf is an alternative, stoner punk rock band hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Channeling elements of music from the last 30 years with a little bit of macabre, they are taking music back to a better time. Since their formation in 2010 they have taken the Tulsa scene by storm, electrifying every stage with no intent on stopping. Now, thanks to the newly signed partnership with HorrorHound Records – For The Wolf is ready to take on the world! Prior to HorrorHound Records, For The Wolf released a number of singles and music videos, their initial EP audio outting – Floating Through the Veins and the Power of the Wolf! was released in 2011 and quickly followed up with the full-length album Hi, Tapes! in 2012. To check out more information on For The Wolf, visit their official Web site at www.forthewolfok.com.
THE BIG BAD
Hailing from West Virginia – THE BIG BAD are pure horror rock. With definite callbacks to 1950s rockabilly and their undeniable raw punk energy – the Big Bad team with HorrorHound Records for the release of their new self-titled LP. This 10-track album is loaded with horror-inspired rock and roll, with songs such as "Shine the Signal," Monster Squad-homage "Shadowbrook Road," a rockin' anthem known as "Out of the Morgue," and the haunting "Inside the Vial." The Big Bad have developed a following thanks to their consistent touring – and are often compared to acts such as Blitzkid, AFI, and Calabrese. We are thrilled to have the Big Bad as part of HorrorHound Records and to have the opportunity to introduce their amazing horror rock sound to a whole new ghoulish audience! This is the Big Bad – at their best! And we cannot forget to mention the amazing album artwork provided by Justin Osborn! STELLAR! For fans of vinyl, you will want to make sure and pick up this sick moon-colored record – which also includes a free digital download of the album.
We are thrilled to present the DEBUT album from Dayton, Ohio-natives – The Loveless! Dubbed "Born Weird," this 11-track pulse-pounding race through punk and surf/horrorabilly is available on CD and features a bonus track (an awesome surprise cover song) which will not be available via digital download. "Born Weird" is a fast paced fiery album – as evident by tracks such as "Speed Demon," "Scarewaves," and "Mean Green." The stand-up base slaps alongside relentless drums and intricate guitar licks, and slows down (just a tad) for tracks such as "Haunting" which indeed delivers a haunting punk rock sound that will be stuck in your head for days. If you are a fan of bands such as Mad Sin, Nekromantix, Koffin Kats – you will be thrilled with The Loveless.