Originally Posted on: January 13th, 2013
While traveling across the frozen tundra that is Canada in search of the legendary 'Canadian blood Popsicle", Marquis stumbled upon a small coven of feisty vamps feeding on those tasty iron flavored treats. Those ferocious vamps called themselves Black Cat Attack. When asked why, they quickly turned on Marquis. After a long arduous fight Marquis succumb to their assault and they had left him to die in the blinding light of a snow covered sunrise. Before they left him there to burn like a match, he managed to ask'em a few questions.
H-P: First off, can you give us a brief history of the band and how you came up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
Val Knox: Well I started this band back in late 2007 with another girl named Julie Nolan. We went into it with the intention of being a horror rock band of some form, with many influences at the time leaning more to the rocka/psychobilly genre. I had written a song called 'Black Cat Attack', it was one of the first I had brought to the table. After a couple weeks of debating and eventually being unable to decide on a band name, we named it after that song.
H-P: How would you describe your music?
Bryan Dickface: I would describe our music as kinda lighthearted, fun punk rock that's just all horror themed. It's fun and that's the way we like it.
H-P: You have a unique sound, who are some of your influences?
VK: The Devil.
BD: Turbonegro, King Diamond - I am a massive King Diamond fan and in my opinion he is one of the best people to execute horror music. Disfear, Red Fang, Death, Autopsy, Obituary. That's where I get a lot of my big inspirations from.
VK: Believe it or not, my main influences are the whole psychobilly thing and punk rock - Nekromantix, Tiger Army, The Matadors, The Distillers, The Misfits
Ari Greenberg: I grew up listening to a lot of Metallica, Megadeath, Motorhead, Iron Maiden. Once I got into punk rock I fell in love with NOFX and Bad Religion. I also really like the older AFI stuff.
BD: I think the old AFI stuff is a really big thing for this band. We may not listen to it a lot anymore these days, but I think we take a lot from it, especially Ari and myself.
H-P: You recently released your 2nd album, 'VAMPARTY'. Can you tell us a little bit about the album.
BD: I think this record is a fair representation of this band- not that Lonely Horror Stories wasnt, but Vamparty was written by Ari, Val and myself. It's harder and it's faster than LHS, and with the lyric content a bit more brutal, but still not taking itself too seriously.
VK: I think it's a bit more technical and a little bit more thought-out. Don't forget, some of the songs on LHS were from old BCA, they were written at a different time in this band, and had a different feel to them. They had to be updated to match what we were currently doing at time of recording.
H-P: What's the story behind the title and is there a deeper meaning?
BD: I came up with Vamparty, I thought it was a perfect match for what we do and what BCA is. It's a funny title and when I told the guys they laughed, because we don't take ourselves too seriously at all. I thought we were on to something cool with the name. There's really no huge meaning behind it.
H-P: Do you plan to tour to support the album?
VK: Yes. We are currently planning our first round of a Canadian and US tour around Ghouls Night Out in July. We're also going to be coming down to the states earlier in the year and hooking up with Children of October for a weekend bender. Throughout the year we will be playing the shit out of Ontario.
H-P: What's the song writing process for Black Cat Attack?
BCA: It's a completely open writing process, we each bring our ideas to the table and we all add to them. We form the songs and then refine them to soothe everyone's taste. Everybody has to be happy with the final product or we will keep working on it.
H-P: Now a lot of your songs seem based on horror films. What are some of your favorite horror movies?
AG: Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street series, the Alien movies, House of 1000 Corpses (Rob Zombie Films), Dawn of the Dead
VK: Sleepaway Camp 2, Halloween, Sleepy Hollow, The Crazies, Horror Hotel, EVERYTHING with Vincent Price.
BD: Picking a favourite horror movie is like choosing a favourite child. Horror Hotel, House on Haunted Hill, Castle Freak, The Prowler.
H-P: Speaking of movies, what are your thoughts on Hollywood's rash of remakes?
BD: Contrary to the popular opinions on remakes, I don't hate them. Overall I think they are really well made, the only one that springs to mind that I did not care for was A Nightmare on Elm Street.
VK: Remakes are awesome if they are done well and do the original justice. I am really excited for Evil Dead and Carrie.
H-P: Now for a relatively new band, you've garnered quite the following and your 2nd album was picked up by GNO Records as their debut release and Nothing But A Nightmare Records. That's gotta feel pretty good. How did you hook up with them?
BD: Last summer I stumbled upon an all horror rock festival called Ghoul's Night Out. I emailed Matt Feltwater to inquire about it, but it was already booked. We kept in touch and started reaching out to all these awesome horror rock bands and fans.
VK: Rik Dachau from The Returners and Nothing But A Nightmare contacted us and we kinda just went from there. It's been really exciting and we are very grateful for everything!
H-P: Now, you're from Oshawa, is there much of a horror-punk scene?
BD: Not really here in Oshawa, we gravitate more to the Toronto scene. There are some great bands out that way that we adore. The Howling Bullets, Cadillacs & Cadavers, The House of Haunt to name a few. And then theres the out of towners who we love and sometimes get the opportunity to play with a lot, Patron Saint of Plagues, the Matadors.
VK: We play with a lot of straight up punk bands too. Skullians, the Pre-Nods, Loaded Dice.
H-P: Val, you also put on your own 'horror show', "Horror Night In Oshawa". Can you tell us about that?
VK: It's just this show I do every few months where I get a few horror rock bands and we play a show. We do a costume contest, usually have some sort of beer sponsor (PBR for the first two HNIO's) and we get local artists to display and sell their horror themed artwork. It's a blast and everyone seems to be having a lot of fun with it.
H-P: Are there any current bands that get your blood pumping?
AG: Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, NOFX, Bad Religion, Metallica
BD: Red Fang, Cannibal Corpse, The Howling Bullets, Organ Thieves
VK: Alexisonfire, Cancer Bats, Organ Thieves.
H-P: For the gear heads out there, what equipment do you use?
VK: I play a Gibson 335 dot, a basic Mesa Boogie 50 watt head, and a Marshall 1960 Cab
BD: Ernie Ball Stingray Bass, Mesa M9 Carbine head, Ampeg 8x10 cab
AG: Sabian Cymbals, Gretsch Drums, DW Hardware/pedals
H-P: When not tearing up the stage, what do you do in your free time?
VK: I try to go out to shows between here and Toronto. It's tough getting out to a lot between doing BCA and working a full time job in retail. I like to practice and write at our jamspace when I have the free time. I also hang out with my birds a lot. They are so handsome!
BD: Dungeons and dragons, watch movies, play bass, drink beer.
AG: I play hockey for fun, drink beer. I play a lot of drums on my own time too.
H-P: What are your thoughts about the current state of music as a whole?
VK: The only problem I have with the current state of music is Top 40 mainstream music. It's irritating. Don't get me wrong, I actually don't hate all of it. Adele and Bruno Mars are very talented musicians and I wont flip the station if they are on. LMFAO is entertaining and funny. You can tell they don't take themselves too seriously, and I like that. That being said, I have listed 3 of the billion "artists" out there. The rest of it is crap that all sounds the same to me. Poorly written and they are all singing about the same stuff: Being rich, getting drunk, fucking chicks, getting high, partying. I really can't stand it. It's almost as if all these "musicians" are using the mainstream stage as a pissing contest for who is the coolest, but I think they have a totally different definition of what is 'cool'. I find it truly bizarre. Local music rocks! Support it! It will save your soul!
BD: I don't care for it.
H-P: What's currently on your playlist (or in your CD player)?
VK: Alexisonfire 'Old Crows/Young Cardinals', Calabrese 'Traveling Vampire Show', the Matadors 'Sweet Revenge', the Organ Thieves 'Somewhere Between Free Men and Slaves'. And I am really falling for Walk off the Earth. Those guys are CRAZY talented and I am on their bandcamp and youtube channel more and more every day.
BD: Red Fang's 'Murder the Mountains' and I have been listening to a lot of Turbonegro's album 'Scandinavian Leather'. Autopsy's album 'Macabre Eternal' and King Diamond's album 'The Puppet Master'
AG: Various albums from AFI, NOFX, and Queens of the Stone Age.
H-P: What's next for BCA?
VK: Touring. Lots of shows coming up this summer, more than last year. We are going to keep busy writing in between as well. We have already started writing our next EP which we may start pre-production on later this year, but that is speculation at best.
H-P: Any advice for anyone starting out?
BD: Practice a lot, become the best you can, play as much as you can, and leave your ego at home. If you're going to write your own bio, don't switch between first and third person narratives.
AG: Start or join a band, practice, have fun with it.
VK: You have to love it, all of it. Being in a band is not just getting on stage and looking cool as shit. It's being broke, it's smelly, it's sweaty, it's exhausting. It's taking your entire pay cheque (and sometimes the next 10) and dropping it on a better guitar and better gear. It requires a lot of dedication, and the main thing you should be focusing on is your music, not your image. Be good to other bands, they will soon become some of your best friends.
H-P: Any final words?
BD: Thanks for all the support! Death to false metal.
AG: VIVA HORROR ROCK!
VK: And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor shall be lifted - nevermore!
H-P: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us..
BCA: Thanks for having us!
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