Originally Posted on: May 2nd, 2011
Marquis DeBlood took some time out of his busy schedule to take a buggy ride down to Lancaster, PA to have a chat with Ryan Waltz from Horrorwood Ending, down by the Cemetery.
H-P: Before we get started, why don’t you give us a brief history of the band.
RW: Horrorwood Ending began in the winter of 2005 with myself, Ryan Lannon, and Ryan Miller. After Miller went to school I switched to guitar and Mike Leamons joined up on Bass.
H-P: Now you guys were rolling for a while then seemed to drop off the face of the earth for a spell. What did you do in your downtime?
RW: Life kinda happened and we had to take some time to ourselves. I must say that a lot of "Waiting For A Heartbeat" was written in that break. Before then we wrote more tongue in cheek and cliche' horror songs but in the break I decided if I wanted to continue writing in the horror genre I'd have to make it personal for me to get the best songs possible.
H-P: Can you tell us a little bit about the new album?
RW: We recorded at 1021 studios in Tulleytown PA. It took over a year to record. We went in and recorded half the album with Lannon on drums and myself on Guitar and Bass and then came back 6 months later and recorded the other half of the songs with Mike Leamons on Bass.
H-P: Where can people purchase the new album?
RW: The physical copy of "Waiting For A Heartbeat" is limited to only 100 Copies and will be released Tuesday May 3rd. The only way to get it contacting the band at HorrorwoodEnding@Hotmail.com and will be on sale for 10 dollars plus S&H. If you'd like to save the environment you can download it digitally.
H-P: I notice that your songs have a melancholic theme to them. Loss, heartbreak, disappointment, angst, etc… with little glimpses of hope. Is this a reflection of your life or just tragic little tales?
RW: Its all reflection. All the songs are story's of my life or something from my friends lives that touched me in a profound way. I know that "The Room" and "Down By The Cemetery" might not fall in that category though. "Down By The Cemetery" is just a song that transitioned with us through our citchy horror phase to where we are now and its mostly because it was always written to be the second half of "Code Blue". When I sat down to write "The Room" I already had the music laid out and the theme of the song and I said "This doesn't have to mean anything just write and see what comes out" Took me like a hour and the song was done.
H-P: What was your inspiration for the album?
RW: I wish I could say that the whole album was one cohesive thought but I can't. The fact that "Code Blue" a song that was written before the band was formed and "Hells Too Good For Her" a song that was thrown together in the studio, are on the same album say's a lot. You mostly nailed it in the question prior to this one.
H-P: Do plan to tour in support of the album?
RW: We'd love to but at the moment its not in the cards. We're always looking for shows and will play anywhere though. So anyone listening to the album wants to hear it live its only a contact away.
H-P: Is there a horror scene in Lancaster?
RW: You're looking at it.The venues are like tyrants. See a couple years back there was a huge scene for local bands like August Burns Red and once they got huge it seems as though thats all the venues want. If you dont sound like them then obviously you can sell out a club.
H-P: What can we look forward to next from “HE”?
RW: We will return to 1021 studios in July to record our next album with a hopeful Winter release and always as many shows as we can get our hands on.
H-P: Any final words?
RW: Everyone pick up "Waiting For A Heartbeat"! Stay Classy San Diego!