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    Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:25:37

    Feature: Backstage and Inside Hollywood Undead's World - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    There are a lot of things you don't know about Hollywood Undead. We'd like to contend that you should know these things too.

    In fact, Hollywood Undead might just be one of the deepest and darkest groups to emerge in the past decade. They're even more intriguing because those emotional elements lie underneath hilarious moments of wildin' out—check "Comin' In Hot", "Pigskin", or "Everywhere I Go" for proof. They're not beyond getting turned up in the club, but they're also ready to talk about the moments in the morning after. We've gotten glimpses of it on the heart-wrenching "Pour Me" from 2011's superb American Tragedy, which may very well be their "Stan". Then, there's "Paradise Lost" from Swan Songs, and it could give anyone questioning his or her own faith chills.

    Currently, the Los Angeles boys are out on the road supporting this year's epic, Notes from the Underground. Sitting in the bus and exhaling smoke from a cigarette, Johnny 3 Tears puts it best, "We love music—all kinds. It's not about overanalyzing it. It's about feeling it. If you look beneath the surface—like really look—you can see some crazy shit staring back at you. That's what we get at. It's where we feel comfortable."

    Johnny 3 Tears is just as quick to reveal what's currently on his reading list, the new Dan Brown book Inferno, as he is to extol the virtues of the iOs game Candy Crush.

    "It's completely addictive," he smirks holding an iPad Mini. "Have you played it yet?"

    "You have to start paying for it after level thirty-five," J-Dog chimes in.

    "Fuck that," Johnny 3 Tears mumbles as vocalist Danny laughs.

    Danny zeroes in on the Bourne movie on the spirit, "They always have good action scenes". The same could be said for their concerts...

    Walking out of the bus, J-Dog heads up the stairs to the top of the House of Blues in Houston. He surveys the crowd, running up flights with ease. Charlie Scene kicks back in the band's dressing room with Family Guy on discussing recording techniques with a crew member. At mention of the word "Cubase", J-Dog chuckles.

    Hollywood Undead is hitting House of Blues venues across the U.S., and there's a special landmark for them on the horizon.

    J-Dog stretches out his tank-top in the dressing room and says, "I've always wanted to play the West Hollywood House of Blues. The tour ends there, and it's something we finally get to do. I don't know why it took so long, but I'm just glad we're playing there. It's already sold out".

    It's sold out with good reason too. Hollywood Undead remain one of the most unpredictable and unique live acts on the scene. It's six masked dudes churning out an infectious industrialized amalgam of hard rock, hip-hop, and electronic music that's as catchy as it is captivating.

    Walking back to the bus to rally Funny Man and Da Kurlzz, he remembers a hilarious story rattled by mention of chicken. "I met this guy randomly in Burbank at this teriyaki chicken place," he recalls. "Then, I ended up at his house in Inglewood with a flamethrower".

    That guy turns out to be a special effects guru and an article subject in J-Dog's magazine Hollywoodland—that's right he's got his own full-color glossy publication. How many artists can boast that?

    Sitting on the bus Da Kurlzz, Funny Man, and Danny all dish on current music and records coming out, agreeing their 2011 tour with Hyro Da Hero opening was "pretty fucking cool". Reminiscing about multiple runs with Avenged Sevenfold, J-Dog adds, "Nightmare was a great record. It was cool hearing those songs every night. Those dudes are great...I'm sure the new record will be good".

    As he sings Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness" from the other side of the bus, he continues, "I always liked Cudi because he's doing something different. His last album is awesome".

    Speaking of different, Hollywood Undead engage a packed Houston crowd for nearly an hour-and-a-half with a bevy of post-apocalyptically catchy anthems ranging from the ass-shaking bliss of "California" to the raw rage of "Tendencies". It's unlike anything out there. It's as awesome and artistic as it gets.

    Rick Florino

    Check out more backstage photos HERE!

    Have you seen Hollywood Undead? What's your favorite Hollywood Undead song?

    By the way, are you ready for the "Dead Bite" music video featuring RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad) and Derek Mears (Friday the 13th) and directed by Corey Soria?

    See below!

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