Hot on the heels of my reviews of Argyle Goolsby‘s two solo efforts, A Dream Not Quite Remembered and Under The Witness Stars, I have been given the privilege of conducting an interview with the man himself. As I’ve mentioned before, Goolsby, along with his former cohort T.B. Monstrosity were responsible for Blitzkid, the band that turned me into a horrorpunk fan. While most people (rightfully) point to The Misfits as the kings of the genre, many will also claim that Blitzkid were the ones who perfected it. From their formation in 1997 all the way through their disbanding in 2012, I will argue that no one did it better.
Following their farewell tour in 2012, the band went their separate ways. Argyle Goolsby chose to stay with the genre, releasing the two aforementioned solo EPs, as well as a 7″ split with fellow West Virginian horrorpunks The Big Bad. Now, as we approach the 2014 edition of Ghouls Night Out, Goolsby has just unveiled his new project, known as Silent Horror. I was given the opportunity to trade emails with the man to discuss horrorpunk, horror movies, his solo work and the upcoming debut.
So, without further ado, here is the interview with one of the most influential men in the world of horrorpunk, Argyle Goolsby!
Who Are You?
Argyle Goolsby, possible damned soul.
What is your current project?
I have a solo project that I debuted last year, but decided to put it on hold as I rework the foundation/presentation of it. My band is Silent Horror.
What first got you interested in the horror genre as a whole?
Seeing clips of old movies like Phantom Of The Opera and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame on channels like AMC. The clips drove me crazy. They never showed full versions of those movies back in my day on cable TV, and when they did it was like watching a magic show. I was entranced. I remember one advert for AMC that came on between movies. It had clips of a bunch of movies and I remember the unmasking scene of Lon Chaney’s Phantom being in that mix. I lived for those moments. Also, my elementary school library had a couple of really cool books about old horror movies. I remember that the stills from all of the old silent movies, particularly the German expressionistic ones, really impacted me. The nightmarish quality and intent of those early films did their job.
What are some of your favorite horrorpunk bands?
The good ones.
What about bands that don’t fall under the horrorpunk umbrella?
I love all kinds of music. I love everything from classical music to thrash metal to dub reggae. And I mean that in a way that I can have in depth discussions with you about any of those and more.
What are some of your favorite horror movies?
German expressionistic horror, but I also like some newer stuff. Dog Soldiers is one of my all-time favorites.
What are some of your favorite non-horror movies?
I really like Will Ferrell comedies and also a lot of old film-noir movies.
Given that you were a part of arguably the biggest band in the horrorpunk genre, how did you feel about the fantastic fan response to the two solo Eps and the split with The Big Bad?
It’s always rewarding for me to put out a release with friends. It’s a shared and mutual accomplishment that reminds me of what’s most important in releasing music.
Do you have any specific expectations for your upcoming Silent Horror project?
I am just looking to what I do best and what I love to do most in the best way I can. I’ll always return to horrorpunk because there is nothing else on the planet that gives me the feeling this type of music gives me. I’ve been chasing that feeling since The Damned and The Misfits and it’s what I love to do. I just hope people will feel that passion.
You had quite the killer lineup for your solo projects live shows. Are any of these people a part of the Silent Horror project?
Speaking of your solo project, with Silent Horror‘s debut looming, is your solo work going on the backburner or will it be running simultaneously?
It’ll return once I get it reformatted.
What can fans of Silent Horror expect with the band?
Energy. Songs stuck in your head for weeks.
What do you have planned for horror fans in the future?
Nothing but love.
Now for free reign, anything you want fans of the site to know about?
Thanks for taking an interest for what I do and checking out what I’m putting out there. I couldn’t do this without all the awesome people out there that have continually showed me love and support over all these years.
Well, there you have it. I want to once again thank the completely awesome Argyle Goolsby for doing the interview, as well as being the man responsible for so much great horrorpunk music and helping the scene grow consistently. I’ve had experiences in the past where I get an opportunity to interact with people I have a great admiration for and they have been less than receptive, but that is absolutely not the case here. Goolsby has been super friendly, and has even given me a few opportunities that I am extremely grateful for. Below you will find an image detailing all the social media spots that you can find Silent Horror on, and be sure to do that, as I have little doubt that this turn of events is going to set the horrorpunk genre on fire once again!