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Head Like A Hole - Head Like A Hole Newsletter Interview

23 Apr 2015 // An interview by Shade

Head Like a Hole are back with Narcocorrido (Spanish for Drug Ballad) ready again to fuzz up the airwaves and speakers across the country. There are themes to twist the imagination and riffs to twist your head with songs like 7000 Days about the UK’s notorious criminal Charles Bronson, Trouble Again detailing past misadventures with various substances and the genre twisting Mexico a semi true story about guitarist Nigel Regan’s father spending a night in jail on the border of US and Mexico. Booga answered the following questions for muzic.net.nz:

What is the one thing you want NZ to know about Head Like A Hole? 

Head Like A Hole is one of, if not, the best live acts in NZ and coming to a show is an experience you'll never forget — musically we are brutal and at times highly unpredictable but that's not a bad thing, it's definitely a good thing with Head Like A Hole? For me if I was to go see a band I loved over and over and they played fantastic shows every time I'd be bored. I want to see musical genius and chaos at the same time not machine that you can switch on and off at will. Human error can sometimes be the magic you need to make a song, album or show go from great to fantastic        

How would you describe Head Like A Hole’s music in one sentence? 

Head Like A Hole are like an undomesticated animal that may or may not rip your arm off when toyed with.

What is Head Like A Hole’s long term goal?  

Head Like A Hole's long term goal is to continue writing nasty rock music with a follow up album to Narcocorrido written and recorded as soon as humanly possible. A national tour in June, a jaunt to Australia and continue playing throughout NZ. A covers album is also in the works and the release of first album 13 on vinyl around November.

Tell us about Narcocorrido.

Narcocorrido is definitely not Blood Will Out 2 it has definite departure away from that sound and style of song writing. There's more groove to be had with narco. Simon Nicholls is on bass now and he has given Narcocorrido some mean bass lines as well as some solid extra needed song writing skills. As a whole the band is playing better and writing better songs together and it is showcased with tracks like The Rise and Fall of the Sun, Man & Steer and Mexico.

In the past song ideas have been brought to rehearsal space by Nigel Regan and myself and then shown to other band members but now its more of a group effort with everyone having a hand in the direction a song will take.

What inspired you to start Head Like A Hole? 

Passion for music in general. For me personally it was the band Motley Crue that gave me the drive to want to be a "Rockstar" — I'm still trying Ha! Nigel Regan and myself have been mates for years both having a huge love of Black Sabbath and that had huge bearing on the birth of Head Like a Hole. We wanted to get up on that stage and play music like our heroes. Personally I live and breath music in every way the only downfall for me has been the fact that I have got chronic tinnitus which is ringing in the ears. I have it 24/7 and it is very loud and I'm looking at getting hearing aids to combat the ringing by playing a random melody in my ears. Sounds weird but makes sense.

 

About Head Like A Hole

Formed in Wellington, Head Like A Hole originally consisted of Booga Beazley, Nigel Regan, Andrew Durno and Mark Hamill. Like most young bands, they started out by playing small gigs at local pubs and at various well known live venues. Then quickly started touring the university circuit. The band soon made a name for themselves with energetic and often outrageous live performances, appearing on stage either naked, caked with mud, or covered completely in body paint.

Therefore forming a solid and dedicated following throughout the live music scene. Head like a Hole were soon signed to Wildside Records and began their recording career. 1992 saw the release of their debut album, 13 which the band largley produced themselves. The single Fish Across Face successfully made it into the New Zealand Top 10 charts. In keeping with Head Like a Hole tradition the video for Fish Across Face included a scene where Nigel regurgitates an orange substance into Booga’s mouth and was promptly pulled off air.

Head Like a Hole continued touring and performing the university orientation circuit. Then returned to the studio in 1993 to record their second album. Flik Y'Self off Y'Self. Which was released in stores in 1994 providing two singles. Faster Hooves and Spanish Goat Dancer. After the release of two successful records the band’s popularity and exposure increased, and so Head Like a Hole remained on tour. Playing to capacity crowds and sold out venues throughout the country, and in 1996 secured a position on the bill to play The Big Day Out festival. That same time the band suffered a sudden and tragic loss, with the death of their Manager Gerald Barry Dwyer. And it was late 1996 where they headed back to the studio, this time travelling to Australia and worked on a third album. Double Your Strength, Improve Your Health & Lengthen Your Life. Cornbag, the first single from the album, was released in November 1996, but received only moderate chart success.

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Releases

Narcocorrido
Year: 2015
Type: Album
Juicy Lucy
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Cornbag
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Fish Across Face
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Hootenanny
Year: 2014
Type: EP
A Crying Shame
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Spanish Goat Dancer
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Faster Hooves
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Blood Will Out
Year: 2011
Type: Album
Blood On A Honky Tonk Floor
Year: 2000
Type: Album
HLAH IV
Year: 1999
Type: Album
Wet Rubber
Year: 1998
Type: Album
The Not Nicomjool EP
Year: 1995
Type: Album
Flik Y'Self Off Y'Self
Year: 1994
Type: Album
Beelzebeats
Year: 1993
Type: Album
13
Year: 1992
Type: Album

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