Since 2009, Warhound has taken the hardcore community by storm. Whether it’s giving new meaning to a sound (hardstyle) or engaging in a bit of controversy, there’s no denying that these fellas are on to something great. I had a chance to catch up with Nico (drums) to go over their background, current happenings, and to see just what makes them tick. Witness, the “Return of the hardstyle:”
SP: How did y’all come up with Warhound as a name?
Nico: WARHOUND was thought of by our original bassist Alex Weldon.
SP: As we all know, members change like the seasons in hardcore and just recently your main vocalist (Jon) left the band which is typically a hard role to replace. How has the adjustment & response been with having Ronnie (formerly on guitar) take over?
Nico: The response has been mixed from people. They both have two completely different styles, but the transition wasn’t so hard for us because Ronnie had already been doing vocals on the majority of the tracks anyways.
SP: There was quite the mixed reaction on the video you dropped for Next Level Demonstration, what the hell got everyone’s internet panties in a bunch & shed some light on what the track’s about?
Nico: We wrote that song right after we took some heat on the internet. The track is aimed at our haters. The whole point of the video was to show everyone how much image shouldn’t matter, yet it does. Basically, the video did exactly what we wanted it to, which was get people to talk about us. Everyone that runs their mouths on the internet are so predictable.
SP: Your first full length “Colder than ever” recently dropped on BDHW, how’s the reaction been thus far?
Nico: The reaction has been great. We’re happy the album is finally available. BDHW is an awesome label. SP: It’s obvious that there’s more than meets the eye to what you do and if you were to sum up WH’s message into one sentence, what would that be?
Nico:Be yourself, fuck the majority.
SP: What’s the rest of 2013 hold for the Warhound crew?
Nico: “Colder Than Ever” is going to be released on CD in America soon. The label will be announced in the next few months. We also just tracked 2 brand new songs at Bricktop Studios with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos) which will be released on a 7″ through I Scream Records at the end of the year.
SP: Discuss the reality of being a hardcore band on the road. How do you guys survive and what kind of jobs do you take up (if any) when you’re home? With touring agencies, labels, promoters etc all taking a piece of the pie, what’s the best way to directly fund you?
Nico: COLD CUTS MERCH, ALL IN MERCH, OVERCAST DESIGN AND PRINT, MILLION THOUGHTS and BDHW. Those companies are the reason we’ve been able to travel the world and play in the crazy places we have. We will forever appreciate everything they have done for us. When we are touring consistently, there is no time to work, so we are living off of the band. When we’re home for a while, I use our mini van for delivery, Serg cuts hair, Tom works for Reaper Records and Ronnie sells weed haha.
SP: Having been overseas, what’s been your favorite place to play and what differences (if any) do you see between the American & European scene?
Nico: The scenes are very different but very similar at the same time. I don’t think fashion is really as important in Europe as it is over here, not to say that there is anything wrong with caring about how you dress. I definitely do.
Best herb: California. Best food: WAWA on the east coast
SP: Greatest moment on tour? Worst moment on tour?
Nico: For me, the best moment of touring was when we walked outside of the airport in Japan and got in to Kunihyde’s (Creepout) car. That was surreal. Worst moment was probably when every show from Chicago to California got cancelled on our way to Sound and Fury in 2011.
SP: 5 favorite current or past hip-hop artists?
Nico: Nas, Jay-Z, Onyx, ASAP Rocky and SpaceGhostPurpp
SP: How do you feel about the state of Hardcore today?
Nico:I have a love/hate relationship with hardcore. Overall though, it has taken me places I never thought I’d be able to see.
SP: What is it about Still Proud that caught your interest?
Nico: Still Proud is awesome because, like us, you raise awareness. Whether it be about the government, or being proud of who YOU are.
SP: That’s about it sir, any shout outs you’d like to throw out? SHOUT OUT TO VEHEMENT SERENADE, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES, KNUCKLE UP, NUMB, PAPER TRAIL, HARDSIDE, THOUGHT CRUSADE, ASSAULT USA, WEEKEND NACHOS, STILL PROUD, BDHW, CHICAGO, SYRACUSE AND CALIFORNIA