FULL STORY AT MIDNIGHT - Tucson's own walking undead rockers tell it like it is.
Horror rock veteran Elvis Aron Deadly and I sat down for a conversation the other night, at the Evergreen Cemetery during the last cycle of a full moon. Although Elvis didn’t turn into a rock and roll werewolf complete with a guitar made of human parts, he did go into depth about everything from the type of gear he uses, to how he keeps his hair up for days at time. The front man of the horror rock band-FULL STORY AT MIDNIGHT tells all and leaves nothing to the imagination inside this exclusive one on one interview with BSceneLive Magazine. Please keep in mind; this is not for the faint of heart! You’re going to have to read on to find out what he has to say- IF YOU DARE!!!
Presenting Elvis Aron Deadly, of FULL STORY AT MIDNIGHT!
BSCENELIVE- How long have you been actively been playing music in Tucson, AZ?
ELVIS- Well, I moved here in November of 2010 and played my first Tucson show in February of 2011, so it’s been a little over a year here but the band itself has been going since I started it on the east coast about 8 years ago. Tucson is a lot of fun though. Its a very different scene, different market, and it has definitely got its pros and its cons. We’ve gotten to play with a lot of great local, regional, and national bands since we’ve been here and its really been a blast.
BSCENELIVE- how many bands are you in right now and which one is you favorite? Why?
ELVIS- I'm currently performing with two different bands. My main project is, of course, Full Story at Midnight, in which I sing lead, play rhythm guitar, and write the music and lyrics. The other band I perform with is called Psychotic Nerve, they’re a metal band. I only sing for them, and write some lyrics. They’ve got kind of a Pantera meets Bleeding Through kind of sound, maybe a little 36 Crazy fists thrown in with obvious groove heavy influences like clutch and Sabbath as well. They’ve been around in Tucson for about 6 years or so I think, and have a good following. We haven’t performed live since I’ve been in the band, because were writing an album, but it’s only a matter of time before were booking shows, hopefully by the early summer. I don’t know that I could really choose a favorite. I’ve only been with Psychotic Nerve for a couple of months, but its been a blast, and after doing horror rock for 8 years, something new and fresh was exactly what I needed. I’m having a lot of fun with both bands, and writing a lot of new material for both as well, and anyone who knows me can tell you, I’ve done nothing but bitch about writers block for over a year lol.
BSCENELIVE- lets clear the air here about the style of music that FSAM play; you don’t call what you play Rock-a-Billy, right? You mentioned it was Horror Rock, can you please explain what type of music that is? Is it in the same category as the Misfits?
ELVIS- Yeah, were definitely NOT rockabilly. Don’t get me wrong, I love rockabilly, and it has definitely influenced my music a great deal, but I’m a purist when it comes to that stuff. I wouldn’t even call it psychobilly, although it does have some psychobilly-ish moments. Horror Rock is really the best term for it. You could absolutely put the misfits into the same category, as well as other genre heavyweights like Blitzkid, Calabrese, and Wednesday 13. But I think we have a really original, fresh sound. I think we straddle a fine line between raw, heavy punk rock, and melodic, catchy rock and roll. We play with psychobilly bands a lot, and horror rock bands, and even straight up punk bands. But we have really strong melodies, really catchy songs; sing along choruses, really danceable tunes. We'd be just as at home opening for bands like the Alkaline Trio or My Chemical Romance or A.f.i. I think that if you look beyond the patina of raw punk energy, fake blood, grease paint, and hair styles, what you find with our music is really pop music in general. A lot of my songs are really heartfelt, emotional songs, whether the emotion is anger, depression, or love. We have a lot of love songs. It’s actually making the new album come across a little lopsided. The only difference between us and other bands really is that they sing about the girl they loved who dumped them or whatever. I sing about being in love with dead girls.
BSCENELIVE- What is your favorite venue to play in Tucson?
ELVIS- You know, we've played a decent cross section of venues here, although by no means have we played all of them. We've done all ages’ shows as well as 21+ only and had a blast with both. I really appreciate any venue that books us, because I love having the opportunity to share my music with new fans, old friends, and everyone in between. That having been said though, I really love Playing at the Hut on 4th ave. They always give us great billing, they promote well, their sound guy really gets our sound and always mixes us well, they always follow through promptly with payment, and if the take wasn’t what they expected then they feed me free drinks until I don’t care about the money. The stage may not be the biggest, or the dance floor either, but the staff and the audiences there are always great and have been my favorites of all the places we've played. However, I've been dying to play at the surly wench since I came to Tucson, so if we can ever get in there, my answer may change.
BSCENELIVE- Is music something that you want to pursue as a career or is it mainly a hobby?
ELVIS- Oh it’s absolutely a career. I mean, you do anything for 8 years, and it becomes the focus of your whole life. I mean, I’ve been playing music since grade school, been playing live and recording since I was 13 or 14. This band for 8 years and in that time, I’ve gone literally a month with no food, I’ve been homeless, lived in abandoned buildings, old factories, slept in bus stations, lived in my bands rehearsal spaces. At one point I spent the entire winter in Pennsylvania, living in the basement of a warehouse without any heat or indoor plumbing of any kind, no windows, no clocks, nothing. I had to go outside just to know what time of day it was, walk to burger king to use the bathroom. If they were closed, I’d piss in an alley, or hold it until morning, which was NOT easy when I had the flu. I’ve lost girlfriends, friendships, left behind jobs, lost apartments, sold everything I owned several times over, poured every ounce of myself into this music and quite literally, shed blood for it as well. This music means the world to me. If no one ever wanted to pay me to play it, that’s fine. If it never becomes anything more than a band that gigs locally in Tucson here and there, that’s fine. I can live with that, as long as I can still play, because my music is my heartbeat, it’s my veritable life blood, and without it, I’m nothing. Granted I’d love to make enough money playing my music that I didn’t have to worry about bills. That’d be amazing. I’d kill to have a legitimate career in this industry but if not, I’m content to open a small barber shop and just be the tattooed guy who will shape up your hair and give you a straight razor shave on the cheap.
BSCENELIVE- What kind of guitar/amp do you use/prefer?
ELVIS-I’ve used a lot of different gear over the years. My ideal guitars are 80s model Ibanez, Iceman 6 string guitars with triple humbuckers, Floyd rose, and locking nut. They’re not exactly easy to come by. I’m also a big fan of Gibson guitars but I’ve used a lot of other stuff. I had an OLP Coffin Custom made by Ernie Ball/Music man that I was in love with. Right now i'm playing a 1982 Raven Guitars Archtop Set Neck model in a black and green tiger burst with gold plated hardware. I use Dickies straps, and Snarling Dogs Brain Picks .88mm blacks, with Ernie Ball regular slinky strings. amp wise, without a doubt, my favorite rig ever was a 1967 Fender Bassmaster 4x10 combo, all tube, 65 watt, with one 10 unplugged and run to a 4x12 cabinet as a stack with a Hughes and Kettner Warp Factor distortion pedal. Currently i'm running a low end Crate solid state 120watt head, through an early 80s Behringer cabinet loaded with 4 12inch Bugera speakers. Anyone who knows cabinets knows the magnets on those things, and knows it weighs a ton lol. I really love the cabinet, but the head is really just a place holder until I find something I am a little more in love with sound wise. Although I would trade the whole setup for a decent 4x10 tube combo lol. For effects, I mostly use a boss distortion and sometimes a boss metal zone, as well as a 3 channel footswitch for the built in reverb and distortion of my head.
BSCENELIVE- If you could open for any band in the world, past or present, who would it be? Why them?
ELVIS- Oh man, that’s a tough one. I mean, I listen to everything from Nancy Sinatra to Cannibal Corpse. id have loved to play with The Cramps when they were at their peak, or The Legendary Pink Dots, The Great Southern Death Cult, late 70s Misfits or mid 90s Misfits, Alice Cooper. White Zombie. Then again, I would love to open for bands like I mentioned earlier, like AFI, Alkaline Trio, MCR. I would definitely love to share a stage with Calabrese at some point, and I’ve actually discussed it with bobby, it’s just a matter of working out scheduling. Social Distortion, Wednesday 13 or Gunfire 76, would be fun too. I don’t think I could pick just one, there are so many artists that I respect and admire and that id kill to have the chance to play with.
BSCENELIVE- Following in the same vain as question 8- if you could put together "YOUR" band, who would it consist of, again, past or present?
ELVIS- Well over the years, this band has been through a lot. I mean, I started the band 8 years ago by myself. Wrote it all myself, played all the music myself in the studio. I would hire guys to play shows here and there. I didn’t actually start trying to find a permanent lineup until I moved here, because I’ve moved so much, all over the country for the last 10 years. Tucson was the place I wanted to make my home for good, so I never put any roots down, never bothered to find full time members. And we changed our name a LOT over the year’s lol. Even since being in Tucson, we've had a handful of lineup changes for one reason or another. Right now I have Suzy Homewrecker on drums, filling in while my full time drummer is out of the country, and she’s amazing. I mean, she’s played in Total Chaos, The Masons, and Hollywood Hate. A lot of people know her from Texas Trash and The Trainwrecks. She’s an incredible drummer, and I love performing with her. The only thing id really change is that she’s in so many other bands, its hard to book shows around their schedules lol. That having been said, there are a lot of musicians in this genre of music that I admire. I think it would be killer to have Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein playing lead guitar, J-Sin Trioxin from Mister Monster playing Rhythm Guitar. J.V. Bastard of The Darrow Chemical Company, Doomsday Clock, and Gotham Road on bass guitar, and Davey Calabrese playing drums. That’s again just limiting myself to choosing from the VAST pool of very talented horror rock musicians here in the states. If I were to think of every musician ever, I’d never decide. And on that same vein, there are some really incredible musicians out there that I admire and respect who would just end up bored as hell playing music like mine lol. I mean, I wouldn’t ask Kerry King to play in my band. I love Slayer but my music is so simplistic compared to his, his head might explode from concentrating on NOT shredding lol.
BSCENELIVE- I want to hear what you sound like, where do I find your music,
ELVIS- You can find our music on our facebook,www.facebook.com/fullstoryatmidnight its just some rough demos right now, as I’m still writing the new album, but once the recording process is done, there will be some better quality tracks posted. There are also some songs from our first E.P. from like 7 years ago, and some low fi live tracks.
BSCENELIVE- Do you have a website? If I want to book you, who do I contact?
ELVIS- We can be contacted directly on facebook. I do all of our booking, and on our page there’s a link directly to my personal facebook page, as well as my cell number. Call me anytime. I’m an insomniac.
BSCENELIVE- Any up coming shows you want to talk about?
ELVIS-Absolutely, we have a show on May 5th at The Hut on 4th avenue with Dead City Saints, Deadmans Curse, and Manual Sex Drive. The show is only 5 bucks, its Cinco de Mayo so there’s going to be drinks special like crazy, and they’re doing raffles and door prizes and stuff, and its 21 and up. We’re also working on booking a gig for June 16th, assuming I can get in touch with the promoter. It’ll be an outdoor, all ages event, probably only be about 5 bucks to get in, and its going to be an event to support the local Tucson chapters of the narcotics anonymous program.
BSCENELIVE- OK Elvis, I’ve heard of these kick ass solo/acoustic stuff that you have done in the past, when and where can we see that type of performance again? Anything coming up that we should know about and possibly check out?
Elvis- Actually, I’m currently working out the details, but I’m planning on doing some small acoustic sets soon, and in talks to do a live performance and interview on the U of A radio station in the coming weeks. I haven’t got any concrete date’s set, but all the relevant information will be posted to the bands facebook as soon as it’s confirmed.
BSCENELIVE- How do you get your hair to stand up like that?
ELVIS- pomade, a clean mirror and a lot of patience.
If this wasn’t enough for you, you can always catch FULL STORY AT MIDNIGHT, live at the Hut on 4th ave during the Cinco De Mayo festivities, also playing that night is, The Dead City Saints, Deadman's Curse, and Manual Sex Drive- Doors open at 7pm and the door charge is only $5.00! That’s a great deal for so many great bands… See you there!