Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Corpus Christi, Texas based Heavy Rock band Holy Death Trio. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist John and bassist Jon for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

John and Jon here from Holy Death Trio. John plays guitar and sings and Jon plays bass, I know it’s a bit confusing with the John and Jon thing, but we’re used to it at this point.

We’re a fairly new band that started in 2019. All of us have played in bands around Texas for a while and we decided to take the “heavy rock/stoner rock” path as a direction that we would like to evolve in. We used to play everything from Blues and Funk to Punk Rock and Jam Band stuff but now we’re primarily playing Dark and Dirty Heavy Rock-N-Roll.

How did you come up with your band name?

We have kind of a sick fascination with death and Santa Muerte. It just felt quite fitting to go with being a power trio and raised in South Texas. I’m also obsessed with candles and pagan rituals, so the theme fits the band well. Jon rides motorcycles so Skulls and Santa Muerte are a common theme in that lifestyle.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re currently located in Austin, Texas and as far the “Metal” scene goes, there really isn’t one. Austin has always seemed to support the whole Garage Rock and Psychedelia genre. Pretty much anything Levitation puts on their festival will get a music scene around Doom, Stoner Rock, Psych, Garage, Shoe Gaze and all that jazz always gets a lot or attention. SXSW brings “Stoner jam” along with a lot of other stoner and doom shows. It’s definitely a hot spot for local and touring bands.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We’re about to release a series of singles starting in October. The first one is a heavy hitter called ‘Bad Vibrations. that’s meant to push the limits of what we’ve heard in our genre. We really wanted to fill in the gaps with a sound that isn’t commonly heard in Stoner Rock but still has all the elements that you’d want in a Stoner Band (Riffs, Raging Guitar Solos, Driving Bass with Balls, Fucking Animal on the drums and a head banging groove)

‘Bad Vibrations’

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Who have been your greatest influences?

John: Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix are the top two but there’s nothing more influential than our own Texas Legends like ZZ TOP, Christian Bland, Amplified Heat. And of course, our song writing would be nothing without The Beatles and Motorhead.

Jon: Larry Graham, Jaco Pastorious, Sting, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, Roger Waters.

What first got you into music?

Tony Hawk Pro Skater! And then going to my first skate parking and seeing “nofx” spray-painted on the half pipes.

Jon’s mom was really into the club scene, so she was always listening to a lot of Motown, Funk and Disco stuff.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

We have a song we want to collab with Christian Bland from the Black Angles. I don’t see that as a goal that’s too far away. But we definitely want to write a song and have our brother from San Antonio, Jason Kane sing on it, he’s probably one of the best singers in Texas maybe even the nation. Our dream would be to do a song with Dave Grohl on the drums, that dude seems like he would be a lot of fun to jam with.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Psycho Las Vegas all day! We were actually the original film crew for the recap video of the first year at the hard rock with Alice Cooper and Electric Wizard. That’s just straight up our style of heavy rock debauchery.

Other than that, Monolith on the Mesa for sure! That place is magical AF. Maryland Doom Fest. Desert Fest across the pond. And pretty much any festival that caters to heavy rock and stoner rock, we will 100 percent make a statement and put on an unforgettable performance.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Probably some fruity drink or whole ass pineapple.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

“Be Excellent to each other”

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Selena Quintanilla, She didn’t deserve to die like that.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

We enjoy the challenge of getting up on a stage and performing a song that was created inside your head and playing it in a way that makes the audience feel something. Also meeting new people is awesome, some of our best friends were met at a random show.

Jon hates how expensive bass strings are.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

It seems that image overtakes ability nowadays. It would be nice to see that change.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The B-52’s first album

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Digital Downloads of the masters are the best quality for sure. I prefer to hear the low end and all the frequencies. 360 Reality Audio sound is the future! If you haven’t tried it, look into it! Vinyl is cool too, but they lack the full production quality. But Cassettes are most common around us because that’s all that our tour van can play.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

John: I opened up for the Misfits when I was 15 to a crowd of 1500. That was nuts but for holy death trio it was definitely with Mothership in Deep Ellum at the beginning of the year. Dallas is one of the best cities to play in and damn did that crown make us feel like we were at home!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

John: I’d probably have my black belt in Jiu Jitsu by now. Most likely be opening my own dojo at some point and training killers.

Jon: Probably get a real Job.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy, Danny Trejo, Elon Musk, David Blaine, Snoop Dogg.

What’s next for the band?

Music Videos. Album Release. Clothing Line. TV Series.

Hopefully, a sold-out tour next year.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Instagram seems to work best for us.


Photo by Ismael Quintanilla III

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