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Josh- For those reading these who don’t know who you are, introduce yourself and tell us what you do.
Rod- My name is Rod Usher, I’m the singer for – what some people call -„Europe’s most popular Horror Punk Band“. We’re out of Cologne, Germany and have been scaring people since 2002.
Josh- What would you say is some of your influences?
Rod- Obviously the Misfits, Danzig and Samhain. But I’m also a huge KISS-Fan and you will also find quite a bit of Iron Maiden in our sound. Overall I’d say it’s a mix of Misfits, Danzig, The Damned, The Cult, Type O Negative and Iron Maiden.
Josh- When did you decide that you wanted to start a band?
Rod- I’ve been playing in bands since I was a teenager. I started out on guitar but switched to the mike when we did a Misfits-Coverband („Ghouls“) just for fun. I worked out and I reamained on Vocals. Before THE OTHER the most popular band was a Grindcore-band called FORCED TO DECAY. But we’ve been doing THE OTHER for 11 years now and I could think of nothing else that is so much fun.
Josh- Now you guys play a lot of festivals it seems, what have been some of your favorite and why?
Rod- We’ve played the WACKEN OPEN AIR which is the biggest Metal-Festival in the world, so that was amaazing. But we’re also regulars at festivals like Mera Luna, Amphi, Wave Gotik Treffen, Summer Breeze, etc. We played with HUGE bands at these festivals…from Iron Maiden and Mötley Crüe to Sisters of Mercy and many others. We also supported acts like Alice Cooper, The Cult, The 69 Eyes, The Damned, Misfits, etc. at their headliner shows on a regular basis. Some of the best memories were meeting Alice Cooper after our show or rocking thousands of people who came just for our Headliner Set at Wave Gotik Treffen. And don’t forget the backstage parties….Wow… Some great memories.
Josh- What are some of your favorite horror movies? What was one of the first horror movies you can remember seeing?
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Rod- The first horror movie I saw was a Frankenstein movie from Hammer. Can’t remember which one exactly but it had Peter Cushing in it. I was scared shitless. But what really got me were “Tarantula”, “The Creature from the black Lagoon” and “The Incredible Shrinking man”, when they where shown on TV here in Germany, followed by interviews with director Jack Arnold. Those are still my favorite movies. Others include “The Shining”, “The Exorcist”, “Bride of Frankenstein”, the original “Nosferatu”, and “The Blair Witch Project”
Josh- Now I know you guys played here in the U.S awhile back, did you guys enjoy it and what was one of your favorite experiences here in the states?
Rod- It was amazing really. We played only eight shows but each and everyone was special. We met such great people and had an overwhelming response. Places like Corona, Santa Cruz, Sacramento and Hollywood were especially good, with hundreds of people showing up. When we started out playing music we always wanted to play the Sunset Strip – and we did. In front of 500 people. But the coolest experience was probably playing the Navajo Reservation in Chinle, Arizona. We played their chapter-house. No stage, no lights, but kids who went crazy. And then we partied in the hotel room with a dozens of cool people.
Josh- While we are on the top of shows in the U.S, I think I speak for all here in the U.S horror punk scene, do you guys have any plans in the near future to come and play again in America?
Rod- We were invited to play next years „Ghouls night out“-Festival in Santa Cruz but the flights from Germany to L.A. were way to expensive – around $7.500 for the five of us – so we had to cancel. Plus we need to find a new bassist, record a new album and all kinds of other things. But maybe we can do something in the the fall of 2014 or the spring of 2015. We will come back, that’s for sure.
Josh- If you weren’t a member of The Other, what do you think you’d be doing?
Rod- I have a regular job as a creative director in an advertising agency. Before I was in the adult-entertainment-Industry as a Press-Manager and Editor for 8 years and before that I worked for a record label. I’ve been doing stuff since I finished school and all during university. But I still dream of playing music full-time!
Josh- If you could tour with any band, past or present, who would it be and why?
Rod- KISS! Because I’ve been a fan since I was nine.
Josh- Now I know this can be a hard question to answer, but out of all the albums, which has been your favorite?
Rod- The last two albums, and – if you want only one album – the last one („The Devils you know“). The production, the songwriting, the vocals, the diversity….everything comes into place on this CD (well actually on „New Blood“ as well). I really hope we can record another album like the last two.
Josh- Last question, what does the future hold for The Other?
Rod- We’ve actually had the worst year in the history of the band this year. Sarge our guitarist quit, Victor is quitting in November, we had to cancel a huge three week tour with a well-known German Punk-band….all this and other things. So 2014 can only be better. If our friends and fans still support us, we will record a new album and then really tour and play shows. We’ve done that way less than we wanted because of everybody’s job and family-plans but now that we have great new and young guys in the band, we can continue our plan to take over the world!