|The secret history of The Other |
It was Halloween of 2002 when the famous Misfits Coverband GHOULS (www.ghouls.de) decided to do the unspeakable. At their sold-out show in the ancient city of Cologne, they played a song that was not written by the Misfits. And the audience loved it, even though it meant certain death for them. Didn’t they know that hearing the sounds of Roderick Usher, Sargeant von Rock, Andy Only and Dr. Caligari seals the listeners fate and lets him die at an unpredictable time in the future?
The monster, which was to become known as THE OTHER reared its ugly head for the first time at that crucial and dark period for humanity.
But the members of the band were still uncertain. Would they be strong enough to conquer the planet on their own, with their own weapons? The fiends – fans of Horrorpunk music - all over Germany said that they did! And so the downward spiral towards the total extinction of humanity took its course…
THE OTHER, a more than fitting name for this alien and strange quartet, plays Horrorpunk, a genre that was more or less invented by the MISFITS. The fast Punk-Rock comes equipped with melodic vocals and hymn-like choruses. But one should never forget the lyrical side. Total Horror, B-Movies, Science-Fiction, Blood and Gore… Horropunk takes its inspiration from the dark side of art. THE OTHER have their special take on the lyrical-style of Horrorpunk, they sing mostly about Gothic Literature and try to interpret the works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe and others in their own gruesome way. Once in a while the undead members of the band do watch a movie and write a few words about it. It has to be a scary one, though.
The members of THE OTHER are rejects of society and each of them has his own dark history…
Roderick Usher: The lunatic voice of The Other. In contrast to popular belief and the story of a drug-addicted author, Roderick Usher did not die completely with the fall of the House of Usher. Since 1839 he exists in state between life and death with his sister Madeline in the swamps near the ruins of the former mansion.
Sargeant von Rock: A mean son of a bitch with a heart of stone. Will kill anybody who does not follow orders, hence the name. He dresses in black, shows no emotions and his face is featureless. Except when he plays guitar. On stage he rips through the cords like man possessed. Maybe he is…
Andy Only: A descendent of the long family-line of Onlys from Lodi, New Jersey. Andy Only was cast out as an infant due to his abominable appearance. Accidents with fire and acid didn’t help the look of his face. But he does play a mean bass and now takes revenge on all mortals that humiliated him as a child.
Dr. Caligari: The dear Doctor heads an asylum for the insane. And sometimes he goes out with them and let’s them do what they please. This can result in violence and murder which the Doctor loves to witness. And sometimes he himself beats on helpless victims and the drums.
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