Scenic route to Hell

By BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 20, 2008

“I’m dancing on stage with those damn things,” Christopher says. “It adds different textures. I guess we’re addicted to delays. Anything to make it noisier, we like. Just playing distortion and playing clean gets boring.”

The quest to combat boredom is a refrain. It’s the reason the band started, and it’s the reason demo tracks off their pending sophomore record (available on MySpace, and recorded at Amps Vs. Ohms in Central Square), Blindly Following Satan Down That Path to Hell, are a bit weightier, and darkly piquant — less flirting with grungy retro-cool, more shoegazer. During the past year, Somers’s wife, who was not an official immigrant, “volunteered” to move to Guatemala at the behest of the US government. She hasn’t been deported, but the couple’s two-year-old US-citizen son is also now living in Guatemala, so the increase in Bloodhounds vitriol isn’t pure whimsy. Lacey Lemander of 92 Protons provides vocals on at least three tracks, to enhance ferocity and, yes, reduce boredom.

“This record was sort of our take on Highway to Hell,” says Christopher. “That was already taken, so this is what we have.”

Is this concept derived from personal experience? Are Easter Bloodhounds plummeting toward damnation?

“Sometimes,” Christopher allows. “And that’s a good thing, because rock ’n’ roll should be doing that.”

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