There may be a lot of sex, partying and rock 'n' roll lifestyle in Hollywood Undead's music, but the Los Angeles rap-rock group's just-released third album, "Notes From the Underground," shows the group knows how to get down to work, too -- even when it's on tour.
"We started writing on the road with this one, and we started getting some good stuff right out of the box," reports the band's Johnny 3 Tears (real name George Ragan). "It's a cool place to write from, the road...It was fun. It reminded me of the beat writers, Jack Kerouac or something on the road. It's fun. You're sitting up in the front row of the bus, you drink a bottle of wine and it's a different atmosphere and everything.
"I really enjoyed it. From here on we've decided, 'OK, we can definitely, we don't always have to do it on the road, but it's nice forming ideas and writing from that place."
Hollywood Undead recorded most of the album Griffin Boice producing, but it did one track, " Pigskin," with pop hit makers S*A*M & Sluggo, while nine inch nails cohort Danny Hohner handled the first single, "We Are." For the song's video, however, Hollywood Undead turned to Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan, and had "a very cool experience" according to Johnny 3 Tears.
"You never know what to expect when you meet people like that," he says. "the guy's somewhat of a legend, at least in my world. I grew up listing to Slipknot, y'know? So it's a roll of the dice; you never know who or what you`re gonna run into.
"But he's one of the coolest, most creative dudes we've ever worked with. You couldn't ask for a nicer guy to direct the video, just a regular dude. And he really understood us as a band, 'cause he's been on that side of it for so long. And his still is very visually driven, which is kind of perfect for our band. So the whole experience was really cool for us, and hopefully we'll get to do it again."
Hollywood Undead perform Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Call 313-961-8358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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