Bloody Hammers is a gothic rock project that consists of Anders Manga and his wife Devallia. Recently, I caught up with this amazing contribution to the darkwave genre about the music, their new album Under Satan’s Sun, Alice Cooper, Bob Ezrin, and Lady Gaga. Here is what they had to say…
(Q) Hello. How are you? Tell me a little more about Bloody Hammers…
We’re a music project from the mountains of western North Carolina, in Transylvania County.
(Q) Behind every great genius lies a major source of inspiration. I have to ask, what inspired you to create Bloody Hammers?
I think music inspires music. I know in some cases people get into music for other reasons – to be famous, get laid, or whatever, but I think in most cases it’s to keep the cycle going. Artists get old, get happy, lose interest or whatever, so there needs to be fresh blood to come in and keep the music coming. Hopefully whatever we do will inspire a new, younger group of girls and guys to come up with awesome new music, and so on.
(Q) Your new album ‘Under Satan’s Sun’ is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, June 10th. Are you excited?
Definitely excited and looking forward to going out to play the stuff live.
(Q) How is this album different from your previous albums?
This one is a collection of songs based on local folklore. Here in the mountains there are so many legends and Native American spooky campfire tales. “The Town that Dreaded Sundown” is based on the true crime moonlight murders story from Texarkana, but the others are more local.
(Q) I noticed that you are highly influenced by Alice Cooper, who is ridiculously talented beyond belief. What are your favorite Alice Cooper tunes?
Oh man all the Cooper stuff is amazing. Some of my favorites are “I Love the Dead”, “Billion Dollar Babies”, “Desperado”, “Former Lee Warmer”… who am I kidding? They’re all favorites really. I even like the late 70’s and early 80’s stuff a great deal where I understand he lost some people.
(Q) If you could work with anyone in the music industry, who would you work with and why?
Probably Bob Ezrin because it seems he really brings a challenge. I’ve produced all my stuff so far for several years, so it would be cool to go in with a legend like Bob. It would probably fail miserably because I really don’t work with others well. Not that I’m difficult but I just like being creative alone. To be in the studio with the guy who produced “The Wall”, “Billion Dollar Babies”, “Destroyer” and so many other legendary albums would be surreal.
(Q) If Lady Gaga would call you up and say “I would love to work with you right now”, what would you say?
That pretty far-fetched but if so, it just depends on how she’d want to work together I guess. She’s very talented and I was impressed with her on the Howard Stern show one day. She broke all those pop songs down to just her and a piano. She gets big points in my book for being able to play an instrument and write songs herself. That pop scene doesn’t seem to have many who can do either anymore.
(Q) Will you be going on tour? If so, do you think you will make your way to Pittsburgh?
We hope to get to Pittsburgh. I have a meeting this week to discuss USA tour possibilities, but we’re headed to Europe in 2 weeks. We start in Germany at the Freak Valley Festival and end in the UK at Download Festival at Donington.
(Q) Nice! I am a big fan of you and Devallia. You are an epic, dynamic duo. Your sound is awesome!
Thanks! We try and stay busy!
(Q) For all of your fans reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for Bloody Hammers?
Now is to simply go out there and start playing! Crank the amps and get it done!
For more information about Bloody Hammers, please visit www.bloodyhammers.com today!