Hollywood Undead is a rapcore/crunkcore band from Los Angeles, shaking up the rock scene with heavy party songs with a bit of an edge. The six man rap group has a tenacious stage presence, characterized by each member's unique, hockey-style mask worn on tour dates. While it's a concept pioneered by bands like GWAR and KISS, Hollywood Undead doesn't conform to any music scene, with songs switching from rap, to slow piano licks, to metal; sometimes all within the same song. With their second album American Tragedy released on April 5 2011, Hollywood Undead is headlining the Revolt Tour with a number of concert dates in April and May of 2011.
Hollywood Undead began from a song called "The Kids" that member J-Dog and former member Deuce posted to the band's MySpace page. The song was so popular that the two decided to form a band with their friends who have now become known as Charlie Scene, Da Kurlzz, Danny, Funny Man, J-Dog, and Johnny 3 Tears. They compiled songs for their first album Swan Song, but had trouble finding a record label that wouldn't censor the album. They finally signed with A&M/Octone Records that released the album in 2008. The album sold 21,000 copies in its first week and produced the single "Everywhere I Go".
While working on their follow-up album, American Tragedy, lead singer Deuce was voted out of the band citing "musical differences"; although rumors have spread over the true cause. To replace the lead singer, the ensemble has snatched singer and American Idol contestant Daniel Murillo from rock band Lorene Drive. Since Deuce's removal from the band, Hollywood Undead has been working on their latest album and promoting it on a number of tour dates. While the songs on the album still have Hollywood Undead's unmistakeable head-bumping style, they deal with more serious and dire themes.
Songs from Hollywood Undead's album can also be seen headlining concert dates in 2011 on the Revolt Tour with bands 10 Years, Drive A, and New Medicine. The first tour date is March 26 at the Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival in Las Vegas, right before Hollywood Undead takes the 2011 concert dates up to Canada. The last concert date of the Revolt Tour will be in St. Paul, MN on May 28 before heading to Germany for Rock Im Park and Rock Am Park, and to the UK for the Download Festival. With Hollywood Undead at the hottest they've ever been, fans will have plenty of opportunities to pick up American Tragedy and catch a local tour date this spring.
3 Pill Morning:
After a chance introduction in a city better known for honky-tonks and banjos than gut-wrenching riffs, the band found a creative match with Nashville based producer Jon King (Augustana, Throwing Gravity, Future Leaders of the World) . They quickly went to work writing, recording, and re-vamping songs and ideas to take that next sonic step. In 2012 the band signed a recording contract with King’s Page 2 Music and New York based A2Z Entertainment. “We were really intentional with everything this time around” comments Stebbins, “as a band we had a specific vision for what we wanted to do and that really set the tone for everything from the writing process down to the artwork and suits we wear live."
Two months of all night recording sessions later, the band emerged from the studio with a a renewed vigor and a slick concoction of fist pumping riffs, infectious melodies, and an energy that can only be described as relentless. 3 Pill Morning’s label debut 'Black Tie Love Affair' pegs all the dials and pulls no punches. The album landed at #62 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, the lead single ‘Rain’ immediately raced into the top 100 Active Rock songs coupled and their sleek video capturing the underdog story ‘Skin’ has lit up youtube viewers world wide. All signs are positive that this band’s determination and fan-centric demeanor will keep them on the radar for years to come.