The Projection: While You Were Out [Album]

Pop punk is that sort of harshly label brand of music that seems to have a place in time that is neither subjective nor selective.  It just sort of pops up one day, and you find yourself remembering something you haven’t thought about it in years.  Maybe, like, having fun.  Jumping around in circles, playfully punching the shit out of your best friend as a few simple chords send your brain on a 3 minute vacation.  When did  you get so serious?  Or better yet, when did you decide that a group like The Projection couldn’t speak to you?  They can!  And they will do it….LOUD!

Hailing from heartland of Illinois, The Projection is a group that is obviously nostalgic, but still sound fresh and original.  Their sophomore release, While You Were Out, finds these punk troubadours battling through some serious love loss, party fouls, and a determination that sometimes life just sucks, so let’s have some fun with it.  Each track on the record is simply better than the next.  Each song sends you on a new journey into the band’s train of thought.  And each one feels as though it has been soaked in cocaine and sent directly to you in a dire time of need.

For all the aging snooty hipsters out there (could sometimes probably through myself in there), think of The Projection as that band that you might be able to justified spending hours among “those damn kids” at The Warped Tour to hear something so profound, and very reminiscent of the glory days of Green Day (pre-Dookie, of course).  To say that While You Were Out is a fun-filled, high-speed album with an immense amount of joy and pain to be shared alike, might just be an understatement.  This is really good (and yes, fun) stuff you really don’t hear enough of these days, in this caliber of course.

Count Gore De Vol [Interview]

The legendary Count Gore De Vol has been a household name in the world of Horror for longer than most of you Trainwreckers have probably even been alive.  He’s been at it for over 40 years, starting as a host in and around the Washington D.C. area, right up until today where he hosts the longest running on line Horror Show, at his own website.  He started The Dungeon back in 1998 (did most of you even know the internet was really a “thing” back then.), and has hosted over 600 shows in that time, and has featured some of the horror businesses greatest stars.  He was a shoe-in for the nomination and induction into the Horror Host Hall of Fame.  And even with all this success behind him, he is a vamp master who is always looking forward, and continuing to do some amazing work.  I was fortunate enough to score a few words with the legend himself, where I get the inside scoop on how it feels on top of the game, what he thinks about the Twilight Saga, and his very own brand of entrancement.  Enjoy!
How does it feel to be a legend in the horror world?

Actually…pretty good. It’s nice to be recognized for your work, but after being a horror host for over 40 years, there’s always that lingering questions, “Is this fame because of good work or just longevity?”  I really think it’s a combination of both and accept it as such.

You’ve recently been inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame.  How does it feel to be among one of the best?

Elated, humbled, excited, thrilled and a few other mixed emotions. It’s something I never considered. It was never my goal and I’m truly grateful. My only disappointment is the realization that I would never get to meet many of  these other members, because they’ve passed on. However, last year I did manage to spend some quality time with Zacherley, fulfilling a life long dream.

What do you believe it is that makes your website show popular, and in such high demand?

I have to believe it’s the mix of good content that’s regularly and reliably updated weekly. I’ve always felt that content is king and with the web program, I can do more for fans than I ever could with just a weekly show on TV. Of course, I couldn’t do any of it without the great contributors I have now and I’ve had for almost 14 years. These people put in a lot of time and effort for no compensation, just for the love of the genre!

Bela or Boris?  Your choice?

O come on. Just looking at me, do you really have to ask that questions? Bela, of course!  I took my look, my accent and my love of humans for dinner from Bela. As to why, Bela established the role of vampire as a truly romantic character. A dramatic change from Nosferatu. And since I’m a romantic at heart, it resonated with me.

That being said, I truly admire Boris, particularly for his much greater range and flexibility as an actor.

What are your thoughts on the new age of horror?  Does the Twilight Saga just piss you off?

Twilight doesn’t really upset me, because it’s not important to me. It’s just another take on vampire mythology, created for a new generation. I think there’s room for a lot of variation. I personally have not been impressed with the films, but there’s an audience that loves them and why should they be denied?  As to the new age of horror, I think it’s the same as the old age. A lot of retelling of already established stories using new actors that a new audience can relate to and using new production techniques that in some cases adds to the tale. A good example was the new “Fright Night.” For me the telling of the story is the most important aspect. Is the new version of the story compelling? Does it really scare me, or it is determined to just gross me out.

What is the most important aspect you look for when choosing a Creature Feature?

Is it in the public domain?  Let’s face it, with no advertising dollars supporting the purchase of film rights, I am, like so many other horror hosts, stuck with a limited pool of PD films. From within that pool I try to mix up the types so the presentations aren’t boring or predictable. Then the last factor is, “How much fun can I have with the film title or story?”

You are also an esteemed hypnotist.  How does it feel to take control of someone’s psyche for a bit?

Ah, a hypnotist controls…nothing. I can’t make a person do anything they don’t want to do. Of course it is a powerful feeling when you watch people accept suggestions that alter their reality and then have them act upon those suggestions. It’s also still a bit scary knowing that you are manipulating circumstances and in reality playing with people’s minds. I also find the shows intense and very draining . There’s a whole lot of responsibility that goes with being a good stage hypnotist.

Have you thought about getting back on television?

If someone made me an offer to back on TV that I couldn’t refuse, I wouldn’t. But TV could never be a replacement for the web program. It’s so 20th century!  In 1998, when I became the first horror host on the Internet, I really saw the day when most, if not all home entertainment would merge into some sort of web based delivery system that we would watch and interact with through a TV like device. It’s taken a while and there’s still a long way to go before the various competing platform battle it out of supremacy, but it really is beginning to happen. With my Roku Box, my internet capable Plasma TV and disc players, I now can access a world of video entertainment in my viewing room…anytime I want! Heck, I am on TV when I watch my web program on a glories 50″ wide screen HD set.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Last night taping session. We talked to the last Mayan calendar maker about the end of the world, by way of my crystal ball and the improv between myself and my guest actor, Eric Krasner was just fantastic. I couldn’t help but smile.