1. What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?
Hero And The Horror. We actually got the idea off the back of a Batman trading card.
2. What are your names, nicknames and corresponding instruments?
Dean Dewey - Vocals
John “Slo” Maggard- Bass
Ray “RayJ” Pronovost – Guitar
Phil Bonk – Guitar
Sam “Sammy” Gaulin - Drums
3. If you could fill a pool with anything but water, what would it be?
Jello? Beer? Whiskey? Tequila? Weed? I think that speaks for all of us. Lol.
4. What’s an average day like for the band?
All of us have families and day jobs. I work in the corporate world. Slo, probably has the best job. He works for a craft brewery, so he’s usually slinging beers to stores, or drinking them. Haha!
5. Where/When was your last show, when/where is your next show?
Wow, I had to think about that! I feel like it’s been soo long! Our last show was Feb 22nd in Hamden CT at a place called “The Cellar On Treadwell”. We had a bunch of dates booked up through Spring, one with Saliva, and another with Cold, until the plague (Covid-19) happened. Our next show on the book is at Ralph’s Rock Diner in Worcester MA on May 25th. But I don’t think that’s actually going to take place. Everything in MA, is still subject to essential business only. And we’re all trying to stay safe, keep our families safe and healthy, as well as keep the people who come out to the shows the same!
6. What are some of the best pranks you as bandmates have pulled on each other?
I’m not sure we pull pranks on each other as much as we make fun of each other? Ray usually gets the shaft on that end. He threw up once in front of us at a show, It kinda sounds like a squawk/heave. We all have an imitation of it. But we love Ray!
7. How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
Some of use came up through the local western MA hardcore/metal/punk scene in the mid to late 90’s, early 2000’s playing in bands, or just going to shows. Slo played with Unearth out of Boston for many years as I’m sure you know. Ray and I, played with local and regional bands through the same hardcore/metal scene. Sam and Dean both kinda came into the music scene with local rock bands.
When we first started playing there was a lot of the metal/hardcore influences in our music. But we all wanted to do something different musically. We spent a year writing songs before we even played our first show. It was a challenge because our area is still heavily influenced with a lot of hardcore/metal bands. When we first started playing together, a lot of the shows we would get booked on would be those. A lot of us had done it already. We wanted to focus more on the “rock” side of music. There’s also not a lot of original rock bands in our area.
About a year and half ago, while rehearsing, we realized we have this amazing singer, and we wrote a song around him. That’s when it all started to REALLY click! I would say probably from that point is when we started to see a shift and a change in our song writing. When Dean hears something he really likes, he vocal jams over it, and sort of dictates vocally the movement of the song. It pretty amazing what comes out!
8. What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite?
I would say our favorite part of this line of work is playing live and interacting with friends, new friends, making new connections, networking, etc etc. My least favorite would have to be load outs after getting all hot, sweaty and tired. Lol.
9. If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
Heh… I have 2 bad knees so probably some sort of healing power or regenerative power.
10. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
My advice would be, surround yourself with good people. People that are willing to compromise and see the big picture. Also write and play music you love and what you yourself would want to listen to, not what you think everyone wants to hear. And then get it right and get it tight!
11. Who are some of your favorite musicians?
Dave Grohl is probably one of my favorites. From what I know, and from people I know that have met him, I believe he is a cool guy and down to earth.
12. What is the craziest thing you've ever received from a fan?
Chlamydia? Lol KIDDING! Umm… I’m not even sure?
13. What song means the most to you and why?
For me I would say “Note To Self” it’s one of those songs that is completely relatable to A LOT of situations.
14. How can people gain access to your music?
15. If you had one thing to say to all your fans, what would it be?
Thank you! We appreciate each and every one of you that has come out and had supported everything we do! Without you, it’s not possible
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