XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Alexander Poe: I’d say that right now there’s a ton of good stuff happening with THC, a couple of new singles, then an EP, then album by the end of the year. All combined with THC’s new direction in sound, makes me really excited for the future if the band. Considering the entire COVID-19 situation, there aren’t any upcoming shows until the horizon clears out a bit. Hopefully, something in the end if this year and back in full force in 2021, mate, this virus sucks.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Alexander Poe: It’s a relatively new project, I started it 3 years ago and so far so good. Looking to have actual band members to join in to share this journey with someone but for now, THC is a solo project.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Alexander Poe: I’ve been doing music since I was 7, and can’t remember wanting to do anything else but music. This is the only thing makes we wanna get out of the bed and experiment, learn and move forward. I think that music is a universal language of beauty, so hoping to make a statement with The Hate Club in the long run.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Alexander Poe: Definitely performing in front of the audience, being in the studio and writing new material can get OTT (over the top) because I’m the only person writing, recording, producing and engineering all of it. Sometimes I think that I have sever case of split-personalities fulfilling all these roles. Yet, at the same time I can’t trust anyone with the final sound but myself, this will be the death of me, but I like it.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? I
Alexander Poe: Does it even make sense to bring up blown tires? I think that’s the first thing that happens to everyone haha.
There was an instance when I was staying in one of the scariest neighborhoods I’ve ever been to and fear for one’s life was quite real in there, especially when you get in an altercation with some of the locals that say “your kind isn’t welcomed here boy”, as an Eastern European, this all is quite new and wild for me so….Being on the road is one of those things that catches you off-guard during worst moments; missed flights, missing gear, sometimes just straight up some of the worst nights in your life because you played like shit are all part of it.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Alexander Poe: Everyone keeps requesting my least favorite song – Fire. Ironically, it’s my biggest song and ironically, I wrote it as a joke. Every time anyone asks me about that song, a part of me die inside.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Alexander Poe: At one point in my life, I ran away from home and lived in a tent in a fucking forest and then several weeks at train stations and slept in parks on the bench, all while wrapping my guitar’s strap around my leg so nobody steals it from me while I’m asleep. One may say that I didn’t get as much support to pursue it professionally haha.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Alexander Poe: Hello. My Friend, it’s quite epic, people love it, and it hits hard. Always a thrill. I’m really looking forward to playing live all the new THC’s music, it’s heavier, grittier and more raw.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Alexander Poe: My all-time favorite band is Led Zeppelin, even though the music I’m writing is very different I hope to one day headline at Madison Square Garden like they did.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Alexander Poe: For me, being in a band is a really personal thing and not so much about the notoriety of the great musicians I admire. I’d rather be in a band with people I’ve known for a long time, and whom I can trust, rather than the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame fellas. I’m really tight with Another Lost Year’s drummer Alex Hilton, so I’m looking for a day when we get to go on tour together and have him take over the drums. Not quite sure about the rest of the members at the moment.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Alexander Poe: I tend not to think about these things, music is a lifelong marathon, but if I am to choose one, then perhaps crossing the pond to abandon my former life to pursue music in the US is the one.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Alexander Poe: Something as crazy and challenging. I sometimes toy with the idea of being a painter because it’s such a demanding and beautiful art form. And sometimes I dwell on an idea of being a hitman, but that’s probably because I watched too many movies.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Alexander Poe: I used to have a custom-build set up using Ableton Push strapped around my waist like a guitar and a bunch of midi gear; APC-40 and Akai keyboards. However, now it’s all about getting solid metal guitar sound, getting a drummer and another guitarist, no bass guitar for sure, because I can get way heavier bass sound via backing tracking, that will shake an entire building. My previous set up would run through my laptop and all the processing was done there, which resulted in tons of feedback because my sound card couldn’t handle the load, the nI discovered (friends told me) about Radial’s VocoLoco which made a huge difference in terms of my vocals clarity during live shows.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Alexander Poe: Uff, do I tell the truth or do I say something neutral? I think it’s shit…I wanna see more albums like Antichrist Superstar where artists would experiment with drugs and explore the unknown rather than all of this diluted trash and pseudo-suffering about anxiety and depression. Everything is all about trends today rather than artistic vision, all the happy wavy-vibes, pathetic and over-exaggerated emotions, it’s all bland. Obviously, there are some solid acts that are within their own very lane, but mainly it’s all nothing but phony art endeavors.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Alexander Poe: That everything they hear and see is made by one person.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Alexander Poe: We are the legion, for we are many.