XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Huxley: The band has been working tirelessly to bring only the best and purest hard rock to the world. We currently have our EP coming out on December 13th, and if you don’t mind me bragging a bit, it’s dope. It’s to be the first 5 songs, of thousands I’m sure, to place us on the top to world. We have our first Huxley Experience; we like to call our live performances because they will honestly change your life; on January 25th. It’s at the Anchor Rock Club in Atlantic City NJ. We fully expect to see you all there!
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Huxley: This current project, just over a year. But the origins of Huxley began taking root well over a decade ago. Our last project was a Metalcore band called Endless Sacrifice, but after several years of being humble metal musicians we realized were much better at being arrogant, brazen, devilishly handsome rockstars.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Huxley: This one is simple. The music. Some times a song just comes to you, and if you do that enough you have yourself album, and then if you do that enough, a career. We love music, all of it, from rock to metal to rap to pop. Music heals and we know we have songs that someone, somewhere will relate to, and will potentially help them through something. As long as people will listen we will continue to provide them with a song to sing to and a Huxley to love.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Huxley: Although we have been together for quite some time as a group we never really discussed our musical knowledge backgrounds with each other. It’s not a pissing contest with the band about who’s resume is longer. We know how to write a hit song and that’s all that matters to us. What even is music theory anyway? Sounds pretty pompous to me.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Huxley: I would like to think it conveys the image of some dope shit. Like a dragon. . . . Riding a bigger dragon. . . . Riding a motorcycle. But sadly you probably mean social image. I honestly dont know, probably a bunch of dudes named Kyle who hate drywall and being told what to do by their dads. Huxley is for everyone though not just Kyle’s and Dragon biker gangs. Listen to the songs, they’ll change your life.
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Huxley: Tours, albums, festivals, and all things Huxley. We want to rule the world, and like our song says “If I Ruled the World no one could bring me down!” Get on the Huxley train because the next stop is, immortality!
Seems like they’ll let anyone do it, so let’s give it a try!XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
I want them to make a Mount Rushmore of rock legends and have it only be our faces. Mount Huxley. . . . Has a nice ring to it, right? It seems a bit of a reach, especially because there isn’t a mountain big enough to support our largely inflated heads, but aim high right?
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Huxley: Two totally different experiences. The recording is nice because you don’t have to wear any clothes, at all, to do it, even when the audio engineer is yelling at you to do so. His suggestions are just that, suggestions. And playing live shows is great because hearing someone singing your songs back at you like it’s the only song they know is rewarding beyond explanation. So the real question is do I hate clothes more or love admiration? Hmmm, lemme get back to you on that one.
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Huxley: I feel like answering this question robs the listeners of their Huxley experience. For instance, I could tell you that “If I Ruled the World” was about overcoming depression and self-doubt but then all of the Kyle’s in the world wouldn’t be able to use it as an anthem for their Fortnite squad. So we’ll let the listeners decide. That’s the beauty of art, its interpretation.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Huxley: All I can say is Henry Winkler’s super-secret underground poker game and a bowl of Captain Crunch’s Crunch Berries! Shhhhh, don’t tell him we told you! Eyyyyyy!
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Huxley: A fan once asked us to play a whole song backward, as if on a record player, but to do it live. We said no. How she figured out the secret message we’ll never know.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Huxley: Ask George Thorogood! “Get a hair cut and get a real job!” We got the hair cuts, we look good, but sorry rents this is a lifestyle!
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Huxley: We only write songs that are fun to play live so take your pick. Seriously pick one. I’ll play it right now.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Huxley: Every member of the band could have a different answer to this question but if I had to pick the best answer to fit everyone I’d probably say . . . . .Ace of Base. We saw the sign, and it opened up our eyes! Plus we wanted to make sure music like that never got created again.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Huxley: Huxley (headlining.. . . Obvi)
I’d call it the Rock your socks off tour because none of the members on any of those bands wear socks.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Huxley: Eating a whole pizza in 22 minutes. It would have been 20 minutes flat but I had to pee. Oh and our EP is super tight! Check it out on December 13th!
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Huxley: I don’t really want to ever find out. So we’ll just keep crushing it!
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Huxley: Typically instruments but occasionally power tools. Just kidding, it would be too long of a list to go over all of the equipment we use as a band but it’s all high-end equipment made of solid gold and silver. Weights a ton but damn do we look shiny!
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Huxley: Metal is a hard scene because the musicianship seems to get lost on the average audience. Some times too good is a thing. That’s one of the main reasons why we change to rock music, it just felt necessary. We wanted to be relatable to more people. Being an independent band certainly isn’t the easiest way of doing things. It’s expensive and you need to believe in your music, which we do and we will continue to grind our way to the top.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Huxley: We have a band mascot named Charles. He a mannequin. He is, in fact, mannequin royalty! His full name and the title is Charles the Duke of Caddywompus!
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Huxley: I would tell them we are everything you want in a rock band! Powerful catchy vocals, thick unforgettable guitar riffs, pounding precision drum beats and of course dirty driving bass lines. I’m making myself excited about Huxley, and I’m in that band. So what more do you need to know. We are ready, we are relentless, we are Huxley!
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Huxley: Anchor Rock Club, Atlantic City Nj
January 25th. Be there!
Huxley Self Titled Ep
December 13th. Listen!
OH, and Karen stop sending us potato salad in the mail, it goes bad every time. You don’t even send it in a cooler!
Doug – vocals
Mike – guitar
Alex – rhythm guitar
Matt – bass
Robbie – drums