XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
The Hyss: Our warm-up gig before the release of our EP Hound is May 19 at Crown Liquors in Logan Square here in Chicago. More gigs TBD locations in Joliet, near north side, west burbs this summer. Hopefully back in the studio in the fall.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
The Hyss: Almost 8 years, since November 2011
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
The Hyss: I have a life goal to remain musically active, always. Also, there’s a deficit in melted faces. I need to do my part.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
The Hyss: I mostly grew up watching Kurt Cobain kill the 80s metal scene by strangling the neck of his guitar. I loved that, and how the metal scene never actually went anywhere. People just started blending rock styles more, and so I’ve been doing that too for decades, guitars, songwriting… Jamming with bands since 13 years old.
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
The Hyss: Widescale distribution for purposes of developing our subculture of antiestablishment Hÿssenters, bent on breaking the mold of the stoic head-bob of music bystanders. We are a band of movers and shakers inclusive of more movers and shakers. Also, we intend to record at least 5 more EPs in the next 3 years and gig at least 15 more times in the surrounding Chicago area, or more. It depends.
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
The Hyss: Never stop finding the right jam that others enjoy as much as I do.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
The Hyss: Playing for a live audience. It’s fun and that’s the point, bring people together to enjoy a common appreciation of great music.
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
The Hyss: Terrible dancing, animal attacks, dancing monsters, Hÿsstoric dark ironies, and jovial doom.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
The Hyss: One fan was interested in elbows. She carefully tasted each of our elbows, wiped her mouth with a napkin, thanked us, and politely walked off. I think she was on drugs.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
The Hyss: Half stacks. Humbuckers. Stomp boxes. Heavy metal symbols.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
The Hyss: Locally optimistic. Nationally oblivious.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
The Hyss: That I’m a patriotic American veteran of foreign wars.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
The Hyss: Reptilian good-times stoner grunge metal rock.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
The Hyss: You will enjoy seeing the Hÿss over and over. See us play, dance, shout, laugh, and rock out.
The Hyss are:
Dave Fitzgerald – guitar
Pat Kennedy – guitar
Matt McDonald – vocals
Mike Scales – drums
Bill Sullivan – bass