-Interview- Head Of Hydrus (4/30/17)

Head Of Hydrus talks about their "Contingency" album, a haunted venue they played and much more.


From: Troy, NY
Sounds like: Metalcore

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Head Of Hydrus” and is there any meaning behind it?

Well Jordan and Tony are cousins, and Tony also went to school with TJ and Devan. Once we all knew we had similar interests in music, we started practicing a lot together and eventually decided to start writing our own songs. We found our vocalist Nick Rossi along the way, and couldn’t be happier with the decision to bring him on board with us. As for developing our sound, we just continue to listen to more and more music. We find influences that we really enjoy, and put our own personal twist on it to try and make it feel unique to us. We found the name together, the star at the top of the constellation Hydrus is called “Head Of Hydrus”. It can only be seen in the southern hemisphere, so being from upstate New York, we made it a personal mission of ours to see it some day.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your "Contingency" album?

We really just want everybody to have fun with it. Make your own interpretation of what we have expressed, use it as your own motivation and share some positive vibes. Basically just enjoy the ride!

3. What can people expect from your live show?

You can expect a lot of energy that will keep you moving.

4. What's your favorite track to play live?

It’s a toss up between "You.2" and "Satori".

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

After The Burial, Parkway Drive, and August Burns Red.

6. Any crazy show stories?

We played a show in North Adams Mass. in a haunted gymnasium. While we were playing our set, the lights in the venue went out on us. One of our amps cut out too, and after the set our vocalist had random scratch marks on his arm and back…..

7. What’s your take on the current state of Metalcore?

It has changed a lot over the past 15 years or so, but we can still hear it’s roots in a lot of new music that has been coming out today. We love it!

8. What’s the current music scene like there in New York both locally and statewide?

We have only really played local shows so far, but the scene is great. There are plenty of opportunities for new bands to play shows, and all the venues and promoters treat you very well.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

With everything so readily available on the internet today, it’s nearly impossible to stand up against illegal downloading of music. If you are truly a fan of an artist then go to their shows. Buy some merch and a CD to show your support.

10. What’s next for Head Of Hydrus?

More shows outside our local area, and just a lot more music!

11. Any shoutouts?

Our families and close friends that continue to stick by us, much love everybody.