Yes, you read their name correctly. They are ‘not that astrological or fortune telling shizz’. These guys are a badass indie groove band that perfects a combination of electronic elements and instrumentals reminiscent of 80’s sythpop/new wave tunes. Badass Band 62 is Horrorscopes.
I heard about Horrorscopes via another band from the San Francisco area, where these guys are based. The best part about the name is the fact that they are the opposite of what one would assume they would sound like. Instead of being some metal/emo/screamo band, which typically would have something like ‘Horror’ in the name; they are fun, catchy, and upbeat. Horrorscopes currently has two EP’s available, ‘The Restless’ and ‘Wednesday/Give It Up’. Each only boasts a couple of songs, but they are great. There is just enough electronic edge to remind me of some of my favorite 80’s tunes. I’m inclined to say they echo a modern version of the more upbeat Duran Duran tunes like ‘Girls on Film’ or ‘The Reflex’. I love all four songs that I have heard, but if I had to pick any to have you listen to, it would be ‘The Restless’ and ‘Wednesday’. ‘The Restless’ is mellower with echo-y vocals and is more synth fueled, while ‘Wednesday’ is off the bat an upbeat tune with clear, smooth vocals and heavier emphasis on the guitar and rhythm sections. Again, all four songs are killer though, and each stands out in its own unique way.
Horrorscopes is made up of Angel Villon – Vocals/Keys, Nick Rose – Bass, Greg Promani – Guitar, Synth, Vocals and Jon Uribe – Drums, Vocals. I have yet to catch them live, but next time I am in SF, that will hopefully be remedied! The guys were kind enough to take some time to talk to BBB, so read on to find out when they jam until they feel it, who is making O-faces at their shows, and what you can expect from them this year!
When and why did each of you start playing?
Greg – I started playing guitar in high school because my Dad had bought a guitar on a mid-life crisis and never played it so I said to myself: “Shame to let it go to waste…”
Angel – Middle school – though as a kid always tried to make some kind of beat or noise with whatever could get my hands on – did it cause it was fun.
Jon – Making beats with my hands on the cafeteria table since I was a youngster.
Nick – High school. My friends wanted to start a band so I started learning guitar. That band didn’t work out obviously.
What kind of music did you listen to growing up? How does that differ from what you listen to now?
Greg – I listened to nothing but classic rock. Now I listen nothing but Top 40 rap. I’m not even making a joke or being ironic.
Angel – I’ve always listened to a variety of things. Although, right now I got them holiday jams.
Jon – I listened to Mexican music, hip-hop and R&B. And I still do now.
Nick – Rock and punk and ska. I mostly listen to indie/psychedelic/dance/slowjams now.
Which musicians do you admire? Why?
Greg – Prince is the shit, obviously. Anyone who can shred like that on every instrument ever is badass. I also love Fleetwood Mac.
Jon – I don’t have a specific artist, just any music that makes me feel tingly inside.
Nick – All of them, being a musician is hard.
Why the name Horrorscopes?
Our friend who used to be in the band thought up the name because she’s really obsessed with astrology.
Describe your show visually & musically for those who have never been.
Visually, we’re on stage making our o-faces, musically, everyone in the audience is making theirs.
How does your creative process typically work?
We just jam till we feel it. Or we feel it til we jam.
What do you think your biggest break or greatest opportunity has been in your career so far?
There have been many opportunities and we’ve appreciated all of them.
What has been the biggest challenge for you so far?
What are you working on now, and what can we expect from you the rest of this year?
New music and new recordings, just living our lives.
Why should people listen to your band? What makes you unique? If your band had a slogan, what would it be?
Like so many other bands out there, we’re just trying to create our own sound. And if you like that sound then you should listen to us! Our slogan would be: Horrorscopes – rippin farts and breakin hearts since 2010.
If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Make being an active musician a more sustainable lifestyle.
One song you never get tired of.
Angel – Pennies from Heaven, Billie Holiday
Jon – Lobo-Hombre en Paris, La Unión
Greg – Last Christmas, Wham!
Nick – Today was a good day, Ice cube
What is the best live show you have ever gone to?
Jon – Bombay Bicycle Club at The Rickshaw Stop in SF.
Greg – LCD Soundsystem/Arcade Fire. Such a great combo and I hadn’t really listened to either of them before seeing them so it was the perfect way to be introduced!
Nick – That’s hard. Maybe one of the years I went to Coachella
Favorite things to do NOT musically related.
Angel – Cloudgaze, chill
Jon – Walk and hang out with friends
Greg – Making Brigid laugh and updating my rad twitter
Nick – Graphic design, video games, skateboarding
If you could be a fictional character, who would you be?
Angel – Surf the universe would be chill – Silversurfer
Jon – Bananaman
Greg – Jay Gatsby
Nick – A Jedi
What kind of jobs did you have before (or currently) you were in the music industry?
Jon – After-school program leader
Angel – Sound recorder and retail
Greg – Wedding Video Editor
Nick – Designer at a greeting card company
If you ran Badass Bands Blog, what is one band you would feature? (Exempting yourselves of course.)
Angel – The Bilinda Butchers
Jon – duckyousucker
Greg – Coast Jumper
Nick -Buttercream Gang
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