Every day being Halloween is a pretty terrifying prospect. Trick-or-treaters knocking on your door constantly, having to watch every Scream movie every day, having to eat pumpkin all year round. It doesn’t bear thinking about.
Thankfully this state of Hell does not exist in real life, but New York musician Brian Kroll – aka My Son The Bum – threatens us with the prospect of it in his latest track Everyday Is Halloween (In My World).
The dark, brooding track combines 90s grunge and Misfits-inspired horror punk in a doomsday anthem dominated by solid drums and chunky guitars, under fresh vocals. It’s unrelenting and fast-paced, drawing you into the shadows you should probably avoiding on Halloween – or, more specifically “those emotions we tend to lock away in this era of airbrushed perfection.” It’s raw and entertaining but laced with the dread and despair you’d expect of a Halloween song.
The track opens up with heavy guitars that continue under echoey vocals before a spooky chorus of creepy backing sounds under dominant vocals. Big bassiness kicks in after the second chorus alongside repeating guitars pounding drums. Check it out in the moody video below:
We had a spooky Halloween chat with the man himself. Read on below…
GR: Who is Brian Kroll?
BK: “I am the foreshadow of a yet to happen flashback. The observer in my head peeping at life through from inside my skull. A music maniac, an over thinker. A human being. I also try to let songs write me. A guitarist… friend… a stone thrower into the great pond of life trying to start positive ripples.”
GR: You just released Everyday Is Halloween. What should people be expecting from the song?
BK: “Doom grunge punk power melodic garage rock with an industrial edge. I was noodling around playing Ramones From Hell on my guitar with a dropped D tuning surf chord progression backwards.
“The bridge/breakdown was me trying to do a dark Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) kind of part. Lyrically, it was my usual state of mind, under saying ‘Happy Today’ to everyone. It’s dark, brooding but persevering hopeful in the hopelessness.
“Finding light in the gray areas of life, keeping the memory of dead friends and family members that I thought about all of the time. I used to visit family graves before I’d visit living people, they were more alive to me… the dead people. I wasn’t clinically depressed at all, just stuck in the ‘in between zones’ of life.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
“Every song sounds different so far. For Halloween, I’d say Ramones from Hell, Alice In C hains with The Monkees.. Mickey Dolenz singing psychedelic garage rock melodies. Kinda like I’m Not Your Stepping Stone. I listed the Halloween tune sound as Ramones/Alice In Chains/The Monkees for streaming sites as a bit of a private joke.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
BK: “I’ve been influenced by all sorts of things, experiences, from random events in my life, to tragedies and debt collectors (true).
“I’d say that I don’t set out to write anything in particular… usually, I say something out loud and if it hits me a certain way I know that I need to write it down. I’ve noticed that I write about time, gray areas a lot, and ntangible feeling states put into words.”