by Jett Black
(Needulhed photo by David Smith c/o
Self-described as a "toxic psychedelic blend of rock,
industrial, punk, goth and techno with a pop melodic edge," NEEDULHED hails
from New York with two previous recordings and a third recording already
breaking ground on the way. NEEDULHED has a dedicated fan base following the
band about from venue to venue when on tour. After two U.S. tours and tours
abroad, NEEDULHED now await its on screen debut in Romeos Run. NEEDULHED has
also written the entire score for a new Rocky Horror-esque film entitled:
CANNIBALS. Here now, Mortimer (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards, samples
& sequencing) responds with his take on NEEDULHED...
Who is in the current line-up of NEEDULHED?
Well, the line-up for NEEDULHED has recently changed... for
the better, I believe, with the addition of our new drummer Niles*. The band
consists of myself (Mortimer), Weeks and Niles .
When will you be touring
We're hoping to go out around Halloween week.
Where is your next tour set to begin?
It's not set or finalized yet but we are planning an east
coast tour from New York to Florida and everywhere between.
When will you be recording next?
We're set to begin recording the basic tracks for the next
record on March 28th
What concepts will be woven into the next
Pretty much a lot of angst, emotion and relief considering
the band went through a lot of changes during the past year.
What is the title of your latest and next
Right now we don't have a current working title for the new
record. The title of the release from 1998 is "PAVE THE PLANET" and is still
very much available. [http://www.needulhed.com/merch.html]
What changes in style & membership has NEEDULHED
undergone since the last recording?
As far as changes, the only real change has been the
replacement of our original drummer Snip with Niles.
What has been most effective in holding the band
Honesty, integrity and a desire to succeed. Obviously, we
have to be having a good time. When it becomes a hassle, and it's no longer
fun, then it's time to do something different and we don't see that time ever
What changes has NEEDULHED planned for 1999?
No real changes, just a lot more "in your face" pushing by
us! We've managed to do this by ourselves for quite some time and will do it as
long as we have to until we succeed in conquering the world.
How would you describe the music NEEDULHED performs and
Well, generally we do not like to be classified as a Goth
act, which we were classified as when we first came out. For those of you who
have heard our sound, although we have a bit of a dark influence, we also have
managed to add elements of Industrial, Punk, Techno, and Rock. Combine it with
melodic hooks and there you have NEEDULHED. Someday, some braniac will come out
with a "phrase" or "style" that describes it, but I just say that we are
Since the late '80's, differentiations in "underground"
music have resulted in varied distinctions. Where do you believe these
distinctions in darker music are headed?
It's hard to say. A lot of people want the energy and anger
and music seems to be getting a harder edge within the past decade. I feel that
within the next few years, ALL of the "so-called" underground music will
surface to the mainstream, but unfortunately, when it does, it won't be "cool"
anymore because it won't be considered underground...as silly as that sounds.
Unfortunately, it is quite true.
How would you describe their evolutions from the late
'80's to today?
Again, much harder edge. A lot of Industrial bands have been
adding guitars in their music for years, but it seems that Metal and
Industrial, along with the Goth scene, are all coming together.
What messages infuse NEEDULHED?
To be what you want to be regardless of what any one or
anybody says or tells you to do.
What other bands have you worked with in the past that
have influenced your style(s) since then?
We went on tour with Morphine Angel twice back in 1997. I
wouldn't necessarily say that they influenced our music, but we had a pisser of
a tour together.
Any recent reviews/interviews out there, or soon to be in
We just had a review done in the UK by Uncle Nemesis Random
Reviews, but unfortunately he only posts them to newsgroups and doesn't keep
them on his page. But Samsam from Slaghuis (http://www.slaghuis.demon.co.uk/) did review us along with
Seriah from Aethyric Productions (http://members.aol.com/lastexit1/lost.html)
What influences the development of your music?
I like sounds. I'm always listing to sounds. Any sounds. I
do a lot of sampling and make a lot of the sounds that are in the music. I love
taking feedback and twisting the sounds into a cool riff. I guess it's just
like being an inventor; I enjoy inventing sounds.
What do you believe is lacking in the industry that if
added would stimulate new growth and creativity?
I feel that MTV, who was a pioneer 15 years ago, ruined the
music business and unfortunately steers the gullible public into whatever
direction the corporate heads want to take them. I feel that they are lacking
in genuine uniqueness. Everyone is afraid of something new. Whatever happened
to visualizing bands just from seeing them on album covers? I remember when I
first saw MTV and saw what the bands looked like and it ruined the image that I
had in my head. Before I saw it, these bands could be my own personal trip and
NOW, not only did it ruin the mystique of the bands, but if you aren't
mainstream to their standards, you are struggling (unless you have a very
supportive underground following who says fuck the masses and believe in who
How do computers, and the
Internet, impact how NEEDULHED presents itself?
We've been on the Internet for over 3 years and I've gotten
a lot of great things from the Internet including our first tour of 22 cities.
Through the Internet, we were able to get 90 college radio stations to play
cuts off of our first "EP" back in 1996. It has been more than helpful.
Do you utilize computer technology to develop the music
We use a sequencer and a sampler to enhance the sound of the
music. The sequencer has 16 tracks and the sampler adds the sounds that I can't
create on the sequencer. As far as using it through my computer, I have yet to
Who would you say characterizes the personality types of
people most likely to identify with your music and its messages?
Those who just want to hang out, have a good time and party.
We are not "dark" nor "dismal" and we are not "vampires." We get out on stage
every night and kick ass to the point that we are hyper-ventilating. We feel
that if just one person "gets it" after our show, then the show was worth every
bead of sweat.
What record label sponsors NEEDULHED?
We are on our own label, "GAMMA RAY RECORDS." We do it all
Where have you found the largest postive support for your
Believe it or not, considering we are from NYC, the best
support has been in Alabama and Ohio. The people out on the road, all of the
friends that we made, made it all the more real. It's been a trip!
What might you describe as the worst thing to happen in
the music industry in the past five years?
Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, In Sync, 98 degrees, Fresh
Step... Need I go on?
What might be the most positive thing to have happened,
or be happening in the music industry?
Although a lot of the hardcore Industrial fans will never
agree with me, but the fact that Rammstein, Rob Zombie and Manson have broken
into the mainstream, along with bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit, is making ways
for the heavier Industrial bands to come in. Although I feel that we would be
able to tour with any of these bands and gain respect, I still feel that our
elements of melody are still refreshing to a degree. We're not screaming from
beginning to end...only when it's needed.
Do fans compare NEEDULHED to any other
We've gotten compared to KISS, and Manson because of the
makeup, but as far as sound no one has been able to quite put their finger on
What insight into the name "NEEDULHED" might you offer to
It originated from a title of a song that I had written
prior to naming the band.
What do you like most about performing live?
The energy, the feeling of the sound pumping through you,
the emotion, the adrenaline.
How do your recordings generally evolve?
The songs start off usually with a cassette tape of Weeks
jamming some riffs.
Who usually guides NEEDULHED through these
I'll then take the riffs and put them together like a
puzzle. We have about 70 songs written with about 35 cassette tapes of music on
both sides of songs that we haven't even used yet and since Niles has joined
the band, we have been jamming as a band and writing songs which is something
new to NEEDULHED.
Which film-makers have had influence upon the development
of your music?
I've always been into to anything spooky and b-movieish.
Believe or not, old Ed Wood movies, as cheesy as they were, are so cool. Of
course, then their is War of the Worlds and don't forget Planet of the Apes.
But, for those of you who have our "EP" there is a sample of the music from the
opening segment of the original series Lost in Space throughout the verses of
"My Pet Tarantula," and on "PAVE THE PLANET" there is a sample from War of the
Worlds in the song "Lightning Bug." Check it out.
Does NEEDULHED appear in any music video, or video
We have a video available of one of our songs entitled
How might fans reading this be most likely to contact
NEEDULHED for more information?
They can either visit our website at
e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us
directly on our 24 hour concert hotline: (212)539-3686.