MILLY (HOURHOUSE): “We’re Taking You Guys On A Journey Through The Good, Bad, And Everything In Between”

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New Orleans Rap Metal outfit HourHouse are set to release their debut album entitled Gold Tooth Guru on November 10th. The band’s frontman Milly took the time to talk with Metal Express Radio about their upcoming album, standing out from other bands in the New Orleans Metal scene, hopes for HourHouse’s future, and more. Check out the chat below!

Metal Express Radio: Your band, HourHouse are set to release a new album entitled Gold Tooth Guru on November 10th, what can you tell fans about the upcoming release?

Milly: It feels unreal to finally be releasing our first album ever. To be able to have UNFD along for the process is even crazier. This album is a big mix of energies, and soundscapes. We wanted to craft something that really could tell our life stories appropriately, and I think we did that. We’re taking you guys on a journey through the good, bad, and everything in between. This record more or less serves as a diary.

MER: How was the writing and recording process?

Milly: We went into the studio with NO demos aside from Constricting The Animal. We prefer to write on the spot, because we find we get way better vibes that way. Our writing process is always really relaxed. There’s no egos in this band, so everyone has full creative freedom to lay down whatever they want. Jon is a great guy to record with. He never questions our ideas, and always knows how to think outside an all metal headspace. It’s no secret how genre fluid we can be, so having someone like that is a must.

MER: You recently released a video for the song “Bodybag Musik”, what kind of feedback have you received?

Milly: The response has been great! Fans have been asking for the Unity x HH collab for months prior so we felt it was mandatory to make it happen.

MER: How was it bringing in Shaolin G of UnityTX on the single?

Milly: Became a homie for life for sure. He’s someone I feel is putting on for the rap culture the right way in heavy music. As someone who’s closer to that side of things than metal I can respect it 100%. He killed his verse, and tapped in with the HH gang.

MER: What do you see as plans for you and the rest of the band after the album release?

Milly: We figure it’s time to start getting on the road here and there. We’ve got some fat shows lined up to be announced soon, so everyone can expect to start seeing HourHouse in a city near you all 2024. As always expect floods of content!

MER: New Orleans is well known for their history of sludge Metal, do you feel your band stands out in the Metal scene there?

Milly: Bands like EyeHateGod, Cane Hill and Crowbar will always, to me, be the true New Orleans Metal sound. HourHouse is a different monster entirely. We’re not only influenced by our heavy counterparts, but by the abundant mix of cultures that thrive here. As a person of color, I wanted to make sure I spoke on what happens on my side of the tracks. We didn’t grow up in nice suburbs, or even in the city. There’s things that we speak on that you just can’t fabricate, you have to truly experience it here to understand. Louisiana is a rough place to survive at times, and we always say that if you can make it here you can make it anywhere. We feel that’s why no matter where you place us our music will forever stand out. People down here love us, because they hear the real everyday life we all see. This place can inflict a special type of pain if you let it. It’s not all Mardi Gras, and good times. Just like I said in “6FLOW”; “Do it for the city, cuz you know the city love the mob.” We’ll forever be them boys from the boot.

MER: Who do you hope to tour with and why?

Milly: We want to tour with bands, but our main hopes are getting placed on tours with artists like BONES, Xaviur Wulf, Pouya, $uicideBoy$, Night Lovell, Shakewell, etc. That side of music seems to back us heavily, and we feel it’d be a better fit for our sound. That branch of rap has been waiting for a band like HH for years, and we’re finally here. It’s time to pop out, and give ‘em what they want.

MER: What have been some of your favorite releases of 2023?

Milly: K Suave – Midnight In Malibu, Germ/Shakewell- Kevlar Money Bags, TEETH – A Biblical Worship Of Violence, END – The Sin Of Human Frailty

MER: How would you describe your sound to anyone that’s unfamiliar with your band?

Milly: Imagine everything wrong with music, and combine it into one band that makes it sound good. That’s us!

MER: What are your hopes for your band’s future?

Milly: We think huge, so really our end game is to be selling out arenas. We want to fully shift the dynamics of what heavy music can do, and where it can go. Like in the future we want collabs, and tours that really just make the heavy listener go “damn, I never thought I’d EVER see this happen”. We think we’re going to be the band that’s able to do it. We’re pushing forward all gas no brakes.


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