An interview with Jason Trioxin of Mister Monster
Where to begin with the awesomeness that is Mister Monster? Well in late 1998, a band was formed that would come to be recognized as one of the bloodiest acts in the underworld of punk rock. Mister Monster was started by singer/guitarist Jason Trioxin. The band formed, wrote, recorded, released, and played its first show within a matter of 6 weeks of forming as a band. Audiences at the 1998 Halloween show were blown away by Mister Monster’s performance, and the band’s first release, “Songs From the Crypt,” sold out its first pressing in a matter of days. Four pressings later, the band was regularly playing New Jersey and New York City, in front of packed houses. Need I say more? Of of the greatest bands to bless the horror-punk scene, let’s get this interview started!
Justin - Alright Jason so we’ve already officially met and know each other but for our readers and fans, could I get your name and position within the band?
Jason – Singer and Guitarist for Mister Monster.
Justin - Jason can you tell us how Mister Monster came to life and how all the band members came together?
Jason – Yea I was playing bass in a hardcore/industrial band as well as teching for The Empire Hideous. I had written a fistfull of new songs and the band I was playing bass for started to go towards that Limp Bizkit Jock Rock shit so I jumped quickly. I called Mars (From empire Hideous) and Jimmy Skinz (The Bulshaveks) and showed them my demos of Prom Night, Gore Whore, Tina N Freddy, Rat Pack, Nice Night For a Murder, Tina N freddy, Little Frankenstein, and Dead Flesh Gurl. So we learned the songs and after a few weeks went and recorded, “Songs Form the Crypt” to coincide with our first show. It was just meant for fun, just as an outlet for these punk songs I wrote. I never intended for Mister Monster to be the band its become. The fans did that.
Justin – So I’ve always wondered but how did the name Mister Monster come about? Is there a story behind the name? Also were there any other names that almost made the cut and would you be willing to share some of them?
Jason – It just fit, I didn’t know if I was gonna do a solo thing or what, there was just alot of options with that name. It was easy to understand. I got it from an old 80′s comic, I’ve come to find that it’s been used a few other times before and after I started the band.
Justin – Obviously a horror fan, what about the horror genre make you want to start a horror-punk band? What was….how do I say this, your, “horror defining moment”? Was it a cartoon, band, comic, movie, book, etc.?
Jason - Definitely the old Universal movies. I just liked the romance in all those old movies. Then when I was around 6 years old, my uncle showed me “The Return of the Living Dead” it had just premeired on HBO. I saw my first naked woman and my first brain eating scene all in the same night. Magic.
Justin - What inspired you to become a musician and pick up the guitar/any other instrument? Instrumentally who were your biggest idols growing up?
Jason – I started as a drummer, I liked it and picked it up quickly, I was a natural. But then I wanted to start writing songs, good songs, love songs, angry songs, any emotion. So When I was around 15, I started playing guitar. I never tried to become a shredder, just wanted to learn chords, and how to solo like Chuck Berry. Thats all I needed. Musically all 50s era Doo-Wop was pummeled into my braing growing up. It was always on. On my own, I loved Guns N Roses, The Danzig 3, Ramones, Stray Cats, the Damned. Also a lot of local bands like The Crypt Keeper 5, The Serpenteens, and The Brickbats.
Justin - Mister Monster has been well known for its own take on the horror-punk scene with signature trademark, “Boo-Wop” which in my mind pushed the boundaries of what a horror-punk band could do and something I instantly fell in love with being the doo-wop nerd I am, listening to groups like The Cadillacs, Dion & the Belmonts, The Crests, The Duprees, The Penguins, The Spaniels, etc. Why is Mister Monster so much more influenced by doo-wopthan most other horror-themed bands?
Jason - I feel that the two blend so well together. Thank You. I think because it was just bred into me since I was a kid. It’s like, you can listen to 25 Doo-Wop songs, figure out the basic sound, and probably write 1 or 2 decent Doo-Wop songs. But that’s not gonna be your sound. I never said “Im gonna write a Doo-Wop type song” I just wrote and thats what came out.
Justin - In that same vein if you could tell our readers four bands that they should check out, who would they be?
Jason - I’d say The Brickbats, The Serpenteens, and Crypt Keeper 5. Those are 3 bands I aspire to be as good as.
Justin - I have heard rumors of a new album in the works, is there any truth to these rumors and anything you can share with us? What can fans expect of Mister Monster in the future?
Jason - Yea we are always looking to do a new album. It’s just everyone in Mister Monster has their own band, and another band they’re in. So it’s tough getting everyone together. But we will do something as soon as possible. I’m sick of playing the same songs and I have alot of new ones I wanna get out there.
Justin - Speaking of albums which release is your favorite and why? What are your favorite songs to play live?
Jason - I don’t like any of em haha. I’d say probably “This Night I Call Bad Luck” cause the crowed usually sings it louder than we do. Also “Prom Night” cause it kinda brings me full circle since that was the 1st song I wrote for this band.
Justin – Jason since starting the band what has been your all time favorite show Mister Monster has been a part of?
Jason - Probably the 10th Anniversaryshow for “Over Your Dead Body”. It was a blessing to see all those people come from all over the world.
Justin - Speaking of shows are there any tours in the works? Is there any chance of fans seeing Mister Monster invade the rest of the East Coast?
Jason - We definatley want to tour but I refuse to tour without a new album. I dont wanna be a nolstagia act and I dont want people paying their hard earned money to hear the same old songs. Im glad they hung on to us for this long.
Justin - Do you, or any of your fellow band members have any pre-show obsessions?
Jason - Yea but thats for me haha.
Justin - Last question when it comes to shows/touring but who are some of your favorite bands to share the stage with? If given the opportunity to play with whoever you so desired active or defective who would it be?
Jason - I would LOVE to tour with Crypt Keeper 5 cause we are all friends and it’d be cool to get to see them every night.
Justin - Having been a part of this particular band and having close ties this question was kind of unavoidable. But how was it for Mister Monster to share the stage one last time with Blitzkid on their last North American show last year? How do you feel about Blitzkid and what they did/still do for the horror-punk scene?
Jason -An honor. It was bitter-sweet. Im glad we got to play their last US show but it was sad to see them go. They made a mark in this scene that hasnt been made before or since that band started gaining popularity. Theyve always had the talent, but each of their albums is better than the last. Their final album is my favorite. I was blown away by it. And I was honored to have toured with them as well as record an album with them as well. They’ll never be gone.
Justin - Kind of a random question but if someone come across this interview having no idea of Mister Monster, how would you describe the band? Why would you suggest people checking you guys out?
Jason - I’d say if you like the Misfits or the Ramones and you like your sad songs fast and your pop songs dark than check us out. We are not doing anything that hasnt been done before, we are just another band you can listen to and get into.
Justin - Jason, has any of your lyrics ever struck a nerve with friends, family, or loved ones?
Jason - Not particularly. Ive had people come up to me and tell me they really related to a certain song and their interpretation of it was totally off, but if they got something out of it and it helped them, than thats good enough for me.
Justin - Now when it comes to horror-punk or horror-rock or whatever people want to call it now, it’s a given that almost every band takes a major influence from The Misfits and in some cases Elvis Presley and rightly so being in a horror themed band, but my question is, if you excluded those two components or even pretend they never existed but that horror-punk still did. Who would be the biggest influence on Mister Monster? Who else highly influences you personally and the band?
Jason - Thats a fucking great question. Look Im not going to pretend that we pulled nothing from the misfits, thats ridiculous, my first tattoo was a crimson ghost for fucks sake, but i enever tried to copy them, I just listened to the same bands that Glenn (Danzig) listened to. Thats my advice, if you wanna sound like your favorite band, listen to THEIR favorite band. If you wanna sound like Mister monster, listen to the ramones, doowop and rockabilly, if you wanna sound like Motley Crue, listen to Slade and Sweet, if you wanna sound like Queen, dont even fuckin try it!! But to answer your question its tough but I’d say as long as Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, and Dion Demucci were alive, we’re all good.
Justin – So I have a question regarding a particular song, may favorite actually known as, “Amy Sue”. Is there a story behind this song and if so would you be willing to share it?
Jason - It’s not an amazing story. It’s my “Donna”. It’s the name of the girl I dated in my later teenage years into my 20s. It’s an honest song and I think people can hear that.
Justin - Give or take the band has been around for almost 15 years now. But during this time what is the most important thing you have learned personally and what do you think the band as a whole has learned?
Jason - Yea funny you should mention that but if all goes well we will be releasing a 15 year anniversary edition of, “Songs From the Crypt” remastered and on CD for the 1st time. We will put something up on BooWop.Com when we make an official announcement. But to answer your question, fans are the most important. I don’t care if there’s haters but whoever came to see us 10 years ago needs to keep coming to our shows, if I lose them than I’ve done something wrong. When I see people crying in the audience….theres no drug like it.
Justin - Since starting Mister Monster how do you feel your music has progressed? Is it what you imagined it would be?
Jason - I think it’s become a little more honest. Less about horror and more about my life. I was 16/17 when i wrote most of those songs, im 34 and alot of shit has happened to me since then so I started looking more inward for my lyrics. Not to say I wont still write campy songs. But there’s alot more personal songs lately.
Justin - What’s the best way/place for fans to get a hold of your music and merchandise?
Jason - Internet of course. HellsHundred.Com and ITunes
Justin - What are your top 3 horror movies and why?
Jason - Return of the Living Dead. The Wolfman. Bride of Frankenstein….They’re all romances.
Justin - Who are favorite and currently active horror punk bands in the scene right now?
Jason - Crypt Keeper 5, The Rosedales, Nim Vind, and The Serpenteens.
Justin - If I am correct Mister Monster’s performance last year at GNO was the first one in awhile. What was your reaction? As I recall it seemed people were about to blow the roof off and at times seemed to have so much energy that at times I forgot that Blitzkid hadn’t even played yet. What was your reaction and were you expecting it to be as big as it was?
Jason - I mean I knew it was gonna be packed because of Blitzkid but I get chills everytime. I couldnt ask for better fans. It’s not about us, we are all just musicians, it’s about the music, these people are fans of the music, they dont give a fuck who Im dating or anything like that, which is good, they just want more music, bless em.
Justin - Well that’s all the time we have and in closing I sincerely want to thank you Jason for taking the time to do this interview for Technicolor Terror. Is there anything you’d like to add or say to the fans?
Jason - I just want to say thank you and we’ll stay in touch! Thank you to everyone for hanging on to us for over a decade.
- Thanks for reading!