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 – 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.