I’m happy that I was able to get an interview and chat with a band that had a big recent impact on me and was really influential on my music. Heccra is a one man Chicago based band by Boo Heccra Hysb (real name is a mystery). The music is a powerful yet fun blend of punk, hardcore, and screamo and its so technical its hard to believe it is a one man band. I came across it through a friend and automatically I was hooked. The music is fast, powerful, poppy, fun, and the lyrics are meaningful and can be helpful and easy to connect with for people in bad places. In a nutshell, its all around art from the heart. The following questions and answers have not been edited, what you see is what you get.
Ducky: Whats your name and where are you from?
Boo: My name is Boo Heccra Hysb. I never officially connect my real name and my pseudonym. There are a few people that know who I am though. I am from the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, which I generally just landmark as Chicago Illinois.
Ducky: Whats the origin behind Heccra? Whats the deal with the name & how/when did you get started?
Boo: The name Heccra comes mostly from the corresponding English letters on a keyboard when Russia is typed on a Russian keyboard. It’s heccrf, but I changed it to Heccra. I got started around 3 years ago, I wanted to make music that wasn’t in the same format as verse chorus verse music. Originally I set out to make surf/noise/horror punk music, but I wanted it to be fun.
Ducky: What are your influences? What are you currently listening to?
Boo: To begin with, I would say The Misfits, Dropdead, Totalitar, various other crust punk, Ween, Meshuggah, Wormrot, Electric Wizard, SunnO))), Beach Boys.that’s what got me into White Eagle, Shortly after that I caught wind of Algernon Cadwallader and got on a huge emo binge I’ve always taken interest to smaller genres of black metal and similar though. I like the darkness that surrounds the music
Ducky:.Wow, how the hell are we not bestfriends? Haha, do you digg on any Three One G artists or related artists (The Locust, Holy Molar, Head Wound City, Blood Brothers, Le Shok, Charles Bronson)?
Boo: I actually have not heard much of the label, although I’ve been compared to Blood Brothers
Ducky: That is what actually caught my attention the first time I heard your stuff. I heard some Blood Brothers relation and automatically I was hooked. Any plans for anymore physical releases? (In all honesty i’d love to see Heccra-Kazooie on tape)
Boo: I definitely plan to make more physical releases, probably not on CD though, and here’s why: no one is going to buy a CD of something they can torrent. But if it’s on tape, that’s something special, something more. I’d ideally like to press everything to vinyl, but that’s extremely expensive. So tape might be the way to go! Funeral Sounds has approached me about doing another batch of white eagle tapes. TLWOS and HK could follow.
Ducky: I completely agree with that tape statement. The White Eagle tape was rad, glad to say I own one. you are a one man band, correct?
Boo: Indeed I am. I’m a one man everything, home recording and self producing.
Ducky: Wow, being one myself I have to give you mad props on sounding so much like a full piece. In a whole its so technical and the mastering is so great. Any words on The Devil-Faces Of My Friends, Beneath Me?
Boo: Thank you man. As far as DF goes, I will finish that record, even if it’s the death of me. I am extremely disappointed in how long I have waited to work on it, and I am disappointed with Koala Bear, even after rerecording it. I think most of the tracks are great milestones for how much more complex I’ve become since White Eagle. I have plans to make a new mask, re-shoot the album artwork, and definitely get a functioning mobile studio so I can record whenever and get Devil Faces finished.
Ducky: Favorite food?
Boo: I really love expensive sushi rolls, and I have gotten the same thing at Chipotle and Panera for years. Oh, of course pizza
Ducky: Acceptable answer. Gotta have pizza in there. If you could punch any famous person in the face who would it be and why?
Boo: That is a great question. let me think. It’s difficult for me to answer, since I try my best not to use my music to leverage any political agenda or whatnot. I’d say I’d go after the person who is most in charge of mass media.
Ducky: Acceptable. Final question, One good reason why people should care about and/or listen to Heccra?
Boo: No reason at all to make a persuasive argument! If you like it, then stick with it, it’s rad music. If you don’t like it, that’s fine too. different strokes for different folks. My music is my self expression and I understand if someone doesn’t care for it. All I try to do is make my music the best I can without setting limitations on myself. I offer to make music that’s sonically overblown and saturated, and hopefully inspires others or gives them a sense of companionship in hard times; because I have suffered and felt pain, enough to cry at everything beautiful thing for the rest of my life and I would want to be there for anyone else who is hurting.
Ducky: That is a beautiful answer. Thank you for the interview
Boo: Thank you again for taking interest in me and my music, I really appreciate it and I love this kind of stuff.