Texas Hippie Coalition

At this point, attentive readers are well familiar with the career of Texas Hippie Coalition thus far.  For those not yet initiated, here’s the vitals in brief – a band of badass, sauntering Texans made a band that lives to the fill the gap between Pantera and David Allen Coe (a gap briefly filled by the Rebel Meets Rebel album as well, let’s not forget.)  They’ve just dropped their fourth album, “Roll On” to the world, featuring the recording debut of guitarist Cord Pool.  With all that said, here we go.

Let's get right to business. On the road for Mayhem Fest, fresh off putting the polishing touches on a new record due out in the fall, three members of the Texas Hippie Coalition were gracious enough to sit down with us (again) to take on a few questions. We corralled the red dirt metallers long enough to talk their new record, the theory of their music and old-school recording techniques. Read on:

Editor’s Note – As is always the rule with Mayhem Fest, one man can’t see it all. Any words you see below pertain only to those acts I saw, and anyone not mentioned is not an omission or a slight – I simply didn’t get to see them amidst running around for interview opportunities, photo ops and the like. C’est la vie.

There was a time when sludgy, fuzzy metal reigned supreme. It doesn’t seem possible, but it was almost fifteen years ago that we were satiated by the overdriven, detuned glory of pinnacle acts like White Zombie, Pantera and Powerman 5000. All of those acts did something a little different, to be certain, but they all subscribed to one basic core principle; that metal needed to be loud, rhythmic and easily accessible above all other qualities.

In a world of heavy metal gone mad with technical proficiency and absolute mandatory perfection of style, craft and cadence, there survives the Texas Hippie Coalition. Thriving in the far too often overlooked splinter genre of southern metal, THC has spent the last few years dropping one record of feel-good, high octane metal after another. Defying trend by surviving on notes that go for a roll in a pile of distortion hay, Texas Hippie Coalition proves that grit and swagger can be just as effective as technique. Thus, their new record, “Peacemaker.”

Pioneering the genre of "red dirt metal," the Texas Hippie Coalition and their new album "Rollin'" ask no names and take no prisoners. Their music is no-holds-barred, their attitude is decidedly independent, and Big Dad himself is larger than life. We sat down recently and talked about a few things.

One of the things I love most about Southern-style heavy metal is that there's very little guesswork, and almost no head scratching. Nothing that comes detuned from Texas is a complicated affair. Musical creativity is, for better or worse, sacrificed in the name of high energy, beer-swilling, head-banging mayhem.