The Other (band)
|Genres||Horror punk, heavy metal|
|Labels||Fiend Force Records, Steamhammer|
|Members||Rod Usher, Dr. Caligari, Pat Laveau, Chris Cranium|
|Past members||Ben Crowe, Jack Saw, Sarge von Rock, Aaron Torn, Viktor Sharp, Migore Drake, Andy Only|
The Other (or TheOther) is a German horror punk band formed in Köln in 2002. The band's music style blends elements of punk rock and heavy metal. Although most of their material is in English, they also write and perform songs in German.
The Other began as a Misfits cover band. They released their first album, They're Alive!, in 2004 with a cover art inspired by classic horror film posters that has an actor "starring" section for the band members: "STARRING: Andy Only, Dr Caligari, Rod Usher, Sarge von Rock and.... The Creature".
In 2007, The Other published their first comic book: Tales of The Other (Comicheft, Weissblech-Verlag).
Many influential horror punk artists like Blitzkid, Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space, Mister Monster, The Crimson Ghosts, Nim Vind, Rezurex or The Deep Eynde released albums through The Other's independent label Fiend Force Records .
Tours and live performances
The Other toured with famous bands like British punk rock pioneers The Damned, The Cult, Alice Cooper, the Misfits, The 69 Eyes, Balzac and Wednesday 13. In 2015, they toured in the United Kingdom with British horror punk/metal groups Al B. Damned and Lupen Tooth as well as German groups like Die Ärzte or Dr. Hell.
Throughout the years, The Other was part of numerous alternative/punk/heavy metal Festivals and events in Europe like the Wacken Open Air, the M'era Luna Festival, the Summer Breeze Open Air, Force Attack, the Wave-Gotik-Treffen, Endless Summer, the Ruhrpott Rodeo, the Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors, the Amphi Festival and The Travelling Morgue Horror Fest
Lifestyle and influences
The Other's song writing, musical style and performances is strongly influenced by classic horror movies and literature.
Among the actors and films that influenced the band lyrics and lifestyle (Gothic fashion, makeup), lead vocalist Rod Usher mentions: Bela Lugosi in Mark of the Vampire, Vincent Price in Andre DeToth's House Of Wax (1953), Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) and Christopher Lee in Terence Fisher's Dracula (1958), Jack Arnold's Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954), Tarantula (1955) and more recently Alexandre Aja's Haute Tension (2003).
- Rod Usher (Thorsten Wilms) - Vocals (2002- ) (refers to Roderick Usher, character of Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1839))
- Dr. Caligari - Drums (2002- ) (refers The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1922), a German expressionist film directed by Robert Wiene)
- Pat Laveau - Guitar (2014- ) (refers to Louisiana Creole practitioner of Voodoo Marie Laveau)
- Chris Cranium - Bass (2016- )
- Ben Crowe - Guitar (2013)
- Jack Saw - Guitar (2013-2014)
- Sarge von Rock - Guitar (2002-2013)
- Aaron Torn - Bass (2014 - 2016)
- Viktor Sharp - Bass (2010-2014)
- Migore Drake - Bass (2006-2010)
- Andy Only - Bass guitar (2002-2006) (the name refers to Jerry Only, bassist of the Misfits)
|2004||They're Alive!||Fiend Force Records|
|2006||We Are Who We Eat||Fiend Force Records|
|2007||Tales of the Other: The Comic||Fiend Force Records|
|2008||The Place to Bleed||Fiend Force Records|
|2012||The Devils you know||Steamhammer|
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