Ho99o9’s sound is a gruesome concoction of hostile hardcore, unhinged rap and eerie electronics, and the intensity of their live performances is fucking ridiculous. It’s a style of punk that old punks probably hate, which is probably proof that it’s proper punk. The LA-based duo is compromised of theOGM – who was meant to take this call but never answered the phone – and Eaddy who, despite seeming slightly perplexed when I called him out of the blue, was a very good sport as we ran through Crack’s 20 Questions.
What’s your favourite video game?
Who’s your favourite member of the Wu-Tang Clan?
Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
Heavy metal or EDM?
Heavy metal, of course.
What was the first live act you saw?
This group called Ninja-sonik, they played at The Shank in Brooklyn. This was like 2008.
Yeah it was crazy. It was fuckin’ nuts.
Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Wow. What happened there?
It was at SXSW. We were in this fucking private Converse thing, getting free shit. She was walking past and we were like ‘Oh shit, we gotta say something’. And like 10 minutes after that we seen Too $hort. That was pretty sick.
Too $hort might not be the most famous person you’ve met, but is he the coolest?
Yeah, one of the coolest. So we put him down in the OG category.
What’s your signature recipe?
The god damn peanut butter and jelly sandwich I’m about to eat in five minutes.
That combo is considered kind of unusual in Europe.
“Getting naked onstage is just me being free” – Eaddy, Ho99o9
Who’s the best person to follow on Instagram?
Damn, I don’t follow many stars and shit. I can switch the question up and be like favourite person on Snapchat?
Sure, I think the kids prefer Snapchat anyway.
This rapper RetcHy P, his Snapchat is wild!
If you were trying to seduce a potential lover, what music would you play?
I’d definitely put on The Growlers. But that backfired once when I brought a girl to my house and she was like “Oh, I used to date their guitarist!” So I think I switched The Growlers to, like, fucking Black Sabbath.
If you could pick a surrogate grandparent, who would it be?
Damn, that’s a good fuckin’ question. Let me see… For some reason, the first person who came to my mind is Henry Rollins. That might be a dick move, he might be upset if I said that about his age.
It’s OK, I don’t think he’s going to read this. Have you ever taken acid?
Do you have any tattoos that you regret?
No. I don’t regret nothing.
What’s the first thing you’re going to do after this interview?
Eat that peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and I gotta text my bandmate because he’s disappeared.
And now you’ve just done this interview for him.
Yeah, he owes me one!
What’s the craziest response you’ve have had from a crowd?
When people like scream our name when we walk off stage, it seems like they’re gonna break the barricade down…
What about when you’ve performed nude? How does that go down?
Well, you get too hot onstage. It’s just me being free. Freedom is a wonderful feeling. You get naked on stage, you sleep naked. I was born naked.
Ho99o9 appear at Afropunk London, Alexandra Palace, 24 September