Music

Subterranean Desire: NY Rockers Haribo Make Sexy Clown, Post-Butt Metal Party Anthems

Music

Subterranean Desire: NY Rockers Haribo Make Sexy Clown, Post-Butt Metal Party Anthems

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My name is Tyler Thacker, a veteran musician and portrait painter currently residing in NYC.  Subterranean Desire is a column devoted to the most cutting edge and aesthetically provocative music the DIY and independent musical landscape has to offer.  From dodgy basement shows, to suburban bedroom projects, to the deep corners of the internet, Subterranean Desire aims to investigate happenings amongst the Wild West-styled shenanigans of contemporary up-n-comers and hanger-ons. 

Haribo are a trio of sex-charged art bandits Raul de Nieves, Jessie Stead, and Nathan Whipple. They make music that sounds like a flipper baby delivered from Chrome, Pere Ubu, and Slayer. Their live shows feature expressionistic visual art props, light-up phalluses, sexy female drumming, whirling metal guitar, and a front man whose energy recounts that of a thespian Iggy Pop. The music uses sonic minimalism to effortlessly spin themes of dramatized adolescence, sexual identity, and exorcism. Basically, Haribo are a new musical force to be reckoned with.

In one sentence, how might you describe your music to a stranger?
Sexy clown, post butt-metal, party anthems that make you rich!

What are some unlikely inspirations for making music?
Gotta keep in shape for the ladies. Also, making our friends laugh, tattoos, beads, and glue.

How have your experiences recording music, performing live, and presence on the internet differed?
Recording, live shows, and internet stuff aren’t that different in that they’re best performed in an altered state, so that they can be hard to remember as real life. Then later on you see a video or hear a recording or see an internet post and you’re like, “Oh yeah! that was dope”.

What are some contemporary artists you are inspired by (if any)?
Name-dropping is so 2012.

Where are you from? Where do you live now?
We are Mexi-Euro-American muts hailing from at least four North American Time Zones, a master blend of East and West Coast flavors with just the right amount of Ada County, Idaho. Now we live in New York City, duh.

If you could only share one song from your catalogue of recordings, what would it be, and why?
‘HELL IS WHERE I DIE’ is a quintessential HARIBO single released in 2013. It’s a rigorous experiment in paradoxical logic and creation mythology, disguised as art school basement metal.