“Just quote him saying ‘blah blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah,’” Tommy Trash says, mocking his Hounds of Hell tourmate Wolfgang Gartner. The two have been storming the continent over the last month, delivering a decisively devilish and unabashedly brash audio assault to anyone who dared check them out. When CODE got Gartner and Trash on a conference call at the start of the tour, it seemed that the wheels on their buses could have easily spun off, but there’s still time.
“You get two people together like that, the energy completely changes,” Gartner says of touring with Trash. “It’s a completely different dynamic than one person. We both have different styles but they complement each other in a way that I think can create an energy that hasn’t really been created before.”
Part of that dynamic is the joking nature of their interaction; Trash finds endless humor in laughing at Gartner. For instance, Gartner describes his tour routine as: “Someone brings me Starbucks at 9pm, I go on and play, stay up ‘til 10 in the morning, then go to sleep. It’s like the laziest thing ever. You roll on this bus, you walk out for an hour to play every night and then you just walk back in. It’s so chill.”
“It’s like a hermit crab’s ultimate tour experience,” Trash retorts. “I’m going to spend my time trying to annoy Wolf.”
While they now tour as equals – each with their own tour bus and official co-headlining slots – it wasn’t always the case, particularly when they first met.
“I used to send Joey promos and he never used to write back to me,” Trash says, with mock wistfulness. “And then one day he started writing back to me and we started exchanging emails.”
Ultimately, the two were introduced by their management teams, who work in adjoining offices.
But truly, as with many wild animals, it was more like a combination of fate and instinct that brought these two feral hounds together. If you missed the Hounds of Hell tour in your town, they’ve left a memento in the form of their collaborative track, “Hounds of Hell” and its frightful accompanying music video.