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Hollywood Undead’s Johnny 3 Tears Expresses Regret Over Band’s Early Lyrics, Disputes Being Rap Rock


Hollywood Undead‘s Johnny 3 Tears has told that he has some regret when it comes to his past lyrical content. Singling out the band’s platinum selling debut album “Swan Songs” in particular, he told the aforementioned publication:

“I still disagree with censorship. But we said things on our first record that, if I had known how upset it would make some people, I definitely would not have said. We were young and angry and didn’t mean what we said to be taken literally.

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But you have to take into consideration that someone else might take it literally and people might actually get hurt. And I don’t mean offended; I mean hurt. Don’t get me wrong, the envelope still needs to be pushed — but you also shouldn’t go out of your way to [offend] someone. There’s certainly some regret there.”

Presumably he is referring to the use of homophobic slurs, derogatory lyrics and other mentions of violence that the band used on that record. Elsewhere in the interview, he revealed that he doesn’t consider his band to be a rap rock outfit, but rather an ‘industrial hip hop’ one. He stated:

“I consider us industrial hip-hop — an amalgamation of Nine Inch Nails and the Beastie Boys. There are rock elements, but it’s more geared toward industrial sounds. We use a lot of 808, a lot of programmed beats along with live drums. But it’s all open to interpretation.”

Hollywood Undead‘s sixth studio album “New Empire, Vol. 1” saw a release today, February 14th. A second volume is expected later in the year. You can catch them out in North America this spring on the below tour with Bad Wolves, From Ashes To New and Fire From The Gods. Tickets for that run went on sale today with dates available below:

05/03 Charlotte, NC – Epicenter Festival (no From Ashes To New/Fire From The Gods) (tickets)
05/05 Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre
05/07 Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
05/08 Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
05/09 Daytona, FL – Welcome To Rockville (no From Ashes To New/Fire From The Gods) (tickets)
05/12 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
05/13 Grand Rapids, MI – Monroe Live (tickets)
05/15 Kansas City, MO – Grinders at Crossroads Presented by KQRC
05/17 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (KBPI’s Birthday Bash) (feat. In This Moment & Black Veil Brides) (tickets)
05/19 Sioux Falls, ID – The District
05/20 Cedar Rapids, IA – Club 5 at U.S. Cellular Center
05/22 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma (no From Ashes To New/Fire From The Gods)
05/23 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
05/24 Wichita, KS – Cotillion

Hollywood Undead have also confirmed the following two festivals:

07/19 Mansfield, OH – Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival (tickets)
07/16 Cadott, WI – Rock Fest may receive a commission from tickets purchased through the links in the above post.