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Chris Hornbrook Comments On Revisiting Poison The Well & The Challenges Preventing The Group From Making New Music


The prospect of new material ever emerging from Poison The Well continues to be up in the air according to the band’s drummer Chris Hornbrook. Appearing recently on the ‘BREWtally Speaking Podcast‘, he spoke of that, the group’s upcoming festival appearances this year, their legacy and more.

When asked about how it feels to revisit material from the band’s 1999 debut album “The Opposite Of December… A Season Of Separation” and the like, he stated:

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“…Obviously that record, it changed my life. You know what I mean? ‘Opposite Of December‘. Changed my life. You know what I mean? I don’t know what would have happened with me musically if I wasn’t a part of that record. Right? And if it didn’t sort of start doing what it did in ‘the hardcore world’ and whatever, you know? There’s a part of me that’s like really, really grateful and really humble and just, you know, appreciative of it.

But then there’s the other part of me that feels very disconnected from it. Like I look at that record and I’m like, yeah, that was me when I was like 18-19-years-old. That’s cool, but that’s not me now. And I feel it. I very much feel it when I play the songs. I feel it when I have to get ready for those songs, because they’re of the, the stamina of a, of a 19-year-old dude and I’m 40. So it takes a moment to kinda, to put those shoes back on, so to speak.

But I mean, to be quite honest, it feels like a different life. Like I don’t listen to that record. I don’t, when I listened to the songs you have to, it’s cool, but it’s not what I listen to now. My skill set as a player is like light years away from where I was back then.

So it’s this weird mixture of feelings. Like, man, I’m really grateful, and that record has done a lot for me and it’s contributed to a lot of my life in a lot of positive ways. But then there’s the other part of me that just like… It feels like a family member that you met or you knew when you were like a kid and they disappeared for 20 or 30 years and you’re seeing them again.

And you’re connected to them in some way, but you don’t know them because you’re just so far removed from it. You know what I mean? And that’s kinda, that’s more recently, that’s kind of more how I’ve been feeling about Poison The Well in general.

Like I am immensely grateful to have had the experiences. I’m still very close to Jeff and Ryan, you know, they’re like brothers to me. But there’s a part of me that’s just feels like I need to move on from it. Like it had its time and its place in my life. And I feel like there’s a part of me that feels like I’m overstaying something.

It’s a very intuitive gut feeling. That’s not to say that, you know, playing shows every once in a while—That’s cool. You know, that’s always fun and always allows us to go do things, we can make a little bit of money and we can have great shows. But in terms of like the avenue of making music, more so recently, like the past month or two, it feels like it really feels like I kind of need to let go of it.

Like I’m not really interested in making new music with Poison The Well anymore. And maybe that’ll change. Maybe that’ll change. I don’t know. But as of this moment, you know… ’cause I’m never, I’m never going to say never, because you just never know. But it doesn’t excite me.

It’s like, it’s a point in my life that, you know, allowed me to grow and allowed me to develop the skill sets that I have now that allow me to work with, you know, very, you know, respectable people, uh, creatively. But I don’t know if it’s something that I’m… I feel like there’s a part of me that feels like it’s going backwards.

You know what I mean?”

Discussing the possibility of making new music in more detail later on, he responded:

“The idea of writing a new music has been talked about a lot with us, but it’s just, we can never get everybody on the same page. You know everybody kind of lives in a different state except for Ryan and I—Ryan lives in Los Angeles. But it feels like our energies are focused elsewhere.

Ryan‘s busy what he what he’s doing, Jeff‘s busy what he’s doing. I’m busy with what I’m doing. Our bass player Brad‘s busy with what he’s doing.

Poison The Well worked in the past, mainly from my perspective, because we made it our priority. And when we wrote a record, we were present during that record the entire time. We dedicated time to get into a room and write. And then we blocked off time to go and record it. And then we’ve blocked off time to tour. I think it really worked because we were all 100% invested into it.

There are times that we’ve kind of went to go do it now. It like, it doesn’t feel like… it feels like people’s priorities are in the other place, which is totally fine, but it just doesn’t feel right.

It doesn’t feel like we’re all in the same space at the same time. And that might change. My attitude might change, my feeling of feeling like I have to kind of move away from this completely, cause I never really fully moved away with it from it, you know? Doing that might be a healthy thing for me so maybe one day I can come back to it and my investment is different. My perspective is different.

But it’s like I still have that same emotional attachment that I had when I was a 20-year-old. And it’s not healthy to be emotionally attached to something that isn’t going to give you back what you need, what you put into it.”

Poison The Well‘s current live plans include the following shows:

08/20-22 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (‘Psycho Las Vegas‘)
09/25 Birmingham, AL – Sloss Furnaces (‘Furnace Fest‘)

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