Queen, of course.
Who doesn’t love it when two of their favorite things combine to make something extra special? Two of my favorite things – music and comic books- have come together in one band, September Mourning. Worlds colliding can be an awesome thing.
I’m hoping that they will be coming to a comic book convention near me as soon as possible. In the meantime, Emily Lazar, aka September Mourning, has agreed to do an interview.
1. Can you describe your group for those who are new to you?
We are a Dark Alternative Hard Rock Musical Graphic Novel Art Project. In layman’s terms, we combine rock music with storytelling through stage performances as the characters from our own original comic book series as well as other media that is in development.
2. How did the main character become half-human?
September’s soul was marked by Fate (in this case personified) as a soul that was to be collected. Fate sends the reaper Riven after her. He observes her long enough to fall in love with her and becomes the first reaper ever to refuse to do the deed. Instead, he gives a part of his power and his gift of eternal life to her. She is transformed into a human reaper hybrid with no recollection of her past/ human life.
3. What is going on with the comic book project?
We have published 2 books through Top Cow comics. The second one releases with the album on July 29th. We intend to finish this story arc in future issues.
4. Have you performed at comic book conventions?
Yes we have performed at a few… most noteworthy, the Atlantic City Comic Con. We hope to be doing a lot more of these in the near future.
4B. Are the comic fans receptive to the band and your projects?
Yes definitely. They enjoy seeing something in print form come to life before their eyes.
5. What has been your biggest accomplishment?
Making this entire vision come to life so far… through the comics and the music and the costuming and the performance and the story lines… and of course reaching so many of our fans which we call our Children of Fate.
6. Where did the idea for September Mourning come from?
I wanted to create a world… a total immersive platform of entertainment through music and story. The story stemmed from my obsession with death and the afterlife. The story became my way of controlling the things we know nothing about.
7. Have you ever had interactions with internet trolls? If so, how to you deal with them?
Yes all the time. In this day and age it is very easy to sit behind a screen and fire off on something without any fear of real confrontation. My way of dealing with them is to ignore them. The more people talk, negative or positive, the more awareness of your project spreads and grows. Bring on the haters… we have a lot of passionate fans that will counter anything they have to sling at us.
8. You’ve switched record labels several times. Is there a reason for the changes? Are you happy with your current label?
Not really actually … We had a distro deal for some demos in Europe which we fulfilled very early on in our career as a project. We were signed to Virgin for a minute but now we are signed to Sumerian. The staff at Major labels changes so much… if the person who signs you leaves it can be a real detriment to your growth as an artist. We wanted to find a home that supported the entire vision and had a track record of actual artist development. Sumerian is great like that. A rarity in labels these days.
9. The makeup is amazing. Does September ever go do regular stuff in full makeup?
Like go to the grocery store haha… well she’s a supernatural being that can only be seen by those about to die and Claire because of her rare power. So to answer your question… even if she did do those things you would never know because you can’t see her hehe.
10. You’ve been on tour with Mushroomhead. Did you ever get to see an old school show? Also, how amazing is it to tour a with big names like Otep and Marilyn Manson?
No… My first Mushroomhead show experience was actually on that tour! Incredible visuals and very cool sonics. Marilyn Manson is always inspiring to tour with. I look up to him for what he accomplished in his career, and how true to his art and message he is. I’d have to say my dream tour would be with My Chemical Romance though… if the rumors are true and they get back together. Bring on the Black Parade!
There are a few bands that I’ve missed seeing this summer because being a responsible adult is a bummer. Ghost Town is one of those bands. For now, I will have to be okay with following their YouTube videos and Instagram.
By the way, here are some questions answered by Alix Koochaki, guitarist/vocalist, from ghost town. Thank goodness that playing 20 questions with bands still falls in the category of being an adult.
Band members of Ghost Town are Kevin “Ghost” McCullough, Alix “Monster” Koochaki and Manny “MannytheDrummer” Dominick.
This is the best picture.
Who is the best gamer in the group?
Probably Kevin. Our skills and appreciation for the gaming world are mismatched. But I would put Kev against anyone in a match of Mortal Combat.
What is your favorite rock and roll movie?
“Rock Star” with Mark Walburg. Such an amazing movie. A tale of fame from rise to fall and all the highs and lows in between. I hope to have a rock n roll story to tell like that some day. Steel Dragon ROCKS!
How has your summer tour been so far?
It’s been great. Full of long days of hard work and playing shows and meeting our Ghosts. Each night I think we can all go to sleep knowing we’ve done the best job we could have done that day and left our positive mark wherever we could.
Do you have a favorite charity?
Loves Not Dead. One our good friends, who we brought on tour with us, has started a great thing in efforts to help those less fortunate and without a home. Each day on tour with us he would feed the homeless and continues to do that and spread that positivity. We will definitely be doing more with ‘Loves Not Dead’ in the future.
Did you expect to be successful? Is is ever surreal?
There has always been a clear vision of seeing myself doing what I am doing today, and the vision grows and takes shape every day. Sometimes in the middle of all the chaos it is easy to get caught up in the daily, but when I’m able to take a step back and reflect, it is definitely a surreal thing. Each day, not only for myself, but my fellow artist and musician you grow and learn and come one step closer to fulfilling what it is we are meant to do as artists and with our art. I will forever be on that journey I feel like, I can only hope my expression finds its way to others and gives them an ounce of hope or help to help them achieve what it is inside them.
Where was your first show? How different was it than your last show?
My very first show as a “band” was in the backyard of one of my best friends house on a makeshift stage his dad made. We played covers for all of our parents and made our first dollar! Ha. Our last show was in Ohio on the Vans Warped Tour in front of FANS! It is truly an honor each day to have the opportunity to play our music to people that genuinely feel some type of way about what we do and what we have created.
Who has been your favorite band at Warped Tour?
This year my favorite band to watch would have to be a tie between I See Stars and The Maine. Both bands have become friends of mine which is a surreal thing in itself being that I grew up in bands watching those bands play and tour and here I am now doing it with them and have the privilege of calling them friends.
Have you ever visited a real Ghost Town?
Yes. Definitely. I’d say multiple. Touring the United States numerous times there have been many time where I ask myself…”who, lives here? How is there life here?”
Have you had any paranormal experiences?
If you check out one of our vlogs on our YouTube channel you can see one caught on camera. It was at our favorite venue, The Masquerade in Atlanta, which just so happens to be haunted.