In the twenty-second piece to our Zombie Apocalypse segment, where we are asking band members what they would do if a zombie outbreak happened, we have GEHENNA vocalist Mike Cheese.
You just played a gig far from home and take a step outside the venue for some fresh air and see a hoard of zombies running down the street towards you, what do you do?
I lived in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco and work on Mission Street, so I’ve dealt with zombies before. Zombies are only interested in getting what they need to ease their unending pain. The best strategical move for this type of urban combat situation is to get moving with the cargo to the highest corner of an intersection with your backs to a the corner. With 5 men ( 2 lookouts, 2 guards, and a point.) you can stake your position and still be able to mobilize in either direction when the operation is completed. Place the 2 lookouts on each of the cross streets to notify the point on any oncoming threat that may jeopardize the operation. The point holds the corner between the lookouts. 1 guard stationed next to the point. 1 guard will be stationed in the next buildings doorway and will protect the cargo. The point is the first to engage. He collects the money and sends the zombies to the next buildings doorway where the 1 guard will serve the zombies their crack. This process will continue until sunrise or you sell off all of the crack to the zombies which ever comes first.
You manage to tell your bandmates and people backstage but you notice a ruckus coming from the front of the venue, you can only grab what’s around you for a weapon, what is it?
All of the members of Gehenna have been in some dodgy spots before and all of our equipment has been used as a weapon at one point in time. I think it would come down to whatever was near by.
As you’re trying to leave the venue, you notice a band member has been attacked by a zombie, do you turn your back and take off or fight the undead and save your friend?
Ain’t no mother fucking crackhead gonna take any of us out. We fight to the end.
You’re about to drive away when a car collides into the trailer, zombies are all over the place, do you get out to detach the trailer or force someone else to?
We’ve got GMC Dura Max Diesel. The trailer is coming with us no matter what.
While on the road, what is the band listening to?
2 Live Crew, Celtic Frost, Geto Boys, Bathory, and Abba.
Along the way you pass a store, it seems safe, what does the band load up on?
Whenever we tour, we like to go light. So on every stop we seem to always get the following essential needs: Beer, water, juice, peanuts, blunt wraps.
You notice that there’s a kitten in the store, do you take it with you or leave it to be an appetizer for the zombies? If you rescue the kitty, what do you name it?
We’re only really partial to maine coons, so if it were a maine coon we’d take it and name it Gucci Maine.
After hiding out for a while, you circle back to the venue. Upon entering you find your tourmates as zombies feasting on fans. What do you do?
Roll another blunt.
You return backstage to grab your precious gear, but a zombie has it. Forget about it or fight the thing off and claim your possessions?
We’d get it back. We’ve traded and negotiated with zombies before.
In the midst of everything going on you notice you are turning into a zombie. You gather with the other zombie musicians to form a new undead band. What do you call the band?
We’d call it “Cutle Des Goules” which is a song that will be on the new album we are currently working on.