Interview: We Are Harlot’s Danny Worsnop Talks Roots of the Band
The following article is an excerpt from Revolver’s April/May 2015 issue.
By Richard Bienstock
If you’re curious as to what a day in the life of an honest-to-god rock and roll band circa 2015 is like, look no further than the Beverly Hills that, until recently, was the shared residence of We Are Harlot’s Danny Warsnop, Jeff George and Bruno Argra.
“Our alarms were set for 3:40 P.M. every day,” recounts singer Worsnop. “That gave us 20 minutes to get dressed, get out the door and get to the bar at the end of the street, ’cause happy hour started at four. We’d drink for a bunch of hours, and at around 10 P.M. we’d go back to the house and write a song. Then it was back to the bars until closing time. After that, back to the house with a bunch of friends, where things would get really wild and really, um, we’ll say ‘illegal.’ Then we’d crash out and, come 3:40 P.M., do it all again.”
The fruits of We Are Harlot’s labor—if it could indeed be called labor—can be heard on their recently released self-titled debut. And, much like the constant party that seemingly surrounded the writing process for these songs, We Are Harlot is a raucous, rowdy and, yes, wild affair. It’s a 12-song collection of high-octane, top-down spitfire rockers and arena-ready ballads that explodes with piledriving riffs, classic ’70s and ’80s swagger and huge, hooky choruses. Throughout, the rhythm section of drummer Agra and bassist Brian Weaver provide ample swing and propulsion, while George splatters the proceedings with oodles of shredtastic guitar leads.
But the biggest surprise is the unusually melodic vocal performance from Worsnop, who, until now, was known more for the raw throated screaming and guttural grunts he contributed to his former band, Asking Alexandria. Despite rising to become one of the most dynamic and charismatic frontmen in metalcore, Worsnop says that his musical background is actually quite different.
“I didn’t get into really heavy stuff until I was around 16 or 17,” he says. “And even then it wasn’t so extreme—it was stuff like Slipknot, Korn, Pantera. But my upbringing was rock and roll and the blues. My biggest inspirations were guys like Steven Tyler and Mick Jagger. I was a big Bryan Adams fan. I loved Michael Jackson. And my grandfather was a blues singer, which was a huge influence on me.”
In fact, it was Worsnop’s desire to explore these influences that first planted the seed for We Are Harlot…
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