Donny Browne.

Local music fans may already be familiar with The Holy Corrupt, a two-piece doom-metal band whose debut single, “Black Cadillac,” was released last year. The duo—Donny Browne on guitar and vocals, and Alex Gerber on drums—plans to release a debut self-titled album on July 10. For more info, visit facebook.com/TheHolyCorrupt. Browne is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

I believe it was Better Than Ezra with Sixpence None the Richer, a show my baby sitter took me to. It was in Atlantic City, N.J. I just remember the high energy of the show and thinking to my 6-year-old self, “This is what I wanna do!”

What was the first album you owned?

A copy of With the Beatles that my mother gave to me in the mid-’90s. That was a turning point that got me deeper into rock ’n’ roll music and wanting to learn guitar.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Too many. A lot of Captain Beyond, Crowbar, Mephistofeles, Eyehategod, old ZZ Top, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, STÖNER, Electric Wizard, and Fu Manchu. That’s just a few.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Pop Country, aka “Bud Light country.” It’s the worst thing to ever exist: Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, etc. No offense to those who like it, though; I just can’t do it.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Toner Low. I’ve been watching a lot of live videos on YouTube lately, and they have such an amazing heavy sound. I would love to see them live.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Hard house music. I’ve always had a soft spot for it and artists like BK, Zany, and Tidy Boys. I love the late ’90s/early 2000s hard style. I blame The Fast and Furious movies for that.

What’s your favorite music venue?

It was the Electric Factory in Philadelphia (R.I.P.). It was a pretty stellar venue. Lately, I’ve been hanging around local legend spots like The Hood Bar and Pizza and Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails. They are solid spots.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

Captain Beyond’s “Armworth” is always playing in my head. “What was my arm worth / when they took it away? / In a spirited rush that set up / Armistice Day? / Where did they push them, fella ? / Where and which way? / Did it stop the mad charge / that the enemy made?”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Led Zeppelin. I was already super into Chuck Berry and The Beatles, and then I discovered Zeppelin at around 9. I just wanted to play hard and heavy rock ’n’ roll from there on out.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I’d ask Matt Pike from Sleep, “How many bowls do you smoke before each show?” In all seriousness, I just want to ask, “What pedals are you running for fuzz?” I’m fairly sure it’s mostly a lot of amp tone.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Child in Time” by Deep Purple. I feel it would be quite fitting.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

I’d have to say Led Zeppelin III. It’s been a favorite since I was kid.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Curse of the Knife/Chains of Agony” by Mephistofeles. It’s real groovy and sleazy psych/doom with that nice warm analog sound. It’s great stuff!

Matt King

Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...

One reply on “The Lucky 13: Donny Browne, Guitarist and Vocalist of The Holy Corrupt, Releasing Self-Titled Debut Album on July 10”

  1. What an awesome interview! Great questions with articulate, heavy answers from Donny Browne. I personally can’t wait to purchase The Holy Corrupts album.

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