An Interview with Danny Echo of Old Man Creaky Bones

With the release of their latest Old Man Creaky Bones tape quickly approaching – we sent Danny Echo a few questions about creativity, inspiration, the pandemic, and what they think about the state of the world today.

Hi Danny – can you briefly introduce yourself?

Hey!  Thank you, neighbor Deathforms for having me!
So, yeah my solo project is called Old Man Creaky Bones, I make kind of mod/glam inspired post-folk rock/pop?  I’m really bad at pinning down genres tbh, I find that most of the stuff I love has some blurred edges, and I like to give myself room to keep growing in whichever direction a vine can catch a post.

Is Old Man Creaky Bones simply a solo-project or a pseudonym, a project name, a character you perform as, or something else entirely?

The name came about as just something awkward said on a first date. I don’t remember if she said it first or me, but it was cold out and I shiver pretty violently when it’s cold, and we just kept saying it a bunch because we didn’t know what else to say. I started using it, hoping that it would become more of a band thing than a solo thing, but soon it started to feel like I had kind of trapped myself into a side solo project. But I try to treat it as more of a band anyway rather than a character or a pseudonym

Old Man Creaky Bones
As an artist with an increasing focus on extravagant performances – how have you been dealing with the sudden loss of live performance opportunities?

Okay so, thanks for saying my performances are/were extravagant lol Like I know I daydream of extravagant performances but I dunno if I’ve really pushed myself to make it happen (yet) maybe one day lol
As for dealing with the loss of live… I’ve just been trying to focus on other things.  Drawing, drag, improving my home recording skills, hanging out with my partner and our cats.  Lots of back and forth between feeling pretty good about minute things and feeling pretty despairing, but feeling like maybe this whole experience will make being around people later on so much better, but feeling like, dang, this whole experience is making being around people ever again seem awful.

What influences (musical, visual, etc.) on Stressed to Impress, Old Man Creaky Bones, and your music in general should people check out?

Dig on Talking Heads, Prince, Saint Vincent, Of Montreal, Tom Waits, Ty Segall, Dorian Electra, and T Rex. 
Not to say that my own music is anywhere near the heavens these greats dwell in, but my feathers do melt in their brilliance.
Dig on films by  Alejandro Jodorowsky, drag looks by Yovska and Charity Kase and Juno Birch, get totally lost in the brightly dark illustrations of Abbey Luck, and absolutely dig on Hallie Linnebur for their style, costumes, drag, installations and over all vibe.  I think I was starting to try and dress like Hallie before I knew them and then we met and I was like okay. Yes. This.

Poodella Doom (Hallie Linnebur) and Virginia Slime (Danny Echo) showing off looks from the 2020 Midwest Drag Festival
Any thoughts on Ariel Pink and John Maus attending the pro-trump riots at the United States Capitol and/or thoughts on the state of the US in early 2021?

Yeah, Pink officially declaring that the dick behind the curtain is actually just the dick on stage was pretty disappointing, it sucked but after a week + later it’s sunk in and it’s like “well no shit.” I had NEVER heard of John Maus tbh. So what evah.
This country is going through some growing pains and they’re NOT taking it like a champ. I’m just here to listen and observe and be open to new possibilities of what America can be. What it is and what it was built to be, the system is working just how it’s architects designed, and it’s overdo for a makeover by new architects. I have never felt like I know how to talk about politics, and it takes me a while for things to sink in to try and express them, so I won’t say a lot. Only that it’s dismaying as hell thinking things can only get better from here, only to have Trumpet and his Kazoos outdo themselves time and again. I’m hoping police and the prison system as we know it is dissolved and I hope we appoint better over watchers who possess souls and compassion who can make it legal to be human, safe and enjoyable to be human. My optimism for that swings back and forth.

Aside from the upcoming release of Stressed to Impress – what are your plans and goals for the year?

My biggest hope is to be able to nab a couple Flaming Lips tickets for a bubble concert before scalpers do.  I’m gonna keep experimenting with recording of course and writing, but I’m not very optimistic that we will be safe to continue live shows in general in 2121, mostly because I just know anti vaxers are a thing and unfortunately where we come from there’s enough folks refusing to follow basic practices of kindness to stretch this thing out indefinitely.  However, I do want to explore other options and maybe give virtual stuff/video a fair shake.  In my wildest dreams we Impeach Trump, his name is officially and legally disgraced and his name, flags, stupid hats all become an official hate symbol.  Him and his followers rounded up and burned to cinders.  Police done away with and a new system of social work implemented.  Reparations and equal opportunities for all POC, Indigenous, and LGBTQIA.  All this done, the sun bursts out of the clouds and a rainbow lights up the entire globe in technicolor glory and suddenly we all know that it’s safe to go places again.  Hallie and I can go on some trips to see cool shit and stop to pee or eat without worrying about what the questionable people of rural America MIGHT do to us for looking strange, and on a greater scale POC can do their own thing anywhere, like in their own homes, without worrying about what all kinds of Americans DO every day.

Any parting statements?

Making stuff is hard for a lot of people right now, myself included, and I think it’s because it’s a selfish thing to make art.  But I know there are others out there making stuff and I hope even more that have more important things to say than myself and are better equipped to express this period in time, and I hope that anyone who feels inclined to make right now does it.

Thank you so much Danny!

Follow Old Man Creaky Bones on Facebook + Instagram + Bandcamp and be on the lookout for the Stressed to Impress tape preorder coming soon!

COMING SOON on Tape: Old Man Creaky Bones presents STRESSED TO IMPRESS

COMING SOON on tape from DEATHFORMS! Old Man Creaky Bones presents STRESSED TO IMPRESS

“Stressed to Impress” hits like the best-of album from your favorite weirdo-glam/faerie-folk/blues-pop heart throb that got knocked from your skull during that bad tumble down the stairs…

Tapes expected around Valentine’s Day 2021!

‘Space Case’ Single from Remains to be Seen Out Now!

Dark-pop duo Remains to be Seen (Annie Adams & Mason Monigold) have finally released new music in 2020 – a single called ‘Space Case‘ from their upcoming 2021 release.

In this year of sadness and uncertainty, Annie and Mason felt they needed to ensure this heartfelt and personal track made it out before it became impossible to do so.

“We both agreed that – of our recent work – [Space Case] is the song we’d most regret leaving unreleased if something happened to us,” Mason said.

“Having the chance to put it out on the first day of winter during a planetary alignment that is supposed to reopen the curtains to the Black Lodge felt too perfect to pass up,” he added, referencing the Winter Solstice conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn as well as David Lynch and Mark Frost’s ‘Twin Peaks’ – a constant source of inspiration to the pair.

Space Case is available for streaming and purchase on Bandcamp. Availability on streaming apps to be announced.

Remains to be Seen is the dark electronic audio duo of Annie Adams and Mason Monigold.

Evasive Flowers’ Ice Queen Now Available on Cassette

Deathforms is proud to release Ice Queen by Evasive Flowers on cassette for the first time.  Evasive Flowers released their debut LP of downtempo hypnagogic-pop on Ash & Dust Music in 2014. Available now on Bandcamp.

Featuring songs by Annie Adams and produced by Kyle Cramb, a cover photo by Hugo Zelada-Romero, with back cover and layout by Mason Monigold.

Summer News Update

Updates have slowed down for Deathforms during the pandemic, but we’ve been hard at work.

Evasive Flowers‘ 2014 release Ice Queen will soon be available on Spotify and everywhere you stream music. Annie Adam’s solo project emerged out of the early ’10s Noise Scene in Wichita, KS and envelops the listener in minimal, disorienting and haunting choral washes while brandishing a pop sensibility that makes the songs deeply hypnotic, with a beat that keeps one (albeit tapping) foot on the ground.

After a short hiatus, all Remains to be Seen albums will be returning to streaming services by Independence Day Weekend.

While the live version of Tulsa, OK’s Barnacle Banger was cancelled due to COVID-19, Remains to be Seen will be performing via video on Saturday, July 18, 2020 for the online version of the fest.

Remains to be Seen’s appearance at Voth Fest in Atlanta, GA has been postponed to October 2021 due to the pandemic.

Spring News Update

Remains to be Seen has been added to the VOTH Vegan Goth Food + Dark Music Festival in Atlanta, GA this October. Click here for more information and to get tickets.

DEATHFORMS and Remains to be Seen apparel and accessories are now available on Threadless. Shoes, tee shirts, skateboards in multipled styles and designs are available with more options coming soon.

Remains to be Seen included on La Danse Macabre Compilation

Remains to be Seen was selected to appear on the newly released La Danse Macabre 6 from At Sea Compilations. The song Tunnels from the Tunnels/Too Much EP appears alongside other recent darkwave and postpunk recordings.

From At See Compilations: With the sixth part of our La Danse Macabre series we open our focus to more facets of Darkwave music. For the first time in this series we make an in deep view of the electronic aspects of scene music. From Synth Pop and Coldwave to Dark Electronic. Retro aesthetics meets modern songwriting; catchy melodies and experimental sounds complete this collection. And in the end we make a link to older releases with some nice Post Punk tunes. We hope you’ll enjoy this different view of dark music.

Master Mood TV Remixes ‘Tinder’

Tinder from Remains to be Seen is now updated to include a dance remix of ‘Tinder’ from Master Mood TV.

Master Mood TV (Mason Monigold) is one half of the Dark Electronic Audio Duo and also mixed the track the remix stems from.

He explains, “We unapologetically make pop music but there’s a lot of content to mine within noise and uncomfortable listening experiences; Annie and I tried to explore that in the original ‘Tinder’ mix. In the remix I wanted to approach it from the opposite direction – focussing on the beat and vocals – sugar coat things a little.”

The Bandcamp release of the Master Mood TV remix also includes tweaked mixes of ‘Tinder’ and ‘Angelie’ as well as a downloadable PDF booklet. Tinder is available on all streaming services March 12.

DEATHFORMS Top 10 Music Videos of 2018

With a little modern dance, a few farm animals, some strawberry mood-lighting, several groping disembodied hands, and soundtracks often dark and always catchy – these are the DEATHFORMS Top 10 Music Videos of 2018.

Number 10: a place both wonderful and strange – Kristae (The Strawberry Girl)

Number 9: HIDE – Fucked (I Found Heaven)

Number 8: ADULT. – Violent Shakes

Number 7: LOVER – A Better Man

Number 6: Grimes – We Appreciate Power

Number 5: PATRIARCHY – Hell Was Full

Number 4: Chelsea Wolfe – Scrape

Number 3: Choir Boy – Blood Moon


Best Video of 2018

SRSQ – Permission

Selected by DEATHFORMS ‘Chief Undertaker’ Mason Monigold (Remains to be Seen, Master Mood TV, Blood Tide, Mystery Blood) with the help of Annie Adams (Evasive Flowers, Remains to be Seen, MILKWAVE)

Evasive Flowers Lists Their Favorite Music of 2018

We asked Evasive Flowers for their favorite music of the past year and a quick update on what they’ve been up to while staying relatively quiet in 2018 🔻

Evasive Flowers here. Been focused on my other projects, MILKWAVE and Remains to be Seen, but I’m excited to say I’ll be releasing some new Evasive tracks this coming year. 2018 has hit me harder than expected in the best possible ways. Here are my top 5s. Love all of you.

Albums –

5. Emma Ruth Rundle – On Dark Horses

4. Converge – Beautiful Ruin

3. Vince Staples – FM!

2. Low – Double Negative

1. Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want

Live Performances –

5. Chew @ Schools Out Gym Jam – Wichita, KS July 14

4. Street Sects @ Kirby’s Beer Store – Wichita, KS November 26

3. SRSQ @ Barleycorn’s – Wichita, KS – February 13

2. Bonemagic @ Tulsa Noisefest – Tulsa, Ok May 5

1. Author and Punisher @ Barleycorn’s – Wichita, KS – November 24

Evasive Flowers released their debut LP of downtempo hypnagogic-pop, Ice Queen, on Ash & Dust Music in 2014. Stay tuned in 2019 for their anxiously awaited follow-up on DEATHFORMS.