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HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Venomous Maximus, "Cheesy, Curious, Obsessed, Immortal"

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In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and ticket information at HPMusicAwards.com, and watch Twitter (@hprocksoff) every day until the showcase for your chance to win tickets.

To which member are we speaking? What are you nominated for? Gregg Higgins. Best Metal and Best Recording (Beg Upon the Light).

Please list all of your regular band members and what instruments they play. Gregg Higgins, vocals/guitar; Christian Larson; guitar; Trevi Biles, bass; Bongo, drums.

Describe your band in four to seven words. Cheesy, curious, obsessed, immortal.

Who is your single biggest musical influence and why? Jim Morrison. I remember when the Oliver Stone film The Doors came out. I was really young and there was a giant poster of the cover of the film at the movies, and all I could think is, "Who's this woman's face who is on fire?" Just due to the size of the banner, it had some epic effect on me.

I had heard the Doors and listened to them, but hadn't dove into the music and philsophy. Oliver Stone is one of my favorite directors, and the all-star lineup all the way through the film and the age I was -- perfect timing. I could talk about Jim Morrison for days, but I am not going to.

What recordings (if any) do you have readily available? We have our new record [Beg Upon the Light] online, everything, and in record stores. The old ones you gotta get through us.

Have you ever been HPMA-nominated before? When and what for? For best metal band.

Where and how often do you perform (publicly) around Houston? [For] three years it seems like we played a lot. We don't want to wear out our welcome, so we have been taking it easier on playing live at home. But there has to be a period of going back to the drawing board to prepare for the next period of music. So that's what the fuck we are doing right now.

What is the next step for your band? Just answered it. Prepare to record our next record, which also means new shirts, new designs, new everything.

Finish this sentence: "Houston music is..." Alive but separated. Everyone is doing their own thing in their tucked away little pocket. Which is fine. I understand; it keeps things pure. But the best way to conquer is with numbers.

Venomous Maximus' HPMA showcase spot is 8 p.m. Sunday, August 4 at Dirt Bar, 1209 Caroline. See more about the band at venomousmaximus.com or facebook.com/venomousmaximus.

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