Biohazard Haven’t Begun Rehearsals Since Reuniting, But Danny Schuler Says “There’s Definitely Interest” in New Music
They haven’t even begun rehearsing, but the reunited original lineup of Biohazard have apparently generated enough interest for some new tunes. At least, what’s what Danny Schuler said during a recent interview with Dan Shinder of Drum Talk TV.
As you may recall, the highly influential New York-based hardcore act announced that the original lineup was getting back together this past November. At the time, the band said they were looking to celebrate their 35th anniversary with a few select international festival dates and some confirmed appearances here in the U.S.
Yet during his interview with Drum Talk TV (transcribed by Blabbermouth), Schuler said more could be in the works.
“Making new music wasn’t really something I was really thinking about too much, but it’s come up so much in the last few months since we’ve been talking about all this stuff. So we’ll see how it goes. There’s definitely interest there for us to do it. I just hope we can do it. I wanna be able to do it at the level we always did it at.
“I write a lot of music on my own, of course, but I’m very much into collaboration,” he explained. “I’ve always needed a partner, or partners, to really bring the best out of me, to challenge myself. And I always loved getting in a room with these guys. We’ve always come up with great stuff when we’re in the right mindset to do it. So I’m excited to get in a room with them and just let shit fly. I have the energy for it, I’m ready and I’m excited to do it, and I think they are too. So I’m hopeful that we’re gonna make something really cool and different and innovative.”
During his chat, Schuler described how the reunion came about in the first place. As it turns out, a chance interaction led the members of the band eventually settling any beef between them and considering getting together for another time.
“We haven’t toured in about seven years, almost eight years. In about 2015, [that] was the last year of touring. We wrapped it up after that. We went in the studio to go do a record and things just kind of imploded; everybody’s a bunch of crazy personalities. In the ensuing years, we didn’t do anything as Biohazard. And then about a year and a half ago, my brother, who lives in Torrance, California, was flying back home to New York to come see everybody. And he gets to the airport here, and he says to me, ‘You won’t believe who I saw at the airport.’ And I said, ‘Who was that?’ And he goes, ‘I saw Evan,’ the bass player from Biohazard Evan Seinfeld, who I hadn’t spoken to in 10 years. And they had a good conversation, and it was cordial. And he basically sent a message through my brother, ‘Tell Danny I said hi.’ So a week later, I’m going on vacation. I’m feeling good. I’m going down to the beach house here in [New] Jersey with my wife and my kids, and I said to my wife, ‘Maybe I should call him’ — you know, just bury the hatchet. Who cares anymore? Like everybody, COVID and all these people dying and all this stuff, it’s, like, who the hell cares about all that old stuff that made you mad. So my wife was, like, ‘Yeah, why don’t you give him a call? Don’t be an asshole. Call him.’
“Anyway, long story short, I did call him and we spoke. And we just kind of buried the hatchet. And the other guys in the band, Bobby and Billy, had been speaking, and we’ve been speaking, and everybody just kind of started talking a little bit. And unfortunately, our former manager, Scott Koenig, who was out in Los Angeles, he passed away. And that was a real moment where it was, like, ‘Wow.’ Scott was with us from the beginning, and he was like a fifth member of the band. … That was in October of ’21. … I got that call. And the same week, another friend of ours from a band called DOG EAT DOG, our friend Sean Kilkenny passed away the same day as Scott. So it was two phone calls, two brothers, two great, close friends, like family, both passed at the same time. And for me, that was kind of one of those things where it’s just, like, who cares about all the negative bullshit in the past? Who cares? We’re still here. We did great stuff together. We created something cool. We should all be friends. And that was my thinking. And everyone kind of felt the same way. And that kind of was the beginning of how it started, getting the band together.”
As for where they’re at in terms of preparation for their upcoming set of dates this August, Schuler said they’re still very much in the early stages of their reunion.
“That hasn’t happened yet. All four of us still haven’t been in a room yet, so I don’t know what’s gonna happen. Everybody lives in different parts of the world, so it’s not easy to get together. But we’re starting rehearsals in a couple of weeks out in Los Angeles, so we’ll be seeing each other. But I think it’ll be fine, man.
“We’ve been through so much together over all the years of the band — ups and downs,” he continued. “Like every band. We’ve been through so much together, we know how to deal with each other. And hopefully we’ve all grown up at this point. So I think we’ll be okay.”