Inked: How are you different with this album than you were with your previous band and your previous albums?
Seinfeld: That’s a really good question; it’s something that I talk about a lot with the other guys and with the people in my life. First of all, I’ve been in a band that had two singers and it kind of limited me to what I can do in a lot of ways. What was great about this was that I had complete freedom to just go for it and really experiment and explore. Rusty just gave me the reigns and said “Hey man, just do what you do. I love how you sing, I love how you scrap, I love how scream. Just do whatever you want to do, just do it.” We are now working in the studio with producer MUDROCK and I’ve worked with some great producers who made great records with me and better records with other people but I don’t know what he did with me. But with his knowledge and skill, he got me to sing in a way, I finally felt like old school young Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath. It was dreamy but also dark and heavy. And I always worried that it wouldn’t sound heavy if I was not pushing harder, but here I am not a kid anymore. A wily old veteran and I am finding a new placement in my voice. What’s fun is that singing is almost like a golf swing; when you get it right it feels effortless. I feel like this is the first album that I have ever made that has so much heart and so much integrity but can also really cross over to kind of mainstream rock and metal. I really hope it gets a chance to get merit off of the music alone.
Inked: So what's your favorite song on the album?
Seinfeld: We shot a video for serial killer, and I love that song and that's not the lead track. I wanted to go first with 'Crackerman,' but it has cursing in it and everyone was like no you guys should wait. Crackerman was actually featured on the TV show the Devils Ride on the Discovery Channel and it was really funny. They picked the one song that they had to keep editing and beeping. The song that we are leading with is Devil's Daughter, which I really like; I think it's so cool. It's like really dark and creepy and haunting. I love when the sound of the song kind of goes with the melody, with the meaning of the song. The song is kind of metaphoric and it's kind of about addiction, whatever your poison is. So the song kind of sounds like what it's about. "I’m in love with the The Devil's Daughter
, I can taste her voodoo. Making love to the Devil's Daughter, she's no good for you." There are a couple of songs that are on the record that are really important. There is a song called "No Redemption," that's really about the industrial prison complex. It talks about how there are 10 million people incarcerated in the world today and how more than 25% of them are in the United States alone, and we pride ourselves as the most civilized country in the world.
Inked: Now on to tattoos, how many do you have?
Seinfeld: I consider myself to have only one tattoo; my body is just a work in progress. I have no idea, but to me getting tattoos is a life process and I think that I should be done with all my skin by the time I die, should I not die an untimely death. I'm probably about 85% done. I still have a little work to do. I just did one side of my ribs and my arm pit, and the guy who is doing my tattoos right now is a guy named Fernie Andrade and he works at a shop called Ink Slingers, kind of in the hood. I really love the shop, because it's just a bunch of guys who love the art of tattooing and are more about the tattooing and less about the recognition. It's funny because now the whole world is paying attention, when these guys have been doing this for a really long time. I'm getting tattooed on Thursday and Fernie is doing a huge realistic Grim Reaper that's got an Attika 7 medallion around his neck. And then he has got a bunch of skulls around his waistband. It's really cool.
Inked: When did you get your first tattoo?
Seinfeld: I was about 18 and it was the first time that Biohazard had every played outside of New York City. We borrowed a truck and went to DC to play a show and we were playing a show with the Anti-Heroes. Our truck broke down and got stuck and we were just crashing on some guy’s floor. Our first Manager of the band, this guy Ritchie who was 6 ft. 11, called his girlfriend and asked her for money to fix the truck. He got the money to fix the truck and said "Come on we are all going to the tattoo shop." He walked in and said, "How much to do 10 Biohazard tattoos on 10 guys." And it was very irresponsible, that's kind of how we were back in those days. And I was 18, it was my first tattoo and it was just a small biohazard tattoo but I remember it got an infection. I kept looking at it and was like man this is going to spread. I went after that to Mike Preffeto, known back then as Mike Angelo. And back in these days tattooing was illegal and it was underground and it was at Mikes parents house in his basement. I remember my first real tattoo was something that he had drawn up for me, it was a Phoenix that was battling a serpent. And he incorporated my biohazard tattoo into this big full shoulder arm tattoo. This is back in the 80's and it was not really mainstream to get big tattoos, especially not black and grey tattoos. It was like people with black and grey tattoos were people who had either been to prison or people from the New York hard core seen. I just remember people being really scared of it. I got so insane with getting tattoo's that I got sleeves within like two years. I remember getting into an elevator and people would get out of the elevator like 'I don't want to be alone with this guy'. And now it's like every football player, every basketball player, every rapper, every wimpy pop singer - now I get into an elevator and grandma's say to me, my grandson has tattoo's just like you. It's amazing how mainstream and how pop culture tattoos have become.