Psychedelics, Wisdom and Farts with Serial Hawk


Back in February, Serial Hawk stormed through town with Conan, making for perhaps the best doom metal tour of the year. Noted for their powerful guitar tones and epic soundscapes, Serial Hawk are one of the best and brightest on the metal scene today. I had a chance to sit down with Adam Holbrook, the band’s bass player, and pick his brain about what it was like to play the coolest metal bar on earth and tour with one of the heaviest bands in doom.

What the fuck is up?

Just another day, another beer! Nothing much man. I’m just hanging out on tour. We’re like five or six days in, and I’m stoked to play Saint Vitus tonight.

You’ve never played here before have you?

It’s a first for us. It’s really cool. I know the history, I’m aware of the alumni of the bar, so it’s cool to actually be here.

To play here with a sold out crowd with one of the hippest bands in doom headlining, how does that feel?

The last few shows have been amazing. For me it’s been another mountain to climb, but it’s one of the bigger ones in the range, at least if you want to think of tour as a hike through mountain ranges. Most of the time it’s down, but Saint Vitus is one of the highest peaks on the trip because of the prestige.

What’s it been like being on the road with Conan?

Amazing to be honest. It’s one of my favorite tours that we’ve ever been on. There’s seven of us and we get along great. Everyone is tired and starting to feel it, but the fact that we are all in one van and have each others’ backs and we always look out for each other, even when we are running behind. We try to take care of our merch girl because she gets stuck behind the booth. I like the community to be honest with you. Everyone has a lot of respect for Jon and Rich. They’ve done a lot compared to us. We’ve toured a lot, but not at the level of the people in Conan. We are just kind of taking notes. We are all on mutual ground but there is a level of respect.

What kind of things have you learned from Conan thus far?

Mostly it’s just been a sharing of their experience more than anything. There’s definitely been some things. I’ve learned some things about societal differences, them being from the UK. I feel like I’m learning from that, I think they feel the same way though. Rich seems especially interested in learning about the US. They are having an awesome time. The situation is great. It’s a lot of learning for both bands.

The real thing I want to get into here is your relationship with DMT…

It’s something I’ve always been interested in; I only did it one time, it was an amazing experience. It has different phases as with all psychedelics, some of it is positive and some of it is negative. DMT for me is still a mystery. I have some history, but not enough to really understand it.



What type of phase are you in with your relationship with psychedelics right now?

I’m not really doing anything; it’s a bit of a dry patch I guess. I’ve kind of settled down with it, but I pushed it enough to learn about myself. I took back a bunch of really positive things from those experiences. For a while I couldn’t do it at all because it was too raw. It’s not like a huge part of my life at all. For me that stuff you do when the time is right and when it calls to you and you seen an opening. That’s been my experience with mushrooms.

What kind of link do psychedelics have with the music of Serial Hawk?

There is an influence for sure. It’s not like we use them to write music or anything but experiences with them from certain times in all our lives has impacted us and altered the music. It’s mostly the idea of letting go of our egos and all of that kind of shit and exploring the mind. But you have to be able to do that with our without drugs, but music is the closest I can get to that feeling without substance. Those experiences are a part of my life and I try to process them and I think I have, but that’s not the point of it all to me.

You’ve always been able to drop a lot of wisdom on me… where did that come from?

I think I’ve experienced enough stuff in my life to be able to learn things from it. I try to be clear and not make the same mistakes twice. If there’s any bit of wisdom it just comes from paying attention and seeing how everything leads to something else.


So who in Conan has the worst farts?

In the van everybody’s farts blend together. I was trying to see if there was a difference between American food farts and British food farts when they first got in. That’s part of being in a touring van. Seven people, some one is going to fart. Everyone has toured enough to ignore it.

Now that you’ve toured with Conan, what do you want to do next?

Take a break! Get back from tour and settle back into work and all that kind of shit. Just see what happens when we get settled back in.

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  • The farts eventually just get embedded into the interior of the vehicle that you are touring it. It’s nearly impossible to get rid of the smell after that. You learn to love the smell of farts.

    • Dubs

      I had a chair in my room in high school that I’d always sit in while playing vidya. Over time, the chair began to absorb the smell of my farts.

      • You gotta mark your territory.

        • Dubs

          Checked out the track you posted. Kind of reminds me of WOLD. Not bad.

          • Yeah, I can see that for sure. Definitely interest me, I sent the label an email this morning about a possible reissue. We’ll see if I get a response back or not.

    • CyberneticOrganism


  • CyberneticOrganism
    • Owlswald

      I have very particular tastes when it comes to doom but I definitely liked that track.

    • It’s half the running time of your standard doom song, I can get down that.

  • Dubs

    I can dig that track.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    It’s my 21st birthday.

    • CyberneticOrganism
    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      HAPPY BEER DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 21st birthday on the 21st! Booom!

    • Owlswald

      I hope you are enjoying a very nice (non-cheap) beer to celebrate.

      • He’s probably eating healthy and running 6 miles today.

        • I want to run so bad. I have over extended my obligations of late and have not made time 🙁

          • Bummer man, I was starting to get pain on the inside of right knee during my run last night. I’m taking a break from running the next couple days here to see if it goes away. Still can bike though which is good. Injuries fucking suck man, get well.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I’m waiting until dinner.

    • Happy birthday. May your mana replenish and new magic spells be added to your book.

    • happy birthday bro. what a good day to celebrate with some DOOOOOOM from Serial Hawk!

    • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

      happy bday jjd

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls
    • Waynecro

      Happy birthday, dude! Don’t focus so much on beer that you forget about cake…sweet, sweet birthday cake.

    • more beer

      Happy birthday JJD. You should be drunk by now!

  • Owlswald
  • Killer doom project of Avenger. The man has so many bands.

  • Fun story: Serial Hawk contacted me twice over the
    past year to help set up shows for them only to go completely silent
    when I’d respond back with dates/places. A third time, they got in touch
    to see if we wanted to play a show with them that was already booked.
    Never heard back again and to my knowledge, the show never happened.

  • I’ll be making two trips to St. Vitus next month. One for Trap Them and another for Weekend Nachos. A good time will be had.

    • Hans Müller

      Weekend Nachos are coming to my city later this year with Wormrot and The Afternoon Gentlemen. Hot damn.

      • That’s a stacked line-up. The Afternoon Gentleman are on the bill for St. Vitus show as well.

  • Man, that fart question is classic. I like your style, Don Tocino. Never change!

    • Matt Bacon


  • It’s raining purple here.

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      RIP, Prince. God motherfuckin’ damnit, 2016! Fuck you fuck you fuck you!

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I’m gonna need a minute. Worst birthday “present” ever.

        • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

          This is definitely unexpected. 🙁

        • Dude, think of it this way, he probably wrote most unbelievable riff in the entire history of mankind, heard it, and keeled over.

          Is there a better way to go?


          • I’ve only listened two songs of Prince.

            I can’t remember how there were.

            #GLMomentOvTheDay #Clueless #PloPlo

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Or he finally did meet The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, shagged her rotten, and then keeled over.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Actually forgot about this one up until now, but Ulver covered him a while back:


        • CT-12

          Not to rub it in, but did you here Chyna passed as well? Sad shit.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I did.

    • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

      get ahold of some DMT?

  • Hubert

    O shit that song is heavy, cool interview.

  • RIP Prince

  • Some rad news, Gadget just announced a U.S. tour with Vermin Womb. Get your grind on!

    • Hans Müller

      Are Vermin Womb releasing something new, as well? Bandcamp says nah, but I shan’t give up hope just yet…

      • “We will be recording our debut full length in a little over 3 weeks with Dave Otero at flatline audio. Keep an eye out for a free track from that session. Until then, don’t forget about us. Though all physical copies are sold out, our ep is still free and available to download. Share with a friend or 10.”

        Vermin Womb

        • Hans Müller

          Oh right, bands have facebook pages… anyway, I am thoroughly rejoicing over here.


    guess I know what I’m listening to tonight

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    Kickass interview, kickass band. Been a little while since I’ve listened to them, but I’m gonna have to remedy that something fierce later tonight.

  • Waynecro

    Thank you for this highly entertaining interview!