1.) How long does it take to set up and break down the Haunted Tube?The basic HAUNTED TUBE framework is made from dog bones, dirt, rocks,
cardboard, duct tape, 2x4's, and dried blood - so getting the materials
together is actually what takes a year of preparation.
The setting up of the HAUNTED TUBE really only takes a few hours. Making
sure the BAT WINGS flap properly and the REVOLVING BLADE OF DEATH is set to
the right speed are the hardest parts. The wear and tear that the HAUNTED
TUBE experiences when its operational greatly reduces the need for
break-down time at the end of the night. Usually after being open for an
hour or two the HAUNTED TUBE is pretty much falling apart.
2.) Would you consider the Haunted Tube to be a pronoun?After eight years of local tubes and international tubes, we consider the
HAUNTED TUBE to be more like a holiday. It's really a universal tube.
But there is an actual tube that unlucky participants crawl thru after
entering the front (which, by the way, is labelled "wrong door"), but when
the words "the HAUNTED TUBE" are spoken, the whole event and tradition is
being referenced, including the HAUNTED TUBE's host, THE DEVIL'S ROBOT, who
seems to be a strange mixture of a robot, the devil, and a viking. His job
is to stand in the front and usher-in unsuspecting kids with frequently repeated
inviting slogans, "Harry Houdini's HAUNTED TUBE!!!!" or "Abraham Lincoln's
HAUNTED TUBE!!!" or "DO NOT ENTER THE HAUNTED TUBE!!!!" which you can barely
hear over all the loud harsh electronic noise coming from inside the tube.
At the end of every HAUNTED TUBE, audience members are frequently heard
shouting out the catchphrase "the HAUNTED TUBE!!!" Its all part of the
experience. Unlike the ELECTRIC BEAR which began as a musical instrument and quickly
developed into time stereo's most beloved characters now featured on
t-shirts, in comic strips, an animated movie, and in solo concerts, the
HAUNTED TUBE is still just a hard-to-explain phenomenon.
3.) Do you make a new tube every year or do you reuse the old one?The front wall/face, the bat wings, the revolving blade of doom, and the
secret ramp are buried in the back yard each year after Halloween. The multitude of refrigerator boxes are donated each year by WALTERS HOME
APPLIANCE, who may have been slightly misled into believing that the boxes
are being used for a church-sponsored ANGELS NIGHT CELEBRATION. Lets keep this a secret.
4.) Please list each character and his or her role in the HAUNTED TUBE.THE DEVIL'S ROBOT-charming host, repeats same slogans all night long until the
audience begins mindlessly repeating them themselves
WEREWOLF THAT THOUGHT HE WAS G.G. ALLIN-A wolfman who chases people around with
horrible things that nobody wants to have near them.
BIG BLACK BUG ENGINE- this is at the heart of the tube, it has a large mouth
and it tries to steal your shoes when you crawl nearby. Sometimes it tries
to hit you with a stick. Maybe it just grabs your ass....watch out!!!!
UNQUALIFIED ZOMBIE NURSE- hot nurse (who is already dead) waiting at the exit of the
tube. She gives candy and toys to disoriented kids who make it all the way
through the HAUNTED TUBE.
5.) Do you keep everything that you find inside the tube?No. If you think that you may have lost something inside THE HAUNTED TUBE, please send an email to
TUBE LOST & FOUND.
6.) What are some of the things that you've found?
Each year we find chuck taylor all-star hi-tops, watches, rings, glasses, 40
oz. bottles, wallets, car keys, a man's hand, a finger, an i-pod, outkast
cd, a nice purse, small flasks.
7.) What are some of the things that you wish you hadn't found?
A man's hand, a finger, some poo.
8.) Has anyone been injured inside the tube?
9.) My friend Kari said that she felt very claustrophic the last time she
was inside the Haunted Tube and she was wondering if anyone has ever had a
panic attack in the eight years.
We compare the HAUNTED TUBE experience to being in a small carboard box
filled with smoke and strobe-lights, with super loud noise blasting, while
something tries to steal your shoes, occasionally getting hit with a stick,
mixed with being in a traffic jam where you're in car with people you don't
like and you can't see anything. Its great!!!
10.) It seems like it's the eighth annual every
year. Does it seem like that to you?
Last year was the 7th annual HAUNTED TUBE, but the 8th annual
NOISE CAMP. People often get the two confused. 2004 will feature the 10th
annual noise camp and 9th annual HAUNTED TUBE.
11.) Why is it happening at the Magic Stick with Shonen Knife this year? How
did that come about?Last year PRINCESS DRAGONMOM did a DEVIL'S ROBOT'S BIRTHDAY concert in japan in conjunction with a
noise camp tour and we made a lot of friends there. So when one of the
members of shonen knife was working at her day-job at a hospital and she had
to treat several audience members from the DEVIL'S ROBOT show for a variety
of curious injuries, she started asking questions. Next thing you know
SHONEN KNIFE wants to headline our 8th annual HAUNTED TUBE event!!! True
12.) How does the setting change the experience?
Sometimes the ramp is more steep and people slide down dangerously fast.
13.) What inspired/inspires the Haunted Tube?
Davin Brainard and MOG from PRINCESS DRAGONMOM worked at a
legitimate haunted house in a parking lot at the mall nine years ago and
were excited to learn that you didn't need any special license or training
to open up your own haunted house.
14.) How did it start? What is the history?
We tried the haunted box and the haunted truck but they were really
too short and too destructive.
15.) And what's special about this year's tube?
Last year we did several tubes including one in Europe at a super fancy
exhibition of the great Medieval artist HIERONYMOUS BOSCH. The success of the
international tubes and devils robot performances made TIME STEREO more
determined than ever to accidently kill someone during a performance.
Just kidding. Not really. Actually the grants we received from various art
organizations have allowed us the freedom to work virtually unconstricted by