H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS: “Choosing Mental
Illness” Video Starring Michael St. Michaels;
Fall Tour With King Parrot Nears + VIP Meet And
Greet Packages Available
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H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS are
pleased to unveil the official new video for “Choosing
Mental Illness” from their Choosing Mental
Illness As A Virtue full-length released earlier
this year via Anselmo’s own Housecore Records.
Directed by Katherine Richardson-Anselmo with director
of photography Mike Holderbeast and starring Michael
St. Michaels (The Greasy Strangler), the six-plus-minute
clip pays tribute to Miloš Forman’s 1975
comedy-drama, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
Anselmo, “This video is based on one of
my favorite films about the harshness of mental
illness. Being up close and personal with the struggle,
I often feel like R.P. McMurphy, who I play in the
had a lot of questions about the LP title, Choosing
Mental Illness As A Virtue and song title, ‘Choosing
Mental Illness,’” he continues,
“but make no mistake, I take mental illness
very seriously, especially because it often goes
untreated. We’ve taken some extra steps
at the end of the video with information that you,
or someone close to you might need.
a lighter note, it’s always a blast to do
creative things like the video with my band, crew,
and family. Bringing Michael St. Michaels into
the fold was like having your favorite wacky uncle
over for the holidays! He did a great job as our
version of Nurse Ratched and he’s an absolutely
lovable and talented guy…go see The Greasy
The video includes a slate of information from Crisis
Text Line. The non-profit organization
provides free, 24/7, confidential crisis support.
Text HOME to 741741 anywhere in the United State
to be connected with a trained Crisis Counselor
now. You can also learn more here at https://www.crisistextline.org/faq/.
slate with information on the Suicide
Prevention Lifeline. is also included
immediately following the video. The National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential
emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or
emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
across the United States and includes options in
Spanish, and for the deaf and hard of hearing. Dial
1-800.273.8255 to speak with someone now.
H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS will
unite with Housecore labelmates King
Parrot this fall for their long-awaited US
live takeover. Set to commence September 6th in
New Orleans, Louisiana, the trek includes a headlining
at this year’s edition of Berserker
Fest September 28th in Pontiac, Michigan.
VIP meet and greet packages are currently available
via the Housecore Store at THIS
LOCATION. See all confirmed dates below.
H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS w/ King
Santos – New Orleans, LA
Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
Trees – Dallas, TX
Scout Bar – Houston, TX
The Concourse – Knoxville, TN
The Firmament – Greenville SC
The Capitol Room @ HMAC – Harrisburg, PA
Fete Music Hall – Providence, RI
Mulcahy’s – Wantagh, NY
Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN
The Blue Note – Harrison, OH
Diamond’s Pub Concert Hall – Louisville,
Green Bay Distillery – Green Bay, WI
The Forge – Joliet, IL
Berserker Fest @ The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
Pop’s – Sauget, IL
George’s Majestic – Fayetteville, AR
tour stops will include onsite mental health support
from the Veterans
Crisis Line, The Veterans Crisis Line
connects Veterans in crisis and their families and
friends with confidential support 24 hours a day,
7 days a week, 365 days a year. Additional information
on this and other non-profits will be announced
in the coming weeks. Dial 1-800-273-8255 and press
1 to speak with someone now.
a successful maiden touring cycle for THE
ILLEGALS, Anselmo hunkered down
at his home studio in Louisiana to record what would
become Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue in 2014
and 2015. The lineup shifted as Stephen Taylor (Superjoint)
transitioned from bass to guitar, Mike DeLeon (Flesh
Horder, Being Killed, ex-MOD et al) joined as a
guitarist, and Walter Howard (Grieved, Oppressive
Force, Vaginal Bear Trap) took over bass duties.
Meanwhile, Jose Manuel “Blue” Gonzalez
(Superjoint, Warbeast) held down the drums. Through
rigorous rehearsals and writing sessions, a framework
for the new music took shape.
“fifty minutes of gnarly, vicious extreme
metal…,” by Revolver Magazine, “an
ever-shifting fusillade of extreme groove prog…,”
by Decibel Magazine, “a schizophrenic musical
expression that’s as insane as it is enjoyable,”
by Blabbermouth and, “unquestionably one of
the angriest and heaviest albums of Anselmo‘s
career,” by Exclaim!, the critically-lauded
offering is extreme, abrasive, aggressive, and anthemic.
In other words, it’s purely Anselmo.
Mental Illness As A Virtue is out now on CD, vinyl,
and digital formats in North America via Housecore
Records. Order bundles are currently available via
the Housecore Store at THIS
LOCATION. For digital orders, go HERE.
Health Is Not A Virtue
Mental illness affects everyone regardless of culture,
race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.
43.8 million adults experience mental illness in
a given year.
1 in every 5 adults in America experience a mental
Nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live
with a serious mental illness.
One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by
the age of 14; three-quarters by the age of 24.
If you, or someone you know is suffering from mental
illness, please find help.
The above statistics and more information about
mental health can be found on www.nimh.nih.gov