Chain D.L.K.: Some critics have argued that industrial/dark electronic music is pretty much dead. Do you agree with this view? What is your opinion of the current state of industrial/EBM music?
Ad-ver-sary: Have you ever listened to the lyrics of ‘Chickenshit Conformist‘ by Dead Kennedys? That’s how I feel about industrial. The music is doing fine, it’s the attitude of the people involved that’s the problem. A lot of people have gotten into a routine where they’re going to an industrial night week after week wanting to hear something familiar, instead of going week after week to hear something new. My partner and I DJ every week, and there’s always enough great new music that we never have to play Dead Stars or Head Like A Hole. FLA and Ministry’s last full-length were their best albums in at least ten years, Diskonnekted and Brain Leisure have picked up where Haujobb left off, and there’s a lot of people pushing the edges of the genre. Insurgent Inc. is doing some fantastic industrial-metal crossover, same as Left Spine Down’s doing with punk and Memmaker’s doing with old-school rave. So, no, I don’t think industrial music is dead, I just think there’s a low signal-to-noise ratio. A lot of people have forgotten that industrial is an experimental genre, and if DJs and audiences don’t participate in that process by being open to new music, what they’re really saying is “forget the industrial, I just want the pop.”
This Tuesday is the official Bone Music CD Release Party at Zaphods, with Hound guesting on the WHEELS OF STEEL. I am excited!