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Bain Wolfkind Interview; My Name is Poison
Saturday, December 01 2007 @ 01:00 AM PST
Contributed by: Demian Mikeypup


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Heathen Harvest:  On your My Space page, you have a little bio about you which reads:  "Bain Wolfkind IS THE NOM DE GUERRE FOR AUSTRALIA'S LOUNGE LOTHARIO; AN ELVIS MAN, A LADIES' MAN, A JAZZMAN, AND A MAN'S MAN, BAIN WOLFKIND CREATES TUNES FOR THE BACK ROOMS, THE DARKENED CORNERS, THE CRIME-RIDDEN STREETS OF AN IMAGINED FUTURE CITY WHERE THE MEN METE OUT THEIR OWN BRANDS OF PERSONAL JUSTICE AND THE LADIES ARE WILLING TO GIVE UP THE GOODS FOR NOTHING MORE THAN A DEATHLY-DRY MARTINI AND A LITTLE SWEET-TALK.”  Did you write that Bain?

Bain Wolfkind:  No that was written by my friend Lee from Navicon Torture Technolgies.


HH:  When/how where did you meet Albin Julius?

BW:  I met Albin in 1999 in Sydney when he was part of Death in June. I was performing in one of their support bands.


HH:  When/where/how was your first trips to Amerika?

BW:  My first trip to America was in 2002 on tour with Der Blutharsch.We played Oakland, Los Angeles, Providence Rhode Island and Brooklyn. Was a crazy time; getting trashed in gay and police bars with Lina from Deutsch Nepal and Michael from Anezephalia in San Francisco, stranded for days somewhere in LA where the only language spoken was Spanish and the police doing drug raids in the hotel, hanging out with Transvestites in Rhode Island and general unspeakable insanity in New York with the whole crew from the God Blast America Festival.


HH:  What might be your relationship to the “swamp” and its musik cultures?

BW:  If by “swamp” you mean bands like The Birthday Party and The Scientists, The Cramps and Gun Club that’s pretty much what I was seeing and listening to in the 80’s. Like in the USA we have an affinity with this sound down south.


HH:  What is your relationship with jails and prisons and sailors?


BW:  I was born in what was once a prison continent so this stuff is deep in my psyche. All of my ancestors from America, Ireland and England were convicts, some of them were sailors.


HH:  What is your relationship with guns?


BW:  They are a necessary evil.


HH:  What might be your connection with Fetish and Leather?

BW:  Well many years ago I was seeing girls who were working in the B & D scene and was involved in a performance group called the Church of Sade who’d put on these simulated torture performances, kind  of Hermann Nitsch meets Salo.


HH:  How did you get in touch with the Pussycat Lounge, and how would you describe your performance experiences there?

BW:  The first time I was invited to perform at the Pussycat Lounge was for my friend Richard Mills of Vinland Winds Records birthday party. Sadly two months later he was dead. Since then some friends have been putting on regular shows there so when I’m in New York I’m invited to perform there.


HH:  Have you ever performed in Los Angeles before?


BW:  Only with Der Blutharsch in 2002 at some place called Garfield’s Bar and Grill they were a little shocked when we started to sound check, the barmaid was like , “NO NO YOU CAN”T PLAY THAT MUSIC HERE!”


HH:  What is your relationship with vices?

BW:  A lady never tells!


HH:  What is your connection with go-go dancers or strippers?

BW:  I’ve been in relationships with women who were strippers and hookers so was around that scene a bit. My local bar is a strip club.


HH:  How did you meet Matthias from Institution DOL, and how was it working on the DVD for Steinklang Industries? What is your friendship with him like?

BW:  I met Mathias when I was living in Linz Austria at a friends record store which is housed in his apartment .Working on the DVD was fun we had to keep re-shooting this scene where I’m kicking him on the ground which I enjoyed immensly. We are good buddies, we lived in the same town drank and hung out together a lot.


HH:  What do you think of Austria? What’s it like when you visit Matthias and Albin there?

BW:  I love Austria, it’s like my second home. Well those guys like to party hard so I’m generally pretty wrecked by the time I leave.


HH:  Where would you ideally like to call your home base if you had a choice these dyas or in the future?

BW:  Well maybe somewhere like Bangkok or Mexico City.


HH:  What are your top ten favorite movies right now, and why? How do they play a part in your aesthetics and affects?

BW:  I haven’t seen any new movies lately but some of my favourites are Blue Velvet, Female Trouble, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Labyrinth of Passion, Touch of Evil, Mean Streets, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Once Upon a Time in the West, Profondo Rosso, Sunset Boulevard and Easy Rider.


HH:  What are your top ten favorite musik artists right now, and why? How do they play a part in your aesthetics and affects?

BW:  Well like your film question it’s kind of hard to narrow things down to a top 10  but lately I’ve been listening to The Angels of Light, The Black Angels, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Seeds, old Danzig and Rowland S. Howard,


HH:  What is your relationship with literature? Which books play a part in your song writing ideas, aesthetics, and affects?


BW:  I really enjoy the concept of story telling through song so in that way literature is a big influence on my music. James Ellroy, Iceberg Slim, Jim Thompson and Raymond Chandler are a big inspiration for scene, atmosphere and lyrical content in my music.


HH:  Your other project called Novo Homo which has a ten inch and a CD on Hau Ruck! Records is more of a dark wave electronic project it seems, can you talk about this project and what your plans are with Novo Homo or sequencing and sampling material like that?

BW:  Dark Wave ehh, never really thought of it as that. Well at the time I started Novo Homo in 95 I was tired of Rock N Roll and Industrial Noise so I thought I’d try something different, maybe it was the drugs I was on. Novo Homo recorded in the studio, played at techno clubs, gay discos and even supported some major rock acts. This went on for about 2 years until it imploded. Actual recordings weren’t released until many years later with a few newer less electronic tracks thrown in .At present I have no plans to do that kind of music again.


HH:  What is the meaning of the title, Novo Homo?

BW:  New Man, but also a kind of tounge in cheek, double entendre to annoy homophobes.


HH:  On the Private Hell Novo Homo album, there is a song called “Sexual Panzer”, do you have a commentary on that?

BW:  Well the title was influenced by a line in The Stranglers song No More Heroes I mistook Sancho Panza for Sexual Panzer and thought the concept of a sexual panzer was so hilarious that I had to write a song about it.


HH:  Also the song, “Prinzessin”. What does that signify?

BW:  Well that song is about heavy love.


HH:  Also, “Theater of War” What might that be, and how does that affect us these days?

BW:  Well that was written when Iraq was invaded, based on  the concept of war as tragic theatre on a grand scale.


HH:  What musik influences you when you use a sampler and sequencer like you do on the Novo Homo Albums. What kind of equipment do you use for that?

BW:  DAF, Gorgio Morroder, Soft Cell, Fad Gadget stuff like that I suppose. I was mainly using an Ensonique ASR 10, Nordlead, Korg MS10, Mini Moog and 808 and  Alesis drum Machines.

     


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