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We’ve worked together so much in different projects, including Sunn 0))), that we can just talk about the stuff in the bus on the way to the gig, and maybe try a few things out in the soundcheck, and just develop it from gig to gig. It’s quite improvised as well.
hat’s a CRUEL question, but it’s also intelligent, fair and possibly even essential. Well, you know what they say about sociopaths. The only pain they feel is their own. Should the author of ‘Bad Day Anyway’ be allowed to cry? Or do I surrender that right?
The poetry challenges me to think beyond myself and approach the world in new ways. In effect, the poetry has become a kind of myth-making that invites many interpretations and conversations. “GODHEADSCOPE” seems as fair a word as any for describing this ethic.
This interview with Tony Wakeford took place in a pub near his home in Waterloo, London, on 13 April 2008. Also present was the American-Israeli producer and musician Reeve Malka, who now runs the Tursa label alongside Tony, and who is also a member of Orchestra Noir, another of Tony’s many musical projects. We were joined later by Andrew King.
Some people who were prime movers at W.D. chose my side such as Boyd Rice and Ian Read of Fire + Ice, some people chose their side and actively worked against me behind the scenes such as David Tibet and Geff Rushton and others preferred, in a rather cowardly way, to sit on the fence and see what happened. They know who they are and are probably reading this interview right now.
Somehow I have a strong relationship with religion. I was brought up completely atheistic. I didn’t have to deal with dogmatic, religious morals and codes. But yet I felt that religion was somehow necessary to survive.
As I said earlier, heathenism is an opposition to mediocrity and should help anyone who feels the need to be a stronger and a better person. I think this notion of strength is omnipresent in UTLAGR’s music.
Equilibrium was happy to welcome us among its artists and we accepted at once because we like the bands of this label like Dwelling, The Moon and the Night Spirit and Poets to their Beloved. They are more near to our tastes, playing classical or folk music.
In the current situation, Taiwan really needs a government with good foresight. I don’t hope to see any war around Taiwan. I don’t listen to Chthonic, but I hear that they showed strong political attitudes in their lyrics, so I am not so sure whether their success is due to music or to lyrics.