Artist: Krushed Opiates
Heres the text from the Sideline Interview with KO in Issue #43
SL: Can you tell us the most relevant background information about the origin and set up of Krushed Opiates?
To cut a long and convoluted story short, KO came about from the joining of forces of 3 bands/music junkies, Krush-R, Opiate Receptor and Skin Contact. We were each doing separate tracks (and still do to some extent) but ended up collaborating on some really shockingly incredible tracks so we decided to combine our efforts under one name to avoid confusion and to distill the anguish and torment into one comfortable chewable (yet tasty) pill. Yum
SL: The name of your project sounds a bit particular. a bit punk like to me! What are these "krushed opiates" all about?
Well, we all certainly dig the punk ethic and that is part of our background and origins and maybe inspired us to get up off our arses and actually write some music! We simply began as a collaboration between Opiate Receptor and Krush-R...so we thought hmmmm...what shall we use for a name!? KRUSHED OPIATES!
SL: I guess I'll be not the first and the last to evoke KMFDM while listening to your album! What does it means to you and does this comparison say something about your influences?
has certainly had its fair share of influence on our sound although definitely
not consciously, we all admired them for their early experimentations
with guitars and dance beats and that will have an influence on the fusion
that we create. But we are neither tall and bald nor Germanic sturm 'n
drang exponents so forget about the KMFDM stuff already! Among our greater
influences and the bands we admire the most you could
count Swamp Terrorists, Cubanate, Steril early Wax Trax! Coldwave etc. Anything with a beat, bollocks and soul.
SL: Tell us a bit more about your "Driving the two-dimensional highway"-album?
was a turning point for the band, we have had many different tracks released
on different compilations in the last few years and had a catalogue of
around 40 tracks from the last 5 years to choose from. We each tried to
pick tracks but had too many falling-outs and hospitalizations so we had
a poll/vote as to which tracks should be included and the highest voted
tracks were put on the disc. Some tracks have been released before, but
this disc has new versions of all tracks. Including some of the highly
regarded tracks such as "Flinstones Chewable Morphine" and "Destiny"
as well as several new beasts. This CD kicks ass from start to finish.
There are no slow songs or
worthless "filler" tracks. Imagine if you will a more aggressive Fatboy Slim or Moby with a lot more BALLS! That's us! Hard driving beats, phat synths and tons of attitude. Industrial Drum 'n Bass, Cyber-Metal and Aggressive electronics. You wont be disappointed, we promise you!
SL: You add a lot of break-beats and triphop rhythms into your work, creating a heavy dynamic sound! What did you try to compose and maybe accentuate this way?
the late 80's to mid nineties there were a lot more bands experimenting
with the more aggressive stylings of dance-beats, ebm and electronics,
unfortunately there don't seem to be many bands exploring these sounds
anymore, so we do. There was no concerted effort to make a particular
style of music, we make music solely for ourselves that WE enjoy and want
Luckily, the people around us also like this music and have encouraged us to infect the rest of the world with our unique sounds. We have always liked exploring the harder sides of industrial dance and want to create a sound that will move your body as well as speak to your soul. And we don't ever TRY to fit into any category. In the past we have been compared to everything from the mainstream Prodigy and Fatboy Slim to Swamp Terrorists and KMFDM.
SL: The "Boom's half-brother"-song contains a sampling of Front 242 isn't it? How do we've to understand this wink to 242?
There are no Front 242 samples in our music, maybe we both sampled from the same source. Anyway, F242 are true pioneers and any association with them is more than acceptable to us.
SL: Some of your titles are a little bit bizarre. like a bit funny! Does it say something about your sense of humor or is it the entire contrary, which means serious and cool?
Obviously we are totally serious and cool! We wear black and sunglasses all year round and skulk in corners smoking cigarettes etc. SERIOUSLY...We have a little fun with the titles and try to come up with some original ideas and these are not necessarily based on the content of the music. All the tracks start from instrumentals and we usually give them strange names so that we can keep them straight and maybe amuse and entertain ourselves along the way, hence the titles rarely have much to do with the songs themselves.
SL: What have been the reactions for so far from your homeland and Europe? What do you expect?
that we know that has heard it has usually dug it in a big way; it's a
question of getting the word OUT THERE that is the problem. With the advent
of the internet and the electronic evolution of the past few years there
has been a lot more noize for people to sift through to get to the really
great bands (like us). So thank you to Sideline!
Also Tommy T @ DSBP and Brandon @ BLC Productions are doing a marvelous job
getting the word out. Our website is also available with samples galore for the curious reader at www.krushedopiates.com.
The first release that we put out "Stress Monkey" and our last EP "Lack Of Focus" is also available for free download @ www.krush-r.com we also welcome any feedback from our fine European friends via email at email@example.com
SL: I know it's only a question of taste, but the cover of your album is rather poorly inspired in comparison with the music! How comes?
It may have been nicer to have some machinery/zombies and Fred Flintstone chewing some quality morphine on the cover however we ran into some difficulties in releasing these images. Maybe at a later date!
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