Death in Vegas was Richard Fearless and Tim Holmes. But it was always Richard’s band. Final post for this lot.


The extracts below are from an interview with Richard in Whisperin & Hollerin from October 2004 when their album “Scorpio Rising” had provoked strongly negative views (from me included) and ahead of their fourth album “Satan’s Circus”:


The “Satan’s Circus” album IS quite a departure to the rockier vistas of the band’s two previous records. But Richard, was it always the intention to shake things up like this?


“Well, to a certain extent the new record is stylistically very different, yeah,” Richard concedes, “but then again it’s not at all. The thing was that with “Scorpio Rising” we spent about a year just discussing the vocal collaborations for it and then the scale of making it was so huge what with orchestrations and everything that I felt it overshadowed the record itself.”


He pauses to regroup for a moment.


“So after that I made a point that the next one would be a departure. In that sense it was a conscious decision made before we’d laid a note down. But the sound of the record evolved over a period of time. It’s actually very much a reflection of what we’ve listened to over the past decade and it’s almost like a return to Death in Vegas’s roots. The response has been great from people who’ve followed our career since the beginning.”


Yeah, but it seems to have polarised critical opinion…


“That’s fine,” says Richard firmly. “You can’t please all the people all the time and I kind’ve wanted to provoke an extreme reaction with this one,” he finishes with a slight darkness in his voice.


OK, but it’s undeniable there is a distinct Krautrock influence and the likes of Neu! and Kraftwerk inform a number of the tracks, like “Ein Fur Die Damen” and “Sons Of Rother.” Are Tim and yourself big Krautrock buffs?


“Yeah, totally,” Richard confirms.


“I mean, you’re right that people like Neu! and Michael Rother are in there, but there’s also avant-garde composers like Steve Reich and the Detroit techno pioneers like Carl Craig. They’re also a big deal to us and they’re equally important.”


“Actually,” he continues, “the thing that was different to us this time around was the lack of outside influences we took in while making it. I’ve pretty much stopped reading the music press and for various reasons stopped buying new stuff. In the sense of contemporary music, we’ve shut ourselves off. Sometimes not knowing what’s out there can be a positive thing. Plus we really wanted to make an electronic album with longevity, like (Kraftwerk’s) “Man Machine”, which still sounds so fresh today. That’s the problem with electronica: it can easily date.”


To end the posts on DiV, a couple of random tracks from the time when everything they did was great:


Death in Vegas – Twist & Crawl (Dub)


Death in Vegas – Opium Shuffle (Monkey Mafia Mix)


Death in Vegas MySpace


~ by acidted on February 10, 2009.

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