Volume 92, Issue 44

Friday, November 20, 1998

go north


Band makes their own zone

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DON'T WORRY BOYS, IT'S ONLY YOUR SHADOW. CHRW presents the unclassifiable musicians of Interzone at Call the Office on Saturday.

By Aaron Cooper

Gazette Staff

Through a haze of cigarette smoke and cups of bad coffee, Sean Kennedy and Rick Montcalm of the band Interzone try to explain their musical philosophy.

Having met over a year ago through a used car deal, the two have quickly progressed onward. Interzone is a band with a mission.

For the release of their upcoming full length CD, Final Solutions, the band has some new and creative ideas for the London music scene. "We're hoping to get half naked Amazon ladies breathing fire atop of elephants," exclaims lead vocalist Kennedy jokingly, in reference to some upcoming gigs.

Having been playing live shows together for over a year, they have never been content with putting on a normal show. To assist in this, Interzone gathers up all the speakers, amps and lights they can find before each show. "Lights are important," Kennedy says. "I go to see a band and I feel ripped off when it's just a bunch of guys standing around. I could see that at a party."

In comparison to much of the music the band has seen, they claim their live show to be a lot noisier, louder and brighter than most of the other stuff out there. "We find having the drums on tape really clears up a lot of room [on stage]. It seems like you're seeing a bigger show than you really are," Kennedy divulges.

Their musical influences are a diverse collection of bands, from The Velvet Underground to New Order to The Cure. While his vocals resemblance to Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan's is initially striking, Kennedy explains why he thinks this may be so. "I listened to a lot of Depeche Mode, Morrissey and others growing up. I guess I just picked the vocal style that was good."

The band, however, prefers its own comparison when analyzing their music. "Some of our songs remind me of old Kraftwerk songs, you know, four or five beats repeated," Kennedy offers.

While the band's music is reminiscent of some of the '80s new wave and goth bands, Montcalm believes their sound to have taken a fresh approach in the '90s.

"I think we're very original, but it's easy to say we're not." Still, Interscope remain content in making the kind of music which suits their style.

In addition to their responsibilities with the band, the two are also central figures in their own record label, yet are rather modest when discussing this topic. Both members seem happy to keep their identity separate from their labels.

Their Something Inviting label is set up for London musicians who express a unique nature. "We're doing something different than what everyone else is doing. Yet all of the music is different in itself," Kennedy says.

Interzone are quick to point out to their listeners that while they may be dark, serious and play with elements of glam – they are not goth. Interzone is a fresh breath of air into what many perceive to be a monochromatic scene.

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