Volume 93, Issue 20

October 1, 1999


Stars built to be broken

54-40 maintain longitude

Tovey wears many selves

DDT produce infectious sound

DDT produce infectious sound

Photo by Scott Schafer
SCATTERED PICTURES, LIKE THE SMILES WE LEFT BEHIND. Hailing from Vancouver, DDT plan to contaminate the Embassy with their brand of positive aggression tonight.

By Luke Rundle
Gazette Staff

Many bands formulate a group philosophy about their material and how they'd like it to endure the test of time. Vancouver's DDT, however, are probably one of the few groups who have thought about the idea in terms of chemical engineering.

"I think the reason we chose the name DDT," frontman Cory Perry White says, "is because we looked at what the pesticide does after the fact – how it stays in the food chain forever and makes you convulse and liquids ooze out of you 'til you die. We thought that was sort of catchy – the idea that it doesn't go away."

With their unique blend of rock, rap, punk and ska, the group seems to have achieved a healthy chemical balance which has them poised to infect the music scene for a long while.

Coming together in 1993, DDT built a solid underground fan base and released a critically acclaimed seven song EP in 1995. They parlayed that EP, entitled LOTGOOP (Living Off The Generosity Of Other People), into tours of Canada, the U.S., Sweden and Germany. Their tireless efforts paid off when Metallica's Lars Ulrich signed them to his new imprint label.

When asked about the difference in sound between 1995's LOTGOOP and their recent release, Urban Observer, White says the two are like night and day.

"The EP was done in five days [in] five different studios in '95 and cost maybe five grand total. On this one, we took maybe four months in two different studios. The idea was basically that we didn't want to repeat ourselves or do the same thing twice," White states.

"The first record we all liked, but it was basically all one tempo. With this record, we've grown a bit personally as well as musically and we wanted to make sure that was there in the diversity of the music."

As for the influence of Ulrich, a self-proclaimed pioneer of metal rock, White claims the relationship was symbiotic. "He's a great guy. He wasn't around for the whole recording, but he sat in for almost all of the mixing and he had lots of definite ideas after we'd pretty much done everything. So he'd say what he thought and we'd agree or disagree, argue our points back and forth and whoever's point was most valid won," White claims.

"We expected that – you expect that from just about any label, be they major or independent."

One thing audiences should expect from DDT is a truly engaging live performance. The group believes audiences expect the best for the price of admission and are prepared to give them what they deserve. "If we could have props and naked groupies, we would," White laughs.

"We're firm believers in people getting their money's worth and entertainment being the bottom line when it comes to a live performance. I think a lot of bands forget that sometimes. It's a riot, a good laugh, you can laugh it up and we can laugh at ourselves. [The show is] positively aggressive in a happy way."

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