Dry Kill Logic
Questions Answered By Cliff Rigano (Vocals).
Interviewed by wookubus
PRP: So first of all, you guys had to change your name quite a bit, are you feeling a bit frustrated by it all?
Cliff: Not really. When we signed with Roadrunner we went about trademarking the name, only to find out that there was another "music entity" with the same name that owned the trademark. Said "entity" wasn't into sharing the name at all when approached about obtaining consent to share it, and initially we all agreed that Hinge A.D. would be sufficient to all parties as an adequate replacement. Unfortunately, a week after we initiated the name change the entity changed its mind, and threatened an immediate lawsuit if ANY form of the word Hinge was included in the name of the band. It truly was a dick move, but whatever. The band, the music, the live show...its all bigger than a name. Just remember what goes around comes around. TENfold.
PRP: Having been around since 1995 and putting out two releases on your own indie label Psychodrama Records, how does it feel to make the step up to Roadrunner?
Cliff: It feels great. P-Drama was and still is a great introduction to the business of music and the climate for which a band must work in to be a contender, but there is no substitute for being on a label as credible as Roadrunner.
PRP: The sound showcased on the new album is like night and day when compared to your last release "Elemental Evil", what did you think prompted the change in direction?
Cliff: I think a combination of things contributed to the direction of this record. Our evolution as a band, as well as life as unsigned musicians and other factors contributed to where we are now, and made us able to focus more on the music and who we are as a band.
PRP: You've been working on the new effort since February of last year, that's quite a long time frame, would you say that the band has already evolved from the material showcased on the new album?
Cliff: Not at all. Writing this record from February to June of 2000 makes this material only one year old, and believe me it's EXACTLY who we are.
PRP: The bulk of the album was recorded with Scrap 60 Productions on your own before Roadrunner stepped into the mix. Do you think the creative freedom allowed by recording it on your own was a pro or con?
Cliff: I think that the biggest plus was the ability to work on it without timelines, and make sure we left no stone unturned. I don't expect the next record to be any different.
PRP: How would you describe your experience with Scrap 60 Productions as a whole?
Cliff: It was great. Not only are those guys great producers, but they are musicians as well, and really have a great understanding of life on the other side of the mixing board. I anticipate nothing but the same level of comfort when it comes time to record the next record.
PRP: The title of your new effort, "The Darker Side Of Nonsense" apparently refers to the bands work ethic of some sort, care to elaborate?
Cliff: It's our interpretation of the stupidity we all encounter in life - The Darker Side of Nonsense.
PRP: "Nightmare" has been lined up as the first single, was it hard to choose which track would for the most part be the worlds first taste of Dry Kill Logic?
Cliff: I think that any of the tracks could have been first, but when we first started letting people listen to the music "Nightmare" got the strongest reactions, and we could not ignore that.
PRP: Are there any plans yet as to which track you will follow it up with?
Cliff: Not yet. I'd love to see "Feel The Break". Maybe "Pain". Hmmm...
PRP: Seriously, out of everyone in the band, which member do you think has the longest pubic hair?
Cliff: Scott. He has the most hair, so his ballbag MUST be furriest.
PRP: In contrast to your older material which had a more playful feel with songs like "Porkchop Sandwich", the new songs seem a bit darker and perhaps more realistic, what brought about the change in attitude?
Cliff: Everything. Just living, maturing as people and musicians as well as experiencing what we have contributes to the attitude on this record.
PRP: The cover art for the new album is a bit disturbing with amputated overweight people, is there any story behind it?
Cliff: Basically we knew we wanted images that would be equal parts intelligent and disturbing. We met with Alex from The Collective who had the style of art we were looking for, and together we decided on a freak show theme, but nothing too Crayola or carnival-esque. It had to be something that could mesmerize and repulse you at the same time, and he ran with it. The result is what you see.
PRP: The internet is becoming more and more of an integral part in the promotion of bands, I understand you guys have seen some impressive results so far with your efforts online?
Cliff: Thanks to Wook and the PRP! Seriously though, the internet is an integral part of a baby bands career, and we are fortunate that the online community has been as receptive as they have.
PRP: Can you genuinely say that you have at no time had any thoughts about sticking a Toilet Duck bottle in your ass and running around quacking?
Cliff: Fortunately, I can't. I am TOTALLY down with it and anyone who says they aren't are lying man. Fo' real.
PRP: With everyone so quick to cast a label upon bands, do you fear being tagged new metal, etc?
Cliff: Nope. I mean, anyone who half asses it could lump us in, but all it will take is one time for the listener to walk away understanding what we are all about and what makes us different. Whether they like it or not... Whatever.
PRP: Even though the band has been around for awhile, a lot of people think of you as a new band, does that bother you at all?
Cliff: Anyone who dismisses us as just some newbie band has quite a surprise in store for them.
PRP: One comparison that comes up quite often with Dry Kill Logic musically is the band Slipknot, do you have any problems being compared to them?
Cliff: We know that we wrote this record around who we are as people, not around the genre of music we play in. All comparisons are nothing but humbling.
PRP: Out of all the songs on the new effort, which would you say was the most challenging to write?
Cliff: Its not challenging but interesting. I think that "Track 13" was the most fun to write because of the way we did it and the way the song came out.
PRP: Do you have any qualms about playing a show without having a properly wiped ass?
Cliff: Moisture crack is a blessing.
PRP: You're doing dates with Fear Factory and a ton of different openers, any other tours lined up afterwards?
Cliff: I'm not sure yet. I know we are going to head overseas at some point, but that probably won't happen until the end of the year.
PRP: What can we expect from Dry Kill Logic in 2001?
Cliff: Your money's worth and then some.
PRP: That's about it, any shoutouts or shameless self promotion?
Cliff: www.drykilllogic.com & www.psychodramarecords.com. Support your local music scene and keep it real. I'm out like a fat kid in dodgeball. C'ya!
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