Chain D.L.K.: The production on “Malice” is very quiteimpressive. Can you tell us what kind of production ideas gointo making a Screaming For Emily cd?
Screaming For Emily: Thanks; actually we start with the drumsand one synth part; and then I (Philip) come up with the vocalpart and build it up from there. MALICE is actually ALL synth-only PURGATORY EMBRACE has 1 guitar part. We always wanted to bein an orchestra and play cello, violin, etc.- so this is our”synthetic string arrangements”. after that- we just do what wethink sounds good!
Chain D.L.K.: What are your musical background?
Screaming For Emily: We are all self taught.
Chain D.L.K.: Your music have that 80’s feel. What artists fromthe 80’s inspire you to make this kind of album by using mostlysynthesizers?
Screaming For Emily: I think its a combination of bands- weall listened to ECHO, NEW ORDER, DEPECHE MODE, & THE CURE- thenwe just did what we thought was cool at the time. all synths w/real drums. We were like:”THIS HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE”!!!!!
Chain D.L.K.: You started back in the 80’s, did the band ever getthat recognition like all other bands did by getting played onthe radio, appearing in magazines, touring, ect., ect., ect.?
Screaming For Emily: We received some college airplay and madea few CMJ charts w/ SCRIPTURES- but I think the biggest thingwas a piece in the classic 80’s magazine- STAR HITS- we got aload of “fan letters” from that!!!!! I’m really dating myselfnow because there was no computers or emails back then!!!!!Wow. As far as shows we only played NJ and NYC….
Chain D.L.K.: As being an 80’s child, band, and a fan of 80’sbands, do you missed those kind of artists who made songs thathave a real meaning to it?
Screaming For Emily: Yea- I think thats why we are having areturn to this style music- Its pretty funny when we heard thatsome of these new “new wave” bands were SCREAMING FOR EMILY fans.
Chain D.L.K.: The track “Intent” is a catchy song, how was itfirst structure before you recorded it?
Screaming For Emily: Probably the biggest BUNNYMEN influencedsong on the cd- it started with the orchestra string part andthen Lance just started rocking it!
Chain D.L.K.: Another catchy track is “Deity”, which you shot avideo for. What’s the meaning behind it?
Screaming For Emily: It was just something I (Philip) had adream about- then one day at rehearsel Steven started playingthe intro chords and it all came together in about 10 minutes!!!simply amazing.
Chain D.L.K.: Who shot the video and did you and the directorcollaborate on what should the video be like?
Screaming For Emily: We just wanted to be walking around ourcities with attitude- because we thought no one has ever donethis “style” before and we wanted to show the “world” and turnsome heads. The video was directed by photographer DeanoMueller- it was his first music project!! and he has since goneon to do award winning LEVI’s & COCO CHANEL tv commercials andbigtime artists in the music biz!!!!!
Chain D.L.K.: The track “Purgatory Embrace” sounds like a personallove song. A real emotional feel it have. Is it about one ofyou in the band?
Screaming For Emily: Yes- and I think everyone at some time intheir life has felt this way…..
Chain D.L.K.: How did Screaming For Emily manage to become a bandand to last long like some of the bands from the 80’s such asDepeche Mode, Duran Duran, Echo & The Bunnymen & others?
Screaming For Emily: First and formost- we are all bestfriends. the rest is all gravy!
Chain D.L.K.: If you would change the world, what the number onething it will be?
Screaming For Emily: Stop all the killing.
Chain D.L.K.: What kind of struggles the band have faced in thepast and the present?
Screaming For Emily: There have been no struggles- we just loveto play and perform our music. THE MUSIC BIZ CHANGED- wedidn’t…….we are glad the world came looking for usagain!!!!
Chain D.L.K.: How supportive are your family in your line of work?
Screaming For Emily: They love it- we couldnt do it withoutthem….
Chain D.L.K.: What’s your favorite way to work? What puts theband in the mood to keep doing what you all are doing?
Screaming For Emily: JUST PLAYING and the feeling we get whenwe are playing
Chain D.L.K.: America’s Pop Culture is not what it used to be backthen. People are now turning to the internet, mostly youngpeople to find new bands and music to buy and download. Do youfeel it will help the increase of record sales and getting moreexposure?
Screaming For Emily: Well I can say this- the internet is thereason for our comeback! It would not be possible to promote tothe world today without it! THE ONLY THING THAT IS WRONG is thefile sharing of music- we don’t make any money from that!!!!Please support the bands and purchase the music!!!! Wouldn’tyou want to get payed for something youmade????
Chain D.L.K.: What’s in the plan for the band?
Screaming For Emily: Right now we are putting the finishingtouches on our new songs and we are very excited!!!! Wehope to have something out by FEB or MARCH! And start doingsome shows in NYC again!
Chain D.L.K.: It’s an honour and pleasure to interview you all.Hope you continue on doing what you do best and hope the band bemore and more successful. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Screaming For Emily: Thank you very much for your support andhelping us spread the word!! Peace.
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[interviewed by Donovan Tate] [proofreading by Donovan Tate]