One of this year’s newest and most refreshing artists in 2005 on Metroplos-Records is definitely the San Francisco based act, Psyclon Nine. This band is already signed in Germany on the Noitekk label, www.noitekk.de. Psychlon Nine released a debut album called Divine Infect, and are now back with a new conceptual CD called INRI. They prove that there can be a way out of the death valley of Harsh/Terror EBM. They have improved and developed a lot since their debut, and should now be able to gather more recognition than before. It is now time to get some insight about Psychlon Nine from their vocalist, [ner0]…
Chain D.L.K.: You recently signed to Metropolis Records, what was your reaction to the news, and how did you go about getting signed?
Psyclon Nine: I don’t really remember the party… That could either be a good or bad thing. We were all a little excited but I kinda knew that it was coming. Dave Heckman, the owner of Metropolis-Records, has been coming to our shows for a long time and we’ve been bugging him for a while. I think he was waiting for us to refine our sound and play out a little more before deciding to take us under his wing.
Chain D.L.K.: What are your expectations, now that you are a Metropolis act? How has the promotion been, and how are the sales for INRI going?
Psyclon Nine: The sales were a lot better than the sales for Divine Infekt, and we’ve gotten a whole shit load more exposure in America.
Chain D.L.K.: What do you feel is the largest evolution between Divine Infect and INRI?
Psyclon Nine: I just didn’t want to write the same album again and I wanted to do whatever the fuck I felt like at the time… such as writing “The Feeding.” I knew that it was going to be somewhat controversial to have a black metal oriented EBM track on our album, but I really don’t give a fuck about what people think about me our my musical tastes. It’s my art and that’s how I felt like expressing myself at that moment. I’m not writing for a target audience. I’m writing for myself.
Chain D.L.K.: There are different versions of INRI for Europe and North America, correct?
Psyclon Nine: Some of the stores in America wouldn’t stock INRI with the nudity on the front and I felt it was unfair to the kids who wanted to get our album in stores and couldn’t. So, we decided to create two different versions of the cover art so we could get into those stores. Besides that, Noitekk decided it would be a good idea to put the video for “Divine Infect” on the Euro version.
Chain D.L.K.: Why and how have you guys made such intense references to belief, the holy bible, and the Christianity as a whole? Has it anything to do with the daily influence of the church through street preachers in the USA? It seems like your points of view could cause some trouble with some religious hard-liners. How has the reaction been?
Psyclon Nine: Street preachers are funny, but they aren’t the problem (nor part of the solution). It’s religious zealots like G. W. Bush and his cronies that run our country and push the Christian morality onto our society as a set of standards that everyone has to live up to. I personally think this is absolute bullshit and I think that Christianity and it’s morality is an anchor on the advancement on the human race. I think instead of promoting Christianity and therefor teaching people to not think for themselves, we should promote free thinking so that our voting system will actually work. How can it work when everyone is exactly the same? People need to learn how to think outside of the box and grow the balls to hit rock bottom and exist outside of society in order to look at humanity from an outside perspective. Then they can see the flaws that Christianity (and all organized religion) have inflicted onto our evolution process. It’s just holding us back.
Chain D.L.K.: The track, “Requiem for the Christian Era,” features lyrics taken from a Hebrew prayer. How did you get these lyrics, are they correctly printed in your CD booklet?
Psyclon Nine: Eric is Jewish (contrary to the popular belief that I’m a Nazi) and he sings as a cantor in his spare time at a synagog in LA. He got the lyrics from one of the prayers he was singing. It happened to go along with the theme of the album. I thought that it fit nicely.
Chain D.L.K.: The title INRI is an acronym form for Iesus Nazarenus Rex Ivdaforum. What is the meaning behind this, and how does your message, “Through his righteousness the earth defiled,” relate to this?
Psyclon Nine: It’s Jesus of Nazareth, king of the Jews: through his righteousness the earth defiled, and it relates to what I just said about the fact that his religion is ruining our world.
Chain D.L.K.: What’s next for Psyclon Nine? Are you working on any other themes for a new conceptual album?
Psyclon Nine: INRI was a statement about the problems with the world. The next album will have my views of the solutions. We’re still slowly integrating the themes for INRI into the live shows… You’re going to have to come out and see us to see what I’m talking about. We’re touring all next month and plan to keep touring until it’s time to go into the studio to record our next album, which we’re currently working on.
Chain D.L.K.: You made a remix for Dismantled’s “Breed to Death.” Are there any other remixes in the works?
Psyclon Nine: Johan van Roy (Suicide Commando) just asked me to do a remix a couple days ago for his new album, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to do that. He’s been a big inspiration to us all (the father of “Terror-EBM”). I don’t do remixes for anyone that doesn’t inspire me and hold some place close to me. So I don’t think that we’ll be doing many more remixes after this. Although, Eric’s project, Everything Goes Cold, just did a couple remixes for UnterNull and Aryia.
Chain D.L.K.: Any final words you would like to add?
Psyclon Nine: Again, we’re going to be touring a lot starting this fall with a new lineup, and we will be presenting new songs from our upcoming album here and there, so there’s always going to be something fresh with our shows. All info can be found at our web sites:
Oh, and if you haven’t got our new album yet then just fucking download it or something, you cheap bastards.
Visit Psyclon Nine on the web at:
[interviewed by Marc Tater] [proofreading by Shaun Phelps]