Their full length release FIGHTING FOR VOLTAGE saw the band combining efforts with mastering giant SHAUN THINGVOLD (SKINNY PUPPY/STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/LAMB OF GOD/K-OS) and again with CHRIS PETERSON. The album was released in Canada on April 22, 2008 by Canadian label SYNTHETIC SOUNDS, distributed across Canada by Indie Pool and is set for release on September 23rd 2008 in the USA by BIT RIOT RECORDS/WTII RECORDS.
With a Fall 2008 Tour taking the boys all across North America with over 40 dates and hitting the USA for their first time…things are sure to heat up and the message will continue being spread to the masses.
Grave Concerns: Dark and sumptuous greetings kAINE, Jeremy, Matt, Denyss and Tim. It's fabulous to have you guys with us at the grave---how are you gentlemen doing?
Denyss: Very well thank you. I'm sitting up after 3 days of no sleep and merciless pummeling of my body with alcohol and adrenaline.
-k: Not bad. Speaking of graves - Killed many a zombie this past weekend. Vancouver had a Zombiewalk and I did my part in surviving. Aim for the head. I hear they're coming in larger numbers next year. I might have to strike a deal with someone at Umbrella, sounds like I'll need more firepower.
Grave Concerns: Jeremy and Denyss, you both are bringing something special to your new band Left Spine Down---Jeremy, you're from Front Line Assembly & Noise Unit; Denyss, you're from The Black Halos. What made you decided to branch out with Left Spine Down?
Denyss: LSD opened up for the Halos back in 2006 and I just couldn't resist the power I saw coming from that stage. Then I started harassing them to let me join. Lucky for them, they finally did.
-k: Most people make the mistake; Jeremy branched out from LSD to FLA and not the other way around: He realized that they're are nicer ppl than me to work with :P
Grave Concerns: So then, how did you all meet, and was this an immediate connection toward your relationship in regard to the music to be created?
Denyss: Jeremy and I met at a house party back in 2004. We've been swapping saliva ever since.
-k: The club scene in Vancouver was a weird and incestuous one.... One could simply thank the landfill of old Ministry records and new concepts @ credit departments of local instrument shops... Jeremy and I were local promoters in the scene, Matt came by the way of being rejected from one of those clubs at the door, Tim headhunted us from the High Seas and Denyss kinda brought the Sangria. I met everyone here under the most illegitimate circumstances. Whatever you do, don't ask any of them about the red spot on the back of their neck.
Grave Concerns; Recently, band member, Jared Slingerland left the band---how's that sitting with you all? And Jeremy, you and Jared will be playing together in Front Line Assembly…that's very cool. How's that coming along?
-k: That sits just fine. His brainwave pattern didn't calibrate with my Mental Amplifier Chair anyway (more on that later).
Grave Concerns: Tell us about your debut album, "Fighting for Voltage", which was released in Canada back in April of '08, and will be released in the USA on Tuesday, September 23rr, 2008. Shaun Thingvold and Chris Peterson (once again) worked on the album…very nice! Your song, "Last Daze", is friggin' killer guys---so hyper and powerful. Which songs on the album were the most challenging to complete?
-k: The entire album was a challenge. We were a new band writing new songs trying to define new sounds-both our own and something new for the audience. Chris Peterson as a producer challenged us to think outside the proverbial box, while we as a band challenged him with new sounds and ideas in return.... The most challenging (and the most fun) to make were Last Daze, totally, and perhaps the title track. Voltage is such a powerful track live, the task to replicate such ferocity on record, was, needless to say, interesting. I have a vague recollection of mulling over Prozac Nation's breakdown, but I believe that was met triumphantly as well. Jeremy may have more to say on this as he's the studio nut.
Grave Concerns: Good gravy guys---you've got a mega load of performance dates coming up…you must be stoked! How's it all playing out for you?
-k: I'm frightened to death. I'm going to puke and faint and get loaded every night. I hope I remember all the lyrics. lol I'm so fucking stoked to be on the road with my boys. We're going to rock you.
Denyss: We're finding that we're becoming a well oiled machine. The more we play the more we understand our stage dynamic, our sonic delivery and just the direction we seem to be taking. It's a really exciting time for us.
Grave Concerns: Any shows in Boston, MA planned? That would be so cool guys…so VERY cool! (:
(logs into www.myspace.com/leftspinedown)
No Boston yet... Any takers? ACT FAST or wait till next year ;)
Denyss: Are you kidding?! After that LED Mooninite thing? Think of what they'll do to US!!
Grave Concerns: When do you find you're most creative; and do you have a special place to help bring out that creativity with more clarity?
-k: Sometimes I like to take a huffing rag and go out to my building's dumpster and just... Let loose man! lol j/k I write everywhere and anywhere. In my home, in a car, the office, an elevator, public transit, an alley.....
Denyss: As cliche as it sounds, it's really the weather, which affects my mood that gives me that spark. It makes Vancouver such a perfect city for being an artist.
Grave Concerns: What comes first in your creative process of song making? Do you hear the melodies or feel the lyrics? Or do you go back and forth?
-k: Back and forth. Sometimes the boys'll have a killer track and I'd be inspired to dig something up that either fits perfectly or can be tailor-made to fit. Or, like just recently, the song can literally happen in the jam room with me mouthing notes and inflictions until I find something I like and write real words to fit. There's this one song, where I swear I fucking wrote it my head years ago and never had the right moment to even write them, as if I had been told I would by someone.. or something... in the past, that I would write this, in the future, which is now the present, if you catch my drift. Time is not linear. Think of an old mattress that dips in the middle.
Grave Concerns: How do you differentiate a real good song, from a classic? In other words, what really makes a song stand out and last? And with your music, which song or songs do you feel have met that challenge, have come close to it, or are you currently just enjoying the creative bliss?
-k: "Classic" is such a subjective term. I'm sure you or someone you knew' has been in the conversation about a certain record or two:
"Man Lou Reed is the shit"
"Oh hey, man have you heard Metal Machine Music, I just got a reissue of it today and I returned it, what a bunch of nonsense, 2 hours of guitar feedback"
"What're you talking about!?!?! That album's a Classic!"
What makes a song stand out for me can come to me on many different levels. Devo's "Shrivel-Up" may never have been a killer radio single, nor will many even dare place it on a compilation in place of the obligatory "Whip It" or "Girl You Want (version 32)". Beethoven's ninth, Second movement is a masterpiece, but many purists will think I'm insane to prefer the Clockwork Orange synthesizer versions. As far as living up to these apparent challenges are concerned, it's really up to the listener. I like to think we're finally getting the feel of what we're about, musically, and that the best of our work is not behind us but ahead of us.
Denyss: A good song, you will listen to and keep it in your rotation. A classic, you will listen to it first thing in the morning. Every morning. I listen to "Under Pressure" by David Bowie and Queen every day. That's a great song.
Grave Concerns: As musicians, how does the music in movies affect you? And if you were asked to compose a song for a soundtrack, which genera would that be in? Now let me take that question even further---actually backward; if you were to go back to the past, with your current music in hand, and were asked that same question, would any of your songs stand out as a good fit? If so, which song and movie would it have been?
-k: I'll answer both questions.
1: Music and movies go together like peanuts and butter. Separately they're both nutritious and potentially dangerous at the same time. But together they are an unstoppable force. Find me one person who doesn't like Peanut Butter.
2: I'd compose music to any genre of movie to any genre of music that inspired me to go there. If a scene called for a street sign post hitting a garbage can for 3 hours because that's what inspired me, I'd deliver that. David Lynch, I hope yr paying attention.
3: Past films? I can't think of anything in particular, so I'll just fantasize: Hardware. Max Headroom. Until The End Of The World. I'd see us fit on the Doom Generation.
Denyss: I tend to do that a lot when I'm listening to music in transit. I figured I would always have been a great music director for films, I know exactly what songs would be on the soundtrack to my day to day existence.
Put me in charge of the next SLC Punk. It'll be chock full of old Bad Religion and TSoL. Aphex Twin and Tricky for the real moody parts.
Grave Concerns: Any regrets? How about future hopes?
-k: I regret making that right at Alberquerque. Hope? For the Future? To rid myself of the nightmares I have of the future every day.
Grave Concerns: So, tell us, how did your name came about? It's cool sounding.
Denyss: Dartboards are a girls best friend. Ask kAINE.
-k: We had a blind dart throwing game with all the pages of the dictionary on a wall. We threw 4 darts, and the last one didn't hit the wall. When I came to, "Left Spine Down" was on a napkin next to me and I called the boys up to tell them of the name. I think Jeremy had a nervous breakdown that day.
Grave Concerns: LOVE the MySpace photos of you guys inside of the TVs---who came up with that concept?
-k: That was a bit of spontaneous inspiration at the eleventh hour at the photo session. We had a great idea to go to the studio with a handful of television sets hooked up to a HD cam set to my face, giving me the whole Max Headroom/Videodrome effect by appearing in these shots on television only; By the end of the shoot Thana (Fauteaux, photographer) got us all to stand with the televisions in front of our heads with our faces HD'd into them live. Those (TV head shots) turned out to be better than the original idea we came in with.
Grave Concerns: If you could have a movie director direct your next video, who would it be and why? And which song would it be?
Denyss: I would probably go with Todd MacFarlane. As much as I hate the song, Pearl Jam's "Evolution" was incredible. I would love to see an animated version of "U Can't Stop the Bomb".
-k: I can't tell you that. You'd steal the idea and ask them first.
Grave Concerns: Being a member of MySpace, how has it helped, or hindered your musical endeavors? And which countries do you feel have embraced your music the most?
-k: It's interesting to see this new medium become almost like a new radio for us music lovers. I can't really say; We've only been across Canada and that has been everywhere from mixed to amazing, and all I see on MySpace are ppl all over the world loving our music from Vermont to Vancouver, from Sheffield to Sydney. I'm hopeful of the USA, and Europe.
Grave Concerns: If you were a curse, which one would you be and why?
-k: Ask anyone who's ever been in this band and they'll be quick to theorize that I AM a curse in itself lol
I'd like to have the Luck Virus, the one David Lister contracted on Red Dwarf once or twice.
Grave Concerns: Did you have the "Scratch and Sniff" stickers growing up? I still think they are so cool---I love the pickle and popcorn smelling ones…root beer too---so many good smells! (:
Denyss: I gotta agree with you there man. I was all over the Root Beer and Cinammon.
-k: What frightens me is there is probably a research and development lab somewhere that evolved from those to Jelly Bellies - I hear The Harry Potter booger ones are pretty accurate.
Grave Concerns: You've been asked to write for a commercial. What's the product, and what are the catch lines?
Denyss: Jerk Nuts: "If you were a salted snack, you would be a Jerk Nut!"
-k: VOLTAGE THE ENERGY DRINK! IT WILL KILL YOU!!
Grave Concerns: Would you perform on SNL if asked? If so, which two songs would you perform? Would you also like to perform in a skit?
-k: Depends on what mood we're in I suppose. Maybe Ready or Not (thats a fave for us), or Territorial Pissings in tribute.
Denyss: We would kill one of those things. I think we would do a great take on Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First". I'm waiting to hear back from Lorne Michaels.
Grave Concerns: Have you walked by someone who gave you the chills…for no logical reason, other than you just felt something was not right?
-k: I live in Vancouver. This happens often.
Denyss: Yeah. Christ Peterson. And I was right. But he does give great back rubs.
Grave Concerns: You've just been given exclusive free range to invite family, and a few friends for six days, staying in a hotel suite where each of the six nights, a movie "theme room" of your choosing had been authenticated. Also with you, are three musical artists (of your choice) who'll be performing two-sets each night. What do your theme rooms look like, and who are your musical guests?
Denyss: Jesus dude that's a heavy question. I would pick Big Business, Killing Joke guest starring Dave Grohl and The Melvins and the theme rooms would be scenes from David Cronenberg movies. Starting with Videodrome.
-k: My room? Movie Theme? Is this a Universal Studios tour survey? Something off the set of Caligula (orgy optional) or the Black Lodge from Twin Peaks lore. In which case my musical guests would have to be the London Symphony Orchestra performing the score of John Williams' Star Wars, and one of David Lynch's "bands" like Thought Gang.
Grave Concerns: Which of the 7 Deadly Sins do you relate to most?
Denyss: Vanity. And that's not just because I'm really vain.
Grave Concerns: What time it is right now? And what did you do 3 hour and 23 minutes ago?
Denyss: It's 9:30pm and I was on set for a sci-fi movie set.
-k: It's just after 8pm. Would that have made it 4:20 pm? I can't seem to remember that far....
Grave Concerns: Sweet tattoos---are any of you thinking of getting more?
-k: I think Denyss is the next in line... Jeremy? I scrubbed mine off weeks ago. It was on the back of my ear and I was afraid of whomever put it there may want to find me again.
Denyss: Thanks! I actually just got a tattoo yesterday. It's the word iPUNK, but the "i" is a C-bomb. It's pretty fucking cool. I'm starting a back piece that my roommate Christopher Williams designed for me shortly. That too, will be pretty fucking cool.
Grave Concerns: You've been asked to design masks to represent your greatest anguishes…what do they look like?
Denyss: I think mine would look something like Salvador Dali's take on Vega from Street Fighter II.
-k: Arnold Schwarzenegger at the end of Total Recall.
Grave Concerns: Other than musical inspirations, who are your favorite authors, poets, painters, or any other artistic creators whose work you respect?
Denyss: Well, I am a really big Dali fan, and I've always loved Matisse. Jacob Bannon of Converge has done a lot of paintings that have really struck a chord in me. I was this close to buying a print of the cover of "Jane Doe". I could be cliche and say Warhol, but truth be told, I just really don't get the guy. I've always been a giant fan of Leonard Cohen but as a poet and musician and "Brave New World" is STILL my favourite book.
-k: William S Burroughs, David Lynch, Lou Reed, Kurt Cobain, Ian Curtis, Martin L Gore, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Quentin Tarantino, Nikola Tesla.
Grave Concerns: Are you missing anyone right now?
-k: Myself. Temporal displacement causes one to be somewhat transparent. It happens to all time travelers and some bank managers.
Denyss: I am. She's an absolute angel.
Grave Concerns: If you could have your own reality based show, would you, and what would it be about? Or would you rather appear on an existing one?
-k: I once had the brilliant idea years ago that we'd have a reality based show on the scene here; Bands, DJs, promoters, club kids and their parents.... nobody listened to me, and the events that followed would have made us all rich. I keep telling everyone I told them so but they think I'm just insane.
Denyss: It would be 44 minutes of test pattern. Seriously. Television is completely moronic.
Grave Concerns: You're now all living the lives of characters in the board game "Clue". Who are you; who's the murderer; where did the killing take place; what was the weapon of choice; and finally, who solved the crime? Find a private place to write down your answers, and then send them to me. I'll reveal the culprit when your interview is posted.
-k: I am Colonel Mustard, the collecting tycoon that killed Miss Scarlett in the Library cause she wouldn't be part of my collection. I used my trusty rope, in the hopes that I would be smart enough to burn it after I had done the deed.... now if only I can remember what I did *after* killing her... I knew I shouldn't have been loaded. Who solved the crime! I hope nobody does! I can't even find the rope myself.
Grave Concerns: What is something about the human race that really gets you down…make you wonder…how could that person do that, act that way…say that?
Denyss: Actually, PETA really pissed me off recently. We had a really tragic murder that occurred on a Greyhound in Canada. Those preachy fuckwits actually had the audacity to use it as a campaign. Seriously, you should YouTube it. It's infuriating what people will do to support their cause. Nothing against what PETA is trying to do, but pick your fucking spots man.
-k: Take a look around. I don't bother asking anymore. Pretty soon you will too.
Grave Concerns: What then, on the other hand, does the human race do to make you feel simply proud and amazed by?
-k: I'm proud at the achievements we've all made over the years, and our continuous effort to keep going, in the hopes of a better place tomorrow. I'm equally amazed at how close we really all are to losing it all at the same time. Perhaps that's the excitement of human nature: always hanging on the edge.
Denyss: Architecture. That shit amazes me. Manipulating the corporeal world like that, you really have to have a grasp on the physical realm. I have complete and utter respect for that.
And Dave Grohl's drumming.
Grave Concerns: When you're an escalator, do you just ride it, or do you find yourselves walking on it? Did you ever stumble when getting on or off?
-k: I rarely stand on escalators. I stumble down them often.
Denyss: I always do. Either I'm drunk, or it's really early in the morning for work or after a party. It's kind of embarrassing. Ask another question.
Grave Concerns: If you could be a character in a graphic comic book for say…nine issues, how would you like your character to be represented?
Denyss: An ex-con turned private investigator who suffers from post traumatic stress after a severe world war. He has a hard time relating to women and doesn't understand why he's so detached from his fellow man.
-k: The writer would have to hang out, with me, for a week, on acid, the both of us. And bring a case of Jack Daniels.
Grave Concerns: Has a cactus ever pricked you; or have you had an infected finger or toenail?
-k: What the fuck are you asking me about cacti for?
Grave Concerns: You've been asked to create a new word defining your style of music. What is that word?
Grave Concerns: If you had the power to live the life of any character in a movie for one-week after the end credits rolled, who would you choose and why?
-k: Thomas Jerome Newton's character in The Man Who Fell to Earth, so I can know just how drunk *was* he as his head sank down in the final scene? I'd like to think I'd be drunk for a week.
Denyss: Sam Neil's character in "Event Horizon". Wherever he went, he had a great time.
I can feel it.
Grave Concerns: If your were to write a short story or a novel based on one of your songs, which one would it be? And if it was to be adapted to the silver screen, who would be your leading actor and actress?
-k: The album's theme is hopefully going to be explored further in the form of either a short film, music video, or both. It will star all your favorite LSD members. "Reset" seems to be the next contender.
Grave Concerns: Tell us two things about yourselves that your fans would be surprised to know about you?
-k: That I come from the future, and have only been alive a small amount of time.
Denyss: I'm not actually a heroin addict; in fact I'm fatally allergic to poppy seeds.
And I've stuck a whole pack of Big League Chew in my mouth at once.
Grave Concerns: Besides the obvious necessities of life, what are six things that you can't be without?
Denyss: My cat, the ocean, the piano, Converse All Star high tops, Nick Cave records and Vanilla flavored toothpaste.
-k: Voltage, my research with voltage, my mission with voltage, the generators of said voltage, and your copy of Fighting for Voltage.
And Red Bull.
Grave Concerns: What is sexy in your minds?
Denyss: Polish girls who drink vodka and have the same taste in movies as me.
-k: Licking a 9 Volt Battery while dipping your finger (or another appendage) in a bowl of water. Do Not Try This At Home. I'm a professional lunatic.
Grave Concerns: What makes you smile?
-k: Read above. And a fresh free can of Red Bull.
Grave Concerns: You've been asked to create your own signature sandwich at your favorite hometown eatery. What's your sandwich going to be called, and what's in it?
Denyss: The Denyssaur. It'll be the same idea as a Monte Cristo, but it will contain tuna, black forest ham, jalapeno cheddar, banana peppers and caramelized onions with peppercorn ranch dressing for dipping.
-k: It would be the BullWich, and will be almost an exact replica of the Broodwich found in Aqua Teen Hunger Force season 2. Of course, the bread will have been baked with Red Bull as a sweetening agent.
Grave Concerns: What is your drink of choice? And what are some of your favorite foods.
Denyss: See above. I drink V8 like a madman. See also any soft drink containing aspartame.
This includes energy drinks. I fucking LOVE Rockstar Burner's.
-k: Red Bull and Tacos. Has Red Bull inc read this yet! I want an endorsement!
Grave Concerns: If you were able to put on a concert for charity, which one/s would you be supporting, and which artists would you like to headline?
Denyss: It would be with The Police, Nine Inch Nails, Wu Tang Clan and Queens of the Stone Age headlining. Also on the bill, Muse, Manic Street Preachers, The National and Peeping Tom.
-k: It depends on what the cause is, how the proceeds are generated/split/recorded, and who's running the show. We once agreed to a benefit for homeless to be fed and it was an unmitigated technological nightmare. The motive can only be as good as the method.
Grave Concerns: Grave Concerns: If you had the chance to travel back to the past, where would you go, and what would you want to leave as a reminder of time spent, as well as, something to take back with you?
-k: I have a vial of Adolf Hitler's sinus fluid in my possession. Don't ask me how I got it cause you'd never believe me. Heck, I bet you don't believe me now.
Grave Concerns: Write whatever comes to your mind after reading the following:
1. Fire in the streets, pollution in the air…"it's raining men, raining men everywhere."
2. Chemicals, the fumes of my… "disintegrating octave chords."
3. Don't you think I know… "that already?"
4. The sweet smell of the blood pressed… "between your sheets after I leave your apartment."
5. I'm so sick and tired of everyone telling… "me that I'm really not such a bad guy."
1. Fire in the streets, pollution in the air… Los Angeles, 1992
2. Chemicals, the fumes of my…Hairspray!
3. Don't you think I know… its dangerous! I've experimented before you know.
4. The sweet smell of the blood pressed… What?
5. I'm so sick and tired of everyone telling… me that I need to shut up and I'm causing a scene and to put my shirt back on and oh dear god will you just put down the chair I just wanna talk
Grave Concerns: You have three doors from which to chose from: A metal door with a circle of razor blades as the doorknob; a neon orange door with an electric-blue-colored waterfall behind it; or a white door, which shrinks and grows in size, and has 5 black and red pulsating lights around it. Which door do you open, and what's inside of it?
-k: I'd call Morgan Freeman to help out cause Danny Glover sucked in Saw.
Denyss: The razors. At least I know what I'm getting into. Inside would be a bottle of Jameson's scotch. Life has its rewards.
Grave Concerns: You're in the recording studio laying out a track to an animated film---which Movie Company is it; what's the song called; and what's the movie about?
Denyss: Hard Core Logo 2: a rockumentary about a fictitious Canadian punk band. The song would be a cover of The Damned's "Born to Kill".
-k: Animated? Take me to Termite Terrace!
Grave Concerns: Since nature is very precious to me, I tend to be drawn more toward the Earth element. Although each one has its own special attributes, together they are priceless. Which element do you see yourselves more drawn toward?
Denyss: I'm an air sign. Do the math.
-k: Air? Someone told me I was an Air sign. Or was that an Air Head...?
Grave Concerns: Thanks so much---we needed MORE kinds of greeting cards with a outrageous and outspoken flare to them. What's the name of your greeting card company, and what are your three top selling cards?
-k: My company would be called THE TRUTH HURTS and our best cards would be killer lines like "I swear that condom was put on right" to "I hope you don't call me back after what I had discovered".
Grave Concerns: A fictitious record company (you can even name it too, if you like) has the tough decision of choosing only one band to sign, out of four possible ones. The bands are ALL fabulous, the decision then---is to choose the band based on their name.
2.The Bliss of Doubt.
3. Liquid Eyelashes.
Denyss: Rashin-Blue. That's the only name that doesn't send my brain into massive fits of convulsive rage.
Grave Concerns: OK---we're going to play a card game---poker. Deal yourself 5 cards. The Joker and the Ace of diamonds is wild. Discard what is not wanted, and pick off of the deck, the card(s) needed to complete your final hand. What did you get? I'll tell you my hand when I post your interview.
k: My cards say "Discard an axiom" or "Short Circuit (example: a man eating peas in the hopes to improve his virility shovels them straight into his lap)." I think I need to get some real playing cards.
Grave Concerns: Have you cut nicked yourselves before when shaving, dabbed on those tiny pieces of toilet paper, and then forgot to take some of them off?
Denyss: It's a known fact that members of Left Spine Down don't have the ability to grow facial hair. Ok, well maybe Tim because he's a fisherman. And Matt because he's just such a guitar slayer.
-k: This is by far the oddest interview yet.
Grave Concerns: You're in the supermarket---what isles do your frequent, which do you avoid?
Denyss: You can find me in the soup aisle, possibly in the bakery. You'll never find me in the seafood aisle. Funny considering I eat sushi at least 3 times a week. But serously man. Do you ever sit and watch Lobsters and go, "Fuck YOU, you are disgusting!!"
-k: I avoid the aisles that have the crying children in them.
Grave Concerns: You have five balloons you got at a carnival…orange, pink, purple, green, and black. Two of them slipped through your fingers…which ones?
-k: All of them. I think I just picked a fight with the clown.
Denyss: Pink and black. So cliche and overrated.
Grave Concerns: You've just opened your fortune cookies---what does it read?
Denyss: Other will do unto you, as you have done unto others.
-k: "Most people don't realize that two large pieces of coral which are painted brown and attached to the skull with common wood screws can make a child look like a deer". I ran out of there as fast as I can and never looked back but I will never forget that fortune.
Grave Concerns: Write a poem with ANY of the following words: knowing, gasp, whispering, chills, affection, lingering, broken-promises, lust, hurting, sweating and foolish.
A lingering thought
Affection, not knowing lust
Hurting and foolish
-k: I came in knowing that this interview would leave me sweating with the lingering feeling like someone's out to make me look foolish with all these questions about lust and affection...It's a miracle I'm still whispering.
Grave Concerns: Here's another game I like to call "Would You Rather"…
1 Stand up for what YOU believe in, or back a friend in what THEY believe in?
Back a friend. I never give too much away about my own beliefs.
2. Lose your inhibitions on stage, or at a club?
Clubs are for people with bad clothes and worse dance moves.
3. Listen to someone singing your songs or hearing them on the radio?
Radio. People are terrible singers.
4. Be the director of a "home made movie", or the star of it?
I've done both. Heh heh.
5. Have chocolate or latex painted on your bodies?
Latex only looks good on girls.
1. Stand up for what YOU believe in, or back a friend in what THEY believe in?
2. Lose your inhibitions on stage, or at a club?
3. Listen to someone singing your songs or hearing them on the radio?
4. Be the director of a "home made movie", or the star of it?
Define "Home Made Movie".
5. Have chocolate or latex painted on your bodies?
Grave Concerns: You're in the process of designing your own night club…what's it called, where is it located, and how does it look on the inside?
-k: Black on black, with the flyers and handbills all black with black writing. I know you can't see anything, it's called DECEPTION
Denyss: The Korova: It's in London, and it's my interpretation of Anthony Burgess' club of the same name.
Grave Concerns: I love the intricate looks of Labyrinths, and the mysteriousness of what lies within them. If you were to create one, how would it look?
Denyss: Uh, confusing...?
-k: It'd be like that movie with David Bowie. Except I'd lose the tights.
Grave Concerns: You were born with eyes that weren't human---what do they look like?
Denyss: That's easy. Cat eyes. Hahahaha, gotcha.
Grave Concerns: This goes along with the above---what about your hair…what would it look like?
Denyss: I would have Squall's hair from Final Fantasy 8.
-k: It would look like Weird Al Yankovic... only purple.
Grave Concerns: What's the BEST kind of kissing?
Denyss: The kind that lasts for ages.
-k: The kiss of my wife.
Grave Concerns: If you had the ability to change the color of the sky during the daylight hours to a color of your choice…once every 3 months, what four colors would you choose, and why?
-k: Plaid, simply to frighten and confuse people.
Grave Concerns: Since I'm such a fan of games…here's yet another one for you to amuse me by. This one is…how many fingers am I holding up? But to make it even MORE fun, you're going to have to tell me how many fingers, and which fingers were held up on which hand. We'll play the best out of three.
Denyss: Fuck it. You win. I suck at games.
Grave Concerns: What word or words, do you find yourselves repeatedly putting into a conversation?
Denyss: Essentially, totally, fuck, punk, quintessential.
Grave Concerns: Do you believe in ESP and ghosts or "other" unexplainable occurrences?
Denyss: I have to. I have had some pretty gnarly experiences. Ask me about it sometime.
-k: I believe the most unlikely of outcomes to be the most truthful.
Grave Concerns: When are your birthdays?
Denyss: January 26th. I also throw myself Denyss Day on July 26th. Everyone should have a day half way to their birthday I think.
I think that makes me an Aquarius?
Grave Concerns: The next time you're in the passenger side of a car, write down eight things that caught your eye before getting to your destination.
Denyss: Homeless people, coffee shop, construction site, trash, stiletto boot, white thug kid smoking a cigar, mohawk.
-k: Reminds me of our last tour: I see the road sign to the next town, I see us missing the exit to the next town, I see a gas station thats closed, I see another that gives us directions. I see a restaurant we stop to eat at, I see the exit we finally find into the next town. I see a bum taking a swig of Listerine, and I see a 7-11 that will carry a pack of Red Bull for me. Then we're at our destination.
Grave Concerns: If it were possible to have trees and flowers which only bloom in the springtime, be able to bloom once every other year in complete safety, for three extra weeks, which trees and flowers would you like to see, and what season would they bloom in for you?
-k: I wanna rock!
Grave Concerns: Same question as above, although this time it's in regard to birds. I'd love to see the Hummingbirds…in winter. It would look amazing to see snowflakes and a thin glaze of ice on their wings, and iridescent bodies.
-k: I never really thought of such things. Haven't been exposed to such wildlife before.
Grave Concerns: Did you ever forget to dry your hands thoroughly before going into the freezer to get ice cubes?
Denyss: Never. Sorry.
-k: Great, now you tell me, Thanks a lot. You could have asked this at the beginning; Do you realize how hard it is to type with 4 ice cubes stuck to your fingers??!?!??
Grave Concerns: I'm thinking of a number from 0 to 9,183. What it is? I'll tell you what mine is when I post your interview.
-k: If it's not 23 yr a liar.
Grave Concerns: Have you used an Ouija board, or had your fortunes read?
Denyss: see the ESP question.
-k: I can be mistaken for being a fortune teller. I keep telling everyone we're all doomed.
Grave Concerns: Favorite holiday, color, number and symbol?
-k: My birthday, Black, 23, and our band logo.
Denyss: Christmas, purple, 7, hammer and sickle.
Grave Concerns: You've been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame---whose name are you next to?
Denyss: Groucho Marx
-k: Weird Al Yankovic.
Grave Concerns: If you could live without one of the following for one-year, without any kinds of side effects, consequences, worries---how ever you like to look at it as, which would you choose and why?
3. Bathroom/daily hygiene.
Denyss: Air. I really actually like the other two. It's really that simple.
-k: Air. It will be the last thing they try to take away from you.
Grave Concerns: When you take your socks out of the dryer, do you fold them inside one another, place them on top of one another, then fold over once, or do you just fling them into your dresser drawers?
Denyss: I'm very meticulous about my laundry. You have to be when you tour this much.
-k: Like Einstein I always bore holes into my socks. So I buy disposable ones.
Grave Concerns: Do you think evil is born or raised? How about the goodness in people? Can people change…for the better, and for the worse?
-k: I don't believe in Evil. Or Good. We are given the power of free will. If you can be recruited into say a military outfit that asks you to go kill another for the sake of your country and its freedoms you yourself are not evil. There is only action and reaction - anything else in between is subjective.
Denyss: That's a question I always find myself coming back to time and time again.
Evil is born, developed and cultivated. Just like any other trait or characteristic. As is goodness. People who have the worst of natural predispositions can have moments of fellowship and decide to do something that does not benefit them aside from the feeling they get from making someone else happy. Trust me, I know.
Grave Concerns: Have you ever forgot where you were sitting in a restaurant, after coming back from the bathroom?
Denyss: hahaha, no but that's amazing and I hope at some point I do. What a great question.
Grave Concerns: OK. After reading below, see what you can come up with. Grab a dictionary. Close your eyes---keep them closed until the end. Open the dictionary. Spin your right index finger around 19 times, counter clockwise, then, reverse, and spin 7 times, drop your finger on a word. Now write a phrase, question, poem, whatever you like with that word. BUT…you only have 10 minutes to do this. Seriously 10 minutes. Get cracking! (;
Denyss: I wish I was a duck-billed platypus.
Guess which word I landed on aye?
-k: The last time I played with a dictionary with my eyes closed I ended up in surgery. I think I'll pass.
Grave Concerns: What can we expect to hear from Left Spine Down in the future?
Denyss: A lot of noise. We're delving into a lot of melodics right now, but we can't help it.
We like fucking noise man. It'll be pretty, it'll be danceable sometimes, but it will ALWAYS be noisy. Oh. And Awesome.
-k: A soundtrack to the End of the World.
Grave Concerns: What would you like to say to your fans right now?
Denyss: Thank you. What else can I say? We do this for you.
-k: Enjoy life and its freedoms while you can, and never lose hope.
Grave Concerns: Anything else you care to share with us about yourselves and your intensely slammin' music?
-k: I already revealed my secrets regarding time travel, peanut butter and just how I like my 9 volt batteries, if there's anything else you wanna know you'll have to torture me.
Denyss: It'll be around for a while. So stick around. Cheers!
Grave Concerns: kAINE, Jeremy, Matt, Denyss and Tim, we here at Grave Concerns wish you guys ferrous amounts of success with your album, "Fighting for Voltage", and with all your bloody creative endeavors. Please keep in touch! Cheers!
Based in Vancouver, Canada, LEFT SPINE DOWN (also known by the acronym LSD) plays a brand of music called Cyberpunk that fused the sounds of Industrial, Metal, Punk and Electronica.
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