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Interview with Kevorkian Death Cycle by Kevin Congdon, Fenix Underground, Seattle, 9/25/96



Kevin: What lead to naming the band Kevorkian Death Cyvle and what kind of influence does Dr. Kevorkian's philosophies/actions have on the band?

Roger: We picked that name, because at that time Kevorkian was really big in the news. We thought he was a great guy and he really stood by what he believed in. At the time we were going under the name Grid and we found out there was a band called the Grid from the UK; so I thought we should come up with anything with the word Kevorkian in it, and Ryan came up with Death Cycle.

Ryan: I think in a few songs like Send Me the Machine' I kind of used the euthanasia thing and sort of related it to the politics. And with Let Us Die' -- I threw it in there a couple of times too.

Roger: We don't want to be a band that solely talks about what Kevorkian is doing.

Ryan: And those particular songs were written before we were even Kevorkian Death Cycle anyways.

Travers: The name kind of invokes thought; it gives you something to think about.

Kevin: Have you received any criticism for using that name?

Roger: Not at all. We got an invitation to an art gallery of Kevorkian's art.

Kevin: How did you hook up with RAS DVA to release your "Collection for Injection" CD?

Ryan: Steven Siebold from Hate Dept. contacted Ric [the label owner] or Ric contacted Steven, I'm not sure which way. But Steven told Ric about us and we sent Ric a DAT; he loved us and we were unsigned [at the time]. We were actually in the midst of signing to Fifth Colvmn, but RAS DVA offered us a better deal. We think Fifth Colvmn is a good label, but they have so many bands.

Roger: We're a new band and we need to be concentrated on.

Ryan: It took us three months just to get back and forth with Fifth Colvmn.

Kevin: How is the work on the new album "Babylon" coming along?

Ryan: We have most of the songs written, as far as musically. The other stuff, like lyrics and guitars, still has to be worked on. But we're already talking about booking the studio time.

Kevin: Could you describe your songwriting process?

Roger: It starts with me, and then when I finish the song I give it to Ryan to put vocals to and then we might rearrange it a little bit.

Travers: Then I get some scraps and stuff.

Roger: We try and make sure that vocally it fits with the music.

Kevin: You've done quite a few live shows in Southern California. What kind of stage set up do you have?

Ryan: It's a pretty basic stage set-up. Sometimes we'll use a banner, but that's about it as far as props.

Roger: We want to concentrate more on the music aspect. We want people to go to our show to listen to our music, not to see what kind of gimmick we have.

Kevin: What kind of response have you gotten from the audiences?

Roger: It's been pretty good for the most part.

Ryan: We usually get a fairly good response, people are interested and they stick around.

Kevin: I'm just curious about this ABBA connection to the band. Care to elaborate?

Roger: That would be me. The whole thing behind that is that ever since I was seven or eight, that's all my parents listened to, so I began to like it and it stuck with me.

Kevin: Do you see that brining any influence to the music?

Travers: I see some of it in his writing, his style. Some of it is really heavy and really thick, but when you listen to the song you don't get all mopey and depressed, like it's some gothic tune. It's going to bring you up, and it's going to give you some energy; it's got a lot of emotion in it.

Roger: Everything that ABBA has done has been catchy. So I try to get that catchiness.

Kevin: Which is something you get with songs like Veal"; it stays in your head once you hear it a few times. Since your from Southern California, why did you decide to come up to Washington state to do these two shows at the end of the Aggrotech tour?

Roger: We just decided to go out and do it so we can get a feel of what will be dealing with when we tour for "Babylon".

Ryan: It's like a trial thing, a short tour.

Travers: To see how long it takes to kill one another.

Kevin: Have you done any work on the Net?

Ryan: We haven't, because Veronica (Aggrochik) does a really job for us [with the Kevorkian Death Cycle page]

Travers: I'm hoping to get some kind of page which will tell everybody about our shows - where they are going to be and photos from the shows. But basically leave it at that and let Veronica do the rest of it.

Kevin: Do you have a pretty big fan support down in Southern California?

Ryan: Yeah, it keeps growing and growing; it's fairly big now.

Kevin: And have you noticed any more support across the states now that you have a little more recognition and your album is out?

Ryan: Once we get better distribution I think it will start to come together.

Travers: I know lots of people who want to get the album, but can't find it anywhere.

Roger: But it's selling well for the label it's on.

Ryan: Everybody's heard of us, but it's like, where do you find the album?

Kevin: Is your fanbase in Europe fairly large too?

Ryan: From out knowledge it is. People write us and we get played in a lot of clubs over there. I don't know how much we sell there. I think once we get better distribution there as well, it's going to pick up.

Kevin: Why do you think you have a good following in Europe and the US?

Ryan: Beginning wise, I think it's the Industrial Nation advertisements [for our album].

Roger: We owe a lot to Industrial Nation.

Ryan: And then Vertigo [a European electro-industrial magazine] and a few other magazines in Europe started promoting the album.

Roger: We also did a lot of European compilations.

Kevin: How has Industrial Nation helped?

Roger: By giving us good reviews.

Ryan: And putting in the advertisements for our album; they have a pretty wide distribution.

Roger: And they just put us on their new compilation.

Kevin: Any additional comments?

Ryan: "Babylon" should be out, we're hoping, by early next year; then we'll tour for it. We're going to shoot for driving out to the central U.S. and then go to the Western states. And maybe at the end of next year, we'll head out to the East Coast.

Roger: Either that or we hook up one of these tour-type things, like Aggrotech.


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