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The Coventry six-piece Deadfilmstar supported Combichrist and Mortis earlier this year and are opening for Covenant this week and KMFDM in November. With a year like that you’d think they would be on top of the world, but things aren’t that simple: after a change in direction they soon realised wasn’t for them and delays in recording their album, they have been remined that nothing is ever easy in the music business. Frontman Gary explains the ups and downs of being in an industrial rock and roll band.
You’ve supported a lot of high profile bands how did the forthcoming support slots for Covenant and KMFDM come about?
That’s all down to Flag and Sanctuary Promotions. Both took us onboard on the strength of a handshake and it developed from there. I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done for the band. They’ve given us a small platform from which to work our maniacal madness. Don’t get me wrong, we still have to prove ourselves, even more so than before, but atleast we now have something to work from. I think the highlight of this (experience) has been supporting Combichrist and Mortis on the same bill earlier this year.
You’ve said that your sound is changing from the cyber-sound of your first release to something more rocky, do you think your new style will fit in with bands of this type?
Deadfilmstar is foremost a rock/industrial band. We made the mistake of changing to a cybertype-sound which was quickly reversed. Unfortunately, it left us in a predicament – having an album (A.rtistic I.ntegrity) that sounded nothing like the band. Today, I try not to acknowledge that album exists but it’s there, bloody haunting me. All that’s set to change with the new release.
The (new) rockier sound seems to fit in very well with bands such as KMFDM. We supported them last year and had a very good show.
What made you change your sound? Was it intentional or just a natural progression?
I don’t know what made us change our sound really, I think we were in a bit of a rut about that time, or I was mentally! Band’s do stupid things.
You called your first album ‘difficult’, has this second one been easier? What have you changed in how you’ve approached this follow-up release? What useful things did you learn about the process?
It was a play on words – you always hear about a band making their ‘difficult second album’. In my eyes, ‘A.rtistic I.ntegrity’ was our nadir so, yeah the second album has been easier, easier on the mind (although) making the first album was (like) having my eyes opened to what actually had to be done before you could officially release a CD.
The new album’s title is the same as your demos, why not a new title altogether?
‘The Inevitable Rise & Fall Of Fake White & The III – Fated Tour’ demo/project is what we should have gone straight into making for our deubt release. We didn’t and it took a few years to come back from that mistake. Thankfully it was because of live shows that we kept afloat and now we seem stronger than ever. Currently we are finishing off material ready for the release of a promo EP on 11.11.11 containing four tracks from the new album.
…and what does the very long title mean?
The album is a conceptual piece. It takes its fundamentals from such films as Brian Gibsons’ Breaking Glass, Roland Klick’s White Star and Alan Parker’s The Wall. I’d be lying if I also didn’t include Rob Reiner’s Spinal Tap in that list. Like them, it tells the story of a band against itself and the destuctive elements that go along with it: the rise and inevitable fall.
Does being a 6 piece have it’s disadvantages when it comes to recording, playing live etc?
Yes, making sure everyone can do a gig/rehearsal date is the main drawback of a six piece but, not having to rely on any form of backing track is a great advantage when you have so many members in the band.
You have a lot of plans for 2012, do you think the scene is still strong and there is a place for up and coming bands like Deadfilmstar?
Unfortunately, it has become clear there is no way the new album will get a release until well into 2012 but, as I’ve said, we have the EP definitely coming out at the end of this year and a vinyl picture disc is in the works. The picture disc will be costly to us but, I think it’ll be worth it in the long run.
If I’m honest,we’ve never really been part of ‘the scene’. Deadfilmstar does what it does: if you like it, then wonderful. If not, then there’s no love lost. We have people travelling from all over the UK to see this band live, some spending hundreds of pounds in the process. These, and the people that give a shit about Deadfilmstar, are who we do it for, not as such, ‘the scene’.