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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sexual Poo Worship and the Death of Kuu: Let's Talk About the New Skarekrau Radio Album

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Having listened to the album, it is that sort of experience. It's much tighter and there's a concise sound where you can hear the instruments clearly.

We wanted it to be like a big rock album. We didn't really think of it as being some experimental thing. Which is funny, because I don't really listen to a lot of rock. When I was younger, that's all I listened to. And maybe this record is for people who are younger than me who are just discovering rock music and there's not so much rock music out there that is good anymore. There's so much good experimental music out there, but I feel that with rock music in itself, everything has been done already, especially with rock, pop and a lot of people don't listen to (rock) records anymore. Yesterday I was really surprised to see all these kids getting high and blasting Led Zeppelin in their jeep as they were leaving a noise show at Floating Labs. I was almost dumb-founded, I thought that was me back in high school, sixteen or seventeen, smoking pot right after class listening to Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin or something. I want this album to be what those kids listen to in their cassette player or CD player. With myself personally, I don't know if I would listen to this album like I did back then, I might listen to it while looking for something weird or strange. And I feel this album has elements of both [experimental and rock] but I want this album to be for people who want to rock out. I don't want this to be something to scrutinized or over-examined for its experimental-ness or anything. It's not really that experimental, but we have weird time changes and go off in tangents.

Did you run into any challenges when laying down the pieces of this album?

During the vocal recording of "Waste Size," Cooper wouldn't let any of the other band members in the room. It was just (the singers) Larva and Lee. It got to the point where Larva was actually on top of Lee, choking him, and he was just talking while he was being choked. I think there was nudity and drugs involved, it was just this total Cooper wouldn't even talk about it. I asked him "How'd it go?" He said, "Man." It was just 3 or 4 in morning after we recorded the whole album. That part of the album also has heavy guitars in the background and it's supposed to be this stoned-induced, drugged, sitting back on your couch wasted listening to this. I wanted to regain that feeling again, because I think that's missing on a lot of rock albums coming out now. It's something you can grab and feel like you can maybe even play yourself, and I want people to put the headphones on and pretend they're playing the drum part or the guitar part because it's so simple. It's not simple, but it is simple enough.

Skarekrau Radio has had a revolving door of vocalists, and for that matter, songs. How does a 2 year old album play into future plans for the group?

Lee is the only singer on this album who still is a member. Larva left to focus on her own music. As of this coming show on July 12, we won't be playing a lot of songs from the album, because it was made two years ago and the band's moved on. I'm glad the album is still coming out, and I think it's going to be good for everyone in the band and even though it's older stuff, the release might rejuvenate us to play the old songs again. It's unfortunate it didn't come out sooner, but at the same time I'd rather have it out than not at all.

Apop Records has been a big part of your past work, are they helping to release The Coital Mass of the Kuu Puu?

It's a combo of Apop Records and my label Cum Sun Curiosities. It's going to be an LP, with six songs on one side and two songs on the other, which is great because it reminds me of old Genesis albums. I love that kind of stuff.

Any preview of cover art for our readers?

Lee, our vocalist, was doing the artwork. He had artwork made, but he was walking home from somewhere and he either got jumped or he blacked out and he lost the artwork. It was gone, it was a collage that he had made and he lost it. Lee started up a new one, and he's working on it right now. It's going to be a black jacket with a pasted on label like an old jazz record. We don't know what it's going to look like because Lee keeps making something, then ripping it apart then making another one. I think he's having trouble finding exactly what he wants it to look like. He's a wonderful artist who makes great flyers. I'm not saying what he's doing is going to be the album art, because we don't know what it'll look like, but I'm pretty sure we'll use it.

The Coital Mass of the Kuu Puu was recorded in the Summer of 2010 and you're looking at a Fall 2012 release window. What gives?

The record got caught up in the middle of being pressed. There's a whole story, I don't know if I should legally be talking about it. Basically there was a bleed in of copyrighted song at the end of Waste Size, I don't know if you caught it. Most people don't catch it. The plates were made at Aardvark and they sent it to United, where Apop is having the Shaved Women and Strangulated Beatoffs records done at. We were going to do all bands playing together at a record release show. When the plates were sent to United they made the test pressings and listened to it, to see if there's any samples on it because they had gotten in trouble with a major record label in the past for samples. Aardvark didn't notice it, Dustin from Apop didn't notice it, but United did notice it. Because of that, they wouldn't press it. United is being pretty nice about it, they're not being jerks, but they said they can't press it. They made the labels already, so they're going to give us the labels and the plates. Dustin has been wonderful about trying to right this problem, and I'm not sure if we're going to a different pressing plant. What I think is going to happen is that we're going to re-plate the second side without the bleed in. It's an unfortunate thing that's going to delay the release of the record, so I don't know when this record is going to be released. I think it's going to be in the Fall. I really hope it's before Winter, because we'll probably be ready to record again by Winter.

With the Coital Mass of the Kuu Puu set for release, what's left for the future of the Krau?

The new material right now is one continuous album side song. We're planning on doing another album side song, a non-stop song. The next album will be more or less two pieces. It's about the death of our god Kuu. It's more theatrical. The first song is a patterned roller-coaster that goes up and down and sort of reprises itself at times. It's about how the world is turning to shit because Kuu doesn't exist anymore. He died, he's not anywhere anymore and we don't know why he's not around. And why the Mantis Head, which is the anti-Kuu, is taking over by teaching us what to buy and how to consume media and how we should view sex. The whole first side will be about humans being assimilated, it's about population control. The world is getting bigger and bigger and religion is a part of it. Politics is almost small potatoes compared to how religion has forced us into a way of thinking. The new music is about the death of our benevolent Kuu god that makes us free and frolic nude with many people making love with no war. It's very idealistic, our god is sort of about anarchy and not being controlled and being able to release your desires within reason.

To read more into Kuu and Skarekrau Radio, visit their holiest of holy Internet propaganda.

Skarekrau Radio will be performing at Pig Slop Studios at 2700 Cherokee Street on Thursday, July 12. The show begins at 8:30 and has a suggested donation of $5.00. Bikini Acid, b0dy gl0ve and Attic Ted of San Marcos, Texas will be performing as well.

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