Interview: The Kill Van Kulls
You may well be thinking (if you care enough), what on earth are these idiots doing at 1am on a Thursday night doing blog shite for? Why do they do it? Well, quite simply ladies and gentledudes, it’s because we care, but also we promised a mate that we’d do this before Friday. And because it is already Friday, quite clearly we’ve already (technically, mind) broken that promise for all and sundry. But let’s focus on the positives – and they don’t come much more as a positive than Manchester’s The Kill Van Kulls, who in addition to being one of the best live acts that have graced the hallowed stage of Club Killing Moon in the recent past, have been enjoying some well-deserved success completely independently of yours truly and most other people for that matter. The music is at that stage that most new bands would love it it be at from the get-go, but rarely ever is – courtesy of their emotively-style pop rock, borrowing a bit of early Killers-style synthiness with the Depeche Mode way of constructing a truly great pop song, fans have been won far and wide; not just in the industry big-mouth sense, but we really have seen with our own eyes the genuine fans that turn up to the shows that these dudes put on. Naturally, during extensive recording sessions that will ultimately result in a debut album, and just before they roll into our neck of the woods for another live appearance, this time for our buddies Fan The Fire alongside previous Track Of The Day’ers Physics House Band and Vuvuvultures (although the latter was called Bunny Come when we stuck them up) at Old Blue Last (which is tomorrow/today/Friday kids) we had to ask ’em a couple of things. Six things, to be exact…
Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
Hi, we’re The Kill Van Kulls. We make music for all music lovers. Real “pop” with heart and grit.
KM: You’ve clearly sold us dude(s). Also, kudos on the whole single-band-entity thing. Gets us every time.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkvuwiIWiv0&feature=player_embedded#!]
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
Cloud Control – Bliss Release. It’s just a solid album, there are no down points and it has a warm glow about it throughout. It has a feeling of the music of the 70’s, which I love.
KM: Erm…your mean “WE” love, right? Otherwise you’re insinuating your a single-entity-collective-mentality band that is somehow sentient. And man, god forbid bands ever think for themselves. Can you imagine? It’d be like Paris in springtime, except twenty-four-fuckin-seven. No one wants that. Ugh.
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
Warpaint at the Leeds Met, May 2011. I try to see this band whenever I get a chance, they’re one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen. It’s just very natural and you feel like there’s something new being created in front of you every time you see them. They’re a special band.
KM: Really? We think they’re too weird to get into. Girls bopping along to their own guitar playing aside, we just don’t think they’re very good – or rather, as good as people keep making out. However, you do, and we respect that. So long as you stop freaking us out by mixing up the “we” and “I” references. It’s too fuckin’ early in the morning for that shit.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOFxb0F2F2A]
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
I’m not in favour of mooning anyone but if I had to, probably the whole of the Westboro Baptist Church, they need a bit more moon in their lives. Moon, great film by the way.
KM: Mmmmmmmyeah, was it though? Was it really a good film? I mean, that astronaut dude was good in Green Mile and all, but fucking hell, can you honestly say you were enthralled by all 140 minutes of him sitting around slowly going bonkers on the moon, thus not only boring us to death but shattering our own Star Trek-injected dream of one day living on the moon? To be honest, if you’re doing anything film-wise concerning outer space, or indeed the moon, you better make damn sure there’s some sort of extra-terrestrial warfare going on. Spaceships blowing up and shit. Dudes getting sucked out of a hull breach. Klingons. GOD WE’RE TIRED.
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
I just googled and found out that Bull of Heaven have a song called The Chosen Priest and Apostle of Infinite Space. It is apparently the longest song ever, at 2 months long so that’ll give me some time to get out of this situation then listen to some of my favourite songs without dying at the end. Oh but I think Dying Song by John Frusciante is appropriate otherwise…
KM: Nice save with Frusciante. We were about to call you something really rude.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUGhp4VGOUs]
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
I choose Dark Side Of The Moon. It’s a great album, where as Killing In The Name is a great song from a great album.
KM: Surely that means…nevermind. We’re off to bed. Have fun at ya gig tomorrow. If you see a DJ in glasses that calls himself Andre Bravado, be nice to him, he’s one of ours.
The Kill Van Kulls play Fan The Fire @ Old Blue Last on Friday 20th April.
Thanks to: Richard Cheetham.