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“THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE WRITING ABOUT THEIR LIVES AND MY LIFE ISN’T THET INTERESTING”

…SO SAYS SPIDER KITTEN’S FRONTMAN CHI LAMEO. SO WHAT’S HE GONE AND DONE? WRITTEN A SCI-FI CULT-TYPE CONCEPT ALBUM FOR THE WELSH BAND’S LATEST RELEASE

SPIDER KITTEN

You don’t need a fancy paragraph explaining shit you already know. All you need is for Spider Kitten vocalist/guitarist Chi Lameo to explain the story behind the band’s new album ‘Ark Of Octofelis’. Right, see you on the other side.

“In a nutshell, the album is about a fictionalised version of Spider Kitten that live on a planet which is called Octofelis, and on this planet it’s always 1975 and the entire planet surface is Southern California. Still with me? So, this version of Spider Kitten are a bit of a relic, they’re a psychedelic band, and what’s popular on this planet among the kids is their version of the Eagles, that kind of thing. So the band aren’t having much luck and they move to the desert, where they create a compound and start a religious cult. They slowly start to influence a lot of the young kids to join the cult, and everyone lives in harmony in the compound. The band play shows every night that are more than gigs, they’re almost like religious ceremonies. Slowly, the band convince all their followers to build a wooden ark, and it’s a space ark. The fictionalised version of Chi has designed this ark, and he doesn’t let anyone see the entire blueprints, everyone just gets a tiny part of the blueprints, and the idea is that we build this giant ark, we fit it out with an amazing recording studio, and when it’s done, all of us, the cult and the band and all the followers, we take off and we fly through space spreading our message throughout the other planets. What actually happens at the end is, because the band are an awful bunch of Machiavellian cunts, we leave the followers there, we take off in the middle of the night without them and we go off through space on our own. Fuck you, we just used them. The very last song on the album is us realising that in our haste to get the recording studio built, we forgot to put any controls in, so the band are just left to drift in space together with no way to control where they’re going, no way to get back, and all we can do is record music and beam it back down to the planet. So the next album that follows this storyline will be us trapped in space.”

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It’s always an interesting proposition to see how a band progresses from working with true, cult indie labels to working with multi-national major labels. How money can transform a pure idea into (potentially) a much bigger entity and consumerbased product; can an idea, a sound, an image transcend into the broader palette without being spoiled from its original form? Or does it really matter at all what label a band is on these days? Do you, the reader and listener, truly care if an artist releases music on an indie or via the corporate bigwig? It is all business, no matter who is controlling the purse strings. Why am I pondering this right now? I guess it’s because our cover stars this month are the mighty Purson. No stranger to these pages, it’s wonderful to see Purson really coming of age on their new album, the major label released ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’. It’s a great follow-up to their previous, indie released debut and really captures a band who mean business (again). Nothing has changed in that sense regardless of the label behind the band, and frankly, they were always going to end up on a Terrorizer cover because their music rocks and they thoroughly deserve the accolade. We hope you enjoy their latest story as much as we have enjoyed producing it. As always, the rest of this issue has been a joy to create and features some of the best bands in the extreme and underground metal scenes. Never enough pages as I’d like to write about every band myself and the team love, but it’s entirely flash-in-the-pan/fad-free and that’s the main thing, right?! See you next month! Darren Sadler, Editor
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