Interview with Acey Slade in January 2010 by Glenn Milligan
What is now
happening with TrashLight Vision? Will they return sometime soon or
is it 'The Dark Party' from this point on?
For me, it's The Dark Party from now on. What I enjoy the most about
The Dark Party is the versatility and flexablity I have with it. Trashlight
was a great band, that's for sure. Never say never, but right now my
focus is The Dark Party.
is it about the electronica that made you want to base an album on it
in this style? It works incredibly well by the way.
Thank you. Well for this album it was two things. First, I wanted to
do an album that explored a lot of other music I listen to, that people
may not expect from me and also to write it in a way I never had before,
in writing vocals first, then guitars second.
Secondly, I am so sick of all the 'retro-metal' bands that seem to be
the media darlings these days. It's disheartening that people subscribe
to it. So, I wanted to offer an alternative to people in the metal/hard
rock community. I guess that was three things..sorry..ha,ha!!
did you go about assembling the band and how long did it take to become
a complete unit?
Two Phone calls! I had wanted to work with Andee (Guitar) since the
first time I saw him play. Percy (Bass & Keyboards) I had met at
some Trashlight Vision gigs and Chris (Drums) was a friend of Joe Lets
who filled in on drums for TLV and given me Chris' number. I called
Andee and he was up for it as soon as he heard it. Then I called Chris,
and he happened to be right in front of Percy, so he passed the message
and it was done! But we really became more of a 'band' on the Combichrist
tour. Being on tour shows people's true colors. My guys are truly amazing.
I am blessed.
made you decide to have an Introuction to the band on the opening of
Well if you listen to what it's about, it comes back to the 'Mass Consumer'
mentality. People will buy anything if it's presented right without
paying attention to what they really are buying into. It's almost MEANT
to be background noise, to see who's paying attention.
or what influenced the song 'Sugarcum'?
OH...true love and other fairy tales.
Who is the incredible female backing vocalist on 'She Brings The Moon'
and how did you discover her?
Melitia! She has a band called 'Swear on Your Life'. I've known her
forever from the NYC rock n' rollers. Yeah, she killed it! It was humbling
to say the least, having her in the studio.
is the 'Baby' on 'Baby The Stars Shine Brightly' and what was it that
caused her to be immortalised in the song? Does she now have a star
name after her as a result?
It's not for anyone in paticular. There's a movie called 'Kamakazi Girls'
and I knicked it from that, not the clothing line from Japan with the
same name. Anyway, it's a song to give hope and compassion for anyone
who may need it.
made you decide to choose to record The Cult's 'She Sells Sanctuary'
and if they have heard it, what was their response to it?
Funny you should ask. I saw Ian (Astbury - Cult Vocalist) recently and
had the track all cued up on my iPhone to play for him. But I chickened
out, ha, ha! I've just always loved that song. Also, that was a bit
of the era of music that inspired this album. There's a bit of an 80's
alternative in this. Love and Rockets. The Cure.
did the title 'Plastic Lego Queen' come from and what or who influenced
it? I take it, that it wasn't a visit to Legoland!
Wow, you know all the right songs to ask about. The title did come from
a plastic queen from Legoland, but the song is about just having a blast
with your fiends. There is a club in London called Decadance. It's about
one night in particular that was pretty out of hand.
have been your favourite points in recording and writing the songs for
Ummm? Finally finishing it! I was chipping away at it for about two
years. Now that it's done I already have an album or two of songs ready.
Are there more songs that have been written and recorded by The Dark
Party that will be on the next album - if so, what?
Yeah, there are some B-side unreleased stuff. I made sure to have some
extra stuff. I have always been into bands that have had some lost/mystery
tracks. The Manics do that very well.
did it mean to you for two of the character's on 'Rock Band 2' to be
modelled on you?
Well, it meant that being immortal does not make you rich! Ha, ha!
are your favourite songs on the album and why?
'She Brings Down the Moon' is f*ckin' awesome! Just because.. it's f*ckin'
awesome! 'Sugarcum' came out great and I didn't think people would like
it but it seems to be a fave. 'Sanctuary' because it takes balls to
cover a song that classic and do it well. And Ian is a amazing singer.
It took balls on my part and it came out very good!
you could go out and support any particular artists - with The Dark
Party or tour with them in general, who would they be and why?
Placebo. I just think it would be a great bill and I would love to watch
them every night. Something tells me Brian (Molko) doesn't get his heart
ripped out as much as he lets on!
are your thoughts on the current state of the music business?
Looking at the bigger picture, the economy is what needs fixing first.
How can I bitch about album sales when there are people who can't BUY
my album because they have mouths to feed? Does it mean I'm going to
give it away for free? No, but it does mean that people will get WAY
more for their money from me than anyone else.
was it about 'TrashPit Records' that made you decide to sign with them?
They still believe in 'The Album'~!
were the most complicated songs to put together for the album and why?
'Plastic Lego Queen' - I loved the title, but hated the lyrics. I changed
them a million times. It's important for me to be honest, but at the
same time, there are things in my life that I'm just over and don't
want to have to relive every time I sing the song. It started out being
about one of the worst things in my life, it ended up being about one
of the best nights of my life! And true to that, from the worst things
can come the best.
did the idea of the album cover come from and who designed it and where?
Oh, for once I had nothing to do with the art. I'm pretty hands on most
times, but Daz, at TrashPit / Binger Creative and from the band DIP,
did it all. And Clay Patrick McBride did the wonderful pictures.
are you most looking forward to when takng the new band out on the road
and for what reasons?
Well, it's totally different now that the album will be out. There is
always ONE guy at the show who pretends he knows the words to the song
and tries to sing along. I hate that. I end up watching him when I play
trying to figure out, 'What the hell is he mouthing', ha, ha!
have been your favourite venues and tours in general over the last few
years and why?
CB's was always a great time. Miss that place. Nokia in NYC is great.
Played there with the Roadrunner United show on my birthday. The TLV
tour with Plan A was good. The House of Blues venues always have decent
cajun food. But playing Japan is always my fave.
would you like to talk about that I haven't mentioned?
I think we have covered it all my friend. We have steered clear of my
most scaring childhood memories involving...oh no..nevermind...
are you most proud of so far in your career so far?
It's not just one thing, it's been the whole ride man.
The Album 'The Dark Party' is available now on TrashPit Records
Big Thank-You to Rob Lane (of Trashpit Records) for co-ordinating the
Interview and Cheers to Acey Slade for the killer responses