by Jett Black
Blessed Deviant is 71 minutes, 27 seconds of hard
hitting Goth-tronic and devastating dance tracks with plenty of clever
programming, samples and shadow stealings woven in between the lines. Did I
mention that this is Killing Miranda? Killing Miranda will take gothic rock
back to radio where it belongs!
Brilliantly performed and executed for you by Killing
Miranda, Blessed Deviant brings forward taboo subjects from every modern
cliche talk-show to every girl's hallway gossip. In promotion of the recent
release of this already popular, darkly spoken, full-length debut Killing
Miranda welcomes a few too many questions from within the shadows of Nocturnal
Religious innuendoes permeate tracks found on the
Blessed Deviant CD. What attraction to religion compels Killing Miranda
to lyrically reflect religious perspectives?
Religion and spirituality are a current issue for me as I'm
suffering a crisis of faith in many ways. The conflict between my upbringing
(Christian), my inclination (thelemic) and actual viewpoint (agnostic) has
really come to the boil. I can't decide whether the universe is one big cosmic
joke - if it is, there's got to be some smart arse behind it
Prevailing conservative mentalities aside, I foresee the
Blessed Deviant CD inviting sensational interest in the United States,
assuming that it saturates the college radio market. What are the chances that
the Blessed Deviant CD will be widely distributed in the United
At the moment if I could live anywhere in the world I think
it would be the states
sounding crazy?? I think not as I like the way
American goths appreciate music
it's not so much a fashion thing. I hope
that the Nightbreed USA thing will result in our records being more widely
available over there
though a few people have been very helpful in getting
"Deviant" out through mail order etc.
Having not yet been afforded an opportunity to attend
SlimeLight, I would like to hear your thoughts regarding Slimelight in general,
and also how you remember your performances at Slimelight.
Slimelight is unique really as it's the one remaining part
of the UK scene which truly embraces hedonism and deviancy as opposed to
"perkiness." It's a dark place with dark grooves, cool people and a genuine
appreciation of "gothic" as a lifestyle as opposed to a pose.
We loved playing there 'cos unlike the gigs other promoters
put on in London you get to play in front of the true London "creatures of the
night" instead of the weekend warriors and kiddy goths. KM tend to be a bit
snobby 'cos we reckon that of all the UK bands we've got the "best" following -
not only are there plenty of them but they're all crazy, fucked up people. We
get transsexuals, dealers, old Kings cross punks, one girl who to my certain
knowledge is a hooker and general crazy tongue waggling nutters. The general
cream of society.
KM gigs have become increasingly on the edge and weird and
allot of the UK scene regard us as real mavericks, 'cos we're not into this
polite view of the goth scene. We like deviancy and danger not passivity and
Mark Tansley of Intra-Venus re-mixes the final track of
Blessed Deviant, Touched By Jesus. What led to this choice? How
satisfied are you with this re-mix?
Mark's a hugely talented programmer and as a big fan of
Suspiria it seemed natural to let him have a bash. I must say that it falls
down slightly next to the original. It lacks some of the dark vibe of the
Each of you in Killing Miranda have previous musical
experiences via other bands. Please tell our readers what other bands &
projects besides Killing Miranda its members have been working with?
At the moment KM is my life - I have the musical freedom to
do what I want as I didn't allow us to become pigeonholed. There may be
collaborations but not side projects for me. I'm so excited about the music
we're making now and each new song is more fun and more challenging to play.
We've got a track record I suppose. Both Belle and I at
times have played with Nosferatu / Shadowmaker and Belle was in the ultra cool
Enrapture. I dunno if you guys are familiar with Spencer Harrison from St Louis
and his band Son of William, but I played in one incarnation of that band and
we did really nasty industrial stuff which I loved doing.
Chris has done loads of stuff with UK goth bands like
Flowers of Sacrifice and Complicity, but I liked best the stuff he did with
Cathedral Lung. They did one song, Cactus Jack, where Chris was doing this Nick
Cave on steroids driving bass stuff and that was brilliant.
What aspects of the music produced by Killing Miranda is
"too different" for your other band interests?
Well I think that was just saying that some of the bands I
was in were third rate Sisters imitators and that's what I DIDN'T want KM to
become. For years I was unhappy with the lack of experimentation in bands I was
in and I couldn't understand this pursuit of "that sounds like us
doesn't" to reject good ideas and great songs because they don't fit in is
crazy in my opinion.
Self-destructive vices apparently so very prevalent in
modern societies receive creative exploratory attention in tracks such as
Veil of Seduction, Whipping Boy and The Game. How does Killing
Miranda feed your ability to explore issues of "deviant" sexual fantasies,
abuses, and consequences?
One man's "deviancy" is someone else's acceptable behavior.
I wouldn't say Blessed Deviant was a concept album, but at the time I
wanted to address the ideals held dear by a society that itself has become
rotten to the core. Perhaps in becoming perverted in the eyes of society we can
rediscover our own innocence?
Why address darker subject content through Killing
The band as a unit and the music we make lend themselves to
exploring the recesses of our personalities and the underbelly of society. We
always do things with a touch of humor but we're not a joke band or a
and indeed our humor isn't very English really as we're ironic
rather than kitsch.
I know Britain has the reputation for humor and yes we have
come up with Monty Python, The Fast show and some really cool stuff, but to the
mainstream I think the UK is better known for pantomime Dames, Benny Hill and
Bruce Forsyth. Sad.
How has incorporating a full band line-up altered the
quality and style of Killing Miranda?
Not at all stylistically really because if KM is a
dictatorship it's only in that I just don't accept that the idea of having a
"sound" is anything more than a commercial consideration. Rather we will
consider to explore any style we damn well feel like - if we want to do a jazz
song or a death metal track we will.
How much more will Killing Miranda hope to achieve before
the dawn of the new millennium?
Our new single should be out by the end of the year - as
that is the first thing we genuinely wrote, developed and recorded as a band I
think it will show our full potential and hopefully get us a couple of chart
placings, radio play and so on. I think I'd just like to write the best music I
really making something happen in the tunes is what gets me hard.
Who or what is the Miranda referred to by the band
That's a bigger secret than Colonel Sanders' coating recipe,
but contains less harmful additives, unidentifiable organic material and other
things you really wouldn't want to know about. Can I tell ? Ohhh
again in 2001 eh? Either that or watch a few old french B&W films from the
30's and the answer may just reveal itself
What concepts inspire Killing Miranda to develop the yet
un-released track Teenage Vampire?
Being 18 is great and you wish it would go on forever don't
you ? There's also a bit of "autobiographical" stuff in there, and it's about
feeling invincible and full of lust for life
How much work do you believe you have accomplished for the
next release? How much more would you like to achieve before releasing it for
We've been preparing for a bunch of important gigs but along
the way we've continued to work on songs as a band. The stuff we're doing is
far more mature and intelligent than what we did before - we're evolving
musically. Above all we're now not trying to write to any formulas and we're
trying things that make use of the ability of the band as musicians.
How does the music behind Killing Miranda evolve from
Blessed Deviants to your next release? And if you have chosen a title for the
next release, what will you name it?
The next release will be the single (Teenage Vampire)
and after that we'll be moving on to the album which is likely to be titled
Transgresion by Numbers. We hope to show more consistency than
Blessed Deviant now and really bring the live sound into our records a
bit and let the musicians in the band really show what they can do.
"Blessed Deviants of the Slimelight" to whom The
Ballad of Torrens Street is dedicated. Who are the Blessed
There are so many cool people from Slimes that I couldn't
begin to single them out! All of us there are lowlifes to outsiders - which
just brings us all closer together. You look at us and our friends from one
angle and you see drug users / prostitutes / transsexuals / promiscuous types /
fetishists / Satanists / Pagans; but look beyond the tags and we're all just
groovy people - we just wanna have a good time and be ourselves and Slimes is
the place to do that.
Send in the Clowns, an instant favorite, derives
meaning from what?
Baby kissing, rosette wearing, shit talking, tax
The photography inside the Blessed Deviant CD
insert is sensational, perhaps horrific or terrific, depending on one's
perspectives. How were these many images arranged for the presentation of this
By the miracles of modern technology and our love for
obscure and nasty films and videos. Above all we wanted imagery that was
confrontational without being shocking for their own sake. KM are about horror
but nor empty sensationalism
we mean it, man.
Besides the News-at-Eleven horror story of Killing
Miranda's van wheel blowing to bits en route to a performance in Portsmouth,
what have been the highlights of performing and travelling with Killing Miranda
For me? Just that chemistry we have on stage
when we're flying I like to just look at people in the audience
and see their reactions. We've had a very debauched year it has to be said, but
sooner or later we'll have to control our more hedonistic impulses or we'll end
up like the Mission or worse. Not easy as we certainly like to have
The weekend that this interview prints will find Killing
Miranda at InFest Festival, in Bradford. What is InFest? And more precisely,
where is Bradford?
Well we'll see some great bands like Apoptygma Bezerk and
Spahn Ranch there and we expect a very groovy audience indeed. We've not been
before but look forward to it very much.
Sunday, October 31st 1999, the last Halloween of the
Millennium, will place Killing Miranda at The Carnival of Souls, Derby. Tell us
also about The Carnival of Souls and Derby.
The Carnival is Nightbreed's annual festival of fetishism,
frivolity and fun. 1000 odd people go to the Pink Coconut in Derby, wear sexy
stuff, buy sexy stuff and listen to sexy stuff. It's all very shagadelic
Channel four over here in the UK will be filming the event
for TV and they're gonna be following KM round as we prepare for it.
Killing Miranda claims that "no animals were harmed
during the production" of Blessed Deviant. What animals would one need
to be looking for that band members might consider as pets?
I kind of like lots of animals actually but just to be sad
and predictable I'm a cat person. They're great
lazy, furry and
cantankerous, with big egos; just like moi.
I can see Belle having a pet python or something exotic,
while Irish Dave would have anything he could eat if things got desperate.
Chris is into small cuddly white fluffy cats, which is just to confuse people
while he does his impersonation of Donald Pleasance in those Bond films. Alien
Dave has a horse disguised as a German sheppard called Dillon. It slobbers
How do you manage to make time for Killing Miranda around
basic survival / employment interests? How does employment and other
obligations affect how often Killing Miranda practices and performs?
Sadly in order to get by we do have to have "day jobs."
Bummer. I don't mind working I suppose since unemployment can really suck (UK
daytime TV is horrendous) but KM are getting close and closer to the time when
we can say "fucku" to our boss type people and never have to wear a bastard tie
Has there been any indication that Killing Miranda might
visit the United States and possibly perform here?
We're currently planning a west coast US tour for May 2000,
and who knows - we may have stop offs at New York and maybe Chicago, but these
may be more difficult to organize. The Californian gigs will be with a cool
band from out that way called Idol Worship. We're REALLY looking forward to
How might raging fans best communicate with members of
Try coming to London, getting extremely drunk and looking
for someone drunker - it'll be one of us. Alternatively try our email
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and we're always happy to chat and stuff. You can
probably communicate with Belle through fantasy and role play.