Killing Joke





I WOULD'NT NORMALLY do an interview in a pub but ... with Killing Joke it just seemed right. The lightweight banter and jovial repartee unfolded in the amiable manner which you would expect (wouldn't you?). There was a distinct absence of Jaz (we left him at EG) and as Paul was later to observe, "normally we just sit and listen to him".

'Night Time' by Killing Joke is a surprisingly surprising LP. Perhaps closer in heart to their long ago first album – in terms of rhythm, vitality and feeling of being drawn through an emotional mincing machine to emerge scarred, scathed but maybe wiser – than its more immediate kin, 'Fire Dances'.

Paul: "The album does have a lot in common with the first album. It's less 'experimental', got more melody and emotion and variety in it. It's a superior album in our estimation, never mind anybody else's. It's the first album where we felt musically competent as if everything was in control and we just did it the way we wanted instead of the odd occasion where things would get a bit hazy – sort it out in the mix, so to speak. Lyrically it's far more coherent as well.

"As always we all work on the lyrics but this time there is more direction in what we were actually wanting to write about than there has been in the. past. The subject matter was pretty much the same. It's as broad or as narrow minded as you like to take it. Jaz and myself were getting pretty much into Meshima at the time so there's a lot of S&M in there. There's still stuff about fanaticism, the coming race – the usual stuff you expect from Killing Joke!"

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