DEMON Interview Page 5
By Bob Nalbandian
SW: Yeah, the band is monstrous everywhere in the world except the US. The song "Rockin' All Over the World" was a very minor hit (several years back) here in the States, but that was the extent of their success in America.
DAVE: And the "Live Aid" concert in the '80s in Britain, I remember they opened with that song which beamed around the world. They seem to be incredibly successful everywhere but the States. But there still seems to be a hell of a lot of interest in the band, they've been appearing everywhere.
SW: So how did the band get involved with Deadringer Records?
DAVE: Through Mike Stone. In Britain we started our own company and we got distribution through Plastic Head Music, who are quite big in Europe. The owner of that company put us together with Deadringer. And Mike spoke to them and they seemed like a down-to-earth company who really wanted to get behind us. And it's great since we hadn't had distribution in the States and they've remastered and released our back catalog. They're a very street-level company. It's obviously gonna take a lot of work, and all the catalog isn't out yet - we put the "Best Of" out and the last album. They release two albums [from our back catalog] each month. Previously, our albums have just been imported into the States, which I believe were very expensive. So now, we've got something to come over for.
SW: Is "Spaced Out Monkey" DEMON's latest studio release?
DAVE: That was our most recent album, it was released early last year.
SW: Since your debut album, "Night Of The Demon," your sound has drastically changed directions. Your music started as more simplistic hardrock, and now your music isn't only softer, but much more subdued and moody, and a lot more sophisticated. That pretty much transcends from album to album. Was this transition intentional?
DAVE: The music always comes from an honest source, we've never been motivated by money because we never made a million quid [laughs] - perhaps all our albums would sound the same if we made that. I think what we always wanted to do was never to make the same album twice. If you like "Night Of The Demon", buy it, or perhaps you like "The Unexpected Guest" or "The Plague"...I've always been a record buyer and bands like the Beatles always tried to do something different each time, and they were always successful. People often do want to hear the same thing you did last time, but we're not that sort of band. And I think, getting to the new album, it's a little bit heavier than the albums we've done in the past. Some of our albums, like the "British Standard" is a little bit deep, but over the years, people have got into that album, it's more of a soundtrack/Pink Floyd sounding record.
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