The Acid Ballet Interview
Written & Produced by Meryl DeWitt
Edited by Rachel Rossell
In their own words, The Acid Ballet is a "gang you can't help but be spellbound by, both visually and aurally." This band breaks the mold of the motivational garbage occupying rock headlines these days. They're out on a mission to dirty up the word again, and that's something I can definitely get behind! They have a captivating sound and experience that will shake your soul. Here's a little chat with had with the band back in December!
Meryl DeWitt: You guys seem to take influence from a lot of older rock bands. If you could write a song with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be?
Spectre Spectre: David Bowie, without a shadow of a doubt.
Dagon Attarno: Rob Zombie.
DD: Probably Frank Carter, in the Orchestra Of Wolves era.
Meryl: Is there a song you've ever heard and wished you had written it yourself?
Spectre: "Heartbreak Hotel", by Elvis Presley. Some songs will live forever, and penning one of them will always be the ultimate goal of any song writer. Total immortality.
Rize LeStrange: ...
DD: "Push" by The Cure, but you can never ask me why.
Meryl: Out of your own songs, which is your favorite to play live?
Spectre: I have bad relationships with all the songs we play live, even the covers. I love them, but singing them live feels like a personal exorcism every time. It's not a pleasant experience, but it's a cleansing and necessary one.
DD: Our upcoming single, we can't give anything away but playing it really gets my blood boiling.
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Meryl: With 2015 coming to a close, is there anything you can tell me about your plans for the New Year?
Spectre: The next step, that's all you can say about it really.
Dagon: No comment.
DD: Just keep watching.
Meryl: Where do you hope to be in your career a year from now?
Spectre: Still doing what we love, and being the monster that we are.
Dagon: We'll see.
DD: Fucking your mum.
Meryl: Finally, is there anything you'd like your fans and potential listeners to know?
Spectre: To our extended family - thank you for your continued support. Come see us live, and we'll make our appreciation known. To potential listeners, don't bother because we'll kill your relationship with your parents.
Dagon: I don't know.
DD: Rice gets boring after a while.
Meryl: Biggest stage nightmare you've had so far?
Spectre: Being onstage is a lot like going into a trance, so I don't tend to think much until I come offstage. And when that happens, it's usually thoughts of "Oh fuck, I broke something. *insert name here* is going to kill me."
Dagon: My 5-string bass, Lilith, died in my arms.
DD: I was covered in blood, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't mine.
Meryl: What's the best prank your band has either pulled or been victim to?
Spectre: I tend to be the prankee, rather than pranker. I swear it's just a singer jealousy thing. One day it'll change, but for now the amount of times permanent marker penis' have been covered with make-up is ridiculous.
Dagon: The arse fag. [fag = cigarette, for you Americans.]
DD: Cutting a pig's throat.
Meryl: Who's the troublemaker of the band? Worst trouble they've ever got themselves, or the band, into?
Spectre: I fuck up, somehow, every time I leave my house. It's never deliberate, but it's painful and often embarrassing.
Dagon: Spectre, he's almost gotten us beat up and killed, many times.
DD: Rize, she never shuts up.
Meryl: Out of the classic movie murders (Jason, Freddy, Myers, ect), which one do you identify with the most and why?
Spectre: Pinhead of course, Hellraiser is such an inspiration for me personally as an artist. "There is a secret song at the centre of the world, Joey, and its sound is like razors through flesh." He's a total fucking badass.
Dagon: Definitely Myers.
DD: Patrick Bateman, from American Psycho. Anyone who kills Jared Leto is good in my book.
Meryl: Who in the band would be most likely to actually become a murderer one day?