Skinny Puppy: "We Spent an Unnecessary Amount of Time on hanDover"

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On an already long list of distinctions, Skinny Puppy recently added a new line, and not one that makes the pioneering industrial band very proud: the United States government has used the band's music as a torture device.

"We heard through a reliable grapevine that our music was being used in Guantanamo Bay prison camps to musically stun or torture people," founder cEvin Key explains by phone from his Los Angeles home. "We heard that our music was used on at least four occasions. So we thought it would be a good idea to make an invoice to the U.S. government for musical services, thus the concept of the record title, Weapons."

So how did you feel learning your music was being used liked this?

"Not too good," Key continues. "We never supported those types of scenarios. ... Because we make unsettling music, we can see it being used in a weird way. But it doesn't sit right with us."

Released in the first quarter of 2103, Weapon is a return to earlier Skinny Puppy days when songs were frequently conceived, recorded and mastered in a single night, what Key calls, "more on the spot."

"We decided to get back to that philosophy and that type of idealism," he says. "We spent an unnecessary amount of time on HanDover. ... The album took several years. That was not the way Skinny Puppy made records."

The band took the unusual step on Weapon, re-recording "Solvent" from its debut, Remission. Not really an uncommon idea, but what's unusual is that Key followed the original recording and production steps without knowing what the modern results might be. The hard-edged, driving song that first introduced the concept of electro-industrial music also rekindled the old school "on the spot" recording concept for Weapon.

"I had an idea how I originally made ("Solvent") and I wondered if I followed the exact steps if it would turn out the same. It kinda did, but in a weird way because it obviously has a newer sound," Key says. "It set the pace for the whole record. (A song) didn't sound right if it didn't sound like something we had just made quickly like in the old days. The goal was to make something fresh and quick and if it sounded too complex, like we need to spend two weeks more on it, then it was like, 'no, this isn't where it's at.'"


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houstonbing
houstonbing

I was so thirsty for new sp by the time handover was released I devoured it by listening to it over and over and over. I still like it. Even though weapon has the rawness most associated with bites / remission I appreciated the care put into the songs on handover. Without a lot of production, warlock would be less interesting as well as a few off too dark park (shore lined poison? ) I cant wait to see you guys in pdx... I pretty much love everything you've done and have enjoyed the ride

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Ginobili Tron Wooderson
Ginobili Tron Wooderson

I figured you would like that one. It's a metaphor for police state. "this is a criminal age!"

Chris Howell
Chris Howell

Handover rules...I really like how much production is in that album...another great Skinny Puppy album.

Chris G. Simmons
Chris G. Simmons

It really was a crappy album... except Vyrusus which is one of the best SP songs ever.

Helen Perez
Helen Perez

They can torcher me with skinny puppy anytime!

Mark Halstead
Mark Halstead

I don't know all that about gitmo but I was surprised that Iraq has a ton of skinny puppy fans and while we were wolds apart we both liked the same Jams.

Jason Frost
Jason Frost

I was so thirsty for new sp by the time handover was released I devoured it by listening to it over and over and over. I still like it. Even though weapon has the rawness most associated with bites / remission I appreciated the care put into the songs on handover. Without a lot of production, warlock would be less interesting as well as a few off too dark park (shore lined poison? ) I cant wait to see you guys in pdx... I pretty much love everything you've done and have enjoyed the ride

Sonny Leonardis
Sonny Leonardis

so now their listing to ur music to perpare for war , lol now the ? well their be more suicide bombers or less , by the way liked the now i read this

Dante García
Dante García

It's a great record. I think people didn't appreciate it as it deserved.

Jason Lupo
Jason Lupo

I loved your album handover it was a totally different feeling and polished is a good thing too!

Shawn Janes
Shawn Janes

Saw them this last weekend. They were awesome. Music was phenomenal and the theatrics were incredible. They're coming back in March and will go see them again!!

Juliana Jaeger
Juliana Jaeger

^*chuckles* Just wait til they use Surcliffe Jugend

Mark Schaefer
Mark Schaefer

They should use Merzbow instead. That's what I torture my neighbors with.

François Cartier
François Cartier

People have done crazy shit listening to SP. This takes the cake. Lets hope the new recording philosophy brings back the voice effects.

Brandon Mallett
Brandon Mallett

Your music was my savior as a teen. As long as you keep making your music... who care what other think.

Judi Jones
Judi Jones

What's the worst that could happen being exposed to this music incessantly!? Wth, they Grow Stonger and more Insighful!? Thank You Guys!!!!

Jason Lupo
Jason Lupo

Skinny Puppy is hands down one of the most creative and ground breaking groups ever!To think these jerks took a sacred band like this and used it in the war against terror makes me sick!I have lost all respect for the government.Use these stupid fucking shallow soulless pop bands like Taylor swift or justin beiber to torture Taliban members!WTF!Total bullshit!

Marcus Surrealius
Marcus Surrealius

According to the article Weapon came out in 2103. Another 89 years seems a bit long to make album. Well, Cage or the like aside.

Conny Lindström
Conny Lindström

Hmm... Ska testa “Solvent" på väldigt hög volym som tack till grannen ovanför som väcker mig varje morgon.

Michael Busch
Michael Busch

after reading this article, the fact that they took years to complete Handover seems to be the biggest problem. It's too polished and not raw enough like most SP albums.

Stacey Kadin Mosher
Stacey Kadin Mosher

Great article! However, I would think Justin Beiber or Miley Cyrus' music would be used for torture. It tortures me!

Jeff W Ford
Jeff W Ford

Wow, I didn't know it was released in the future. LOL The article says, "... released in the first quarter of 2103".

Christopher Woodruff
Christopher Woodruff

I didn't realize they re-did Solvent. That's been one of my favorite songs since I first heard them almost 20 years ago.

Bill Fois
Bill Fois

I went to the too dark park tour in 91...and loved it. Commodore Vancouver!!!! will have to miss this one though.

Bill Fois
Bill Fois

skinny puppy should go back to the old school sound. re release the first albums with todays keyboards and sounds and call it rebite mission. it would be a treat for the new,and as I am,old fan.

Danny Voight
Danny Voight

Doesn't matter. Time is an illusion and HanDover was great.

André Sepúlveda
André Sepúlveda

All music is a weapon for good or ill. Despite what governments resort to...I'm not surprised. S.P. is powerful and I regret that it is purposely used as a tool for torture in the military. I did like handover. Great work.

Mary Evelyn
Mary Evelyn

Can't wait to see you guys in Tampa!!

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