Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Concept & the Band Constant Change Is Only Constant for My Life with Thrill Kill Kult

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Concept & the Band Constant Change Is Only Constant for My Life with Thrill Kill Kult

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TRYING TO DEFINE the music of My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult is an elusive prospect. And this ever-evolving bunch wouldn't have it any other way.

As much a concept as a band, the Kult-ists take sampled dialogue, notes, beats and live music, then mix, match, chop and regrind it all together to create a sound that's one part dance music, one part lyrical satire and one part subversive, fun entertainment.

It's a recipe with many sonic possibilities, as each Thrill Kill Kult album has proven. The band never quite sounds the same as on the previous record.

"That's what we're all about, change - I mean, growing, mutating," said Buzz McCoy, the musical mind behind the band. "You know, the band expands and shrinks and expands. People come, people go. Characters join the band, then they go off and do their own thing and then sometimes they come back.

"It's a cult in sort of a way. It's a growing experience, and it means change. That's why we change every stage show, we change every record, change, like, even the style of artwork we use on everything. We always want to explore different avenues and stuff."

The initial artistic explorations of the Thrill Kill Kult date back to 1987 when McCoy, who'd played guitar and bass in Boston punk bands, moved to Chicago. There, he met Groovie Mann, a punk-minded singer, lyricist and poet, and they struck up a fast friendship.

At first, the two decided to make a trashy, offbeat film inspired by some of the weird, outrageous stories that jump off the pages of the tabloid weeklies. Along the way, they realized they need music for their movie. So, using McCoy's trusty but archaic sampler, drum machines and synthesizers, they began hashing out some songs.

Lack of funds forced McCoy and Mann to shelve the film, but Chicago's Wax Trax Records heard the in-progress soundtrack, signed the newly christened My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult and released a debut EP in March 1988.

Suddenly, the Thrill Kill Kult was more of a band than a film concept. Three albums, two EPs and several nationwide tours have followed. Along the way band members have come and gone and sometimes returned.

Wildman guitarist and Wax Trax labelmate Luc Van Acker assisted with the group's 1988 full-length debut, "I See Good Spirits and I See Bad Spirits." A trio of female vocalists dubbed the Bomb Gang Girlz (Jacky Blacque, Kitty Kildare and Rhonda "Pickles" Bond) joined in time for the 1990 follow-up album, "Confessions of a Knife." Vocalist Secret Dezyre and bassist Levi Levi augmented the mushrooming lineup for the group's 1991 "Sexplosion" album and tour.

This brings things to 1993 and the new album, "13 Above the Night." With guitarist Trash K. and drummer Otto now entrenched in the lineup, and with cameo appearances on the album by singer Shawn Christopher and punk era star Lydia Lunch, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult is bigger than ever. …

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