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Snog - Kiss This

Author: Darryn King
Wednesday, 10 October 2007

With Snog, it’s not simply about the music as 3D’s Darryn King learnt when talking to founder David Thrussel.With Snog, it’s not simply about the music as 3D’s Darryn King learnt when talking to founder David Thrussel.

This question is a bit out of left field but I suspect relevant: when did you first read 1984- Were you affected by it-
Well, I guess I first read it in high school. I have a faint memory of it... and I always wondered whether they got you to read great books in school because those books would forever be tainted by the hell that was/is schooling! I re-read 1984 (and Brave New World) around two-three years ago and they really floored me. So compelling, so honest and accurate. Far more useful and relevant than any dumb contemporary newspaper you might pick up. And I love the story that when Orwell wrote 1984 (in 1948) he originally titled the book 1948 (as it was extremely relevant then and even more so now) but his American publisher wouldn’t put it out with that title so he just swapped the last two numerals around, hence 1984.
The Orwell character Goldstein has loomed large in my mind in recent years (he is the ‘leader’ of the underground/resistance who turns out to be a creation of the state) reminds one just a little of one Osama Bin Laden, who happens to pop up like a handy finger puppet whenever the American Empire needs to bomb someone or invade some country or create a distraction.

This year you had a film clip banned by the ABC and garnered the attention of US officials and the CIA… Are you really a threat to national security- Do you want to be-
Well it depends on your definition of “national security”. I happen to think we are a great enhancement to national security (attempting in our own humble way to defend ourselves and others against our gangster governments and the fraudulent “war on terror”) but if your definition of national security is the interests of fat cats, corrupt public figures/corporations and our borderline police state then I guess we are a slight, slight annoyance (nothing more, let’s be realistic). Don’t get me wrong, I like to bring the whole rotten house of cards crashing down, but I just don’t think that’s going to happen with most people glazed over in front of their screens.   
You clearly have a strong suspicion of authority and people of power – but, as someone pulling these sorts of crowds, do you think there’s ever a danger of coming across as too preachy yourself-
Well, you are best off speaking your mind. Would it be better if we were like the vast majority of ‘indie’ bands- Empty-headed sneering posers with nothing of any interest to say. 
Your latest release is called The Last Days of Rome. What’s surprising is that you’ve said this is NOT a reference to a certain modern-day global empire… What then is the theme of this particular album-
We were being sarcastic actually. It’s a hard one to pull off on paper. The album is very much a product of these times and I’m very comfortable with that. I have to admit my own emotional weakness here; I very much hope that we are living in the last days of Rome. The most frightening possibility is that we aren’t.  
You’ve gone on record as saying that sampling should not be subject to copyright law. What do you think of the other big issue facing the music industry: illegal downloading of music-
I would suggest that the major music industry accusing anybody of behaving illegally is a definite case of the “pot calling the kettle black”. The music industry survives (and has done for decades) on the subjugation, exploitation and defrauding of musicians/artists. That is the Standard Operating Procedure. That said, personally, I find files on a computer a little ‘unsexy’ compared to a physical artwork.

WHO: Snog
WHAT: The Last Days of Rome through Psy-Harmonics
WHEN: Out now