Compulsive Shopping Disorder Interview; Attraction of Pain
01/05/2009 § Leave a comment
Heathen Harvest: Why did you choose the name Compulsive Shopping Disorder for the band? It’s quite an unusual name, especially with regard to industrial music.
Compuslive Shopping Disorder: It’s just a name and for us it’s not unusual, although there is a hidden meaning behind it. It reflects our mutinous natures and ultimately our disappointment with the psychological changes in Polish society during recent years. We and you are at the same point of multi-corporate capitalism now, but when the Communist system collapsed Polish society went this way, and not like your country in some decades. It was a shocking thing for people because it completely revalued life here. The Communist system concentrated on the ideological indoctrination and strengthening of the Communist party’s power. The methods were reminiscent of Orwell’s “1984” sometimes. Now we have a different system and another kind of control by the banks. When we listened to the early Swans’ records like “Greed ” or Holy Money” we didn’t understand them several years ago. The Western style of life, which they attacked, was our dream of the better life. Now we understand their message and the pure aggression in their music.
The conclusion of our times is that Compulsive Shopping Disorder is not only a disease, but it’s also moral damage to the public, and it’s more traumatic for us in Eastern Europe .
HH: The first thing to take my notice about the album was the artwork which was really quite striking and original in its execution. What does it signify and who is responsible for it?
CSD: We found the front cover photo on the internet. The second we saw it we knew we were looking at the perfect addition to our music. We paid the fee to the artist Eamonn Harnett for the right to use it.
The rest of artwork was made with our suggestion by the polish young designer Michal Karcz.
HH: What is the idea and main theme of the album In The Cube and what were the inspirations for it?
CSD: The main theme of our message is the isolation of the human being. The lyrics, music and our experiences are strictly connected. The most important theme is also love and the wish to be important for someone. We are still naive romantics and we still believe in pure feelings and emotions. Certainly it’s in opposition to the present world with its domination through sexual culture and violent behaviour in all aspects of activity. Everything becomes so trivial or has a profit-concealed meaning. This is the reason why the lyrics contain a lot of helplessness and despair.
HH: What was your writing and development process for creating the album and how many reworkings did the songs generally get before you were content with them?
CSD: The sounds are always the beginning. We create our original sounds on the synthesizers. We don’t work with PC applications. Then we arrange the drum and bass lines in appropriate tempo according to the atmosphere of the sounds. The lyrics are formed simultaneously. The sounds are created specially for one song and are not used in the other ones. It’s very hard working that way and achieving the coherence of the whole album but it’s the reason the songs are reworked many times. Besides this all the songs still grow together with us and our sensitivity. Please listen to the new versions of the two songs on Myspace and notice how they changed in just one year.
HH: Your stagewear is certainly quite different and unsettling when related to a lot of other similar acts in the genre. Why did you choose to depict yourselves in this way?
CSD: Yes we know, the current trend is showing visualizations on the stage. It’s too static for us. Video could be another performance medium for us. Now we play by our figures, the moves, the gestures, the mimes, the props and the interaction with the audience. We don’t want to treat the audience just only as passive listeners. Our main intention is to prepare a kind of ritual, the common attendance and participation. The situation you can watch on Myspace was not directed by us in our live video clip. It was pure improvisation and there was the man who became a part of the show by accident.
HH: Apparently you had little to no experience in making synth music before you started CSD. What made you want to get involved in the industrial scene and how were you able to pick it up so quickly?
CSD: It wasn’t that quickly. It lasted two years when we started to create something like what you can find on our first cdr. It was a very raw industrial act but we are still proud of it. Our first dark revelations. The samples you can find on our website http://www.c-s-d.pl.
HH: I notice that you have a big appreciation for Kirlian Camera. Which other bands and artists do you admire in the industrial scene and outside it?
CSD: Yes, they are very friendly people. We like them for their musical intelligence and for who they are. We admire the bands who follow their own way like Clock DVA, Coil, Dive, Swans, Attrition, Current 93, Cindytalk, Clair Obscure, Test Department, Skinny Puppy and many others. We feel the same emotions in their music. Their music gives us the strength and inspiration to find our own unique way .
HH: I notice that you guys are from Glubczyce in Poland. How hard is it to get recognition and notoriety in the industrial scene in a country like Poland?
CSD: There is no industrial scene in Poland, there is no Gothic scene in Poland and there is no electro scene in Poland. There are only some people who organize the concerts, and some bands and listeners divided into the hermetic group.
HH: I’ve been to Poland and was made aware of how popular bands like Closterkeller are, though others in the Gothic and Industrial scenes are really struggling. What’s the main kind of popular music in Poland and what are your views on it?
CSD: The most important thing is that you must sing in the Polish language. This is the first step to be known in Poland. The second is that you need to play on guitars and with a real drum set. And the best thing would be to add something with solo guitars and heavy metal riffs into your compositions.
HH: There seems to be a strong essence on the album relating to confinement and internal struggles in life. Which songs best represent this most effectively for you on the album?
CSD: “Mind-soul” is the essence of the album. It’s very specific and private for the author.
HH: A lot of the album revolves around the concept of mental entrapment. Is this something that you have found yourself subject to, and if so, what’s the best way that you find to break out from it?
CSD: In our opinion the world is not going a good way. There are more and more people frustrated and not satisfied with their life now. We think it will intensify and people will be searching for the way out of this situation. We described only the one possible aspect of it, and the isolation and confinement in ones’ own life, own cube.
HH: Of course everyone is aware of the problems artists are facing with piracy, peer to peer networks and music downloading these days. What do you think the future of the music industry is and what’s the best way to help overcome these problems?
CSD: The problem has two faces. The situation killed many good record labels and distributors and discouraged many people to so something on the scene, but the internet is also a chance for new bands. There is no chance to change it because things went too far. We must decide it in our souls.
HH: I imagine CSD is not your full-time work. What do you all do outside the band and what other interests do you have apart from music?
CSD: We struggle with everyday adversity.
HH: What future plans do you have from here with regard to writing new material? What future developments can we expect in the CSD camp?
CSD: The new material is almost ready. Now we must complete it and then record and produce it. Our dream is to release it at the end of this year, but….
HH: Before you go, do you have a final message for the discriminate, dedicated faithful of HH?
CSD: The antidote for this world is real love and friendship. Thank you