Musical configuration/Names/Label/etc: KULL (aka Marina Elderton and Lika Protsenko)
SHABSI MANN: In the distant future(think sci-fi), how do you envision music being used to dominate our sociopolitical arena?
KULL: All mass-produced mind-numbing disposable pre-pubescent sexualised commercialised messages in music have fizzled out as the collective unconscious is no longer swayed/perturbed/obsessed by it. After the worldwide social economic revolution has recalibrated work/life structures, making use of advanced technology to perform agricultural and manufacturing maintenance, sharing worldwide resources and freeing everyone from the economic slavery of debt, people have more time to explore themselves and eachother through music and whatever art form they are intuitively drawn to. Domination of one thing implies suppression of something else, and being force-fed anything, no matter how artistic, inspires antagonism against it. It would be a shame to imagine a world where music is stripped of it’s innate ethereal quality and is being used as a blunt political tool!
SM: If music was a currency, what would you name it?
SM: If you were to describe yourselves as spirits from another time/world masquerading as humans, how would you describe the manifestation of these entities?
KULL: Translucent flotsam with the scent of tangerine
SM: I have two cats Kiki & Suku, and I have noticed that they eat with their noses, not their eyes. When I leave a nice bit of fish right in front of them, they still spend the next ten seconds sniffing & searching for it! This leads me to believe that even cats cannot fully rely on their own eye sight… In your view, what role do the senses of smell, touch and taste have in relation to hearing when experiencing music?
KULL: That’s a great observation about the cats’ behaviour, in a way it’s endearing to see these imperviously graceful creatures being dumbfounded by such a simple task! Precious memories can be conjured by a faint scent, or by the snippet of a distant melody- in this way beautiful moments like listening to music live can be encapsulated forever in one’s mind.
SM: If you had to time travel and re-emerge into the world via a womb, whose would it be?
KULL: Casting the socio-economic considerations aside, we have the power to shape our tastes, opinions and aspirations through the choices we make, not confining our conscious selves to a pre-programmed destiny of conformity with one’s origins - in that sense it makes no difference whose womb one came into the world via. (But what’s more telling is what one does with one’s own!)
SM: No one likes dictators… but if there was music playing out of any orifice on their body, what would it be? For example, Thatcher’s punany definitely has “I would rather have a bowl of coco pops” blaring out of it…
KULL: Napoleon could expel Beethoven’s Symphony Number 3 in E-Flat major (the Eroica), which was secretly dedicated to him, but we’re not sure a) if he qualifies as a dictator, or b) we want to consider anyone from this angle.
SM: What would your music carve out in a field of cotton?
KULL: We humbly take our hats off to the average crop circle, an artistic statement that cannot be surpassed.
SM: In performance art, women often whiten their bodies in order to ‘equalize’ them. Do you believe such motives also exist for the female sonic body?
KULL: The most powerful artists transcend the immediate facts of their gender with the weight of an artistic message, so perhaps channelling something from a higher creative place has that ‘whitening’ effect.
SM: Everyone has musical heroes. What would you imagine to be growing out of the butt holes of your heroes?
KULL: Punanies and butt holes?! Nothing more iconoclastic then reducing our heroes and villains to orifices. We respectfully abstain.
SM: What would be written on your tomb stone(s)?
KULL: I asked for cremation
SM: Please tell us a bit about your EP from 2013 and share some secrets about the macabre candy floss landscape in which it came from…
KULL: The EP we made last year emerged out of specific shared moments of isolation with delicate streams of guitar, bass and vocals. We had released a lo-fi reel-to-reel tape recording in December 2012 and created a visual world around that as a hand made booklet with images inspired by the morbid vibrancy of Roman Catholic iconography. Marina was wearing a veil live, dressed as this Mary-esque figure from the booklet. In some ways that first stage was a comforting smog for us to envelope ourselves in, with fuzzy guitar, feeding back bass and distant voices. We were in the fragile state of getting to grips with our instruments and the vulnerability of performing the songs to other human beings live after an introverted time just playing to each other… The EP resulted after we spent last New Years Eve together holed up in a bedroom as distant figures behind glassy walls, watching the fireworks across the London sky. The symbolic expulsions of other stranger’s revelries in the dark. Perhaps making music necessitates being an observer on some level. We seem to find ourselves on the outskirts of life looking in sometimes. We wrote Levitation that night through to morning and it felt like such a beautiful re-birth. It was as if a blanket of quiet fell upon the surrounding space and everything was momentarily suspended. We had strands of 4 other songs that had been brewing until that moment, each with a ray of hope and delicacy so we decided to record them collectively as soon as possible to try and capture that youthful energy, before they grew up and become numb to their own power. Those recordings were always intended as sketches in that sense so we released a limited run of 70 (as a split release with Reverb Worship Records). We printed individually numbered sleeves with B&W photocopies of beautiful half-decayed magnolia leaves onto transparencies as unique artwork for each CD.
We’re developing these songs further now to incorporate more layers as well as a collection of new material, working towards an album around the end of the year. We’re also planning a split double-sided single release with an inspiring band called Thought Forms around October 2014.