collaborators on Attak include singer Lucia Cifarelli (ex-Drill),
Raymond "Pig" Watts, Bill Rieflin (Ministry), Joolz Hodgson
(Pig), and guitarist Tim Skold (Shotgun Messiah, Lords of Acid,
"The studio line-up
is different from the live line-up," Sascha said. "The
touring band got together for about a week before we started. We're
a seven-piece line-up on stage and everyone is a full-fledged and
capable musician. The set includes songs played 16 years ago by
Sascha said die-hard
fans won't mind hearing classic KMFDM songs performed by different
musicians. The original line-up, featuring co-founder En Esch, hasn't
played together since '99. "It's like going to a skiffle or
jazz night and listening to a rendition of a Louis Armstrong song,"
he said. "It doesn't matter if it sounds the same, as long
as you enjoy yourself. It's a combination of legend, cult status
and a bunch of hardworking guys doing this."
It also marks the first
KMFDM tour in five years. Sascha says little has changed since he
last took the stage. "It's the same vibe, but better,"
he said. "We practically doubled our crowd and the kids are
just going ape over the new stuff as well as the old stuff. Our
audience has rejuvenated once more, attracting a new generation."
A new generation that
likely has Sascha and company to thank for most of the post-grunge
heavy metal heard on today's hard rock stations. "Seven years
ago we took Korn out on one of their very first tours," Sascha
said. "We took out Rammstein when no one knew them outside
of Germany. Bands that have been seen with us view our tour as some
sort of launching pad. We're not striving to be the next big thing
in the mainstream. We want to be under the radar."
Even if MTV came a-knocking?
"Yes. I threw the guys from MuchMusic (a Canadian version of
MTV) out of our dressing room just the other day. I told them we
didn't need their racist, sexist station."
Still, KMFDM videos aired
on MTV back in their glory days. Sascha admits that they were on
that path once when they were "young, dumb and full of cum."
"I was once on 120
Minutes (a defunct MTV series) and hated it so bad that from
that point on we never submitted anything to MTV anymore,"
Sascha said. "We're happy where we are and where we're headed."
Copyright © 2002 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved. Photos by Jacques