Paranoid Visions Interview
Was it a hard decision to bring the band back together,
and who is
playing with the band these days?
getting back together wasn't a hard decision at all.
We had reformed
back in 1996 to play on a couple of dates on the sex pistols filthy
lucre tour and had played a handful of gigs at that time, then we just
let it slide for a while and got back to play with the damned in 2001
and the wasted morecambe gig that year...then let it slide again. We
kept talking about playing again but it wasn't until Toxic wanted to
put out our back catalogue and we reckoned we should get together to
launch it that it actually happened. The level of interest and the
reactions were so good that we decided we would just keep it rolling
along until we have achieved everything we want to.
The line up of the band
P.A : guitar
Joe libido: Guitar
ke 7: bass / guitar
sarah bellum: vocals
beano: drums / bass
paul o'tician: drums
How has the bands views and sound changed
over the years?
in the early 80's, like most of our peers we subscribed to a crass
type of ethic. Over the years I for one, haven't really changed my
stance but have used it as a platform to base my life around...albeit
in a more unorthodox way. I feel that the "there is no authority
yourself" philosophy is what has made me what I am, what I have,
I do and what I feel today.
The bands sound has eveloved and de-evolved over the years. In the
80's, all our records were the sound of a band who had no formal
training and limited skills trying to make the best of their ability
to create interesting and different music to the general norm within
and outside the punk rock scene. The nearest thing we could have
allied ourselves to was the dead kennedys as we shared a common sense
of mischief and less of the hard line pseudo angry stances adopted by
many bands at the time. We had always aspired to sound like bands such
as killing joke, gang of 4, siouxsie, magazine etc...but simply
couldn't play that well...so our own style was born. Later in the
early 90's, we had a new line up and whilst the music was quite
accomplished, the song structures were more about 3 chord tricks
played with a bit of style. This new line up is the first in 16 years
to write new material and for once the ability matches the style and
aspirations and I am finally very confident about where we are going
musically...totally uncomprimising, but only because we want to do it
that way rather than it being the only way we can do it!
What has been the high point and lowest point
of the bands history? Would you do anything different?
High point and low point are about the same really in
one respect. In
1987 we were riding the crest of a wave in Ireland with a hit single
and a hit album under our belts without bowing to any industry
requirements, pressure, interference or necessity...we existed in our
own little punk rock world with what we assumed was a big gang of
mates who turned up for our gigs, blagged records and then went home
to listen to a "real" band they really liked instead of us. However,
if we had thought about it, we had been selling upwards of 1500
records in a country where a big seller was 500...
pretty soon the "cool" studenty "lets latch on to the next
big thing" wankers decided we were yesterdays news and the same
type of right-on crusty
wankers decided we were now popstars. As our notoriety had spread, so
had the negative angles..I remember deko and caff having a few people
trying to start fights on them for no reason..just because the
recognised them from the papers. I also remember stories
accelerating like chinese whispers..."deko beat me up...!" when
reality a bloke with paranoid visions on his back told him to fuck
off. It was a wierd time really and while its nice to have success and
recognition, its not a thing that we were courting or looking for.
regrets..i've had as few, but then again to few to mention!......maybe
when we didn't bother to return the calls from CBS and Virgin. Maybe
not though! Maybe sending our american record label a master tape of
some old material rather than the material they had just paid the
recording bill for resulting in us falling out with them! ...then
How has the scene changed since you first
started? What changes have you seen in your audience?
theres a lot more people with shaved heads these days...skinheads
really had it right didn't they...never go grey or bald! Or the
damned....greased back hair, berets, sunglasses, make up......it all
covers up the bald spots and wrinkles doesn't it, who would have
thought they would have had that sense on longevity about their image
the scene now seems to have a lot more genuine fans in it, its not a
fad nor a fashion these days. The right on wanker element seems to
have diminished, although I suspect a revival of those tossers with "
X" on their hand who don't smoke, drink, drug or fuck is just around
Its also got a lot more organised..the web is a marvelous thing and
access to bands, music, downloads, festivals, information is
brilliant. The diy element of the punk thing is so so important and
the internet gives direct access to that. Theres a lot of people who
grew up with the anarcho influence who took it to the next level in
terms of setting up diy businesses...like this website, like as lot
the booking agents, labels, promotors like daz and toxic john, radio
shows etc...its fantastic really and much easier to get yourself heard
You mention on your website, new releases
are on the way. What can people
and expect and when?
we have so much stuff to release!
firstly we have a new single, missing in action, to be released soon
backed with a lump of other tracks from other releases. There is a new
album being recorded and its all either brand new material, older
material that never made it past the demo of live stage, or in one
case a re recording of an old song we do much better now. The album
is called "40 shades of gangreen (alternative national anthems)" and
we expect to have it out after xmas.
Also we are compiling 2 outakes, wierd stuff, unreleased and unheard
stuff albums called "venom in de skies" vol 1 and 2...theres
stuff on that including along lost radio session that is really good.
theres a proposed split live album with P.A.I.N recorded at a gig we
did with them in Dublin this year and we are now re-releasing our "bollox
2 xmas" album
which has 20
classic xmas numbers trashed both musically and lyrically...such as 12
months at xmas (on the fist day of christmas my true love gave to
me..a day on the piss for free), hosanna in a hiace, the classic
wombling merry christmas reworked as drunken merry christmas, white
christmas (may all your christmases be shite) etc aswell as deko's 20
minute story of xmas-the joey and mary chain. We love this album...buy
it from punkoiuk.co.uk!
How did you go about starting a
Record Label and is it something you would do again?
for us there was never any option considered...it had
to be putting
records out ourselves with licencing deals. I am really glad about it
now as it means we have full ownership in every way shape and form of
everything we ever released. It was a simple thing really....book
recording time ourselves, pay (or not pay) the bill ourselves, send a
master copy to whoever we were dealing with and request a load of
copies as part royalty payment so we could bang them off in ireland!
These days, manufacture and distribution deals are harder to come by,
so now we just press the cds ourselves...would love to find
someone to license them as its very hard to tap into a certain network
of distributors and stuff still needs to be in the shops......any
How much has being from Ireland influenced the
quite a bit.
we were certainly isolated from the uk scene and had major trouble
trying to get regular gigs, giving us more time to write and develop
style...a lot less hectic (one year we played only 3 gigs).
there was always a certain level of small mindedness and a huge U2
fallout in the music scene and that gave us something to kick against.
Its also a lot easier to become a big fish in a small pond so the
scale of the band was dispraportionate to the uk and european markets
Please tell the readers 5 facts about the band they
will not know?
we have had 7 bass players, 6 drummers and 6 backing
deko hates everyone equally
jello biafra used to like us
U2 said we were "supposedly irelands answer to the clash...but are
load of rubbish really"
johnny rotten has a paranoid visions t shirt
Plans, gigs and releases
planned for 2006.
releases mentioned above.
we will be playing London we hope later this year with pain and
we will be playing at the wasted party in october
planning a smart arsed xmas t shirt
Any final comments?
many thanks for the interest and stuff....buy our stuff
log onto www.paranoidvisions.com
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