Theatrical Acoustic-Alternative Post-Heroin-Chic, kind of like Tim Curry meets Edward Scissorhands meets Karl Wallinger, who’s also a Buddhist. There’s a darkness there that’s not really dark, just real.
MAC ATTACK - MIKE TREBILCOCK - GERALD TAYLOR - REINHARD "F.T. SIRIUS" KYPKE - JIM PERRY
F A Q
I HEARD THAT TMD IS “Theatrical Acoustic-Alternative Post-Heroin-Chic, kind of like Tim Curry meets Edward Scissorhands meets Karl Wallinger, who’s also a Buddhist”? THAT “there’s a darkness there that’s not really dark, just real”?
Yes, that's true. That came out of Mark Daum's review of the Deathstyle::Celebration record. Mark Daum is a very well-respected musician in the Hamilton area in Ontario. He plays every instrument you probably have heard of at a degree of competency that stuns and amazes. He was reflecting more on the fact that that record is a little bit slanted towards acoustic tracks. Live, you could get pretty much anything. In a recent review, the band was described as sounding like “Neil Young on David Bowie drugs”.
FROM WHERE DOES TMD HAIL?
Generally speaking, we answer southern Ontario. There are so many draft dodgers up here in Canada that sometimes play as part of the madness that we don't disclose all of their locations. Some of them have escaped to such far-flung towns as Port Huron, Guelph, Hamilton, and Toronto. Nothing says that people from Barrie or -heaven forbid- Peterborough can't join us for an evening of debauchery. Now, where these people really come from is a whole other kettle of fish.
I HEARD THAT TMD HAS AT LEAST ONE GERMAN. DOES TMD HAVE AN IMMIGRATION POLICY?
You heard right. Reinhard Kypke, who often plays the piano at live shows, is from the mighty Berlin. Actually there is a substitute bass player (technically referred to as a “spare”) who is also from Berlin. There's something about that town. David Bowie recorded his Eno-trilogy there... As for the immigration policy, TMD generally supports immigration and emigration. It's a free world, baby.
IS IT REALLY TRUE THAT MAC'S FIRST SHOW WAS OPENING FOR BIF NAKED?
Actually that's not true. Mac's first band “Bloodflowers” -named after the William Valgardson short story of the same name- played its first show in Thunder Bay opening for Orange County's favorite sons the Cadillac Tramps at a place called Crocks'N'Rolls in downtown Port Arthur. They had just opened for Pearl Jam and were keen to share their experiences with us. That early version of TMD played some of the same songs as This Mad Desire still plays today. At the second show, Bif Naked tried to go home with the teenage guitarist in the Bloodflowers, so that's where that rumour probably started.
HOW MANY MOVIES USE TMD TRACKS?
Not enough! To the best of my knowledge, only one so far. http://www.wix.com/AndreyPetrusha/MARY is the site for a horror movie called "Mary" which screened at the 2011 Montreal Film Festival in late August. It features at least two of our songs and background music by the great Steve Baric! Musicians who play and have played in the band have individually had many tracks popping up in places you've heard about. Go check out Deathstyle::Celebration co-producer Andrew McPherson's eccodek project or sometime guitarist Mike Trebilcock. Prepare to be razzled AND dazzled.
In a slightly related note, our song “Razorblade Man” was requested for use for a hair stylist's promotional video. The funding, unfortunately fell through. However, at bizarre.com, you can hear Green Ironfist's instrumental remix of that track at Razorblade-Hustlin39 .
WHAT ABOUT AWARDS? WIN ANYTHING?
Mac Attack won his first national songwriting competition as a teenager. His first cookbook also won two national awards. Believe it! Sometime guitarist Mike Trebilcock led Hamilton-based the Killjoys in the 90s. They won a Juno and a Rock Radio Award and had eight Top 40 songs in Canada. The band is rounded out by bassist Gerald Taylor, Berlin-born Reinhard “F.T. Sirius” Kypke, and Jim “Jim of all trades” Perry, who is truly a genre unto himself. They have won several sporting awards in their youths mostly for participation. Andrew McPherson who co-produced the “Deathstyle::Celebration” record was nominated for a Juno not so long ago for his Eccodek project. So obviously TMD surrounds itself with award-winners. I can guarantee you that the day Mackenzie Kristjon wins a Grammy, he will certainly not be saying, “Oh man... these mean nothing. We don't do it for the awards, man. We do it for the chicks!”
I HEARD THAT MACKENZIE KRISTJON'S ALTER EGO 'MAC ATTACK' HAS AN ONGOING MONTHLY COMIC BOOK OF THE SAME NAME.
We heard that too. It's only half-right. There exists a comic book entitled “Mac Attack” published by QPM Comics out of Hamilton, Ontario. Only one issue has been released to date. It is amazing and you should write QPMcomics@gmail.com to demand more!
Mac Attack the comic, was created through the inspirations of Mac Attack's music, and stage performance. Mac Attack is a musician with a powerful weapon, his guitar. He lives in a large metropolitan area, and is trying to find his place in it. An explosion of a downtown building creates an intrigue within him and he must find out what has happened. But this was only the beginning. An unseen assailant is masterminding and manipulating the powerful musician and creates a series of clues that will lead to a most explosive conclusion.
Available for $5 plus S/H. T-shirt S/M/L for $20 plus S/H at www.coastline-publishing.com.
I'M COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS MAD DESIRE. I WANT THEM TO COME VISIT ME. HOW CAN I MAKE THIS HAPPEN?
You're not alone in this madness. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see what we can work out.