Chris Connelly: A Rock and Roll Fables Conversation

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“I think everyone will be delighted. It’s like me going to all my fans and, individually, giving each of them a bottle of assorted pills and a sack full of porn and hotel bar booze.  I do it for the kidz!”

And honestly, who doesn’t want that? In case you missed the headline, we’re talking to Chris Connelly: musician extraordinaire, author (Please check out the sublime Concrete, Bulletproof,  Invisible and Fried: My Life As a Revolting Cock if you’re a fan of the industrial scene), and record store guru (On his gig at Chicago based Reckless Records :”It is my day job, not my company. I would rather stay at home and sip single malt“). He’s a man of many hats and in his current project, Cocksure, Connelly will once again be be sporting that familiar cowboy hat which is sure to excite fans of his work with Al Jourgensen in the ’90’s.

“I wanted to do something that picked up where the Cocks left off…unfinished business from two decades ago. But I dislike nostalgia… and the old songs are the old songs, so I approached my friend Jason Novak, a very talented individual and asked if he could accommodate my idea” says Connelly about Cocksure, whose full-length debut TVMALSV is a rip roaring torrent of Revolting Cocks inspired industrial noise.

That’s where the comparisons should end, though, as Connelly is quick to point out: “We definitely wanted to reflect the good bits of the Cocks, but the sound needed updating. The aesthetic needed a bit of a kick in the nuts, to be honest.  It needed hardening and we needed to embrace the times we live in and not the dreadful 90’s”

To coincide with the album’s release on August 12th, Cocksure will be hitting the road for a slew of performances with Front 242 (Richard 23 actually guests on TVMALSV track “TKO Mindfuck”) like only they can: “Cocksure live? We are going to look like a very cute and sexy Sleigh Bells.  We are two desperately handsome young men who know all about showbiz, baby!  We will be doing select dates, not a full tour.  I still got an ankle bracelet and a bitch of a parole officer.”

Beyond that, Connelly mentions that the work of his that he’s most proud of “is always the latest one” making Cocksure required listening for fans of his and industrial music fans. However, if you’re looking for recommendations about bands in the current industrial “scene”, Connelly proves that he can still shock and surprise audiences: “I think modern hip hop has more in common. I love things like M.I.A. and Die Antwoord.”

And if that wasn’t enough Connelly for you this year, there’s also Bells Into Machines with Paul Barker in the pipeline (“We will talk about that when we’ve got a full length to show off”).

But for now, it’s all about Cocksure. TVMALSV will be uncaged through Metropolis Records on August 12th. You can pre-order yours here and find out more about Cocksure here.

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