Organic and electronic
BY MARISA LENCIONI Special to The Seattle Times
Who are the members of Kill Switch...Klick?
d.A. Sebasstian, Vocals, slambar, percussion, programming
Michael Ditmore, drums, percussion
Paul Wynia, bass
If you want background information on Kill Switch..Klick or long and imaginatively worded passages describing their industrial electronic sound, there is a plethora of clippings from music magazines, both local and national. The band has been around for about three years, and its original, techno-constructed tunes have garnered the attention to prove it.
KsK grew out of d.A. Sebasstian's vision of musical life after his previous punk and alternative bands. Michael Ditmore's hard-rock studio experience further amped the techno direction of the band, and with Paul Wynia's stage energy, the band's not only musically original but intensely performance-oriented as well.
"It's in between a lot of things," says Sebasstian about KsK's sound. "We really don't try to fit into any one category. For example, we turned a lot of rivet heads off with our first album, because it was so organic, but they came back with the next album. The punks have always been fans."
"It's been hard for record labels to classify, but the label we're on now (the L.A.-base dCleopatra Records) understands our kind of music, it's mostly what they do," says Wynia.
"It's neither totally electronic nor totally organic."
For simplicity's sake KsK can be called techno, but don't confuse their techno with the sterile sounds of Kraftwerk or New Order. KsK is energetic and aggressive, with the intricate subtle quality of layered electronic music, and the raw energy and inspiration of punk.
"I write what I write because this is where my creativity comes out," explains Sebasstian.
"Culturally, we're going from the industrial age to the age of communication. Everyone knows what a fax noise is, or what modem blips sound like, and it's only natural that these sounds become a part of music."
"I know I like this music because electronic music is so original," adds Wynia. "When I was in punk bands we used a guitar, bass, drums and three chords - any deviation from that was not allowed! With electronic music we're always using some new sound source."
"It's also the only type of music where a mistake can work its way into something good, "says Ditmore. "We use a lot of electronic instruments on stage, and sometimes people get on me for using a sequencer or (digital audio) tape, but I'd rather do that than add the three extra people it would take to play those sounds organically. "The bottom line is, you can do whatever you want with this kind of music," says Sebasstian.
"We can go places the standard rock band can't."
Where to catch Kill Switch...Klick
Saturday in a benefit for the Northwest AIDS Foundation in the "At The Door" concert series
at the Off-Ramp Cafe & Lounge, 109 Eastlake Ave. E. (628-0232). KsK's new CD
"Oddities & Versions" available at most area music stores.