by Kandis Knight
A few short years ago one of the Twin Cities best Hip-Hop groups, Odd Jobs, left for the bright lights of New York City. Now they’ve returned (well, most of them). With a new album, a new sound and a new name, people get ready, Kill the Vultures have arrived.
Download an mp3 of Kill the Vulture’s song The Vultures.
Pulse: OK, so everyone wants to know, what really happened to Odd Jobs?
Nomi: Odd Jobs broke up and created a new group called Kill The Vultures.
It consists of Anatomy (Stephen Lewis), Crescent Moon (Alexei Casselle), Nomi
(Mario De Mira) and Advizer (Adam Waytz).
PULSE: Where did the name and title come from?
Anatomy: Kill The Vultures is a chorus on one of our songs and it was
just really fitting. To me it means kill the demons that haunt you. It has a
sort of dark comedic quality to it. It’s supposed to be funny but truthful
at the same time.
Crescent Moon: The title means something different to everyone. It’s
about getting rid of the vultures on your shoulders, whatever a vulture may
be in your life. Get rid of all the dumb shit.
PULSE: What distinguishes this album from your previous projects?
Moon: We came with a whole new approach for this album. I feel like on the
old albums we never really knew what the hell we were doing but at least this
time we acknowledged it, you know, and are just coming fresh this time. Anatomy
would get a loop going or the basic feeling for a track, a beat playing, and
we would all sit in a room and freestyle over it for awhile and record that
and listen for things we might want to use. We wanted to keep it as spontaneous
as possible and not go over it with a fine-toothed comb. I feel like our past
recordings never embodied what we were about. Our live shows were always better
than our recordings, the recordings weren’t edgy enough. We came with
this approach where we had to make it as raw as possible. We would usually just
start recording and try to [get the whole song down] in one take.
Nomi: We recorded this album in a booth that was 3 by 3 and all three
of us were in there in the middle of the summer in California. It was very intense.
We opened up our communication between ourselves. We would all talk about the
songs and what they meant over and over again. We wanted to show ourselves in
each verse. We kept saying to ourselves, keep it “nasty,” reminiscent
of our old school days in basements, with friends.
PULSE: Production-wise, how else did things change?
Crescent Moon: We have always been cautious and over-analytical about
what we were recording. I think we all have these obsessive-compulsive tendencies
where we listen to things over and over again. This time we decided as long
as you can feel what you did and can stand behind it then it’s good. Every
time I listen to what is now the final Kill The Vultures record, there are still
moments when I get goosebumps, it still moves me. That’s what I’m
most proud of. We kept it real. We got right to the point. No fillers.
Anatomy: Everything became a direct reflection of our selves. This is
an open and direct reflection of what we are and what we do.
PULSE: How do you think your fans will react to these changes?
Nomi: The old records don’t matter, nothing matters. In the grand
scheme of things nothing matters. This type of thinking eliminates our egos
and our safety nets and let’s us just do us. People can call it multi-genre
music if they want.
PULSE: How have things changed on the business end of what you guys
Anatomy: We used to care about business things but now we just realize
we’re like pieces of shit and we’re just rolling with it. Actually,
we are on a different label than we had before. We used to be on a Hip-Hop label.
Now we’re on an Avant Garde label. We sent CDs out to a bunch of labels
and we got contacted by an Avant Garde/punk label and they introduced us to
some cool ideas so it seemed like a good fit. Business-wise we’re just
trying to get by. We have no manager currently. Locust Music (Chicago, Ill.)
created an imprint called Jib Door to start with us and other musicians including
12-string Chinese guitar music and anything you can think of. They also put
out a bunch of beatnik jazz groups and they started a new label that is basically
us and a bunch of beatnik jazz groups so we’re kind of a beatnik Hip-Hop
group. I stand behind that.
PULSE: How do you feel your music represents the Twin Cities?
Anatomy: When we were in New York we were definitely influenced by the
music there and we learned a lot about the basic Hip-Hop sound. When we came
back here we threw all that out the window and made something that doesn’t
have a basic Hip-Hop sound. Like Minnesota weather it’s dark and cold
and there are like train tracks. It definitely has a Midwest feel. It’s
raw and doesn’t have a glossy West Coast feel or a New York street feel.
It’s more like open country and train tracks. Because this album is so
much more “realized” than our other work I think it can tap into
a new market but will also appeal to the people who liked us before.
Kill the Vultures have their first ever performance (and unofficial CD
release show) on Sun. Feb. 20 at the Triple Rock Social Club with Askeleton.
10 p.m. 21+. TBA. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-333-7399. Locust Music will be
officially releasing the album in April but the group made a bunch of bootleg
copies and put them at Electric Fetus, Cheapo and Fifth Element. They have glow
in the dark covers.
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