Killing Miranda
Keith Elcombe catches up with Hard Wired favourites, Killing Miranda.

1. So who goes to make up the ranks of the band now?
We're basically the same four that started out back in 1998. The only line up change has been when Chris (bass) left a couple of years back. We'd been thinking of switching to a one guitar line up anyway so Irish moved to Bass and that was that. Four complete bastards.

2. What have you been up to for the past year (from a band specific point of view), and why?
We spent most of last year dealing with contractual stuff. Since then we've been finishing writing the next album. Which is nearly done. Promise. We've had a few things to deal with recently including tour support offers, one of which we've just completed. It's been a bit slow but it'll be worth the wait. I don't want us to finish before we're ready. This album is crucial for us.

3. “Killing Miranda” - Rock Goth act, or mainly Rock with a twist of Goth? Explain.
To me we are what we are. A crossover band with elements of Goth, metal and industrial and other bits and bob. We've always tried to innovate rather than imitate and that makes us hard to tag, which annoys you journo types no end I gather. He he. Personally I don't care what people wanna call us. We're Killing Miranda. That’s exactly what we are. We don't have to waste our time with anything else.

4. Given that you’ve put a lot of mileage on the band (in terms of experience), who and what influences what you do now, as opposed to when you were just starting out?
I think we're al lot more established in terms of knowing what we wanna do. The last couple of years we've really refined all the initial influences into something that is ours and no-one elses. We work to that formula, if we work to any. I'd rather drink rancid piss than try and compensate for the gaps in peoples lives left by the inactivity of the Sisters or Iron Maiden or whatever. I'm not here to be a substitute, as many bands appear happy to be. I want KM to be remembered for being one of a kind and nothing else matters.

5. What’s been the major change for the band since you first put out a release?
Wow. I dunno. Since we got a manager we've got allot more potential offers to get out and make ourselves known to the metal audience. We've just done a UK tour with Paradise Lost and made allot of new fans off the back of that. I think something even bigger will come up soon. Artistically, well we did a demo song for industry called "I know what you want" and to us that kinda marked the point where we arrived at our "sound" and we knew everything was blending just right. It made the point to ourselves that we could make something entirely new from this rock thing.

On top of that I think we've recently made an effort to distance ourselves from the Goth scene infighting stuff. I think mentally it's been a relief not to have to deal with that no more.

6. Hard Wired interviewed you just after you had released ‘Burn Sinister’, (in our 6th issue when we were a printed magazine). What changes, if any, have you noticed in the UK Goth scene since then? Have things got better or worse?
We've played now in ten different countries and I have to say that things seem to be very circular. The scene goes on much as it always has. Changes come along, things progress slightly but not enough, world without end, hallelujah. There’s been some good releases and good bands and allot of rubbish. Nothing new there I guess.

I suppose in stylistic terms it's been interesting to see the cyber scene rise and fall. That’s thrown up some great bands and brought some attention they deserve almost by association. Wumpscut spring to mind here.

7. MP3 - is it killing the music scene, or is it giving major record labels a major shot in the arm?
It's wrong really that bands don't get paid for their music. KM are heavily pirated on Kazaa and so on, and while it's good in a sense that thousands of people have heard us that perhaps wouldn't have, we also get frustrated that we get not a penny for that. If we had, we would be allot closer to getting that third album out. People have to think that way. If they like the band, in a sense they do have to pay for us to exist.

8. What direction do you see the band taking in the future? Where, ideally, do you see KM in say, five years time?
We've kind of decided that we've got 8 years to go. And that'll be that. I want us to do three more albums really, with the next one being our darkest and most industrial tinged yet. Then I'd like to do (in no particular order) one that’s more stripped down and Rick Rubin-y and one that’s got a kinda acoustic basis, kinda Pete Murphy. Just playing with the sound really. Any format has its limits, and we'll push ours as far as they can go and then move on.

9. What has been the band’s greatest achievement to date?
Euro rock 2000 possibly? Gotham 2001? I dunno. Lots of good gigs. I still really like the last album, it's stood up well. It gets better as I listen to it more.

10. Where do you see KM fitting in the jigsaw puzzle which is the modern UK alternative scene?
(Adopts Edna Crabapple voice) HA! Very reluctantly. There are a few bands I respect, Narcissus Pool, deathboy and the like, but on the whole we still maintain a big distance from much of the scene. We don’t approve of plagiarism and bandwagon jumping and that pretty much defines our relationship with the scene. We don't want to get pushed into a corner stylistically and be made to be some sorta VNV clone just 'cos that'll sell records this week

11. Record labels and releases. What can we expect from the stable of KM in the not too distant future?
We hope to announce our new label by the Autumn, with the next album to follow soon after. I think we may be putting a single out before that. Watch this space.

12. You’re playing Gotham on the 18th May - playing on the same bill as the Damned. How do you feel about this? It must be quite an honour…?
Actually Yeah ! When I was at university I used to do Karaoke with the Damned's version of "eloise". I won a few crates of beer thanks to them so yeah. An hounour. Seriously, we're all fans of punk rock and it's great to be playing with one of the heroes of that scene. Punk is the source of pretty much all alternative music and I'd always list bands like the Ramones, Misfists and the Damned among the most important influences on KM.

13. How do you see the line up for Gotham? Do you think it’s a good mix of acts?
I haven't heard of many of the acts below us. I've heard a bit of In Strict confidence. Not bad at all. Attrition we've gigged with before. Ghost of Lemora I've heard of a little bit but most of the rest I'm really not familiar with. I think Excession were about a while ago but they seem to have slipped into obscurity a bit. Psychophile I think gigged with us once.

14. If there was one band on the face of the planet (alive or dead) that you’d give anything to play with, or support, who would it be?
Tool would be amazing. Or Rammstein. Both mind blowing live bands and a real challenge to support I bet! Love the chance to do it, though, I think it'd be cool to support a great live band like classic Fields of the Nephilim or Motorhead. Irish Dave would undoubtedly say the Sisters but much as I love their records I have to say we'd mince them easily live. I'd prefer a challenge as I said. I've enjoyed sharing a stage with some terrific bands, the Mission, Front 242 and Das Ich spring to mind and I like that. I think good bands rub off on you. Possible shit ones do too, which is why we keep clear of bands we don't respect.

15. And finally, if there was one band on the face of the planet you’d never want to appear on the same bill as, who would it be, and why? Oh, and no copping out by saying ‘Boyzone’….<grin>
Ouch. I could really ruffle a few feathers here. I don't think I should be slagging off other bands here so I'll play it safe a bit and say Good Charlotte 'cos right now I hate their music more than anyone elses ever and it’s highly unlikely we'd ever share a bill with them. "Lifestyles of the rich and the famous" my arse.