Sedition: The song and vidéo of 'Knights of The Black Sun' ( by Andy Lefton ) have been stunning as well as the 12" record that came out for that! I imagine it quite hard to put images on music and lyrics, how did the imagery come together ? What was the idea behind the whole vidéo ? How was it meant to be interpreted ?
Sedtion: I know you've been involved in Zygote for years but what else has been going on during AMEBIX's hiatus ? What have ex-members been up to ? Are you all still in touch with each other ?
Sedition: AMEBIX has been a huge influence on the Crust punk mouvement in the late 80's and throughout all the years. You've been pioneers in a special imagery for the artwork and metaphoric lyrics. Since the lyrics are not printed in your new LP can you give us a global view of what you wanted to come out of your new record lyrically and visually ? Has this new sound brought you a new following ?we wanted to make something that would reflect our past present and predict our futures ....Rob is a truly great writer of imagery in my opiion one of the most talented lyric writers alive [dont tell him i said that though ].while my thing is making atmospheric music im not great at lyrics...but as usual we wanted to tap into certain ideas and archetypes and i believe we have succeeded in doing so ...we have made something from nothing ... and that is a good thing
Sedition: Going back to the release of 'Redux', were those titles chosen because you think those four songs are those that represent best the band ? 'No Gods, No Master's' taken from the anarchist leitmotiv and in the song 'Chain Reaction' has really been attached to the bands philosophy. Do you still feel the same politicaly after all this time ? After your passage through CRASS records on the 'Bullshit Detector' comp, the Bristol squatting mouvement of the early 80's, the Manoir of Dartmoor. How as individuals do you feel you have evolved ? Does the DIY punk mouvement still feel the same for you down the road ?in obviously things have changed in the world a lot but people are still the same as they were back then and my beliefs are still pretty much unchanged ..my views on life and humanity have always been along the lines of the things i felt to be true as a child ..polititians come and go fashions change ...but i believe in freedom of mind and body to do youre own will with providing you are not hurting others ....
Sedition: It's also cool to see a proper reedtion of the 'Monolith' LP that originally came out in 87' on Heavy Metal records now available again from 'Back on Black'. Re reading your biography on your website it's stated that the collapse of Heavy Metal records and your last tour in 87' saw the decline of the band. Is this the reality of things and do you think it was a good call at the time ?i dont think Heavy Metal records collapsed as such but as far as i know they are still chugging along quite happily despite never paying us for monolith .. as for the band even a painter needs money for brushes and canvas ..we werent getting anything back to keep us going so we stopped ..at the time it made sense and yeah i think it was a good idea to knock it on the head then ..