Interview: Köfte deVille of Mad Sin

Ahead of the German punkabilly band's October 15th show at Matrix, Provokator magazine's Pamela Moye interviews frontman Köfte deVille

With new album Dead Moon's Calling, Mad Sin steps out of the moonlight shadows.

Their latest offering opens with the tinkling chimes of a twisted lullaby, and we're invited to join The Sindicate.

There's no time for consideration - the opening track is an earworm that already has you singing along before you realize you know the words.

Point of No Return isn't only the name of the song, but an assessment of the band.

Mad Sin has been around nearly 20 years, amazingly without suffering any major catastrophes and retaining two of the original three members.

With a reputation for drug-fueled mischief and mayhem, lit by pyrotechnics onstage, the genius of their music is often carelessly overlooked by those not willing to scratch the surface.

Dead Moon's Calling shouldn't be ignored- it's the culmination of their past efforts, a representation of musical influences, and a preparation to go in a new direction.

Mad Sin is coming into its own - a psychobilly band that isn't just a psychobilly band, a stage show that's more than smoke and mirrors, and a frontman who's learned some lessons and has a few things to say about the band, the album, and subculture scenes.

Pamela Moye: With the Where The Bad Boys Rock tour, did you guys reach a different audience than you did before?

Köfte deVille: I think we did that a couple of years ago. We've got a mixed audience. We've worked for that really hard because, especially in Germany, it is like "you look like that so you are like this, you look like that so you are like this,"... Everything's in drawers. We fought to get lots of people into our music and to make them understand that other bands do the same thing, so we've always played with a mix of bands.

PM: That's one of the things I respect about you guys- that you're not afraid to cross borders, cross genres...

KdV: There is an element of psychobilly that thinks it sucks. They don't understand that the scene is getting too small and we have to fight against mainstream bullshit. We have to stick together - the punk scene, hardcore, and psychobilly, ska, whatever. It's the final frontier against that mainstream crap. You know?

PM: On the new album, I can hear many different musical influences, I was kind of surprised. Not Invited had a very swing sound.

KdV: Yeah. It's a little bit swingy and it's got that street punk chorus.

PM: Also along those lines, Houdini's Pool is really...

KdV: That's one of the Western songs. We're Johnny Cash fans, and Hank Williams. It's something I can relate to. I wish I could do a whole album like that, maybe a solo album.

PM: You've said the running theme of Mad Sin is psychobilly fun, while taking time to think. What do you see as the Mad Sin legacy?

KdV: Question mark! I don't know. Maybe after the next album comes out then I can answer that question because with the next album I want to do something different or try something you don't expect from us. Maybe something totally trashy or simple. I don't know yet, but there has never been a question of ending. I think at the moment we're still in evolution.

For the complete interview, see the Provokator site.

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