By Staff on January 23, 2012
2012 marks FILTER Magazine‘s tenth year in print. To celebrate, we are looking back at some of our favorite magazine features, from July 2002’s Issue #1 all the way up to this coming November’s Issue #50.
Getting To Know is a section in the magazine that serves as a good gauge for our predictions of greatness. In FILTER Issue #3, released November/December 2002, we introduced Röyksopp, Thievery Corporation, Clinic, Hot Hot Heat + The Pattern, Ikara Colt and The Music. Here is a brief look at those artists, then and now.
Stay tuned for Issue #3's complete "Coldplay: At Home in the World" cover story to be posted later this week.
Getting to Know Recap
ISSUE 3: Nov/Dec 2002
Photo by Stian Anderson
Where They Were Then: Röyksopp had just released their first album, Melody A.M., on Wall of Sound/Astralwerks and were rapidly gaining international acclaim on the charts.
FILTER Said: They’re eager to bring their creation to our shores, perhaps scaring the shit out of us while changing our very notion of music.
Band Said: “We love drama! There is a vastness to it, it’s big and it’s serious. Combined with humor, it can be an unbeatable combination. With the machine, we couldn’t be all humor because we’d look like clowns, so we adjusted to being quite serious with it.”
Where They Are Now: Currently touring Australia for the next two months in support of their 2010 release, Senior. Featured in FILTER 35 in an interview with idols Depeche Mode.
Photo by Andrzej Liguz
Band: Thievery Corporation
Where They Were Then: Rob Garza and Eric Hilton had just released their breakthrough album The Richest Man In Babylon, and were remixing their first album (Sounds From the Thievery Hi-Fi) for Abductions and Reconstructions.
FILTER Said: Progressing organically, while staying true to their unerring feel for warmth, “gentle music with soul” is a tagline that has come to be identified with Thievery Corporation. The Richest Man in Babylon sees Hilton and Garza developing exponentially as artists and producers.
Band Said: “We’re into production and hybrids where you combine sounds from different cultures [that] hit you on this visceral level. We have a certain sound and we can incorporate other sounds, but there’s a common thread that combines the songs. I don’t want to be an imitator of other music, I’d rather be inspired by it and incorporate it.”
Where They Are Now: Beyond releasing the new single “Unified Tribes” in December, dedicated to the Occupy movement protestors, Hilton and Garza have created their own streaming Internet channel and signed onto headline Lollapalooza Chile and Brazil later this year.
Photo by Corinne Day
Where They Were Then: Quickly building a name for themselves with their first two releases including the timely Walking With Thee on Domino Records, Clinic were opening for (and being championed by) Radiohead on tour and becoming known for their onstage surgical attire.
FILTER Said: Whatever you want to call it, Clinic unabashedly drinks from the same lysergic waters that spawned countless bands like The Seeds, Modern Lovers, Kim Fowley and The Velvet Underground. However, while other similarly inspired bands choose to dwell in that swamp, Clinic has emerged from those waters, brushed the moss away, crawled over and suckled up to ’70s punk, dub and ’80s kraut-rock, creating some truly unique noise in the process.
Final interview question:
FILTER: Did your parents want you to become a doctor?
Clinic: [laughs] Yeah, especially after hearing our music.
Where They Are Now: Six studio albums in (including Winchester Cathedral, Visitations and 2010’s Bubblegum), Clinic most recently released an EP entitled Ladies Night (2011) and continue to be a festival staple.
Photo by Andrew Paynter
Bands: Hot Hot Heat & The Pattern
Where They Were Then: Both bands had just respectively released their first full-length studio albums: Make Up the Breakdown (Hot Hot Heat) and Real Feelness (The Pattern), and were about to embark on a tour together (hence the combo story).
FILTER Said: The music of Hot Hot Heat, as displayed on their first full-length, Make Up the Breakdown (Sub Pop), is new in that it comes out this year, yet old in that you can place it in the context of things that have come before it. Ditto The Pattern. Real Feelness (Wichita Recordings) has The Pattern playing a very real brand of old rock, probably originally rehearsed in a room where you would normally park a car (let’s refrain from using the “g” word).
The Pattern: “Sometimes you get to a point where there’s nothing that really represents you and maybe right now, all of these disaffected elements are congealing. It seems like some good bands are being discovered and touted and I think that’s a good thing and I’m excited to be a part of that.”
Hot Hot Heat: “I don’t know, it always just seems to go from the underground into the malls and back down into the underground again. This just seems to me to be another passing phase. I think the reason why it’s particularly cool is that it could mean the demise of underbite rock like Creed and all those crappy bands. That would be cool. [Laughs.]”
Where They Are Now: After following the 2010 release of Future Breeds, Hot Hot Heat is still going strong, filming music videos and spawning side projects (Steve Bays and Parker Bossley’s Fur Trade). Sadly, their article counterparts The Pattern broke up in 2004. Members of The Pattern have spread their musical endeavors to bands that include Off Campus, The Mooney Suzuki, Swann Danger, and Saviours.
Photo by Scarlet Page
Band: Ikara Colt
Where They Were Then: The budding art school creation mixing social politics, a punk attitude and guitars had just released their first album, Chat and Business on Epitaph Records.
FILTER Said: These are tightly wound melodic anthems spilled out in the lazy, arrogant art-school sneer of singer Paul Resende.
Band Said: “A guitar will always be there, because they’re cheap and you can buy one for 20 quid and you can just play it in your bedroom. It doesn’t really matter what you use—whether it’s guitars or computers, drum machines or anything—the tools aren’t important, it’s what you do with them.”
Where They Are Now: Broke up in 2005 after two full-length records and one EP including Chat and Business (2002).
Band: The Music
Where They Were Then: Coming off of the electric high of releasing their self-titled and impossible-to-Google first full-length studio album, The Music were at the time “traipsing about the Isle of Enchantment on tour.”
FILTER Said: Packaging echoes of The Cult and Led Zeppelin and wrapping it up with an acid house bow, these lads are just inventive enough to tickle the American palette while remaining familiar enough not to confuse or frighten the public.
They Said: “We get up around one, hang around, have a sound check at about five, hang around a bit more, do the gig around 10, then get pissed. Better than working at Burger King.”
Where They Are Now: That lifestyle finally caught up with them as The Music broke up just over a year ago. August 2011 marked the end of The Music, complete with a farewell tour including Japan, London and their hometown of Leeds.
PREVIOUS "10 YEARS OF FILTER" FEATURES
Issue #1 (July 2002) Getting To Know: Bright Eyes, Doves, Balligomingo, South and Breakestra
Issue #1 (July 2002) Cover Story: On the Dark Side of the Moon with Weezer
Issue #2 (September 2002) Getting To Know: Haven, Interpol, Division of Laura Lee, Jazzanova and The Cato Salsa Experience
Issue #2 (September 2002) Cover Story: Björk: Look Back In Wonder