Bright Sky Tracks On Acid
Skug Magazine - Issue #1
*BIG Thanks to Claus Dielacher for the German to English translation*
Chrome, the Cult Gang
from San Francisco, (founded in 1977) marked with their raw mixture of
angry Rock and Electronoise, the logic progress from psychedelia to
Ever since this burst
out ,the albums Half Machine Lip Moves and 3rd from the Sun are
important parts of many collections. (mine too)
1983 Chrome buried
themselves (because of differences) and out of the ashes rose Chrome 2
(under the leadership of Damon Edge) and Helios Creed solo.
Skug: H, what do you think about the re-release of the Chrome records?
H: That`s great
because I get some money out of it and the fans get a better sound
quality. Touch and Go did it for me – it is a great label. They are
really fair to the artists.
Skug: After the
Chrome split we did not hear so much about you and now your solo
records are released in such short intervals. Why?
H: I tried to get a
contract but it was not so easy . In SF I was under contract of
Subterranean but they released just one record (X-Rated Fairytales )
and because of bad distribution and promotion we did not sell many.
Superior Catholic Finger took another 2, 5 years to bring it out. The
Last Laugh came out on Tom Hazelmeyer‘s Amphetamine Reptile Records.
S: Did you play live after the split?
H: I played in SF a
long time before small crowds. They granted Damon the whole Chrome
Credits which I think is not fair because I wrote most of the Chrome
Skug: Could Chrome ever live from their music?
H: No, I had to work
on the side but maybe we could have. Damon wanted to absolve many gigs,
but at that time I did not want to play. That was one reason Ieft
Chrome. I was on weird trips back then.
S: There are rumors that you still take lots of acid. Do you need acid to get that intergalactic sound on the way?
H: No, that's not the
reason I take acid. I do acid sometimes according to a recording
session to check the sound but I record the master tapes totally
S: Totally straight?
H: Ok, maybe I smoke some joints but I don`t take acid in the studio. I got misinterpreted.
S: Your gigs are as well drug free?
H: Some days ago some
people, who were on Mega Acid, offered me some. I told them – you eat
the acid and let me play. It sounds shit when I play on acid, but for
the listener who likes that certain oceanic feeling, it may sound good.
S: Certain statements of the music press turn out to be myths.
H: Yes, I really have
been misunderstood. “Oh he is on acid all the time and makes music.“
Nobody can do that. Your body doesn`t work when you‘re always on acid.
HC has nothing in
common with the British Rave Mania (Ecstasy) he got a unique, special
soundvision and avoids synthetics. The HC band plays rock music, but
one which is out of this world. H: The combination of noise,
soundcolours (tones) and ambient is my thing – I feel more a tonalist
than a guitarist.
HC uses for sound
effects an electroharmonic memory man and microsynth, fuzz, wah wah and
distortion – also he uses delays and echos for his voice (on this
tour he hasn`t got all of his vocal effects along so he can`t use the
full spectrum). Mark Duran (long time HC bass player) and Randy Krause
(tour drummer of a band called Mannakin Beach) give a solid rhythm
Over this rock and
roll fundament he unfolds a mighty and strange soundcascade which
remembers a bit on Hawkwind, one of his main influences along with
Lemmy Kilmister, Pink Floyd and King Crimson as a teenager in Hawaii
(because his father was a marine) he inhaled a lot of Hendrix (H:
listening to Hendrix on acid is probably the ultimate psychedelic
experience), Iron Butterfly and other heavy sound bands.
Further it seems that
diverse Californian acid psych rock bands have left their footprints.
He refers to the Sex Pistols, Frisco based Snakefinger and the
Residents. Creed knows about the San Francisco scene (Steel Pole Bath
Tub, Bomb….) Amphetamine Reptile and Subpop acts. He doesn`t know
Spacemen 3 but thinks the name is great.
Superior Catholic Finger:
The lyrics of SCF are mostly surrealistic and odd.
Skug: What is your intention by having a word for believe, in your artists name and what do you think about catholicism?
H: I try to keep my
songs open for interpretation. I mean everyone can see that the
catholic system causes a lot of problems. Organized religion harms
people after a while.
S: Do you have a personal believe?
H: Religion is a
personal matter, for me people should look on themselves and at the
world in an individual way instead of following sects who pretend to
know everything. You can`t feel lust or joy if you have to follow
rules. SCF only shows the catholic religion like it is. I am no expert,
but the lyrics sound good. I keep it to the fan to interpret the songs.
Are you a catholic?
S: I was one but i stepped out some years ago and now I am without confession.
H: You see, catholicism is bullshit and the record shows my feelings about that.
S: You was a catholic too?
H: I was educated so but I was not in a catholic school like my brother. I wanted to do katechism and such things.
S: Why did you quit?
H: As a teen, as our
parents gave up on us, we quit with going to church. Our parents wanted
us to quit anyway, they thought we were too old for that. That was the
time the church moved from Latin to English and then it was obvious
what they really wanted to say. It ended as we layed more interest in
the words then in the ceremonies.
(from The Last Laugh) is a song about asketic contemplatin hindus who
live in the desert without any food. Sounds from India are mixed with
The new album, Boxing
The Clown, goes beyond the scope of narrow rock and roll schemes. The
vocals step back in favor of a monolithic fat wall of sound. Master
Blaster is about the shit which makes the world bad and costs us a lot
of energy. In Sunspots he tells us about main energy burst outs on the
sun which happen every eleventh year. 1990 is such a year - one of the
most intensive ever.
The opposite is “Black Hole,“ a song in which every song structure is sucked in to nirvana.
"Got Me Floating" and
"Go Blind", HC tells us, are love songs. The first high of a kid.
"Hyperventilation" is a delicacy for your ears. Sister Sarah and Neptune
could be associated with earthquakes (Frisco), Big Clown is a
How does HC himself think about his latest work – It is a spiritual album.
Different Trains Different Shoes:
What do gap-toothed musicians with elflocks and hat in their no music time?
Creed loves trains -
electric railway systems. His hobby mate, drummer Randy Krause, has
even occupied two rooms of his flat by his railway systems.
Asked about his LA
Gear sneakers (promoted by Michael Jackson ) he ends up with the
following bonmot: My sister bought them form me – they are really
comfortable. I`m gonna be the new Michael Jackson. (Glamorous dance
performance in the backstage room)
Images appearing in this interview:
Front Cover of Skug Magazine