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Voodoo Music

The new Gang Gang Dance record sounds like something a cult leader might play to new recruits so as to hypnotise them and ease them into cutting off the rest of the world and never having any contact with their family members ever again.
Milene Larsson
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1.10.06

Photo by Tomas Leth The new Gang Gang Dance record sounds like something a cult leader might play to new recruits so as to hypnotise them and ease them into cutting off the rest of the world and never having any contact with their family members ever again. Does this sound like a recommendation? It is. Vice: Your album is called God’s Money. What does that mean? Tim: Nate, who was one of our original founding members and singer, died from getting hit by lightning on a rooftop a few years ago. He was the most amazing and intense person and always gave so much and took care of everyone even though he never had any money. Then one day he was given a lot of money from a fund. He really shared it, bought stuff for everyone and gave it away. He called it “God’s money.” When I went back to the rooftop a year after he died I actually found a little pile of money, which was so typically Nate. It was like a sign. Which has been your favourite show in the whole world so far? Lizzie: Once a guy came up to me after a show we had in France and told me it reminded him of the sensation he had gotten when he experienced voodoo in Senegal. That was a huge compliment. When we’re on stage I sometimes feel the voodoo witch from the Muhammad Ali movie, rising up in the background. That’s when we’re in our prime. Have you ever been to a voodoo ceremony? Brian: I went to Haiti and they had like a touristy version of one. I walked away, I was just weirded out by the tourists, and I walked up this mountain for like an hour just to bump into some guy with a machine gun who forced me to go back. If you owned a firebox, what records would you put in it? Brian: Just our practice tapes. I personally don’t really own records anymore. All my possessions have been lost or sold at auctions because I didn’t pay rent or whatever and the only stuff I’d really miss are our practice tapes. Lizzie: We improvise a lot and that’s hard to reproduce, so we record everything. We have to hear it to play it. And on tour we also got a beautiful old Buddhist book, I’d put that in there too, along with the tapes. Josh: My passport. Tim: Nate before he went to the roof. If you were a gang, what would be your gang sign? Tim: Nate’s eyes. His eyes are on every record we make and everything we do kind of involves his eyes. Brian: Nate had really intense, really huge eyes. Tim: Right now we have a DVD that Brian just made and the cover of it is a baby gorilla and his eyes, you don’t necessarily notice it, but if you look you can see that the eyes are Nate’s eyes. MILENE LARSSON
God’s Money is out now on Social Registry.