Ministry's Al Jourgensen Speaks To Chart Attack
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You might notice something different about Ministry’s latest effort "Houses Of The Mole" (Sanctuary/EMI). It’s decidedly more aggressive and, dare we say — organic — than many of their past releases. Sure, it’s still incredibly industrial sounding, but thanks to a key personnel change (the departure of cohort Paul Barker) and a bit more anger at the world (as in, ranting for this whole damned interview about George W. Bush), "Houses Of The Mole" could very well be Ministry’s most influential, effective album to date.
ChartAttack: People are saying this is your strongest album in years. To what do you attribute that?
Al Jourgensen: The computers left with Paul. It was time to split up and we both knew it. Now I can get back to jamming out songs. It wasn’t that much of a difference aside from losing the computers. We got wasted, puked and came out with a record.
ChartAttack: Every song here starts off with "W." Something on your mind?
Al Jourgensen: George W. Bush is everywhere, so we figured we'd start out with "No W" and let him get all of the rest. I’m sick of Dubya, that’s all. The song "Wrong," "W T.V." is about this culture under George W’s stewardship. There’s plenty of railing against our government on this album.
ChartAttack: Do you like being the only industrial-tinged band on a punk compilation?
Al Jourgensen: I don’t care if it’s that or country and western; I’ll put time, money and energy into making sure this cowboy doesn’t get back into power. And his cronies… they’re cockroaches. You spray and spray, but they keep coming back. Hopefully we’ll call the right exterminator and get rid of ‘em forever.
Source: Chart Attack
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