THE BUG ON MUSIC INDUSTRY CARICATURES

The music industry in general seems obsessed with making one-dimensional
caricatures out of musicians. In any case, we were trying to decide how we’d do this live. I went back to how I used to begin with The Bug, and how I worked with Techno Animal-I’d break everything down into its component parts and then dub everything out, to the max. It wasn’t an easy thing to do. We weren’t getting much out of the first few shows.

By nature of the construction of the songs, the relatively deep, melancholy sound would be reduced to being background material to idle chatter, our input becoming an accessory to a night out, which is the opposite of what I love in music: its emotional or artistic content leaving you devastated.

By The Bug, from THE BUG by Jace Clayton.

BOMB, No. 114 (Winter 2010)