Their sound is made of analog synths and blade guitars, speeding around the echoes of 80’s vibes and 90’s industrial, throughout the underground of Brit’s school electronica, new wave and techno beats. Their mix of sonic heavy bass dark-rave crunch hooked Dark Beauty into joining the Army Of The Universe!
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you each born and where on planet Earth are you now?
Lord K and Dave were born in Milan, Trebla in Lugano (Switzerland). Now Lord lives between Milan and Rome, Dave in Milan and Trebla between Milan and LA. A little messy when it comes to studio sessions or rehearsals, but we manage.
Tell us about the origins of the band:
In 2009 the band was initially a duo, Lord K and Trebla only. We randomly met in a gym in Milan, introduced by a common friend and had lunch together. Lord K was a true Rock singer (he still is) and at that time Trebla used to be a DJ (aka Albert Vorne) and Techno / Trance producer. Then guitar player Dave joined the band officially in 2011.
The mix of sonic heavy bass dark-rave crunch is intoxicating. Where do you find your inspiration for your sound?
You just made the best description: “bass-dark-rave-crunch”! We do not like genres and labels, but this one really fits us. The inspiration either comes from a simple idea or the beats and the bass that Trebla throws in the studio. Then we add guitars and a vocal line. This combo suddenly appears to be pretty much bass-dark-rave-crunch.
You’ve worked with Grammy-winning producer Chris Vrenna (drummer/keyboardist of NIN and Marilyn Manson)in 2011. What was that experience like?
Chris has represented a big chunk of our musical growth and maturation. He shared with us all his experience and felt like a real member of the Army. Great producer, great guy.
We love your song and video ‘THE MAGIC’, it’s a perfect blend of dark, sexy, erotic and everything we dig. There’s also a Deorro remix. Tell us some of the fond memories behind the scenes in the making of the video:
The video was fun, indeed. Lord K is also a great bar tender and we decided to use this in a different way. He mixes a bunch of really disgusting stuff to create the AOU Magic drink. The worse part came when he had to blend raw fish and raw chicken livers. People almost puked.
I see you’ve played a number of DJ gigs, who in the band DJs and what style of music do you play?
Our DJ gigs have been an interesting experience. Trebla at the turntables and Lord K with the mic. The selection was mainly techno-rave with some dark dub-steppish EDM and drum&bass here and there. Of course our playlist included some of our more “dancey” tunes or remixes which Lord was performing live.
How did releasing music on Dim Mak come into reality?
Trebla and Steve Aoki (who’s Dim Mak boss and A&R) have been friends for many years. At some point Dim Mak was rediscovering the band side and a darker sound. It was time to finally connect the dots.
At your live shows what are the differences between European and American audiences?
The US audience has always been more responsive in terms of excitement. The reason why is probably due to the appreciation of our musical experimentation which finds the US guys more open minded.
What’s in your ipod?
Oh, Our iPods have very different selections and they all reserve interesting surprises which you do not want to know about. Lord’s one is all about The Kult and Denzing. Trebla’s a real jukebox of 90’s and early 2000’s electronica and industrial, Dave’s a library of Dark, Goth and Glam stuff.
What’s next for Army of the Universe?
The new album and tour. We are finalizing both in this very moment. More news and details coming soon on our social medias.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Dark Beauty as a magazine is a great mirror of alternative aesthetic, in terms of art and music. Needed in this World to balance the superficial mainstream. As a concept Dark Beauty means a lot to the Army as a pure source of inspiration. Dark Beauty is the night, the underground, a mysterious woman, a decadent old building, a good drink, another good drink. It is the dark side in each of us, you only have to think as your own dark side as a beautiful side too and you will be inspired by it.
Credits: photographer Giorgio Figini