THE STRONGEST WEAPON INTERVIEW
FEVER PITCH INTERVIEW
Q1: How long has Indianhead been around?
A1: Indianhead has existed since Winter 1990. Although only three of the current 5
members were present at the inception.
Q2: How's the new cassette selling and are the 2 older ones available?
A2: The new cassette is for promotional purposes only. Copies of our cassettes
are available from the above address priced $6.00
Q3: When's the 'Under the Skin' compilation coming out? How many of your songs are on it?
A3: 'Under the Skin - Vol II' is now available. It features one song by
Indianhead, 'The Unseen (Instinctive Edit)'. This is available from Fourth
Dimension, P.O. Box 63, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 6YU, UK.
Q4: So when's your debut CD coming out? What labels are interested? Title?
A4: The debut CD should be available spring 1995. We have interest from BGR of
Nottingham, UK. It will be titled 'The Gun Speaks'.
Q5: Any T-shirts or merchandise available?
A5: T-shirts featuring the 'Filth' logo are available from the above address.
Q6: Do you play live often?
A6: We have played live five times. The last performance was on 7th October 1992.
Since then we have concentrated on studio work, partially because the lack of
suitable opportunities for live work and partially because of the lack of
interest from in-house sound engineers.
Q7: Are you friends with 'Drill', 'Skin Limit Show' and 'Pitch Shifter'?
A7: We are friends with no one and acquaintances of far too many.
Q8: Do you have any type of following outside the UK?
A8: We have no following anywhere.
Q9: Any hobbies?
A9: Indianhead and gainful employment.
Q10: Any last words.
A10: A good knife should be well balanced. Thank you for your time and interest.
THE STRONGEST WEAPON: GUTTERBREAKZ (2005)
When these guys first contacted me, my initial reaction was "wow! groups like
this still exist?!". For Indianhead are a northern Industrial act. Yes, it's
true - the spirit of Skinny Puppy, SPK and even Whitehouse is still burnin'
strong in Leicestershire. They very kindly sent me a copy of their latest,
lovingly self-financed CD album "The Strongest Weapon" and I must say I'm
rather impressed. They have a great sense of textural depth that carries them
through some pretty hazardous territory, with strong rhythms bolstering the
pro-noise electronic attack and occasional moments of ambient serenity helping
to create a well-balanced selection of sonic experiments. Indainhead are the
sort of group I sometimes fantasize about being involved with...exhuming the
rotting corpse of Industrial Culture and doing something genuinely interesting
with it. My man Kek-W would probably dig this stuff too. My only complaint
being that the (occasional) vocals can sometimes grate on the nerves a little.
C'mon guys - you don't need that post-Front Line Assembly Amercianised growl
to get your point across. One of the best things about Throbbing Gristle was
Gen's very English, slightly weak/pathetic voice drowning in the mix, which
seemed more honest than the chest-beating aggression of later/lesser acts.
Just a thought. Anyway, check Indianhead's website and listen to a couple of
tunes if you're feeling adventurous...you might be surprised!
THE GUN SPEAKS: RECYCLE YOUR EARS (2005)
Indianhead... Behind this name hide four British musicians that deliver with
"The Gun Speaks" a very weird, yet intense and violent kind of music. Sold in
a tight plastic packaging with cardboard inserts, this CD is extremely difficult
to describe, but his effect is guaranteed. Imagine a very intense, "straight in
your face" kind of industrial rock mixed with dark industrial samples, isolationnist
soundscapes, outburts of noise, a very distorted noise and a huge amount of anger...
Or try to mix Pain Station on "Cold" with Leechwoman and Whitehouse. Maybe then
you'll get an idea of the density and impredictability of Indianhead. The songs on
this album are either very violent and raw, the singer shouting his lungs out in a
Ministry-ian style, while the music combines heavy beats, guitars and bombastic
tunes, or heavily ambient, whispers colliding with drones and background noises.
The wonder is that everything is very well done. I don't know anything about the
members of Indianhead, but I seriously doubt they are beginners. They really know
how to mix very different things into a very dense and suffocating song. Finally,
the recording is very good and make this CD very "nice" to listen, when you're in
the right mood. Angry, competent and intense, "The Gun Speaks" is somewhere at the
darker side of industrial rock, or at the most accessible side of power electronics.
Anyway, this surprising and unexpected pearl could appeal to fans of both scenes.
THE GUN SPEAKS: IMMERSE (1997)
We remember being impressed by an Indianhead that was around a few years ago;
very Godflesh meets Puppy, but with enough variances to keep the interest.
This new disc is way beyond such narrow boundaries. Sample heavy industrial loathing,
beats intrude irregularly but appropriately, and vocals from another plane of existence
top it all off with relish. Sick to absolute death of the 57th guitar frenzy with Ogre
vocals US 'industrial' record this month? Try the Indianhead way, it's a lot closer to
Malformed Earthborn than Sister Machine Gun, and that my friends is a very good thing.
THE GUN SPEAKS: SIDELINE (1996)
What could you expect from a band with such a name? Expecting a kind of ritual dance
to honorate the great Manitoe would of course have been the wrong choice!!! This band
deals with hard electro-industrial assaults! Crashing and stomping percussions with an
extreme distorted voice and electronic sounds rife with industrialism.
THE GUN SPEAKS: ELECTRIC SHOCK TREATMENT (1996)
Loughborough's scary Indianhead have been busy with the brown paper; The Gun Speaks'
sleeve is simple and very smart, showing control and purpose. It matches their music,
which is like staring so hard that bricks crack. Set to a pounding drum track and some
politician's voices filling your ears with lies. Power and control, delivered by two
fists marked HATE and HATE. A real mean bastard of a tape; my favourite of the issue.
Get it, but don't get any on you.
THE GUN SPEAKS: INFECTED (1996)
The Gun Speaks is a full on eight track-tape of hardcore industrialism. That's bizarre
sample cut-ups layered over angstful vocals and fucked up rhythms that only the seriously
unwell could manufacture. Indianhead come genuinely and seriously recommended.
UNDER THE SKIN: IMPULSE (1996)
The second in a series of innovative single compilations. This time we're treated
to a head electronics piece by Band of Pain, a strange combination of loops and noise
from the excellent Cosmonauts Hail Satan, a psychotic mix of metal, tapes and saxophone
from Husk and a more commercial sounding drum machine/guitar piece from Indianhead.
A great introduction if these names are new to you!
INDIANHEAD: SIDELINE (1996)
Indianhead's third demo tape features three tracks in an aggressive and dark cross-over style.
The England-based band is made up of four members and offers us quite a good work as far as
the quality of the sound, of the sleeve and of the work itself is concerned. I enjoyed quite
a lot the corrosive intro-track S.A.N.D. (V2.0) and I hope for them that their forthcoming
debut cd will be as valuable as this demo.
INDIANHEAD: MUSIC FROM THE EMPTY QUARTER (1995)
Gutsy electro-metal from a five-piece who's work has continued to progress with both expertise
and intensity. 'S.A.N.D. V2.0' takes the base Godflesh rage, mixing in Puppy-like production of
experimental electro. 'Kingdom Come' bursts through the distortion, a faster speed-metal anthem.
And the 'The New Agenda' continues in a similar fucked Ministry/Chrome vein. Clearly what
Industrial Metal should be made of; noise, feedback, distortion. Indianhead have it all, sewn up.
322: GRIM HUMOUR (1993)
More drum machine-fuelled, sample-ridden, gtr-noise spew that spins from a regular axis, perhaps,
but opts for an air of minimalism to balance things out a little. There just appears to be a whole
wave of this kind of thing bubbling away beneath the surface, doesn't there? And why not? I can
think of far, far worse things… such as many of the other tapes I'm ignoring!
322: ELECTRIC SHOCK TREATMENT (1992)
A one sided cassette consisting of five tracks - Disposable Relief, Filth, Termination, The
Unseen and Pious. A heavy grunge/thrash polemical railing against racial hatred, TV evangelism
and consumerism. Abrasive guitar, staccato drum attacks and above all the variant vocal
techniques produce a thoughtful political discourse. At time there are elements of Ministry,
The Pop Group, Foetus and the Gang of Four in the vocal style and spirit of the music.
Termination is a particularly powerful tirade against American race hate and the KKK. Played
at excessive noise levels in a live setting, this should be a rewarding and challenging experience.
322: MUSIC FROM THE EMPTY QUARTER (1992)
Though still at the demo stage, this second set from Leicestershire's Indianhead shows a maturing and
defining of their sound. Obviously needing an infusion of cash for decent studio time, these songs rage
with all the guts of Ministry, et al. Five tracks of muscle-bound guitars, voice anger and clever
drop-in samples, you'll be hearing more from them soon, believe me. Labels of the World take note.
322: IMPULSE (1992)
This is a demo from a UK band hoping to follow in the footsteps of Ministry, or more closer to home,
Godflesh. Ultra heavy guitars and drum-machine percussion mix with the usual 'recorded through a
telephone' type vocals and a liberal sprinkling of samples. Personally, I was never too into Ministry,
preferring the more electronic based noise of say Nine Inch Nails. But I'm sure with the right backing,
this lot could do a lot for the UK guitar noise scene.