Blood On the Dance Floor Talk "The Anthem of the Outcast"
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:47:24
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"We wanted an album that had more blood and less dance floor in it," says Dahvie Vanity of Blood On the Dance Floor.
That mission was certainly accomplished on the group's latest offering, The Anthem of the Outcast. With a healthy dose of grinding edge, it's an irresistible collection of darkly danceable gems that shimmer from the moment "play" is pressed. Blood on the Dance Floor continue to defy categorization, bringing punk edge to Tim Burton-esque electro that can actually make black panties drop the world over. It's unlike anything out there, and it's awesome…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Blood On the Dance Floor's Dahvie Vanity talks The Anthem of the Outcast and more…
Did you approach The Anthem of the Outcast with one vision or vibe in mind?
Yeah, I approached like it circle. There's a point, and it all wraps around. We didn't really deconstruct away from that. We kept this circular manner. It's like a world we created. Every entry point is sort of like a prayer, a chant, or things that can empower people to accept being abandoned or being forsaken. All of us have been at that point in our lives where we have been abandoned or forsaken. It's cool to have music because it can offer compassion and mercy to guide you, educate you, and comfort you during a difficult time. I never really had that growing up. I just had my songs. I'd listen to bands like Linkin Park to ease the sorrow of growing up because it's never easy for anybody. You have so many questions like, "Who am I? Where am I? What does this life mean?" It's cool to have an album that can empower you to know that rescue will come. The point of The Anthem of the Outcast was to give people hope. Hope through despair is the theme. We needed to write each song about an outcast from a different viewpoint. There are different stories or chapters for this one epic sort of movie within a music album. That's what we were striving for. We had a lot of influences from Mötley Crüe to AFI to old school punk.
Is the idea for listeners to place themselves in the shoes of the outcast?
Yes! Say for instance you're the outcast. "The Calling" is like a prayer I say before I perform any show. It takes away my anxiety and nervousness before I get onstage and awakens my true potential inside of me. "The Comback" is a song about a time when I was betrayed, abandoned, and turned against during my music career. It's like reawakening the desire inside of you. You know you have the ability to create the change you want to see. "Anthem of the Outcast" goes into the story of Lucifer. I felt like Lucifer was the original outcast. He was forsaken and abandoned by God because he tried to rebel against him out of jealousy because God favored Jesus more. I feel like a lot of kids feel that way. Lucifer was a relatable story. I see that part of Lucifer in a lot of people and can tell that's what they're going through. "Hell on Heels (Givin' In To Sin)" is about a stripper. A person who does that kind of entertainment can be an outcast too because they're not part of the normal society. They become beautiful and seductive to make money and survive. That's another form of an outcast. For "Your Sorry Life", people are always trying to tell us what to do, and who are you to tell us how we should dress or who we should be? We're staying true to ourselves you should worry about your life and not mine. It's pieces of being an outcast. On "Worlds Away", you feel lost and disconnected from society.
Where did "Don't Want to Be Like You" come from?
It's just my everyday life. I think a lot of people look at me and they judge me instantly. They don't really know who I truly am or where I come from. Even as artists, I think people have misconceptions of us. The song says, "Hey, you need to open up your mind and stop judging us for what you see because there's more to us than our physical looks. There's a deeper meaning in there". The song says I'm not going to be like anybody else. I'm going to be myself. I'm happy to be who I am. I'm happy to be crazy, weird, and not normal. People should support others' happiness rather than try to take it away.
If The Anthem of the Outcast were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
I'd say The Outsiders because I watched it when I was writing The Anthem of the Outcast. Even though I couldn't find anything to strike similarity with a lot of the context I wrote for The Anthem of the Outcast, I think The Outsiders are the same thing. They're judged because they were all black and leather jackets, but they're probably more reckless and wild than we are. People are always going to try to fuck with us, but we're going to fight back. The Outsiders are similar. There's more than meets the eye.
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