Story: Jack Foley
WHAT follows is a track-by-track guide to Kinesis's debut LP,
Handshake For Bullets. The commentary comes from Conor McGloin
(Guitar) and Tom Marshall (bass).
One Way Mirror - Unlike most of the tracks on the LP,
One Way Mirror was recorded well into the sessions for
the LP. Dave Eringa (producer) heard the riff whilst we were messing
around between takes of another song and insisted that we do something
with it. Lo and behold we had the first track for the LP, complete
with a scathing set of lyrics
Billboard Beauty - We were driving through Bolton on a
Saturday night watching the people going about all dressed up
in what they consider to be a vision of beauty and came to the
rapid conclusion that it was completely false. We live in a world
constantly emphasising the right things to wear, say,
do and this is a contradiction of all that represents. And a criticism
too for that matter.
Civilised Fury - Somewhere between the frustration of
the bedroom and the desire for a youthful revolution is where
you will find the meaning of this one. Michael wrote the anthemic
violin line meaning that we had to add a string quartet to our
angry debut LP which had never been in the plot at
all. But it worked.
Bloodstained Lips - Definitely one of the most pessimistic
tracks on the LP. Theres a war memorial in Bolton that we
lifted the undying memory lyric from. The dead, however,
will be forgotten. The whole idea of being lured into a sedentary
lifestyle is in here, the growth of ignorance as to whats
really going on.
This Dead End - This is where we are from. The weekend
in Northern England: Thursday to Sunday go out and get wasted,
go to a club and find someone to fuck that you wouldnt fuck
if you were sober. We always found the idea of most dance music
lyrics really funny or sad, the whole idea of being free
and reaching for the stars on a Saturday then being
back behind your desk on Monday morning. Not really for us to
Conveyor Belt Destruction - This started life when I (Tom)
worked in a factory. It was an eye opener to realise that most
of the people who worked there were resigned to that being their
life. They may have dreamed of Hollywood and riches and ideal
love but they knew TV and the pub was all that they were going
And They Obey - Racism really but more than that.
We find the way that lies become truth in the modern mainstream
media a truly worrying thing. The lyric, ,'Germany wasnt
that far away', is a sideways swipe at how the media operate in
a sense as the Nazis did, silencing dissent and alternative voices
by parody or simply by not giving them the oxygen of publicity.
Groups like the Zapatistas are an inspiration to us because they
show that it is still possible to lead a dignified fight against
oppression. For us, what happened with the response of the Pakistani
community to last years race riots in the North West was
also an inspiration.
(Cling to Your) Innocence - The melodic one! Its
about respecting individuality as much as Billboard is
about those who give in to peer group pressure. The mass culture
comes in for more venom, as far as we are concerned its
a cancer eating at the heart of society. Anyone that flies in
the face of conventions is worth our time.
Forever Reeling - Our way of proving we are not just a
political band. After our first few singles we were
pinned as 'angry young left wing punk band' (which is another
reason to hate the way the media works!) so this was a much more
personal approach. It came from the idea of euthanasia which was
big news at the time and the fear of not having control over your
own life but with a tune that is very energetic. We like that
contradiction, that may well be what the band thrives on.
Average American Corpse - We took the title from Martin
Amis Money in which the central characters excessive
lifestyle leaves him with teeth as bad as the 'average American
corpse'. The neo-imperialism of the USA is at the centre of this
and the stupidity of more countries and cultures being subsumed
by a nation obese due to fast food, with increasingly high murder
rates but pro-gun lobbies rampant, a consumerist mess that we
are all falling into. And no, it has nothing to do with 9/11,
in fact it was first demoed before the event.
Everything Destroys Itself - Our second indie single.
We had various people saying that a single track would
help get us a deal so we decided a two minute kick in the teeth
would be a better option. A loathing of a sanitised culture probably
heightened by that personal experience of dumbing down, we recorded
it in London one weekend and finished at 6 on the morning. Tom
drove us all back to Bolton as Neil had to be in school the next
day. Ah, the joys of being young
Generation Devoid of Inspiration - I (Conor) reckon this
is the heaviest thing we have done. We were all very young when
we started the band, I was 15, Tom was 17 and we are constantly
striving to push the sound on. This clocks in at over five minutes
and gave us a lot more freedom to experiment with different sounds
and song structures. As much as we want people to respond to the
lyrics we want them to respond to the music too and this may well
be a good indication of what is coming next.