09|10|08   Some might like to be perverted in that way

“Art cannot be this idealistic fluffy dreamworld where we all bask in passive entertainment. (…) Something has to be difficult. (…) Something has to be wrong. Even within the context of beauty there has to be something you can hate, something you can reject, something you can say “no” to.”

A forum comment regarding my recent Auckland show:

“His solo thing is rad. (…) A lot of his songs are really raw and honest, some too much for my liking, well one song in particular, its like you’ve overheard a private argument a couple is having, just awkward and you’d rather not listen. But some might like to be perverted in that way. But generally I really like his solo stuff. Intense and melodramatic, just the way I like it!”

Haha. I actually feel kinda conflicted about having posted the above comment, as I’m simply lifting the quote right out of a forum discussion without the user’s knowledge or consent. In many ways I feel like forums are just totally off limits for lifting quotes etc., because a forum is like a gathering place for a group of people, and reading other people’s comments about your band definitely has something vaguely voyeuristic about it. It’s almost like I am eavesdropping on someone’s private conversation that was never intended for my ears.

However, in this case I just had to make an exception, because the guy just perfectly describes the kind of show I’m going for. I totally adore the fact that he was uncomfortable with certain aspects of the show, yet still enjoyed it.

Many people on this tour came up to me after the shows to comment on the use of certain field recordings. Some were transported back into their own memories and felt almost ecstatic about the field-recordings, others felt clearly alienated by them.

But therein precisely lay the point of using them! I wanted people to feel strongly about something. I wanted them to absorb the intense emotions of experiencing beauty and at the same time feeling terribly uncomfortable – that, after all, is the way life is! Art cannot be this idealistic fluffy dreamworld where we all bask in passive entertainment.

Something has to happen to you. Something true, that derives its energy from life itself. It cannot all be easy. Something has to be difficult. Something has to be shit. Something has to be wrong. Even within the context of beauty there has to be something you can hate, something you can reject, something you can say “no” to.

The beautiful without the ugly is but kitsch.


Yay! Check out the new Enright House Shop I just finished making! Even if you’re not the type of person who buys music anymore, do take a look at how pretty and shiny it is! :)

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  • Evan

    “There is no beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion”
    - Francis Bacon

  • Mark

    Ha. I take it, we’re talking about the 17th century philosopher, not the painter?

    One way or another, they are both awesome, and the quote is just spot on! :)

    -Mark

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