Prick - Let it Bleed
From Live Wire Magazine.
Transcribed by Laura.



    To look at Kevin McMahon, one wouldn't think that the introverted, 

soft-spoken man seated before you would be capable of the intense 

anxiety and barely suppressed rage that is encompassed on his album, 

Prick. While it is not made clear whether Prick is merely the name of his 

album or if it is the moniker of McMahon's current project as well(his 

answer depends on his mood when the question is put to him), it is  

crystal clear that the basis of this project is one of constant 

contradiction, as well as a healthy dose of double entendre. A good 

example of this is "Animal". The recently released single off the 

album. Upon the initial listening, one can find references that are 

undoubtedly anti-fur. Listen to it again and images of drug dependence 

emerge, underneath those images is a tale of maddening sexual 

attraction. It is not often that someone masters the art of twisting 

words quite the way Kevin McMahon has, or uses that art effortlessly.

    "I do mean for the songs to have more than one meaning." McMahon 

states, "it really comes very naturally to me, its a gift from someone 

or something, I guess. I notice that it happens in alot , I could be 

writing about something on the surface then the words just click into 

something else. I don't really strive for it, it wouldn't happen if I 

did."

    The album which is on Nothing records, took a year and a half to 

record and spanned nine studios, internationally. "I kind of like 

recording in lots of different places." Kevin explains, "you can take a 

song that has burned itself out in one studio, listen to it somewhere 

else and it sounds different. You can get a whole new idea that you 

wouldn't have gotten otherwise. It gives you a fresh perspective."

    The diverse recording conditions also gave new life to songs that 

were peviously released with Kevin's prior band, Lucky Pierre. Kevin 

shares the merit for resurrection of melodies with the album's 

producers, Trent Reznor and Warne Livesey. "I really wanted the both of 

them to be producers on the album." He says, "it was great from the 

beginning because they didn't have to do it. Their attitude wasn't like, 

'let's just make the record and get out.' both of them were working on 

it 'cause they liked the music, so there was a really good camaraderie.

     The song "communique" was recorded and released a couple of times, 

but I was never really happy with the way it came out. I like the song 

so much I redid it again for this album with Trent in New Orleans. It 

seems like I write songs, but they're not really finished until they 

reach that final apex. It's kind of like painting. Painters just keep 

on pulling out their canvases and putting more paint until they think 

that it's done. The problem is sometimes-if they go to far- they fuck 

it up."

    Because of Lucky Pierre, McMahon's musical ingeunity was highly 

regarded in Cleveland. Unfortunately, the band never really made it out 

of Michigan. Seeing that his success was doomed to be severely limited 

unless a major change was made, he decided to pack up and move to Los 

Angles, where it finally got on track. Much like Trent Reznor, all the 

songs on the album; music and lyrics, where written by Kevin alone. 

This left him with the same problem that his old friend had in the 

past: he needed to piece together a band for touring purposes. 

fortunately, in L.A., musicians are plentiful, but finding one's with 

Kevin's form of integrity proved more difficult than he thought-but he 

thinks he has the problem licked;maybe. 

    "In L.A., sometimes it doesn't even matter what your sound is." He 

sighs,"I had people that were just concerned about what label the band 

was on and what TV show we were gonna be do. Their priorities were not 

where I wanted them to be and I was a bit worried, I mean, I had to 

get something together for a tour, didn't I? Going out on stage alone 

just wouldn't be very convincing. I still don't know what is gonna 

happen with this band, I'm not even sure if it's going to be a long 

term thing. It's difficult when you play someone elses songs, you can 

do it in two ways: you can play it like a session musician,or you can 

live the music, like you were involved in the writing. If the people 

who are in the band now can make there parts breathe, that would be 

better for all of us. It's wierd right now because no one really 

knows each other - there all different people. We'll just have to see 

what happens."


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