M.E.A.T. Magazine
Issue 58, September/October 1995
By Adrian Bromley
Transcribed by tHe hApPy sLaVe


Story by: ADRIAN BROMLEY * Interviewed on: July 31, 1995

	

	It just so happens that PRICK's singer/songwriter Kevin McMahon is

good buddies with Trent Reznor, the outspoken and chaotic ringleader of Nine

Inch Nails.

	Now some people might associate Prick's self-titled debut -- a

mixture of metal, rock and industrial -- as a poor man's rip-off of Nine Inch

Nails due to the fact that the band is on Reznor's Nothing label, and McMahon

used to play with Reznor in the band Lucky Pierre back in Cleveland. Hell, 

Reznor even had a hand in producing the album. But by association does that 

leave Prick unfairly open to criticism? Responds McMahon, "Being affiliated 

with Trent is a positive as well as negative thing because a lot of people

don't like NIN. People might say this is not a real situation because 'he's 

friends with Trent.'"

	As Prick took form, McMahon had the task of finding a label to call

his project home. The end result was Nothing. "I did talk with some major 

labels that expressed interest," McMahon reveals, but in searching for a 

label he was trying to find something that would be both familiar and allow 

his creative freedom not to be jeopardized, something he eventually

discovered with Nothing/Interscope (distributed by Warner Canada). "Being 

with Nothing is kind of like I won't get fucked with," he concedes.

	Aside from any associations, the main thing for Prick to overcome is

the comparisons to other bands. States McMahon, "I'm learning to tolerate

them. I don't think we are going to end up being stereotyped."

	Prick have developed a sound and technique that is open to a lot of

interpretation, yet provides the listener with an abundance of sound that, as

McMahon describes, will make the music be seen as "unsure and curious at

first."

	For the debut album McMahon managed to bring together several songs

-- some as old as eight years -- plus new ones, and incorporate them into a

project that covers their versatility. "I guess some songs have a longer

gestation period. When I was putting this album together I was trying to find

songs that were the extreme from each other. In the end you have to be 

confident and sure of the results."

	Describing the music, he says, "Hopefully there is enough that comes

with the name, and the anonymity of where I come from, that they'll put on 

the record and listen to it as something unique. Hopefully it will take them

to a place where their imagination will sparkle and make things get 

questioned."

	The method of finding that unique sound has been a soul searching

process for McMahon, a discovery that he notes as worth the hard work. "I try

to incorporate a lot of different sounds -- to bring in things that aren't

always from one perspective. Musically, I'm trying to speak from a subjective

as well as an objective voice. Sometimes music has blinders on it for the 

sake of focus, marketing or accessability, yet I've always played music that

has always taken me farther out."

	Is Prick, therefore, avoiding commercialism? States McMahon, "I'm not

concerned with that because it has gotten to a point to do so. We just

released the first video, and the response has been good so far. I'm thinking

more now of the album taking off rather than avoiding commercialism."


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