Interview with Stone 588 conducted by Goth´s Not Dead! Sept. 1996

    GND? Can you please introduce the band, and tell a bit
    about it's history and development? 

    Terri: Dave and I met in 1992 when a former
    drummer of his happened to into my gothic retail store
    that I own,Ipso Facto and convinced me to audition for
    their band that was reforming. That didn't end up
    happening, but Dave and I joined forces to create Stone
    588, enlisting the services of Dave's longtime
    bandmate, Jon on bass and drummer, Jose. Jon ended
    up going back to school and we've gone through a
    series of drummers and bassists since then.The current
    lin-up is definitely my favorite. We've progressed a lot
    since our punk/goth beginnings with three cassette
    releases: Eyes of a Statue, Eden Lost (recorded in a
    haunted studio during a miserable relationship with a
    dishonest label) and Catharsis. Our 1995 CD
    release,Door in the Dragon's Throat, documents two
    different line-ups including our current members and
    compiles some of the previous material in newly
    recorded form, plus 5 new songs (21 in all!)More
    recently we tried a new approach for our live
    performances utilizing 12 string guitar and adding the
    servies of Eileen Bowe of Dichroic Mirror on
    mandolin/ guitar synth for a more ethereal/ orchestral
    sound on some pieces. 

    GND? (oh, and please excuse that my english is a bit...
    errr... untidy...) Would you describe yourself as a "live
    band" ? I have the impression that US goth-acts are
    much more into the show/theatralical aspect of life
    perfomances than european ones, which are often just
    plain rock bands on stage. Do you think that this kind
    of show is an important aspect of goth? 

    Terri: We are definitely a live band (not like a Gothic
    "Monkees"!), and our studio efforts are pretty close to
    what we are like live except for a few backing vocals
    and second guitar tracks. L.A. goths do seem to
    gravitate towards the bands wearing whiteface,fluffy
    hair, and elaborate dress, but I think the media tends to
    exploit the more extraordinary/outlandish acts, making
    it seem more prevalent. I, for my part create my own
    apparel for shows, some quite elaborate in velvet or
    lace with Medieval sleeves and the like, because I do
    appreciate such visual stimuli as an art form, but not
    one essential to music. It should be noted only of
    couple of us in the band look "goth" and we don't
    perform at exclusively goth venues. I appreciate
    performers who try to create something unique..their
    own catagory, and I think for any genre to endure it
    must have at its base bands with solid musicianship
    rather that vapid narcissism. 

    GND? What are you're main influences - other musicians,
    literature, arts? 

    Terri: I grew up listening to Latin church choir
    music, (though I am not religious) opera, old jazz, big
    band music, the Ink Spots and Martin Denny. In high
    school I was in musical theatre, and a great admirer of
    Judy Garland; (we can skip through the
    Abba/Queen/Blondie/Cars years..)then in the early
    eighties I got into Lene Lovich, Lydia Lunch, and later
    the Birthday Party!. I have always appreciated the
    literature of Edgar Allen Poe, and later the Marquis de
    Sade and Anais Nin, whom we can thank for our CD
    title. I've been writing verse since I was five, and my
    grandfather, a poet, left me a rhyming dictionary which
    I sometimes still use... I have had an encounter with a
    displaced spirit of someone I knew in ghosts,
    vampires and the supernatural were always intruiging to
    me, and find their way into songs, like in "Ruination,"
    about golem formed from clay for the destruction of
    the one's enemies. History is sometimes the subject
    matter for my lyrics, as well, for example, "Night
    Behind the Mind," about the persecution of women
    during the Inquisition. As far as visual art is concerned,
    I should mention that I created the illustration on the
    back of the CD and photographed a lot of European
    gothic architecture and funereal monuments which,
    with a little Photoshop magic became the CD package

    GND? Do you believe in reincarnation and that stuff? And
    do you think there are "real vampires" out there? 

    Terri: I don't personally believe in reincarnation, but I
    know at least one member of our band who does. I tend
    to not believe in anything I can't touch, see, hear or eat!
    I didn't really believe in ghosts until I saw one. I used to
    work for an Indian family who lost their 19 year old
    son in a tragic motorcycle accident. We worked
    together in his parents' warehouse.. Well, three weeks
    after he the minute..he died on a Friday at 4
    a.m... I woke up and he was standing next to my bed
    with a very perturbed expression like he was trying to
    communicate with me but couldn't. I sat up and said
    very loudly "GO AWAY!" I squeezed nmy eyes shut and
    when I opened them again, he was gone...My boyfriend
    at the time and I also used to ride helmet-less on a
    beat-up Honda motorcycle. It occurred to me he might
    have been trying to tell me to be more careful... we
    were both known for our excessive speeding... After
    that I concluded, as much as I can define the reality of
    their existence, ghosts do exist..for me anyway. We
    also recorded in a studio that was supposed to be
    haunted. The engineer told us a little girl could be
    heard giggling late at night when no one was there and
    they had mischeivous pranks played on them like jacks
    being pulled out of amps while recording.. Dave, our
    guitarist, has seen a couple of ghosts; as a child he was
    visited by the ghost of an older woman who seemed
    concerned when he was sick and hovered around him,
    stroking his cheek, and later when he was older, one
    night he and his girlfriend both saw a kid leaning up
    against a car who was transparent and evaporated after a
    minute or so. As far as vampires go, I enjoy
    supernatural literature, like Poe and Poppy Z. Brite
    stories (not Ann Rice!) and movies like "Gothic," I love
    the story of the Dusseldorf child murderer dramatized
    in "M" with Peter favorite actor, and confess
    to watching "Forever Knight" on t.v. occasionally (A
    Canadian show with a fanatical cult audience about a
    cop who is also a vampire.) I do appreciate the culture
    and romanticism associated with vampirism, however, I
    can't take it seriously and feel it is a bit
    overemphasized in the goth scene.. As far as vampires
    or ghosts being a reality, that has to be defined by each
    person for themselves. There have been people
    throughout history up to modern times who drink
    blood, but I don't think it makes them immortal. 

    GND? After that excursion into the supernatural, let's get
    back do your music. A question I often ask bands is
    what is their motivation to make music... 

    Terri: Performing offers me the opportunity to vent
    my aggressions, anger, frustration, joy... whatever
    extreme emotions don't find an appropriate outlet,
    which is necessary for me to keep myself in balance.
    Sometimes utilizing sound is a magical way to visit
    minds I may not otherwise communicate with. The
    lyrics are a creation of convoluted and oblique
    expression as well...utilizing metaphor to color a
    concept for more emotional and personal insight,
    while at the same time shrouding my point so the
    listener can devise several meanings. 

    GND? When writing your lyrics and music, do you think
    about what the listener might think/feel when hearing

    Terri: Not really, I write for myself and hope others
    enjoy it. Actually, I am pretty anti-mainstream..not
    trying to create with the public in mind, but I hope that
    my writing gives people the impetus to think and
    explore, as I'm not obvious about my meaning lyrically.
    I have a more personal approach, researching my
    subject, and then moulding my writing into what I hope
    is a unique and complex vocal melody that meshes with
    what the band is playing. My intention is to invent
    emotional, passionate and raw vocals, more in an
    instrumental fashion, which I hope impacts people
    more deeply. Also, our songs are pretty short, unlike
    most goth bands whose pieces stretch over 4 or 5
    minutes, because we are conscious about not boring
    listeners by being repetitive... We don't want to end up
    doing music that isn't true to us, be too derivitive, or
    cash in on whatever is trendy for the moment, but are
    content to wait until the public discovers and
    appreciates what we are doing. 

    GND? Are the lyrics written only by you, and do you have
    the music or the lyrics first? 

    Terri: Yes , I am the sole lyricist. The words come to
    me, sometimes almost already written, sometimes not,
    as though someone else were writing through me.. I
    feel lyrics should have the quality of a good Edgar
    Allen Poe story..with metaphor, mystery and
    sometimes unresolved endings (we call them
    cliff-hangers) as opposed to the rock anthem method
    of repeating banal lines over and over ad infinitum...
    My written pieces are carved them into chorus and
    verse as needed. When we jam musically I bring in my
    writings and mould them to the music being played. So,
    neither creative process comes first, just seperately. 

    GND? Let's (slowly) come to an end: what are you're plans
    for the near future? What about a european tour? 

    Terri: I am in the midst of trying to finalize European
    distribution of our CD. If sales are positive enough to
    show that we have a fan base to support a European
    tour, we will try to do so. We have many contacts now
    offering encouragement and support in this area,
    Nemesis Prod.(England) has been particularly helpful
    most recently. We just have to do it when it is
    financially worthwhile. We are not signed to any label,
    so it is difficult to finance and organize everything
    ourselves. We have yet to even tour the U.S. We've had
    a lot of trouble with flakey promotors when we tried to
    set up shows in San Diego (about 2 hours drive from
    us) and San Francisco..(a day's drive from us) so we
    still have only been able to do local shows the last four
    years in the Los Angeles area. Right now the band is in
    a writing stage, possibly adding another member on
    guitar synth/keys. Its been hard to get all of us together
    in the same room lately with everyone so busy! We
    very much want to put out another release, one with
    better production, and brand new material. I've been
    involved with a couple of other projects recently,
    singing backing vocals for the Prophetess for two
    shows recently when our two bands played together.
    Also I performed with the Prophetess' drummer, Tom
    Coyn, doing a side project called Feast, which
    resembles the Creatures..just drums and vocals. Very
    dark, jazzy and tribal. I also did backing vocals on the
    new Dichroic Mirror CD that just came out..which was
    fun! I would love to do more recording on other CDs. 

    GND? Anything more to say? 

    Terri: Also if we may mention where and how to get
    our material... We have three tapes Eyes of a Statue
    ($6.00) , Eden Lost ($6.00) and Catharsis ($4.00 ) out
    and 1 CD (Door in the Dragon's Throat for $14.99) tee
    shirts ($13.99) Freight is $2.50 overseas $1.75
    stateside per item. All are mail orderable from my
    store, Ipso Facto at 517 N. Harbor Bl., Fullerton, CA
    92832 or via online catalog at E-mail us at: Look for us on the upcoming
    Siouxsie tribute comp "Reflections in the Looking
    Glass" from Cleopatra Records and the Damned tribute
    on Apollyon "Children of the Damned." We've also
    appeared on the Anubis comp "Disease of Lady
    Madeline" and "What Sweet Music They Make vol. 2"
    from England. Thanks again for the interview..and for
    your interest and patience! Thanks to all the listeners
    of our music and I will leave you now with a quote
    from Charlie Chaplin "Tensions are vital to life. One
    should never completely relax unless one wants to feel
    the poetry of slowly dying." Hopefully your readers
    will find both intruige and enlightenment within Stone

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