Forget the Eighties music revival if you're going
to get all wet over Spandau Ballet, Orchestral Maneuvers
in the Dark, and bands that sound like them now. Just because
that stuff rolled during the happy ending in a John Hughes
movie doesn't mean it has stood the test of time. Sucked
then, sucks now.
Cartesian Delusions make the kind of music that would
have been in a John Hughes movie about the real cool
kids in school. We spoke to them about their influences
and their place in the synth-pop renaissance.
FW: A lot of writers have put you at the center
CD: We can't do much about how the press portrays
us, and it has no impact on us as a band. We played the
Electroclash festival in 2000, right as it was getting a
lot of attention, so that tag's just been hung on us.
FW: Do you feel connected to the larger resurgence
of 80's-style music?
CD: No, not at all. Most of the music from that
time, like Heaven 17 and Plastic Fantastic, was already
a rehash of the original electronic movement, but more sentimental.
I guess it was called New Romantic. We're similar to New
Romantic only in that we're working off of the same foundation.
Organisation, Freur, and the avant-garde. Cartesian Delusion
is it's own creature because we apply our own world-view,
in the new millennium.
FW: Is rock stardom bringing in the booty?
CD: Apparently it could, by all the panties at my
feet at the end of shows. It takes incredible concentration
to make our music, playing keys, triggering sequencers,
and keeping up with the drums. We slip into a musical zone
rather quickly, and the crowd fades away by the second measure
of the first song. By the last song, after the crescendo
has faded, we're all surprised to be ankle deep in panties.
As a band, we're going to try to take notice of who in the
crowd is throwing all these panties and maybe chat them
up a bit.
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