t.o.t.s. Interview w/ChainDLK (Dec. 2005)
by; Shaun Phelps
Chain D.L.K.: First, can you tell a little about Things Outside the Skin? Your mission statement, maybe?
Things Outside The Skin: THINGS OUTSIDE THE SKIN has been around since 1997. The idea for the name had been around longer, but there was no immediate outlet for it. I don’t know if there’s a particular “mission statement” for T.O.T.S., per se. I can’t speak for the rest of the band because in the end we all have different ideologies. There’s no set “group” agenda.
Chain D.L.K.: Judging by your discography you guys have been around for a while. How do you feel your sound has changed over the years?
Things Outside The Skin: Has our sound changed? I think production-wise it definitely has. In terms of the songs having changed in nature or notÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ that’s tough. I don’t really know. I’ve never been far enough away from my own material to really determine that or not. The line-up has changed significantly over the years for any number of reasons; though right now I feel like there’s a pretty functional unit going on with the current line-up. I like change, though. It’s exciting. New people bring new ideas and open up possibilities I would have never come up with on my own. Continue reading ChainDLK, interview (2005)
Review Source: ChainDLK
Official Site: www.chaindlk.com
Artist: THINGS OUTSIDE THE SKIN
Release: You Knew it all Along
Label: Facility Records
Rated: 4 stars
THINGS OUTSIDE THE SKIN are back for their fifth release, â€œYou Knew it all Along.â€ t.o.t.s. is Chvad SB (vocals/programming), Blight Productions (bass), and The 1-2-3-4 (drums), interesting names to add to the curiousness of this colorful new release. t.o.t.s.â€™ sound is composed of, basically, dirty gangster rap above spooky and aged sci-fi themesâ€”or, better put, a nightmarish amusement park moving in slow motion.
My first impression about this release was that it would be blatantly evil with not much intrinsic value, however; upon listening and reading the lyrics I was quick to discover this band actually has a healthy(?) sense of humor, and a smart approach to their subject matter that is quickly infectious.
While Iâ€™m not a big fan of industrial rap, THINGS OUTSIDE THE SKIN does an extremely convincing job of merging the two genres, and does it better than most acts Iâ€™ve heard. t.o.t.s. is not, by any means, limited to rapâ€”as they show an affinity for EBM and touch on a variety of other genres. Regardless your interests, though, t.o.t.s.’ violating cover of the Spice Girlsâ€™ â€œSpice up Your Lifeâ€ alone is well worth any price asked for this album.
Review by: Shaun Phelps