“Somebody’s gotta get the message through. To have a word and put a sledgehammer through you.”
It was the late 1980’s and dance music was dangerous. Acid House was front page tabloid news, and ecstasy was causing moral panic across Britain. For the first time, hip-hop was crossing over to alternative white kids, and there was no established precedent to stop the rampant sampling that would cross-pollinate urban music with punk rock and industrial. Something revolutionary was happening.
“Dance music,” says Graham Crabb, “had changed from largely an escapist form of music to something socially relevant.”
Graham Crabb and Adam Mole know a little something about that salient musical and sociopolitical journey. As one-half of industrial dance icons Pop Will Eat Itself — along with Clint Mansell, Richard March and drummer Fuzz Townshend — Crabb and Mole spread a blistering, transformative gospel of noise, rock, dance and art influenced by everyone from Public Enemy to the UK’s Wasted Youth.
Now, 20 years after PWEI lit the fuses, Crabb and Mole are back to finish the job as VILE EVILS.