The cover of Mr. Feathers' new album, Cold Horses, depicts the artist carrying a naked blonde girl with her throat slit toward an altar.
He is dressed in what looks like Beethoven's old clothes. The room is dark. And there are candles. A mysterious arm and black gloved hand jut into the frame in the manner of an East German snuff film. The girl looks both dead and DTF. It's pretty damn weird.
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Crossfade: What's the new album sound like?
Mr. Feathers: It's a little mellow. A little orchestral. It's got a lot of synthy juice inside of it.
How's it different from your last album, Knife Cream Sundae?
More vocals. And Mis4ty is doing a couple tracks with me. That's my wife. And there's two or three songs that she's in and stuff.
Is that the first time you worked with her?
Yeah, it is. I just decided to include her and she was OK with it. She has always been very supportive of my music.
Is she going to perform?
She wakes up and goes to sleep very early. So it's rare that she goes to my shows. But she might make an appearance and stuff.
How'd you come up with the album cover?
It's a picture that was snapped of me during the virgin sacrifice I did at a venue that closed down. I'll send you a picture, but it's probably too risky for the newspaper.
There's a black bar over her tits. It's too freaky for the interview.
A black bar in real life?
No. In real life, she's naked.
What was it for again?
"Mayan Virgin Sacrifice." That's a song on the new album. More aliens. More sex. And more ear juice.
What's the idea behind it?
To duplicate something from history. Sacrificing a virgin as an offering to the Indian gods and stuff. It's a theatrical piece.
What kind of performance do you have for the new album?
I'm gonna get in the costume people usually see me in. It's tribal. And it has lots of triangles. It looks very Mayan, but it's actually from Saudi Arabia. It just looks cool. And I'm gonna wear this mask with all these feathers on it and stuff.
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A lot of people have got guitars, and drums, and mics, and they go and start rapping it out. I'm just trying to do something a little weirder. I pull out my laptop and the costume and I go with it. People get excited.
How many tracks on the album?
There's actually 13 tracks. But the last one is imaginary. The 14th track is inside of people's heads.
Do the songs have a traditional structure? Or are they more experimental?
Some of the songs are more commercial. And some of them could be used, like, as the soundtrack of some horror flick.
What's the inspiration?
I just make music that sounds good to me. I'm not there to copy anybody. I don't even know how to.
Anything else you want people to know about?
Yeah. It recently came out that the Mexican government has alien artifacts. The aliens recorded their history on some kind of structures and the government is storing them. Hard-core evidence.
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And didn't you also write a song about aliens?
Yeah, but that was way before. So when the truth finally came out later, I was like, "Wow. I just said the same thing."
Mr. Feathers' Cold Horses Release Party. With Pocket of Lollipops, Forte, Beatmachines, Laundry Room Squelchers, and the Creature Tweaker Council. Wednesday, January 29. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami. The show starts at 9 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Call 305-757-1807 or visit churchillspub.com.