Michael Ciravolo’s Beauty In Chaos presents its new single, ‘A Kind Cruelty’ ft. Curse Mackey off it’s soon to be released new album The Storm Before The Calm. The single is also accompanied by a video that was filmed and directed by Vicente Cordero, edited by Leslie Gladney, and produced by Industrialism Films. This will be the third full length album from Beauty In Chaos which hinges on a more dark and brooding edge this time in it’s ever growing evolution and changing cast of industry luminaries. Michael Ciravolo and Curse Mackey were kind enough to answer a few questions for Torched on the new single and video release.
Beauty In Chaos a masterfully curated musical endeavor by Michael Ciravolo, who is not only an outstanding and well respected musician, engineer and producer in his own right but also the President and CEO of Schecter Guitar Research. His project brings together some of the most iconic names in the music world which includes, Wayne Hussey (The Mission), Simon Gallup (The Cure), Michael Aston (Gene Love Jezebel), Robin Zander, Michael Rozon, Kevin Haskins (Love And Rockets), John Fryer and Al Jourgensen (Ministry), to name a few.
Beauty In Chaos just released ‘A Kind Cruelty’ featuring Curse Mackey off it’s forthcoming album The Storm Before The Calm.. What was your inspiration behind this hauntingly dark track? Were the lyrics based on real life experiences or fantasy?
MC – The first three songs we had recorded for the album were pretty slow mid-tempo tracks. I purposely kicked up the drum machine BPM’s as I felt we needed something a bit more up-tempo. The guitar hook is reminiscent of early GLJ … ‘immigrant/promise’ era, the cool Ian Hudson stuff that I probably absorbed during my tenure with Michael and Jay. To me, Michael Rozon’s moving bass line really brought this track to life.
CURSE – The lyrics I wrote for ‘A Kind Cruelty’ are a real-life fantasy based on an out-of-body-experience I experienced while recording the song. A verbal vortex of words made out of a vision. Or a vision made from words. It’s hard to tell what came first. Some how we arrived in this time and place, so I think the words unfolded well. It’s all a bit surrealistic and cinematic.
The video for ‘A Kind Cruelty’ is deeply embedded with darker imagery… What was your inspiration behind the visuals here?
MC – Honestly it was spurred from Curse’s lyrics. It is a bit ‘tongue in cheek’ … with the vampire stuff. It is not meant to be taken so serious! I really try to make each of our 9 videos a bit different, swinging like a pendulum left and right. I feel this one is different from ‘the delicate balance of all things’… which is certainly different from ‘the long goodbye’. I expect our tenth to take another turn, too!
What was it like working with Curse for this new song and video?
MC – It was fantastic! Turns out we met years ago, but our mutual friend Steven Seibold (Hate Dept.) put us together again for this track. Curse jumped on the song as soon as he was off the Thrill Kill tour. I am a sucker for lyrics, and I think he wrote a real dark romantic classic here! We all had a blast doing the video … certainly a lot more laughs and cutting up than what is presented on the video!!! I certainly hope to work with him again… as he is part of the family now.
What was it like working with Michael Ciravolo and Beauty In Chaos for this new song and video?
CURSE – Working with Michael has been a blast. We have a good synergy and our creative communication was inspired throughout the whole thing. I tend to shy away from these types of guest appearances but I really liked the initial instrumental demo Michael sent me. I caught myself humming the music a few hours after I first listened so I grabbed a mic, pen and paper and got to work. I really enjoyed the recording and writing process and the mix of the track sounds stellar, it’s got an uplifting power to it. The video shoot was a lot of fun. A talented crew, lots of wine, candles, fire breathing, vampires, eerie fog, just another day at the office really.
Is there anything else that you would like to share that I may have missed? Thank you for taking the time for Torched!
MC – As always, I appreciate Torched’s support of BIC from Day-1. I know I had originally planned to have our next album, ‘the storm before the calm’ out on 2/21, but we had some serious studio computer and software issues that caused an unfortunate delay. We are now back on track, and the plan is now to have the album completed and ready to ship on 5.22.20! Also, there will also be at least one, if not two more videos.
CURSE – Thank you to everyone who has come to one of my shows, or picked up my new record. I am grateful. I’m looking forward to an exciting year of performing live exorcisms throughout the US in 2020 while working on new material for release later this year!
Beauty In Chaos’ new full length album The Storm Before The Calm will be released on May 22 via LA-based label 33.3 Music Collective. The new album was recorded at Ciravolo’s own SAINTinLA Studio and was produced by Michael Rozon (Grammy-nominated for his work with Ministry). The Storm Before The Calm along with the two previous albums released to date, will be available at http://www.beautyinchaosmusic.com/music-store and Bandcamp.
Curse Mackey will be on tour in support of his debut solo album INSTANT EXORCISM beginning on Mar 6th in San Diego opening for darkwave legends Clan of Xymox. Dates can be found at www.CurseMackey.com www.facebook.com/cursemackey1 http://www.instagram.com/cursemackey
Curse Mackey – vocals
Michael Ciravolo – guitars and textures
Michael Rozon – bass, piano and synth
Dirk Doucette – drums
Lyrics written by Curse Mackey
Music written by Michael Ciravolo and Michael Rozon
Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Michael Rozon at SAINTinLA STUDIO
Video filmed and Directed by Vicente Cordero (Industrialism Films)
Video edited by Leslie Gladney (Industrialism Films)
Curse Mackey – vocals / Michael Ciravolo – guitar / Tish Ciravolo – bass /
Dirk Doucette – drums / Leslie Gladney – vampire girl / Sinder and Lilian Sin – fire dancers
Feature and still photos by Anabel DFlux
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