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    Lollipop Lust Kill

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Jesus Chrysler lyrics
    2The Open Door (Intro) lyrics
    3Can't Get Away lyrics
    4No Answer (Outro) lyrics
    5Murder, House Of Love lyrics
    6Balls Out lyrics
    7Father lyrics
    8Ted lyrics
    9Black All Over lyrics
    10Knee Deep In The Dead lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1My So Called Knife [2002]
    2Motel Murder Madness
    3Candycanes and Razorblades


    On its brutal new album My So Called Knife, aggro sextet Lollipop Lust Kill takes a wild ride on the dark side, combining pummeling modern guitars with moments of eerie tranquility. Front man Evvy Pedder alternates between Goth-like intonations and Pantera-like bellowing,

    and their lurid lyrics paint portraits of murder and mayhem. "If you read any history book, they romanticize war and death," observes bassist D. Human. "It's in basic human nature. We're just saying it and not doing it. The only thing that separates us from other people is they actually do it. We just think it."

    Given the album's subject matter, one might expect the members LLK to be intense and brooding, but the band is quite mild-mannered and self-deprecating. It makes one wonder how such seemingly nice boys became so angry. "We're not angry," counters D. Human. They just like to indulge in violent daydreams. Guitarist Pill simply points out that "people love death, and they love sex, but they've got to make it pretty."

    The Toledo, Ohio group dresses up its image accordingly - all its members wear black suits. "We could wear freaky costumes and be all scary looking," D. Human contemplates, "but scary people in the real world look like you and me. They look like the boy next door. And next thing you know, you're living right next to one."

    Lollipop Lust Kill may be a new band to many, but Pill, D. Human, and guitarist DeadGreg have been playing together for eight years. It was not until 1996, when it discovered front man Evvy Pedder that the group solidified. The six-piece is rounded out by drummer Knits and keyboardist Killer K. In 1997, Lollipop Lust Kill released a three-song EP entitled Candy Canes and Razor Blades. By the summer of 1998, they won a local battle of the bands and opened Toledo's The Zone's radio station festival with Kid Rock, Stabbing Westward, Sevendust, and Gravity Kills.

    All of this regional attention encouraged them, but the Lollipop boys needed business acumen to take their music to the next level. By uploading their music onto MP3, the band won over new fans and their current manager, who discovered them in 1999. Over 130,000 people have downloaded LLK tracks from MP3.com, where the band hit number one on the heavy metal charts. At one point, four tracks were in MP3's metal Top 20.

    By 2000, Lollipop Lust Kill had self-released a full-length debut, Motel Murder Madness, and the following year was discovered by Artemis Records through the underground website AntiMTV.com. Now they are set to release their second album and first nationwide release My So Called Knife, the title of which parodies the short-lived Claire Danes coming-of-age show. Knife was produced by Sylvia Massy Shivy best known for her work with Tool, Powerman 5000, and Sevendust.

    Lollipop Lust Kill emphasizes that they eschew the whiny self-pity espoused by so many of today's bands. "Like A Disease," is about a lunatic man in relationship with a woman where he realizes that he's being played for a fool, and plans of one day having his revenge. "Knee Deep In The Dead" was inspired by the ferocious video game Doom and "Black All Over" is the kind of a song where you want to drive real fast and bash into someone else's car. Then there's "Bury You," inspired by Stephen King's famous horror novel The Shining.
    ("Domestic violence at it's best," quips D. Human.) "Father" is another full-throttle stomper that takes the point-of-view of a disturbed, abusive parent. Finally, LLK weighs in with a cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus."

    The ethereal "Outro" came together in Sylvia's studio, an old Burlesque theater, where after a night of excess the band lit some candles and turned all the lights out. Sylvia began recording D. Human talking on an old tape echo and then the band put some toy piano over it.

    Lollipop Lust Kill has certainly struck a nerve with audiences around the Midwest, from Chicago to Toledo to Louisville, and they have attracted Goths, ICP fans, metalheads and stoners to their gigs. The Toledo sextet has opened for numerous hard rockers including Disturbed, Full Devil Jacket, and Nickelback. One recent headlining gig in Toledo drew 1,200 devoted fans. Has the band ever wondered if any of their fans might take their music too seriously? If they did, D. Human jests: "they should probably get some help."

    When asked to re-trace the origins of the band's curious name they explain that they used to be called The Candy Killers, which doesn't roll off your tongue. Then someone tossed out the world "lollipop" and Pill spontaneously invoked the phrase "Lollipop Lust Kill". "We wanted a name that you would have to hear twice before it clicked with you what it is," the guitarist remarks. "It's definitely a name that doesn't sound like anybody else."

    Nor do they look like other hard rockers. But don't think they worry about mussing up their suits, for this band likes to tear it up live and their shows are amazingly energetic. For Lollipop Lust Kill, playing live is ultimately about making a connection with their devoted fans. "We hope it will be very liberating for those who harbor the same feelings that we do," says D. Human. "It's freedom."

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