Music Q&A:
Theatre of Hate

Kirk Brandon of the 1980s punk outfit is gearing up to tour again, visiting Wakefield Warehouse, 20 Oct, Whitby Goth Weekend, 27 Oct, and Manchester Ruby Lounge, 29 Oct

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Major parts of my songwriting have been informed by social aspects – the darker sides of society, inequality, man’s barbarity to his fellow man. Along with this heavyweight clobber it’s been influenced by the world of ideas and love. The word that so often springs to mind is “hope”, for without it there is nothing. Men and women need hope in order to exist.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
As an artist you are always looking to broaden your view and understanding – where “we” are and who we have been in order to get here. One day we woke up and found ourselves in a place in our lives where we need answers. Why we feel a certain way and trace thoughts back to their origin in an effort to understand. Musically, the early influences of blues and Spanish guitar are always there and today I accept and am grateful for them.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I write two separate threads – one for Spear of Destiny and the other, more rarer form for Theatre of Hate. They’re both distinct from each other. At this very moment I’m finishing writing a new Spear album.

What’s on your rider?
Wine, cider and Becks.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
Surreal was doing a support slot on a Mission tour in Germany. I was outside the venue and standing talking to the merchandise lady when four Germans walked up. One said triumphantly: “You’re good! Really good! But he’s dead!” Then turned and dismissively walked off. He thought I was a Kirk Brandon’ impersonator. Maybe I am and my German friend was indeed right.

What song do you wish you’d written?
Bodies by the Sex Pistols.

What’s your worst lyric?
The lyrics to All My Love. I tried so hard to sell out and failed. Oh dear.

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