L.A. WEEKLY: Never Is Now dropped three months ago — have you been pleased with the response so far?
TIM SKOLD: Yes. I think a lot of people are now realizing that every album I make, or work on, will in many ways be different from the next and are almost expecting the unexpected so to speak. On the artist side of that is the danger of walking too far off the beaten path and getting completely lost in the process. There’s a very fine line there and I try to get as close to it as I can.
How do you think you’ve evolved since the Skold album in 1996?
Not sure if it’s evolution or just the fact that the world is in a constant state of change but I’ve changed in just about every way possible. Even if I did everything exactly the same today as I did many years ago, everything is so different now that even the music would come out different.
Do you enjoy playing L.A.? Any particular memories?
Yes and yeah! We did a tribute show with Shotgun Messiah at the Troubadour in the early ’90s with a crazy girl climbing the light rig, and a couple nights at the Wiltern with Marilyn Manson in 2004 that were special. I could go on and on, there are many other great shows I remember very well. Los Angeles is always a little extra stressful because it is home but I love it.
What can we expect from this Whisky set?
We have Echo Black with us for this run so definitely come out early and check them out. The SKOLD line up is Nero Bellum (Psyclon Nine) on synths and Jon Siren (IAMX) on drums. I feel I have the best fucking band in the world so there’s that. We are rounding up a 30 date US tour at the Whisky and we are playing a carefully selected set of both brand new and older material. This set draws from a pretty unique catalog and I think it does so very well.
When this run of shows is done, what else do you have coming up?
There’s a few things currently being booked but confirmed we have a big tour as support for Motionless in White in Europe and the UK this November / December. This will be the first time SKOLD plays over there so that’s a big deal for me as a Swede.
Skold plays with Echo Black, Our Frankenstein, Mortis, Luna 13, Iron Kill and Threat the Lariat at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 10 at the Whisky A Go Go.