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Interview with Denny
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review by Tracy Twyman

When I first saw the dark, blurry photograph on the front cover bearing the image of a nose and a shoulder, I thought: "Uh oh, this is gonna be someones idea of poetry." Surprisingly, however, it was actually filled with songs, real songs, the kind you listen to over and over and over again, not boring, angst-ridden drivel from people who think theyre really disillusioned. Not that theres any lack of angst conveyed in the self-described Psychedelic Gothic Frenzy, but not the I long for death kind; more like the I spend my nights smoking cigarettes & tearing my hair out & pacing about & being frustrated & worried & really sad cuz everything that was ever important to me is falling apart & life is pointless & existence is sorrow & Im totally trapped & time is running out kind. Some songs, while not really negative, still have a certain dismalness, and the lyrics, while at times very personal and introspective, are not the kind that make you cringe and feel embarrassed for the person that wrote them. Theres even a hint of sarcasm, like in the song "I Understand", where lead singer Denny assures some poor unnamed sap with tongue-in-cheek that "I understand your pain." His sometimes angry and sinister, sometimes wussy, effeminate voice actually works very well - kinda reminds me of Bowie & Freddy Mercury. The instruments (guitar, bass, keys & violin) are all played by real musicians, you can tell, and the production quality is par excellence. If youre going to spend money on a new CD, you might as well buy this one. It is, as Joey McIntyre would say, wicked awesome!

Daniel the Levite
"Laws of God, Teacher of Nations."
An Interview with the guy from Sofia Run

Denny DR: Tell us about your descent from the tribe of Levi and what it means to you.

Denny: Well, being that my last name is the same as Moses’, I guess I would be a direct line from Moses, so, y’know, that leaves a pressure upon you.

DR: What do you feel pressured to do, exactly?

Denny: Well, y’know, my last name means “Teacher of Nations.”

DR: Yeah, and your first name means what?

Denny: “Laws of God.”

DR: So “Laws of God, Teacher of Nations.”

Denny: Right.

DR: I imagine that is a lot of pressure. Say, when the sons of the High Priest Aaron went in to talk to the Ark of the Covenant, do you know what they wore on their bodies for protection?

Denny: Well, they wore very specific clothes. It’s very detailed in the Bible. To describe it as just robes and a metal plate on their belly wouldn’t give it it’s true meaning, because every single stone on the plate, and almost every ripple in the robe, everything about it was very specific, especially the plate that they wore around their belly, which I hardly remember except for the fact that it was a plate with different symbols on it.

DR: Do you remember the name of it?

Denny: No, and I would remember it in Hebrew anyway, or Aramaic.

DR: It was the Breastplate of Judgment.

Denny: Oh, that’s obviously the English word, because there’s no way it would be called anything like that. Even directly translated into Hebrew that’s not what it was called. It might have been a word that meant that, though.

DR: OK. What do you think the Ark of the Covenant was?

Denny: What do you mean by that question? Besides the fact that it just held the five books of the Bible, y’know, that Moses wrote, and also it held the Tablets that were brought down from Mount Sinai. But, y’know, there’s all sorts of mystical power that people have attributed to it. That goes into all sorts of different lore and things like that, but I mean, originally it was just simply in the Temple and people prayed to it. Originally is was equivalent to what we have in our Ark in every single temple in the Jewish culture. That’s supposed to symbolize the original Ark.

DR: But what about the stories of it being used as a weapon of war, and God talking to people from it, like being used as a communication device to talk to God?

Denny: Well, supposedly when the High Priest walked in to the chamber they were conversing directly with God, and only certain people were allowed to enter that chamber, and, y’know, you were obviously supposed to be purified a certain way and all this stuff. But, yeah, you were supposedly talking directly with God. I think there was a time when someone was said to have gone inside but had to turn his back or something. I don’t remember all the stories. There’s so many different stories. But anyway, what’s your point on that? Just the magical powers?

DR: Well, yeah, I wanted to know if you thought it had some electromagnetic properties that allowed it to do that. Like, for instance, they intimate as much in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Denny: Yeah, I guess they do. I guess anything in life has some sort of electromagnetic property, y’know, even our brains are working on such energy, so its obvious that everything could run on some form of energy like that. But to distill it to that would be the equivalent to saying that it’s like plugging in a radio, which it’s not. So you wouldn’t want to distill it just to that, cuz it would have to be something more than just that. But that could be something that’s like a connector between two things, y’know, like a conductor.

DR: What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?

Denny: There are different kinds of scary. I think the best scary movie I’ve even seen is The Omen, mostly because it’s intellectual fear. As opposed to showing you dead bodies being thrown in your face all the time with blood, it makes you scared because it shows you a few things, but most of the time you’re using your imagination, rather than just showing you gory stuff. Y’know, I’ve seen Friday the 13th, and all you have to see is the trailer to see at least 13 dead bodies. But with The Omen, there were probably two or three dead bodies in the whole movie, y’know, and they weren’t even that bloody, but most people walk out of that movie with nightmares. I didn’t. I actually adored it. I never had nightmares over The Omen. I never had nightmares over any movie, except Pinocchio. Pinocchio scared me. But that’s because the original Pinocchio that everyone saw as kids from a long time ago was actually a very scary movie at one point. I’ve only had a few people remember the original one, because they don’t show it very often anymore. Now they show all the new happy Disney movies, which are all happy and fun. But the old one, when he was, like, lost, and turned into this mutant animal, that one was terrifying, and it was dark and scary and eerie, and that sound of his voice going, “Pinnooooochiooooo!” (does impression) scared the Hell out of us.

DR: Can you do that again for us?

Denny: Nope. I know you like the first one though. And that wasn’t half as scary as the way he did it.

DR: So what do you think about the New World Order?

Denny: The New World Order? You don’t mean the coffee shop, I take it.

DR: No. Nor the wrestling federation.

Denny: The wrestling federation? Are they called that too?

DR: They call it “New World Order”, yeah. You haven’t seen the T-shirts?

Denny: No, I avoid wrestling.

DR: Wouldn’t you like to wear one of those belts, though?

Denny: I know the guy that makes those. He’s a big guy. He’s just as big as you’d expect him to be. He could be a wrestler. He’s actually a bouncer at a club.

DR: Do you think he could fit your head underneath his armpit?

Denny: I think I could fit my whole body underneath his armpit. But I wouldn’t want to be there. That doesn’t sound very appealing. The mere thought of it makes me not want to have breakfast today.

DR: How many alleys in Manhattan have you peed into?

Denny: None. Zero. I don’t consider the world my bathroom.

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