‘ If you begin with the premise that the Freemasons killed Tupac..’

10 Oct

RMS Magazine presents
A Strange Trip into the Institute
Kelly Stanton interviews Doctor Pump from the Crazy Baldheads

While being kept waiting, I was gloomily figuring the exact point when a group of like-minded individuals becomes a cult. When exactly does that lethal mixture of charisma and coercion consume the will of each devotee and make them fearful of betraying themselves to the others? The rare press releases had all come from whatever lay behind these gates and as the guard let me through, I briefly fancied I might never leave.
Finally I was led through an opulent series of rooms and into what appeared to be a reception area. Doctor Pump and his silent and beautiful assistant Miselenious stood at the opposite end of a huge elliptical black glass table, waving at me to sit. As a condition of being allowed to interview this enigmatic figure, I had to complete the I-Sonic Institute’s ‘Self-Realisation Personality Test’ and had admitted a fondness for frozen Margaritas, so I hoped that’s what was in the nearby blender. The gorgeous but somehow robotic woman passed me a large goblet sharp with lemon and redolent of teqila. He’d added spoonsful of a russet coloured powder to the mix, if he thought I hadn’t noticed.
‘ It’s freshly ground’ he said, smiling from behind his enormous sunglasses.
‘ Freshly ground what, exactly?’
‘ Nutmeg. The lemon cuts the taste, the crushed ice masks the dustiness factor. ‘
He lit a large joint. Miselenious warmly took my hand then smiled and silently left the room. He sat and beckoned me to ask him anything.

Kelly Stanton – It is often said that artists are the antennae of society. This second album – The Golden Age of I-Sonica – seems to tell the story of a prosperous civilisation destroyed by its own decadence and pride. Am I correct in assuming that I-Sonica is an allegory for the United States?
Doctor Pump – Kelly, the words say what they say. The record was completed weeks before the attacks on New York. That’s it. As much as people might wish for it, I’m no Nostradamus.
K.S. – Sure, and yet from the beginning your work has has a prophetic tone. Leaving aside your Babylon-must-fall stuff, the cast list of references hints at more. Paracelsus, Crowley, that sort of thing..
D.P. – We’re not hinting at anything. I can’t be held responsible for the feverish imaginations of the uninitiated. Believe me, Kelly, prophecy is a matter of interpreting subtle and often contradictory data. You don’t get next week’s paper on the doorstep each morning.
K.S. – How is your music created? Is it true that you only leave the studio for your rare live shows and have employed a lookalike to impersonate you at public events?
D.P. – That ‘lookalike’ you mention is me. My commitments with the Theosophical Society force me to send a replacement up to Russell St from time to time but the gigs are 100% Pump. The Professor produces the music and the lyrics come through a process akin to what illiterate new-agers would call ‘channeling’ so..while the fragments of various pre-recorded elements create a temporal chaos, the thematic integrity provides order. Something sadly lacking in contemporary music, if I may say so.
K.S. – This record, it almost SMELLS of sex. Almost every track contains references to it. What’s the point of including sex in music?
D.P. – Institute policy is free and kinky, babe. Drink up.
K.S. – Philip Jarvey claimed in last month’s ‘Austral Projections’ thet the I-Sonica mythos is not much more than a rehash of the idea of Lemuria. Why the interest in lost civilisations?
D.P.- Jarvey and his wannabe Rosicrucian mates have been a fucking thorn in my side for years. His magazine’s an unfunny joke and he wouldn’t know Lemuria from his arse. I suppose Disney’s godawful Atlantis flick is another example of people ripping off our ideas but who knows? Look around you, Kel, wouldn’t you choose ANY alternative to this?
K.S. – Is that why you’re always going out into the desert? I refer to the songwriting trip you mention in the track ‘Fantasyland.
D.P. – Whatever it takes to achieve clarity.
K.P. – Tell me about the lyric ‘When death is the only mystery, horror is a chance to transcend’. Are we, as you say, about to ‘dust off the war drums’?
D.P. – It’s hard to say, but I wouldn’t give up the darts just yet. Ask Bush about the Skull and Bones.
K.S. – What do you mean?
D.P. – Well, his vow of allegience to the Skull and Bones predates and thus cancels his Oath of Office. I’d really rather talk about the music.
K.S. – What’s next for you all?
D.P. – A break. Now this album’s blossomed into a fearful reality, we need to think about something else.
S.F. may return to Africa, MisElenious is midway through my advanced psychic training course and when that’s complete I’m going back to the desert. God knows what the Professor will get up to. The plan is a 2 album compilation of all the artists under the I-Sonic imprimatur, that way the Baldheads can retreat to the shadows again. We’re all so drained and I’m sick of being famous. The thing is..if you begin writing your album with the knowledge the Freemasons killed Tupac Shakur, then the rest is going to be a grisly trawl through the very worst of human evil and deceit. We all need a change of scene.
K.S. – Doctor Pump, I thank you.
D.P. – The pleasure’s mine. Thanks very much


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