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Skinny Puppy Still Taking Its Bark -- And Bytes -- On The Road

Of the Oakland Press

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After delving heavily into politics on 2004’s “The Greater Wrong of the Right,” industrial rock pioneers Skinny Puppy opted for a different focus on their 13th and latest release, “Mythmaker.”

“The last thing we want to talk about any more is more about George Bush,” says the groups cEvin Key (a.k.a. Kevin Crompton). “For us, (‘Mythmaker’) is more of a personal journey. You’ve got to deal with the person inside; you can’t neglect human tragedy, human traumas.

“Like a lot of things with us, it’s always been about the exploration of just sitting down and seeing what happens. It’s never been too structured, in that sense.”

Similarly, Key prefers to stay circumspect about Skinny Puppy’s future. The group, led by Key and Nivek Ogre (Kevin Ogilvie), came back together in 2003 after a seven-year hiatus and is, at least from outright appearances, a going concern once again.

“Everything we’ve ever done with Skinny Puppy has been without the conscience to succeed — without the conscience to be larger or more successful, I mean,” Key 46, explains. “In some sense whatever is left of this band that’s been kicking around for a quarter of a century has just found the common ground again in what we do.

“We get into our mode and have a great time with each other. We appreciate being able to do it.”

Skinny Puppy, Sword Heaven and Otto Von Schirach perform 9 p.m. Saturday (June 2nd) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $25. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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