Judda are difficult to interview: they dislike talking about music or lyrics. As Pedro says: Being out of your face at a club isn't fuckin' exciting, being out of your face at a our gigs is.. It's talking about music that's boring. While Judda want to "have a fuckin' great time, right up until the end:", the flip side of their jovial sarcasm is laced with aggressive discontent.
For Pedro personally, one raw nerve is the time his Dad spent under Fascist rule in Portugal. "People in this country really don't know what's like to live inder a fascist dictatorship. They don't understand how lucky they are to be able to talk without having a gun pressed to their head." Juddas EP will be available on Chrysalis Records in Mid-March. Be very afraid! Jason Arnopp, Kerrang 1994.
Before NIN, RevCo, Ministry, Skinny Puppy etc. had even hit the shores of Britain there was JUDDA, mutated from punk, rock, psyko-billy and dance bands, these members regularly packed out places in and around London circa early 1990's. Many labels tried to sign them, Chrysalis came close but soon pulled out when JUDDA decided to fight and slag-off everyone at their signing party. Often described by the media as a mutated half-breed of Killing Joke versus KLF ..
they never followed the trend to jump on the ensuing NIN/Ministry bandwagon - instead they delivered music that you could both dance and vomit to. A JUDDA gig was always a sight to behold - punks, disco queens and heavy metalers mingled to the beats of JUDDA. To be honest, I don't think JUDDA ever captured their live rawness on tape... Ped's violent spitting fury, Carter's crunching guitar stabs, Gez's pounding bass cuts and Andii Yoshiro's (AKA DJ Wax) Stukka diving synth bombs.
I remember coming from a JUDDA gig, riding the Tube home, not knowing whether to laugh, cry, fight or hide they were the Dennis Hopper's Blue Velvet character of music. Their genre would later become known as industrial music but we all knew that somewhere between the early forms of pre-industrial (Caberet Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle) and the NIN/RevCo/Manson era the most important gig to be seen at was JUDDA. Steve DeVille, Metal Mag (1996) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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