Chad Radford: What's the relationship between Warning Light and Repeated Viewing?
Drew Haddon: I found [Alan Sinclair] on Bandcamp. When I got in touch we found out that we vaguely had some of the same musical reference points: He's really into the Goblin-esque horror film soundtrack aesthetic, and I am too, although I tend to go in more of a Sci-Fi direction with Warning Light. We started up a classic Internet collaboration. He hadn't released any music before, so I put out the tape. The idea was to create a split album that was a soundtrack for a post-apocalyptic film - sort of a slasher at the end of the world kind of thing. So we started sending stuff back-and-forth and it built from there.
It feels like a shift in style for Warning Light.
One of the big differences now is that I'm edging further away from some of the new age and drone music concepts that I've been working with for so long. I'm naturally moving in the direction of horror movie soundtracks - darker sounding stuff. Warning Light was born out of me hanging out at Kirkwood Ballers Club shows at Lenny's, so naturally it started out as a bit of a noise project. Now I'm more centered around using the synthesizer and creating dark moods - bridging the gap between soundtracks and dark ambient stuff. For the last six months I've been touching on more of that Lustmord, quiet industrial sound.
Warning Light is just me, and I'm between bands now, and even though I've been recording a good amount of noisier stuff lately, I didn't want it to creep into Warning Light. That's why I started Downers.
This is Warning Light's tenth anniversary, and when you get a little older, not everything has to be an experiment. My first release was a cassette, and now I'm releasing another cassette.
So does it feel like you've come full-circle with the project?
In a way it feels like it, with a lot of random stuff in the middle, and it's a genuinely different thing now. There is something to said about staying true to your favorite format, though. Cassettes sound really warm, and I like that. When I was playing in Roman Photos we would obsess over sounding really modern, and I forgot about how much I like the sound of cassettes. But that's fine. Warning Light is just me, and it's cool to have that kind of personal perspective with it.
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