Megan Holmes Chip King and Lee Buford of the Body
"Chip and I don't like most people," says the voice on the other end of the line, calmly. Its even tone and audible remnants of a childhood spent in the South belong to Lee Buford, Chip King's other half. The two are a striking pair, both tall and burly with substantial beards and dark stares, shown casually posing with shotguns in press photos. Together they make up the Body, a musical manifestation of the past 15 years worth of friendship.
Buford has agreed to a phone chat with Gimme Noise before their return to Minneapolis tonight, where they will play a set at the Hexagon alongside local bands Buildings, False, and Prostate. He is very matter-of-factly explaining his interest in cults, a subject that stemmed from discussing his band's use of field recordings in their material, particularly the looping chant found in their song "All the Waters."
"Trying to distance oneself from society is interesting," he says of cult life. "It's interesting when people come at it from a different way. Mostly it's religious, but that kind of 'done with the world' thing is kind of fascinating."More »