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Ate Up #4: Sir Deja Doog's Freaky Ride.
Posted July 25, 2014 by Jeff Napier
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July 25, 2014
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I was wrapping up an interview with Sir Deja Doog, and as it ends I ask him if there was anything else he wanted to add. He immediately yells “BURN MY BODY RIGHT AWAY WHEN I DIE!” Not that he is planning on dying soon, but the possibility is a bit more likely then it is for most people. Eric Alexander, AKA Doog Aloog, AKA Sir Deja Doog is going under the knife to remove a massive tumor that is crowding the part of his brain that controls his right side, speech center, out of body experiences and deja vu. Pretty rough place for anybody to be, and especially rough for an artist and performer with the talent of Sir Deja Doog.

Photo: Jeremy Hogan:

On the eve of Eric Alexander's surgery I conducted a series of interviews with the trio of personalities and Indiana's newest rock sensation, Eric Alexander, AKA Doog Aloog, AKA Sir Deja Doog. And I met in three different locations: Outside a closed Bloomington Subway at 4 in the morning, an illegal basement brothel in the Brightwood Neighborhood of Indianapolis, and on the roof of the Fountain Square Building at sunset.

 

He insisted that I interview him as a if he were like a three piece band made up of Doog Aloog, Eric and Sir Deja. I went along with it and the result was Interview magic.

 

Napier: What's up with the Sybil thing? How did the three beings in one body thing come about?

 

Sir Deja Doog: I created both of them so that I could be known.

 

Eric: He always says that, but sometimes I think I created him to fulfill my heart's desire.

 

Doog: We're actually the same being dividing itself, reflecting upon itself, and discovering itself in its complimentary aspects. I've always known this.

 

After that I rarely asked questions. And just listened

 

Doog: For anything to happen a decision must be made - a sword must be cast into the void slicing it into pieces for some entirely selfish reason. Sir Deja Doog's Love Coffin was once floating around in the timeless space of imagination, but the decision to bring it into this world was made in the spring of 2013 on the fifth floor of the Bloomington Hospital, the psych ward, where Eric Alexander was locked up out of a concern he might harm himself due to a sense of helplessness and powerlessness. When Dr. Griffin pulled Eric into a room by himself and told him he had cancer in his brain and that this was likely the cause of the symptoms they'd been treating all these years Eric had a good laugh. This was not because he had finally gone completely mad, but because in that moment his entire life made sense. An hour later he met with a man who wanted to crack open his skull and scoop the rotten shit from his bleeding brain.

"Not yet," said Eric. "I need that rotten shit. I need to record Love Coffin."

 

Good thing he did, cause Love Coffin is the coolest Indiana Gothic concept album about sex & death & love & madness ever, of all time. Imagine a random Eastern European lounge singer and the baddest most amazing gypsy death polka band eat a buncha purple sunhine acid and make a record. It's disorienting at first, Kinda like listening to Indian Film Music for the first time, just so much to process at once.

Mega credit is due to Tyler Damon, a long time friend who helped to get the ball rolling.

Eric: I've known Tyler for years, and I've always admired his playing. What I like most is his approach-- he's always on, right there in the moment. If you haven't experienced any of his work as a solo percussionist or his free jazz ensemble work I definitely recommend checking it out. Tyler and I had been talking about playing together for a while and I knew he was also adept at song-work so when I decided to do the album I contacted him first. Around that time, performing as Sir Deja Doog, I shared a bill with Tyler and Keith performing as a duet.

 

I majored in stand up bass performance in college and could tell right away that Keith could do anything I would want a bass player to do. He also shared an outside mentality, appreciation of the avante-garde, and a passion for philosophy. When Keith expressed appreciation for my work I immediately invited him to play with me. When I put out the word that I needed a monstrous sax player who could blow way-out and would work for free Keith said he knew just the guy: Sam Motter who it should be noted was only eighteen years old when Love Coffin was recorded.

 

I knew Diederik from The Underhills who are a great band that I've had the privilege of singing with a few times. Miss Mess and I go back ten years and she recommended Abby Hart whose raw energy and personality blew me away when I saw Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes a few months prior. Sonny is my brother and we grew up playing music together.

 

The songs that immediately stick in the claw are “Love Coffin” and “Forever We Shine” both of which boast killer choruses. A few more listens and songs like “Portal of Doom” and “She Came to Wake The Dead” come to the fore. Next, cerebral and beautiful earwigs like “The Seventh Night” and “”Burn Out” take over. I've had this record since June and I'm still discovering new shadows and nooks and bits and bobs on this thing.

 

Napier: What songs on this record are close to your hearts?

 

Sir Deja Doog: Bombasm is certainly the most fun.

 

Eric: I still can't believe I penned “My Love Bleeds Red”. I got black out drunk after work one night during a blizzard. I remember walking through the snow, but I don't remember getting home. When I woke up the song was scribbled on the back of some sheet music on the floor.

 

Doog: I was surprised by what came through on "I Put a Spell on You."

 

Eric: Doog is a passive principle of emptiness. A lot of nonsense comes outta that thing. You also might try addressing Sir Deja Doog who is a principle of power and manifestation. They probably have different perspectives on this whole Love Coffin thing.

 

Sir Deja Doog: Yes, when you talk about this mountain of death, love, and madness you are talking about me. I am the music. I am the mountain. It's fine to think of me as a mine that you want to dig, but I'd rather you think of me as the wine for which you thirst. Remember the first time you drank wine? Wasn't it thrilling? Did you come back for another glass? Did you turn all your friends on to the buzz? Wasn't it a gas? Keep coming back. I am death, love, madness, and I pour of myself, I drink of myself ceaselessly and forever.

 

Doog: From the first track, which pairs James Chance with a Buddy Holly's Crickets gone berserk vibe to the closing track, which begins with a naked Chet Bakeresque croon moving into territory explored in the solo work of Mark Hollis while employing techniques of avant-garde composer Alvin Lucier, the underlying influences of Sir Deja Doog's Love Coffin are diverse and complex.

 

Some tracks wear their influences on their sleeve, such as the title track of the album which is clearly a demented Roy Orbison saying, "Pretty woman, I want to kill you." Forever We Shine might as well be the ghost of Lee Hazlewood promising eternal life to anyone who sleeps with him. What keeps it all together is that these songs are deliberately stylized to sound a certain way and to transmit a certain vibe.

 

While the vibe is distinctly Love Coffin I can say that it was channeled through Eric after a lonely winter of wine, weed, and obsessively listening to Lux and Ivy's favorites, a compilation curated by Lux and Ivy of The Cramps. Download the first eleven albums here:http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2009/02/lux-and-ivys-favorites-mp3s.html.

 

Eric: I am satisfied with this album, but if I survive this year it will not be the last. I've already written a follow up Monster Rock EP, a thirty song album of direct lo-fi pop songs, and an EP taking a hard turn in the direction of Tim Buckley's Starsailor. I intend to have all of this released by the time I set sail working in a cover band on a cruise ship next summer. After that I'm going to settle into the Caribbean for a while to finish a series of the freakiest sea shanties ever written

 

Napier: You are staring into an unknown future. Aren't you on the verge of freaking out?

Eric: Well, yeah, sometimes. My situation is pretty bleak. I'm homeless, hungry, I can't work because I have frequent seizures, and I'm about to undergo a very serious surgery followed by radiation therapy. Still, like most mortals I'm so immersed in the struggle for survival that I don't think much about the future. My hope is that I've refined my will and vision enough to collapse the quantum wave at the right moment to swing this whole situation in a direction that is favorable to me.


Sir Deja Doog's Love Coffin will be leashed this fall on Marching Sunn Records.

You can Stream the album on Bandcamp in the meantime.

You  can also help Doog with his recovery at foodthedoog@yahoo.com


 

 

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