The zombie-loving breakbeat duo are playing Alpha this week. James Wilkinson finds out more about them
Childhood trauma equals zombie fixation. Fact. Pat Pardy, one half of Evil Nine (so he’s Evil 4.5, we suppose), explained his interest in zombiedom to Clash magazine. ‘My brother, when he used to baby-sit, showed me Zombie Flesh Eaters. It crippled my young mind!’ It seems it also informed not just the band’s aesthetic, but their music as well. ‘We did one track [on second album They Live!] that had an obvious sort of zombie vibe to it, then we did another track and realised it had that zombie feel again. I wouldn’t say it’s a concept album, but it’s got that running theme in there.’
While they’re known as breakbeat DJs, Evil Nine have many more genres bouncing around their skulls. For proof, just look at the Fabriclive.28 mix album they did for London’s Fabric nightclub. It features remixes of indie kids The Mystery Jets, posey art-rockers Franz Ferdinand and dance-punk kids Test-Icicles, as well as Daft Punk and Simian Mobile Disco. Oh, and it ends on the original version of The Clash’s ‘London Calling’. Nice.
Evil Nine are what connect Francophonic house bots Daft Punk to avant-indie experimentalists TV on the Radio. When asked by Fat! website to talk about whatever important albums that came into his head, Pat said: ‘El-P’s I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead is a f****** prog-hip-hop dystopian masterpiece; the Justice album was a grower that lived up to the hype. Midnight Juggernauts’ Dystopia took the bits of Vangelis that weren’t s*** and made good, while Daft Punk’s Human After All was by far their best album – the only good one if you ask me. The first half of TV On the Radio’s Return to Cookie Mountain was excellent, but the other half was a bit s*** really.’
Pat’s ambition is basically to be Margaret Thatcher: Queen of the Zombies. As he explained to Fat!, if he had a superpower it would be ‘bringing the dead back to life. I could summon an army of the undead to crush the weak and the poor, that would be a hell of a lot of fun. Less poor people in the world would be great as they have absolutely no taste and are sometimes very, very rude.’
They’re proud to be geeks. As Pat’s sidekick Tom Beaufoy– yes, he speaks! – told Higher Frequency: ‘I remember the kids at school who were a bit geeky who were picked on and took s*** back then; they turned out to be the most interesting characters later in life. Those who were really popular at school are the ones who now are deputy manager at [UK cheapo catalogue firm] Argos or something. I was popular at school, but I was still a geek.’
The story behind their name is, we’ll be perfectly honest, a bit disappointing. And they know it. Pat again, talking to Higher Frequency: ‘It happened when I was 17 or 18 years old and I was producing stuff on my own. I just went one day: ‘Oh, Evil Nine’. I had literally just picked Evil and counted to a number that sounded good and just forgot about it for years.’
Evil Nine play See You Next Friday at Alpha on April 16, Dhs75, ladies free before midnight.