Tony McKormack: I had been in another band, called Screaming Dead, which was a proto Goth Rock/Death Rock/Horror Punk outfit, and when this ended I went to Art School; at this time I formed a band called The Resurrection. This fell apart after about a year, and then I got together with Candia and Adam Henderson, and we formed Inkubus Sukkubus. Although at first we were called Belas Knapp. It took about nine moths from when we initially formed, until we got Bob Gardener in and began playing live.
EB: What instruments do you play most often? Is there a particular favorite?
TM: I use a Burns Scorpion Gothic Guitar, which is quite a rarity these days, I have had it about ten years, but have only recently started using it, as my favorite guitar, my Washburn KC40V, is now coming to the end if it’s long and eventful life. I also have acoustic guitars, et cetera, and still use the Suzuki 12 string I got during the first year of the band.
EB: You have many Pagan themes in your music. Is there one tradition that you gravitate to?
TM: Candia and I were involved with the Alexandrian tradition of Wicca a while ago, but now we try to incorporate other facets of Paganism. We tend to lean quite a lot towards the various aspects of Lilith most of the time.
EB: Your albums have been very diverse. What has been your favorite to date?
TM: My favorites so far are usually Vampyre Erotica and The Dark Goddess. I feel that these two albums capture the essential soul of the band. I think Candia prefers Viva la Muerte.
EB: Tell us about your new album, Love Poltergeist.
TM: Our daughter (nine years-old) said to me that she thought that we should release an album called “Love Poltergeist”, so that was how it started. The bulk of the album is about the concept of actual incubi and succubi, and how there are dark forces preying on sexual energy, forces that dwell in another dimension and occasionally cross over to cause erotic dreams. It is a theme we have used before and it is linked to our interpretation of Lilith, as the succubic vampire.
EB: What is one thing about Pagan music that you want people to know?
TM: I would say the thing people should know is that Pagan Music does not have any set musical style of genre. Pagan Music can be Metal, Folk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Choral, Classical and anything else. Pagan music is about the lyrics and the sentiment.
EB: Which place is your favorite and why?
TM: We have been to lots of different places: Egypt, Mexico, New Orleans, New York, most of the UK, Europe and Scandinavia. But my favorite place is Boscastle in Cornwall. This is because it is where Candia first went on holiday, and where we returned many times in the early years of the band. It is a truly magical place, where I have taken away a great deal of inspiration.
EB: If I were your favorite cookie, what kind would I be?
TM: The one that has honey and not sugar, and is made with oatmeal.
EB: Where can fans buy your music?
EB: What are you working on now?
TM: I am currently working on the video backdrop for Evil Men for when we play it live. I have also begun writing the next album.
Tony and Candia have been making music since 1989. Now on their sixteenth album, Love Poltergeist is the latest in a long line up of Pagan friendly themes and often racy lyrics. Check out their website for more information on their work and make sure you check out these classics:
Belladonna and Aconite
Queen of the May