GC: All the fire.
CK: I couldn't believe that.
GC: I saw them in New Jersey at the IZOD centre and you could feel the heat way back in arena.
CK: I couldn't believe it, me too! I think that's one of the best metal shows I have ever seen.
GC: Oh yeah, they’re amazing.
CK: That's what metal should be — that's an amazing show.
GC: I'll take them over Metallica any day [laughter].
CK: Any day. And Lou Reed I could see working with them.
GC: That would make way more sense.
CK: Much more.
GC: On a personal note, you did a great solo album called Music For Cats, so I have to ask, are your a cat fan?
CK: I have one sitting on my lap right now [laughter]
GC: What do you like most about cats? What are their best qualities?
CK: My mom was a cat breeder, so my bedroom room was all cats! I was essentially raised among packs of Siamese cats. So, even as a baby, I have pictures of me as a baby surrounded by cats. I just feel a connection to them somehow. I've always had cats all my life and they're just super important to your feelings of the earth, your experiences as a living being connecting with another being you can't speak with. Yet you have this connection, that's based on spiritual and pragmatic [things].
GC: People always say they're independent and not affectionate, but I've never found that.
CK: Oh no. Like I said, this guy is completely sprawled out on me right now [laughter].
GC: Finally, when you look at the music business as it is now, are you optimistic or pessimistic? You've outlasted many of your contemporaries, and maintained an edge when many who you've influenced have given up or fallen behind. Do you feel alone out there?
CK: [laughs]. That's a good question, because honestly, sometimes I feel so disconnected from the whole scene of it all, and when we'll play a festival in Europe that will be like, a bunch of bands that are part of the modern scene, it's not really the type of music I listen to ... I find it hard to find my place within the scene in that sense. But one thing that I do feel good about is being true to what we do, and not trying to have or follow a scene or being part of any [scene]. I'm thankful that the people who follow us, the die-hard fans, I appreciate them very much, they don't seem to fit sometimes into certain definitions, they could be anybody, male, female, young, old, it doesn't matter. You can't really guess a Skinny Puppy fan.