From their earliest moments as a band, Karl Hyde and Rick Smith of electronic act Underworld have been about more than just the music. Underworld has always been a multimedia experience, from the custom-made video projections to unique stage dressings to detailed album artwork -- much of which are conceived by Tomato, the U.K.-based art collective in which the duo are partners.
Hyde also documents all of his travel experiences with photography and poetry -- so we asked him to capture the group's recent weekend trip to Italy for a performance at the Italia Wave Festival Livorno, exclusively for SPIN.com. What follows is a compendium of his images, verses, and quotes from a post-festival interview.
Underworld's new album, Barking, arrives September 14.
Photos and poetry by Karl Hyde Interview by Peter Gaston Photo editing by Eric Nowels
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »