“There seems to be a point in life when you open a door and you can never close it again. The door is open, I hate what I see and I write about it.” So says IAMX’s chief music architect and creator Chris Corner. The door he opened for his album Volatile Times (2011) is one that has been closed for most people their whole lives.
“Volatile Times is my first attempt at a universal piece of work and to create a private sense of peace for myself – to collect all of the grievances and adorations and to exorcise the ghosts in one package.”
As an artist whose music dives deep into the subconscious, his collection of work is a widely: diverse oeuvre of introspective, highly emotional and off-times very raw and confident lyrics set to a danceable and mesmerizing rhythm. Volatile Times is both a rebirth and a renewal, while also exploring the delicate balance between the proper and the taboo, in interpersonal relationships and in the world at large. It is as much a psychological dissection as it is a socio/political and musical deconstruction. “In my personal life, what would seem bizarre or taboo to many is totally proper and normal for me,” Chris explains. “Comparing the unacceptable private self with the laws and contradictions of the world at large is what interests me on this record. Every political lie, every religious perversion, every advertising trick, I take personally because I know WE are not like this. It’s disgusting.”
While the subjects and ideas behind the songs may seem heady and rather vulnerable, it is always delivered with an enigmatic snicker. “Melancholy fuels more my melodies and production choices than my lyrics,” he says. “There is a layer of overlooked black humor which is very important for me. It may not sound funny when you listen to it but I am hysterical behind the microphone.