American Twilight / Crime & The City Solution / Danielle de Picciotto / 2013
It's difficult not to draw a connection between the title 'American Twilight' and Detroit's huge population falls and industrial collapse. "Detroit's just a perfect environment for us," enthuses Bonney, "in just the same way as Berlin was. Detroit physically looks rather like a city that's been bombed. You've got one block of houses intact and then you've got five blocks that are in a state of being demolished. You've got these monuments to extreme capitalism, some of the most ornate buildings you've ever seen, and yet two blocks away you've got burning trash cans and a no-go zone. It's got the highest mortgage default rate of any city in America. There's no work. So there is an 'America-in-decline?' element to the album."
"The other theme on 'American Twilight'," continues Bonney, "is that there are people who inhabit this 'twilight' area within American society. The quintessential American dream is someone who has an idea that they can market and sell and make a fortune. Hunter S. Thompson said that in Las Vegas you could come in as the Manson Family and as long as you had a valid credit card, they would be quite okay with that. But then again, if you fall through the cracks there's no ground floor - you can just keep on falling. They would catch you in England; there's only so far that you can fall before some kind of social net will come in and pick you up. But not in America." ➡︎
◼︎ Crime & The City Solution: Clash chats to Simon Bonney / Mat Smith / Clash / 2012