Aging rock act on new album: This time we wanted to go back to the basics

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Seems like every other issue of RS features a legacy act describing their new album as a return to basics, or something similar. I feel like I've seen Dave Grohl and Bono do so recently but can't find the quotes. Hopefully this Muse statement, even if it is slightly anti-album, can serve as inspiration to get the thread rolling:

https://i.imgur.com/5T3KfOi.jpg

But in a radical twist, they have decided to lose the high concepts and release new songs individually weeks after recording them (...) "It reminds me of when the band first started..."

This thread should also have room for quotes in the spirit of "we went into the studio with 300 new songs and in the end only 14 made the cut"

niels, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:23 (three years ago) link

i'm into this radical new idea of just focusing on one song at a time.

and in my opinionation, the sun is gonna surely shine♪♫ (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:24 (three years ago) link

"..and release new songs individually weeks after recording them .."

didn't Ash try this approach for a while ?

mark e, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:33 (three years ago) link

here's Grohl on the latest Foo Fighters:

So we were like, ‘God, if we were to record again, how are we going switch it up?’ For us to switch it up right now (whistles) would be to go into the studio and make a record like a normal band. That kind of became the focus, it was like alright, now that we can sort of shed that other stuff and just write songs and record them in a studio as you do.”

https://www.alternativenation.net/dave-grohl-reveals-foo-fighters-will-switch-new-album-sonic-highways-dead/

niels, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:41 (three years ago) link

wait, what were they doing before? not writing songs and recording them on the moon?

scott seward, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:45 (three years ago) link

seattle grunge rocker rob halford will tell you that it isn't always so easy to go back to basics.

https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/28685635_10156694694627137_7491661337674484406_n.jpg?oh=262fb34b4144f30bdf1ec04eae601257&oe=5B44A395

scott seward, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:46 (three years ago) link

haha, I love that image

niels, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:50 (three years ago) link

This is Wire since they came back for the 2nd time, isn't it?

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:51 (three years ago) link

Flagpole: This interview is about your new album, but since it hasn't been released yet, can you tell us something about it?

Michael Stipe: Well, it's a lot louder than the last three records. It's
very raw, and, uh, punk rock. It's kind of in-your-face.

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:58 (three years ago) link

Joe Strummer on Cut the Crap

"We wanted to strip it down, back to punk rock roots"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O12XU0KS8fU

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:58 (three years ago) link

Ha, that Grohl quote is priceless! Pure Spinal Tap.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:08 (three years ago) link

I'm guessing mookieproof's Stipe qupte relates to Monster.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:10 (three years ago) link

*quote, even.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:10 (three years ago) link

Was searching for a Nick Cave quote, circa Nocturama and Grinderman, on writing and recording quickly. Fifth google result already bled into Pixies interviews:

https://dailycollegian.com/2017/09/a-conversation-with-the-pixies-joey-santiago/

DC: Your new record “Head Carrier” sonically builds off the new addition of Bassist Paz Lenchantin. I’m wondering what it was like to get into the studio with her? Did she contribute anything new to the Pixies sonically?

JS: Yes, of course she did. Her suggestions and her arrangement ideas. When we got into the studio with Paz, it was time to get back to basics, whatever that meant with us. We didn’t have to work hard at finding a new connection. When we start making music, it’s just making music. There’s no thought or pressure involved in it. If it’s good, it’s good. If it’s bad it’s bad. That was our only criterion.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:19 (three years ago) link

Talking of Spinal Tap, here's Scouting For Girls on how people don't want to watch them play anymore because they're shit:

We’ve gone back to basics and we’re playing Academies and smaller venues, it’s all very intimate and we much prefer playing the smaller venues. We love being on the road and seeing the country.

By the way, in the same interview they actually do talk about going back to basics in the recording of their new album, they use the phrase back to basics twice in the same interview, but that's enough from Scouting For Girls.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:31 (three years ago) link

i swear every single new U2 album has a quote from Bono that's akin to, "we just wanted to get back to the sound of four guys in a room playing."

omar little, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:34 (three years ago) link

came here to post about u2, beaten to the punch

War, Famine, Pestilence, Death, Umami (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:40 (three years ago) link

I'm sure there is a Chris Frantz quote about getting back to basics before Little Creatures was released. Google (or my memory) is failing me.

that's not my post, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:57 (three years ago) link

U2 find it impossible to make an album that sounds like that, which is the funniest thing about it.

(xxxposts)

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:57 (three years ago) link

someone mentioned Stipe but i was gonna say there's at least a couple R.E.M. records that qualify for this, right?

alpine static, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 21:24 (three years ago) link

"back to basics is the death of romance" --Stephin Merritt

geoffreyess, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 21:41 (three years ago) link

bill wyman's bass is v cool

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 22:02 (three years ago) link

someone mentioned Stipe but i was gonna say there's at least a couple R.E.M. records that qualify for this, right?

― alpine static, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 9:24 PM (fifty-two minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yeah that quote Mookieproof posted refers to Monster (as Turrican guessed) but I automatically assumed it was Accelerate...

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 22:19 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6gKe9Fr2ok

Brad C., Wednesday, 7 March 2018 23:20 (three years ago) link

go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band

calstars, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 23:39 (three years ago) link

Ok I Googled "back to their roots" in Goog News and here's what I found:

Of Mice & Men go back to their roots on new material -
“I think what we’re doing right now, which is the most important thing that we can, is really just honing in on the elements of what makes our music sound like our music.”

25 YEARS AGO: BON JOVI RESTART THEIR CAREER WITH ‘KEEP THE FAITH’ -
“We needed to find ourselves individually,” he said. “The Bon Jovi situation was extremely successful, and I was very happy to be in a band of that stature, but there was almost nothing left to write about at that point — we were all just so tired and so burnt out. All we were writing about was bein’ on the road and bein’ in a hotel room and bein’ lonely and talkin’ to your girlfriend on the phone. They miss you and you miss them — that was what our lives were about at that time.
“So to actually take a step back and see what was happening in our lives gave us some more stuff to write about. Plus, all of a sudden I was working with people like Eric Clapton and Tony Levin from Peter Gabriel, and Jon was workin’ with Elton John and Jeff Beck, so workin’ with all these different artists gave us different influences, which we brought back to Bon Jovi. It made it fresh and brand-new, and we were excited to be with each other again."

kurt schwitterz, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 23:49 (three years ago) link

Every huge artist has their "Keep the Faith"

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 March 2018 00:58 (three years ago) link

Future historians will explain all culture - indeed, all of history - primarily through the lens of Bon Jovi's discography.

John F. Kennedy was the American presidency's "New Jersey."

"The Winter's Tale" is Shakespeare's "Keep the Faith."

The Ford Model T is the "Slippery When Wet" of cars.

Stonewall Jackson's famous flank march at the Battle of Chancellorsville was the Confederacy's "Have a Nice Day."

tater totalitarian (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 8 March 2018 01:18 (three years ago) link

We needed to find ourselves individually
We needed to find ourselves individually
We needed to find ourselves individually
We needed to find ourselves individually
We needed to find ourselves individually

calstars, Thursday, 8 March 2018 01:35 (three years ago) link

actually my favorite Bono-ism on this front is referring to Achtung Baby as "the sound of four men chopping down the Joshua Tree."

omar little, Thursday, 8 March 2018 01:40 (three years ago) link

suck on that, eno

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 March 2018 01:54 (three years ago) link

There's some serious g-droppin' goin' on in that Bon Jovi quote

doug watson, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:08 (three years ago) link

also rofling at Puffin's history lesson through the lens of the BJ discography

doug watson, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:09 (three years ago) link

Never said by Yes, Tangerine Dream, or Gentle Giant.

clemenza, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:11 (three years ago) link

This thread should also have room for quotes in the spirit of "we went into the studio with 300 new songs and in the end only 14 made the cut"

ahah, I have always hated these comments.
Especially when you hear how shitty the remaining 14 tracks are, most of the times... makes you wonder what the other 286 sounded like !

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:15 (three years ago) link

Animal Collective: 'We wrote our new album as a rock band'

Asked how it differed from their previous albums, Weitz said: “We all moved back to Baltimore, the last few records we’ve written apart and by sending each other stuff. This time we all wanted to write in the same room together. We went back to our roots and we got a little practice space in this barn on Josh’s [Dibb – fellow band member] mum’s property and it was like being a garage band again.”

This one we wrote as a rock band in a room and we wanted to record it that way.”

... (Eazy), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:18 (three years ago) link

and yeah, the original "back to basics" move was the Beatles' Get Back sessions, surely.
Or maybe the Stones' Beggars Banquet, actually.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:18 (three years ago) link

^^ bonus points for "a barn" xpost

... (Eazy), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:19 (three years ago) link

and yeah, the original "back to basics" move was the Beatles' Get Back sessions, surely.

― AlXTC from Paris

wasn't this inspired by the Basement Tapes?

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:25 (three years ago) link

While the band's two albums for Sony have been rockers, Ness says Social Distortion plans to turn it up a notch for its next studio effort.

"I'm about half way through writing the new album and on it I'm going to stray away a little bit from the country and blues influence and I'm digging back to that late '70s feel. It's a personal thing I gotta do. I just want a real hard-edged, stake-our-claim, back-to-our-roots record.

"It's like, 'Hey, you flannel-wearing, pony-tail, pierced-nose kid. I took beatings so you could dress the way you dress and we were doing this long before any of these other people were doing it,"' says Ness.

how's life, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:26 (three years ago) link

not an album but an early back-to-basics move: Elvis' 1968 comeback special

Brad C., Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:29 (three years ago) link

yeah, I thought about the Basement Tapes but how was it wasn't really a return to bacics, was it ? It wasn't Dylan going back to his folk songs alone with his guitar...

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:31 (three years ago) link

the unspoken truism here presumably being that layman's-terms descriptions of the recording process are fundamentally dull

like, I'm struggling to think of a plausible summary of one which wouldn't invoke some form of music biz cliche

suspect the audience that things like the OP are written for is now small and stubborn enough that if this kind of thing got excised from the 'big band with new album' narrative entirely they would be sore about it just because it's a thing that one expects to read

thirst trap your hare (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:31 (three years ago) link

ouch sorry : but it wasn't really a return to bacics, was it ?

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:32 (three years ago) link

Some bands get back to basics differently than others.

"For us, we wanted to go back to our roots. So we said, yeah, let's go to a house like the Stones and Led Zeppelin used to do. Let's just do our own project and have some fun.

"So, we rented a house in Spain, a villa overlooking the sea, and that allowed us to make a really free sounding record. I mean, on Hysteria, I remember spending a month recording just one guitar riff. On Slang the emphasis was on the song, the inspiration for it, the vibe.

"We wanted it to have more the feel of classic albums by bands we liked, like the Stones or Zeppelin."

how's life, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:35 (three years ago) link

Also, wondering about artists with a very strong and long back catalog but who NEVER did the "back to basic" move : Prince (I'm not too sure about his 90s output) ? Bowie ? Stevie Wonder ?

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:35 (three years ago) link

yeah, I thought about the Basement Tapes but how was it wasn't really a return to bacics, was it ? It wasn't Dylan going back to his folk songs alone with his guitar...

― AlXTC from Paris

as good an explanation as any for why the "basement tapes" don't suck but every single "back to basics" record it inspired does

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:37 (three years ago) link

Wasn't Hours Bowie's Back to Basics?

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:39 (three years ago) link

I'm sure Bowie did this, he tried virtually everything else post-Scary Monsters.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:41 (three years ago) link

you find an app you love in this world
just hang on tooth and nail
the Zuck is always at the door

the utility infielder of theatre (Neanderthal), Monday, 1 November 2021 15:12 (one month ago) link

xpost some of the shit people Tweet at athletes on twitter after a simple flubbed play would be enough to get them locked up if anybody actually enforced internet threats.

hell, there was one player (I forget who) where he was hurt and a late scratch and a lot of people harassed him for "hurting their fantasy teams"

the utility infielder of theatre (Neanderthal), Monday, 1 November 2021 15:14 (one month ago) link

it's actually an interesting contrast - famous musicians perform almost exclusively to people who admire and worship them while athletes spend a lot of their careers performing in front of a screaming mob of people who actively hate them and want them to fail

i think both these things are bound to warp the way you interact with the world in different ways

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 1 November 2021 15:16 (one month ago) link

Your point though (and others above) seems to be that musicians deserve to be taken to task for using a mild cliche in interviews; that’s what I don’t get. I know it’s a little funny, but calling them “clueless,” saying they should “be more self-aware,” “I bet they don’t even really like each other” (etc.)… it all sounds a little Comic Book Store Guy.

juristic person (morrisp), Monday, 1 November 2021 15:26 (one month ago) link

They don’t owe us insightful remarks about the creative process (although some do deliver that).

juristic person (morrisp), Monday, 1 November 2021 15:27 (one month ago) link

Your point though (and others above) seems to be that musicians deserve to be taken to task for using a mild cliche in interviews; that’s what I don’t get. I know it’s a little funny, but calling them “clueless,” saying they should “be more self-aware,” “I bet they don’t even really like each other” (etc.)… it all sounds a little Comic Book Store Guy.

― juristic person (morrisp), Monday, November 1, 2021 10:26 AM (two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

i never said this i don't really care if they use cliches or not

just saying professional athletes is a much different dynamic

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 1 November 2021 15:29 (one month ago) link

though i don't think lightly ribbing some rock band about it is a big thing either

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 1 November 2021 15:30 (one month ago) link

Kind of taking this a bit seriously? (xxp)

Des Weerelds Dool-om-berg ont-doold op Dool-in-bergh (Tom D.), Monday, 1 November 2021 15:35 (one month ago) link

the interesting thing is opera - opera singers DO get booed for making mistakes, sometimes to the point where they walk-off mid performance. But outside of this, live performances are full of homers. part of it is "not being able to hear well at a loud concert", but if you go to a show where the vocalist just isn't singing well, often times they get cheered like they gave the performance of a lifetime. sure, there's a few documented instances like where Whitney Houston got booed, but usually those are egregious situations or situations where the singer has baggage that the fans are already incorporating into their feelings.

like the first time I saw Black Sabbath, Ozzy sounded abysmal. they had lowered keys of songs and something was up with his hearing, he could not find his note for just about any of the songs, so he was outright in a different key than his band.

he got roars and catcalls and OMG HE'S STILL GOT IT, people saying "wow Ozzy was on fire" and tbh he sounded like someone had set him on fire. even people listening to the youtube vids where you could hear more accurately in the sobering light of day.

the utility infielder of theatre (Neanderthal), Monday, 1 November 2021 15:36 (one month ago) link

xxp My point with the athlete example was that "giving 100%" probably feels as accurate to them as "four guys in a room" feels to musicians; these cliches seem to express something meaningful to these ppl who do things that I can't, artless as the expressions may sound to idle dude on couch (me).

juristic person (morrisp), Monday, 1 November 2021 15:39 (one month ago) link

People don't really expect athletes to speak anything other than cliches though, do they?

Des Weerelds Dool-om-berg ont-doold op Dool-in-bergh (Tom D.), Monday, 1 November 2021 15:43 (one month ago) link

xxp My point with the athlete example was that "giving 100%" probably feels as accurate to them as "four guys in a room" feels to musicians; these cliches seem to express something meaningful to these ppl who do things that I can't, artless as the expressions may sound to idle dude on couch (me).

― juristic person (morrisp), Monday, November 1, 2021 10:39 AM (nine minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

no i'm saying it think it's largely a rote set of words they've learned over time are safe to say and prevent them from getting themselves in trouble so and they are largely just reciting them. i think a lot of musicians the four guys in a room thing actually has some nostalgia for a time when they were coming up, still liked each other, etc

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 1 November 2021 15:49 (one month ago) link

it's like imagine having to do a press conference everytime you finish a guitar solo

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 1 November 2021 15:50 (one month ago) link

I think there's a synth pop reversal of this thread premise - ie synth bands of the early eighties, as they push on into the nineties they go a bit rock and get out the guitars etc... and then at some point they decide to 'go back to basics', throw out their guitars and plug in the synthesisers again. I distinctly recall reading something along those lines in an interview with Phil Oakey in the 90s or 2000s.

― Zelda Zonk, Monday, November 1, 2021

well, Human League got a bit rock and got out the guitars in 1984.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 1 November 2021 15:57 (one month ago) link

xp Musicians often complain about having to do press for every album cycle, answer the same questions every time, etc.!

juristic person (morrisp), Monday, 1 November 2021 16:00 (one month ago) link

that happens every few years not every day, the equivalent would be having every concert you perform broken down in detail and hashed over for a few days, plus the music press is largely fawning

Also players have coached, owners, leagues, entire power structures that have direct control over them, in the extreme, you can see Colin Kaepernick who is still blacklisted from the NFL for his political views

Having to answer some dumb questions for Variety and Rolling Stone every 3 years isn't remotely the same

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 1 November 2021 16:22 (one month ago) link

Are you guys just debating the strength of the metaphor? FWIW I agree that rockers saying rock marketing cliches in this case is not something they may be aware of, or would even care at all if it was pointed out to them.

Evan, Monday, 1 November 2021 16:26 (one month ago) link

Was gonna say - we're going much deeper into this analogy than the spirit in which I intended it

juristic person (morrisp), Monday, 1 November 2021 16:27 (one month ago) link

ILX in a nutshell

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 1 November 2021 16:28 (one month ago) link

How about when novelists, who are (actual) wordsmiths and also only do interviews when they have a project to promote, say things like "I don't know where they story's going until the characters take me there," etc.

juristic person (morrisp), Monday, 1 November 2021 16:31 (one month ago) link

It means they are marketing savvy

Evan, Monday, 1 November 2021 16:34 (one month ago) link

xp Musicians often complain about having to do press for every album cycle, answer the same questions every time, etc.!

Perhaps they could avoid this by not performing old material every tour. I'm not suggesting "play the new album in full" shows, 'cause I hate those, but I've always kind of admired the radicalism of Fela Kuti, who would play songs for a while, then record them, and once they were on an album, he'd drop them and start playing new stuff. If bands, like (some) standup comedians, were presenting an entirely new hour of material every year, they'd probably get questions they'd find more interesting.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 1 November 2021 16:37 (one month ago) link

We are talking about albums of new material; the questions are just the same every interview. "What was it like to be back in the studio again?" etc.

juristic person (morrisp), Monday, 1 November 2021 16:42 (one month ago) link

"In writing my new novel, I was going back to one person in a room, just rocking out with a pencil and paper".

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 1 November 2021 16:46 (one month ago) link

People don't really expect athletes to speak anything other than cliches though, do they?

― Des Weerelds Dool-om-berg ont-doold op Dool-in-bergh (Tom D.), Monday, November 1, 2021 11:43 AM bookmarkflaglink

there are definitely athletes who do, and unfortunately usually in the form of throwing a coach or a teammate under the bus, which leads to verbal arguments, sometimes fistfights, or being traded. which is why most athletes usually are told to just stfu

the utility infielder of theatre (Neanderthal), Monday, 1 November 2021 17:04 (one month ago) link

it's like imagine having to do a press conference everytime you finish a guitar solo

― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, November 1, 2021 11:50 AM bookmarkflaglink

"hi, Mr. Hammett, Jake Stanislavsky from the Deerpointe Tattler. any reason you fucked up the solo to 'One' so badly tonight?"

"I'm still playing it."

"are you, though?"

the utility infielder of theatre (Neanderthal), Monday, 1 November 2021 17:05 (one month ago) link

In writing my new novel, I was going back to one person in a room, just rocking out with a pencil and paper"

None of that 24-track ballpoint pen shit

Master of Treacle, Monday, 1 November 2021 17:14 (one month ago) link

This really took a turn

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 1 November 2021 17:24 (one month ago) link

How many threads must a man scroll down

the utility infielder of theatre (Neanderthal), Monday, 1 November 2021 17:25 (one month ago) link

We gotta get this back to basics... just a few guys in a thread, posting

juristic person (morrisp), Monday, 1 November 2021 17:29 (one month ago) link

real, authentic otms, no high-tech challops

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 1 November 2021 17:35 (one month ago) link

It might be fun to start a thread of music journalist “so and so artist/band is BACK/sober/newly purposeful tropes”

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 1 November 2021 18:21 (one month ago) link

+ “I’m not spiritually centered”

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 1 November 2021 18:25 (one month ago) link

*now*

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 1 November 2021 18:25 (one month ago) link

How about when novelists, who are (actual) wordsmiths and also only do interviews when they have a project to promote, say things like "I don't know where they story's going until the characters take me there," etc.


I’ll allow it unless they also call themselves a wordsmith.

Alba, Monday, 1 November 2021 20:59 (one month ago) link

SCORPIONS have unveiled the cover artwork for their 19th studio album, "Rock Believer", which will be issued on February 25, 2022 (postponed from the previously announced February 11). The LP's first single, "Peacemaker" will arrive tomorrow (Thursday, November 4), with the accompanying music video following a day later.

During the pandemic the band retreated to the studio in their German hometown in Hanover and started working on new songs.

"The album was written and recorded in the SCORPIONS DNA with core [Rudolf] Schenker/[Klaus] Meine compositions," said singer Klaus Meine. "We recorded the album as a band live in one room, like we did in the '80s."

The new song is pretty good! They fired their drummer and got Mikkey Dee, formerly of Motörhead, and you can really hear the difference.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ5cJMGl6-8

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 4 November 2021 17:32 (four weeks ago) link

One interesting thing about "recording as a band live in one room" is that it only seems cool to people who had other options.

Like, yr old school Motown folx rarely crow about recording "in a room," because that's literally how you made records then. Ditto pretty much every jazz and classical musician ever.

No symphony orchestra in the history of ever has spoken about getting back to basics, you know, "just 80 musicians in a room."

gin and catatonic (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 4 November 2021 17:53 (four weeks ago) link

i dunno, i find there's value to being the same room as musicians especially if that's what you're used to. doing stuff soloed or isolated always put me off on the wrong foot. i'm sure big bands get more used to it, but as a bass player i do watch the drummer's hands a lot, just little things

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 4 November 2021 18:08 (four weeks ago) link

Not sure I believe the Scorpions recorded as a band live in one room in the 1980s - unless Billy Childish was in the band then.

Des Weerelds Dool-om-berg ont-doold op Dool-in-bergh (Tom D.), Thursday, 4 November 2021 18:25 (four weeks ago) link

It wouldn't surprise me at all. There is overdubs and vocals but I don't think doing basic tracks as a band is that rare

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 4 November 2021 18:45 (four weeks ago) link

It's also not inherently low fi or backwards

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 4 November 2021 18:45 (four weeks ago) link

Oh yeah, basic tracks, I was imagining Klaus was claiming the entire band was recorded live!

Des Weerelds Dool-om-berg ont-doold op Dool-in-bergh (Tom D.), Thursday, 4 November 2021 18:58 (four weeks ago) link

ooh yeah hell no was he doing vocals and stuff live with the band haha, i see what you mean how he said it

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 4 November 2021 20:10 (four weeks ago) link

this entire interview: https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/spoon-lucifer-on-the-sofa-interview-britt-daniel/

na (NA), Monday, 8 November 2021 19:44 (three weeks ago) link

OMG

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 8 November 2021 20:08 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

Posted over on The Wrens thread: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/nov/24/its-repulsive-to-me-the-bitter-feud-of-indie-rockers-the-wrens

Whelan says he hopes for an eventual return to the band’s punk-rock roots, with “just four of us standing in a basement”.

cwkiii, Thursday, 25 November 2021 00:18 (one week ago) link

two people squatting in it

Cool Im An Situation (Neanderthal), Thursday, 25 November 2021 00:52 (one week ago) link

just four of us standing in a basement

Good idea. More bands could benefit from stand-up drummers.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 25 November 2021 02:50 (one week ago) link

I think we opened for them once in Trenton. It was fucking EMPTY, which was weird since they were supposedly a well-liked NJ band. Also IIRC they played a pretty spot-on cover of War Pigs. This was before I remember that song becoming one of the most played out covers of all time.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 25 November 2021 03:01 (one week ago) link

Just four people dapping in a silo

Vinnie, Thursday, 25 November 2021 05:05 (one week ago) link


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