"It's not about moving on, it's about adding to what we've done" - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club open up about new album Wrong Creatures
It's been a while little since we heard anything new from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and it's been a good five years since we last had a studio album from them. But that changes today with the release of new LP Wrong Creatures.
The band's extended absence has been an enforced one after drummer Leah Shapiro was diagnosed with a brain condition called Chiari malformations, which causes problems with balance and muscle strength. Needing a serious operation, the band looked to their fans and over $33,000 was crowdfunded for the operation, which was a success. Shapiro is now back behind the kit and ready for the tour in support of their new album.
As the album hit shelves, we spoke to Black Rebel Motorcycle's frontman Peter Hayes about their long-awaited new LP...
It’s been five years since your last studio album, can you talk us through what you’ve been up to in the time in between?
"After we toured on and off for a year with the Specter album, we took time with Leah while she healed and then we did a few more tours. Once we really sat down to work I'm not sure this album took any longer than any other album."
How did you want Wrong Creatures to move on from what you did on Specter At The Feast?
"It's not about moving on, I'd say maybe it's about adding to what we've done, I would hope each album is a continuation of the last."
Did you have a lot of songs to choose from the record?
"We had a lot of ideas that didn't develop into songs for whatever reason. I think there were maybe 20."
You did the album with Nick Launay, what did he give you as a producer?
"He was good moral support and a sounding board for ideas. He has a lot of experience, we tried to trust that and learn from it."
Which song on the album took the longest to get right?
"I can't remember which one took the most time 'Spook', 'Echo', 'Little Thing Gone Wild' and 'All Rise' were ideas that have been floating around for a few albums. As far as getting right, I'm not sure any song has really ever felt right, there are moments in songs and you live for those moments."
And which came together most quickly?
"I think 'Ninth Configuration' and 'Calling Them All Away' went the quickest."
What kind of album is this lyrically? Is there a theme tying the songs together?
"If there are themes, they aren't on purpose."
When did you settle on the title of Wrong Creatures?
"We settled on it when we got mock-ups of the artwork, our designer seemed most inspired by that title to do his art. I think it's a great thing when noise inspires art. I do my best to stay out of the way and just be a support when that happens."
Were there any other titles in contention?
"There were a few ideas, this one seemed to leave things open for the imagination the best."
What are your plans to take the album out live?
"So far we've been lucky enough to be invited to do a bit of touring we're gonna go along with that for now and do our best to play some songs."