After Five Years, Primal Scream Returns! Where You Been, Bobby Gillespie?

Trippy psych people rejoice!  Primal Scream comes back this week with their first album in five years.  More Light will be their 10th studio album since they were formed in 1982.  The Telegraph has an interview with frontman Bobby Gillespie.

“I studied songwriting just by listening to records all my life,” enthuses Bobby Gillespie.

There is a lot of music in the Primal Scream frontman. He shifts in his seat, dips his shoulders, wriggles his torso and moves as if he’s dancing to the rhythm of his words. He oozes music, drumming with his hands, singing snatches of riffs. “I love pop music,” he’ll say, tossing out snappy observations about recordings as diverse as The Archies’ Sugar, Sugar (“It makes me happy and it makes you dance. That’s pretty much what pop music’s supposed to do”) or the Eagles’ Lyin’ Eyes (“It’s beautiful but numb, like the Flying Burrito Brothers without the pain”). All the while, he’s trying to get to the essence of what moved Primal Scream to create the big, monstrous, mantra-like, psychedelic grooves of their mesmerising new album, More Light.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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