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Blackfield have released a new song titled ‘Pills’ through a recent Kscope compilation CD that was included in some copies of Steven Wilson’s latest album ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories)‘. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album which is scheduled to be released in May.
Steven Wilson has taken a far more passive role with this record than on the last, although he still has contributed mixing, vocals and guitars. Aviv Geffen is now the sole curator behind Blackfield, a process that began back when the band were working on ‘Welcome To My DNA‘. Let us know what you think of the new song in the comments below! As always, as soon as the album is available to pre-order, we’ll be the first to let you know.
Steven Wilson was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone India, and we’ve posted the highlights from the interview below – you can read the full extensive interview (in English) over on Rolling Stone India’s website, here. Most importantly, Steven mentions that he is trying to get his solo tour to India next year, which means that there will possibly be further solo touring after the release of Steven’s third currently untitled solo album next year.
At your recent show in London, you played an unreleased song, “Luminol,” from your upcoming album. It was an up tempo track that was quite different from a lot of your recent output with Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Storm Corrosion and your solo band.
Yes, I know what you mean. Grace for Drowning was very dark and introspective, The Incident as well. Of course, Storm Corrosion is the antithesis of an upbeat record! I love going into sound textures, but I think one of the things that came out of playing with the band live is the incredible energy and joy, particularly playing with Marco [Minnemann] and Nick [Beggs]. I feel like I want the next album to be a bit of a reaction to Grace for Drowning. I always want every record to be distinctly different and I had the idea that I wanted the new record to be a little more in-your-face.
The other part of what you’re talking about is the move away from metal. After Fear of a Blank Planet, the metal thing for me was played out. The Incident began to move a little bit away from metal. Storm Corrosion completely rejects the notion of metal and even rock. Grace for Drowning also rejected the whole metal thing which I had been so sated with from about 2002 to 2007. There is a search for me now, creatively, to find ways to be upbeat and in-your-face without having to rely on metal and “Luminol” was the first attempt at that.
Speaking of India, three years on, what do you remember of your visit?
Can’t wait to go back! That’s the summary of the experience. I loved it. We were only there for two days and it was too brief. I absolutely loved it. Crazy, crazy place and I love crazy places. A lot of passion for music which, to be honest, you don’t get in England these days. Great to see young people that are so passionate about rock music. The women were beautiful, the weather was wonderful, the food was great, what can I say? In fact we’re trying to get the solo tour to go to India next year.
Blackfield has, ostensibly, been about the writing partnership of Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen since the project first came to fruition in 2004. The results of that first collaboration, Blackfield I, established the more straightforward pop aesthetic of the group, and successful singles like “Blackfield” and “Hello” revealed SW’s primary intent with the project was to excise some of his musical ideas considered too poppy or otherwise unfit for use in Porcupine Tree. Three years later, Blackfield II presented another 10 songs following much of the same aesthetic, reinforcing the pair’s aptitude for succinct, catchy rock music. Are these two albums really so similar, however? The aim of this new article series is to examine two albums and see where such comparisons and contrasts exist.
In a recent interview with Innerviews.org, Steven Wilson was asked to explain in more detail about the current status of his collaboration project with Aviv Geffen, Blackfield. Steven also confirms in this extract Aviv’s intentions to take the new record on tour after it’s release without Steven joining the band at the shows. Several of the songs on the new album will feature guest singers, so it’ll be interesting to see how Aviv will successfully pull off a tour in support of the new album. You can read the full interview with Steven Wilson on Innerviews.org here.You recently announced that you’re phasing out of Blackfield. Tell me about that decision.
That decision is the exception that proves the rule, because No-Man and Porcupine Tree are things I’m sure I will always come back to. Blackfield felt like something I wanted to step out of for a couple of reasons. Number one, Aviv Geffen is incredibly ambitious for the project and he has every right to be. But in order to do what he wants to do with Blackfield requires full-time commitment. For example, he wanted to make another record right now, which he’s doing. And he wants to go back out on tour. I said “There’s no way. I want to do my solo tour and get back with Porcupine Tree. Maybe in two or three years I can do that.” He said “Well no, that’s not fair.” And he’s quite right. I said “The best thing to do is I’ll help you make the record, but you need to put something in place so Blackfield can continue as a full-time concern without me holding you back.” I had to talk him into it. I believe it’s in his best interest. I certainly didn’t want to be in a position in which I felt guilty for holding him up. So, this was a conscious decision to step out of something in order to give Blackfield more of a chance of longevity and success – SW
Steven Wilson has responded to many of your recently submitted questions! Thanks to Steven for providing us with some truly great answers, and to all who participated and submitted a question – all of us here at StarsDie.com really appreciate it. Steven’s answers to your questions (in italics) are below!
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