Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie Complains About British Government
In an interview with Faster Louder, Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie complained about the British government and Prime Minister David Cameron. Here are highlights:
On how the new album is coming along: “The album’s finished. The album’s recorded and mixed and we’re just talking about mastering it. So it’s going to be mastered pretty soon. We’re just finalising a record deal with a company and it’ll be released in [northern hemisphere] spring or early summer.”
On if the new coalition of Liberal Democrats and Conservatives running the UK impacted their lyrics: “Not directly, no because we’re always going to be opposed to those bastards. It’s an art record, you know? It’s hard to explain it. I don’t want to be too didactic or anything but I’m more influenced by what’s going on in the culture and I always have been. There’s a lot of internalized stuff on this record as well, a lot of psychic stuff, a lot of external stuff, [about] how that affects you. It’s hard to talk about a record you haven’t heard. I don’t want to give too much away because I’m really excited about the record. We did that Mojo thing and I kind of look back on it and in a way I don’t know what the point of it was. My manager and my press officer said “you’ve got to do this thing” and I did it. It’s really hard because you don’t want to give too much away so they just make stuff up and say “oh, it sounds like _XTRMNTR_” and it doesn’t. We’re not that kind of band. We don’t repeat ourselves. We’re forward thinking artists.
Obviously I hate the fucking coalition. Obviously I hate what they stand for – they’re reactionary, neo-liberal, quasi-fascists. The health secretary wants to limit abortions to 13 weeks. This is the kind of mad people you’re dealing with. This is supposedly a rational, progressive country [and] we’re dealing with fucking insane people. I’m always going to be opposed to those head cases but it’s a wider world, it’s wider than Britain. It’s a worldwide thing. There’s been a worldwide shift to the right and there has been since the late ‘70s – Thatcher and Reagan in Britain and America. That neo-liberal thing, I guess they started it in ’73 in Chile with the overthrow of a government and putting their Chicago School Of Economics principles into action using military junta. The way they do it here is de-industrialization, which has been going on since the ’70s. It’s part of a larger thing: There’s no jobs in our country because the jobs have been farmed out to India or China or the Philippines. They’re creating a post-industrial society. It’s a worldwide thing, it’s not just in Britain, this austerity thing. You’ve just got to try and see through it. We’re on the left, basically: Pro-people. All for the liberation of humanity, against the forces of reaction [laughs] … and you find a lot of reactionaries in the music business. We try to put things in poetic terms.”
On Robert Plant’s contribution to the album: “Me and Robert sang together on a song called ‘Elimination Blues’. It doesn’t sound like a blues song like Robert Johnson, it’s like our version of the blues. It’s modern but it’s like a swampy, kind of, psychedelic groove. We needed a really high voice for the choruses so Robert came in and he same with us and it sounds fantastic.”