"Versions Of The Truth", the thirteenth studio album of The Pineapple Thief, is also the third one with Gavin Harrison on drums. Since the ace of drums has become a permanent member of Bruce Soord's long-lived new art rock band, the sound and arrangements have been refined, the music has become more atmospheric and suspenseful. The new work also invites again to a fascinating journey.
Bruce Soord is sitting in his home studio in Yeovil, a small town in the southwest of the UK, for the Skype interview. He is using the microphone he normally uses to record his vocals. These are new and interesting insights into the lives of musicians in the times of Corona ...
eclipsed: Your new album is called "Versions Of The Truth". As you can learn, it is about the very current debate about the difference between facts and personal perception
Soord: Yes, it is. We have forgotten what truth means. With the brexite, this distortion of truth has spread to the highest levels of power - and it is getting worse. At the same time, I also relate this problem to the personal microcosm. In the end, the conflict is the same: It's fed by conflicting opinions about what truth means. And in the course of these endless discussions, at some point you forget even what truth is. In fact, the album title originates from a conflict I had with a very close friend; at some point I heard from acquaintances that he had said to them: "I don't know now which of the seven versions of truth Bruce told you And I thought to myself, "That statement sums up very nicely why there are so many conflicts in the world right now.
eclipsed: Is this a new development?
Soord: Politicians have always been good at hiding the truth. But I think that the brexite is an extremely traumatic experience for Britain. And it has polarised the country; the same thing is happening in the US. But it also rubs off on individuals, on families, on the whole way people judge each other. That all went into the songs.
eclipsed: Does this theme run through the whole album?
Soord: I would even go so far as to say that of all my records this one can best be described as a concept album. Not all songs are about this experience, but even songs that are not directly about it were inspired by this particular feeling, like "Leave Me Be". Another song, "Stop Making Sense", is about the fact that you need people in your life you can trust, people who can give you truth.