"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
Are the Internet and social media a curse or a blessing? On "Dissolution", The Pineapple Thief deal with this burning question. Although they themselves clearly benefit from the possibilities of online communication and without them the new album could not have been created this way, they take a critical view of the development that platforms like Facebook have taken in recent years. Bruce Soord (45), as a non-digital native, gives information about his experiences with the beautiful new world. And about the new band member Gavin Harrison.
eclipsed: How did the work on the new album go?
The George Hotel in Hamburg. The lobby exudes the flair of the British Empire, a London club in Victorian times. Bruce Soord, mastermind of The Pineapple Thief, is ready for an interview a few days after the Brexit referendum and just before the England vs Iceland European Championship round of sixteen. There is a lot to tell about the new album "Your Wilderness" - and about football and the Brexit.
eclipsed: Are you a football fan?
Bruce Soord: Oh, yes. I'm going to watch the game here in Hamburg today in a pub. The whole country's excited. I think England is the favorite. But it's gonna be hard. We don't score a lot of goals. We don't have a real goal scorer.
eclipsed: Iceland plays surprisingly well at this EM.
Soord: Yes, they are well organized. I'm guessing 1-0 for England. It's gonna be tight. England always finds it hard. Or 0-0 and then penalty shootout.
Bruce Soord, singer, multi-instrumentalist and mastermind of The Pineapple Thief, has moved with every release. With his last works he further explored the possibilities of "normal" songwriting. On his eleventh album he now reaps the harvest for this sowing. "Your Wilderness" sounds - at least with the first three tracks - like a pure song album by Steven Wilson could sound...
RIVAL SONS - Tied Up (3:25)
Album: Hollow Bones (2016)
When the Californians gather for their recording sessions, a lot of 70s stuff - musically meant - has to race through their brains; grooves, vocals, song construction seem to come directly from that time. Beside Bluesrock there are also soul and psychedelic parts like in this song.
You won't find a cheerful melody in these twelve new songs by Bruce Soord. However, the Brit tried to get his songwriting more to the point and to write shorter songs. He succeeded: A maximum of about five minutes is now enough for him, for example, to impressively stage a swan song on an outdated relationship.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
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