Post by Modern Method. on Apr 10, 2009 3:51:56 GMT -5
Placebo Saved Themself
Worn down by fatigue, the English band remained silent for three years. Leader Brian Molko explains it for the first time, before a new album coming out.
Here comes Placebo again. The favorite British band of romantic teens, the one which found its biggest crowds in France where they sell thousands of albums and sell out Bercy’s and Zénith’s. Since “Meds”, in 2006, the trio had not given any news. The next step comes with “Battle for the Sun”, a sixth album, in stores June 8.
A new album and a brand new Placebo, without forgetting their basics: melancholy, darkness, androgynous. An image incarnated by the leader, Brian Molko, 36 years old, bilingual icon. Yesterday afternoon, just arriving in Paris, he gave us his very first interview. In French.
Is it always special for you to come in France? Brian Molko. We feel at home. It’s very natural. It is the country that welcomed us with arms wide open. We feel understood here, maybe because we can understand you as well. Growing up in Luxembourg, I was surrounded by French culture. I listened to RTL and heard Claude François, Téléphone, Indochine.
You come here often? Yes. I was here in December for concerts to honor Gainsbourg and I began to write the new album here, I brought along a guitar, I spent a few months incognito. And when people think they recognize me, I speak German.
But you were photographed with your son in Paris… It was quite a violent shock for me. If someone wants to take a picture of me by the pool with a beautiful girl, no problem. But pictures with my son, who asked for nothing, in a shit magazine, then, I’ll attack.
Do you have this kind of problems in England, where the band is not as known? No, English media are always out for fresh news. We’re old for them, not trendy at all. They prefer Lily Allen. In London, I ride the subway. The only people who come up to me are tourists… French ones.
Have you thought about writing songs in our language? Not really. We sang in French (”Protège-moi”) but it was a translation Virginie Despentes. Writing in this language, for me, doesn’t feel natural.
Why this three years break? We were not having fun anymore. We were not a band, we were three people going to work. Everything was going to hell, we didn’t speak to each other. Placebo was threatened. It wasn’t a winning situation to keep going. We had no desire whatsoever to create together. We all began to write our own songs, not knowing if we would ever use them for the band or go on our own.
You were just going out of the “Meds” era, which spoke about addiction, to drugs, to pills, to alcohol. Have you gone out of this? This record was very up close. We were looking at our issues with a microscope. Things calmed down during the tour. But with alcohol… it’s always complicated. Day after day… the important thing is to fight, the title of the album “Battle for the Sun” is really a reference to that. There has been progress but it’s not perfect. The dark side is part of me, even if I decide to run from it. The desire to change is the beginning of the battle. The drummer, Steve, did not want to take this next step. We then stayed together with Stefan, the bassist, and a new drummer, Steve Forrest, so that it would be fun and motivating again. And now, the real Placebo is back.
Placebo “Battle for the Sun”, out June 8. In concert July 4th at Main Square in Arras.
Post by Modern Method. on Apr 10, 2009 3:53:08 GMT -5
On Monday April 6th 2009 Placebo filmed a four song set for french tv show Taratata. The appearance is set to air at some stage during May on France 4.
Many fans were lucky enough to attend the taping of this show and have been able to provide us with a breif recap.
The setlist for the evening reads as Battle For The Sun, For What It¡¯s Worth, Ashtray Heart, Kitty Litter and once again the Nick Kershaw cover, Wouldn¡¯t It Be Good.
In addition to Molko, Olsdal, Forrest and Lloyd on stage were Fiona Brice (strings) and ¡®Nick¡¯ on guitars/keys to replace Alex Lee.
¢¾ Polish radio has announced that ¡®For What It¡¯s Worth¡¯ is set to be the band¡¯s first single off the album, with an April 20th release date. Another fact learnt about the songs played for Taratata is that ¡®Kitty Litter¡¯ is supposedly a song written by Stef and Brian 15 years ago!
¢¾ Finally, The Quietus, a media blog, has posted a song by song review (¡¯spoilers¡¯) of the full Battle For The Sun album. It has a rather negative tone to the piece, but is nonetheless informative in some parts.
Post by Modern Method. on Apr 10, 2009 3:54:56 GMT -5
Ashtray Heart in Japan
For those of you lucky enough to live in Japan, you will be able to hear the track ' Ashtray Heart', taken from the forthcoming album, as the program end title on 'the Sekai Gyoten News' (direct translation will be 'the World Suprising news')
This will run from 8th April until end of June, shown at 21:00-21:54 every Wednesday, Nationwide
'Ashtray Heart' is only available in Japan to download via mobile with “Reco choku''
Post by Garbage Addict on May 12, 2009 19:23:24 GMT -5
Back from London Shepherds Bush.
Another incredible show. They did not dissapoint.
Had a wonderful day with Andy from the board ^^^ ^^^
Queued for four hours but it was worth it! Everyone I spoke to was lovely! Heard the band soundcheck doing Meds and a new track and poss Bionic too but they didn't do it in the end.
Nearly had a heart attack when the guy at the door said my ticket wouldn't scan (darn you Ticketmaster!!!!). Rudely but I didnt care I pushed to get it validated then it was all sorted, let back in no probs!
Was right at the front right by Stefan and ended up getting one of his purple plectrums!
Anyway - liked the support quite a bit - gal n guy from Oxford - good energy -can't remember their names!
For anyone that has never seen Placebo live it's always a treat. Very loud and heavy! Always tight sets. Little talking to the audience which annoys me but its a minor gripe.
Love the new material from what I remember. Kitty Litter opened - really good as was Ashtray Heart. Julien, Happy You're Gone and Devil In The Details.
For What its Worth was really good cnsidering I wasn't that impressed when I first heard it. Battle For the Sun was an absolute treat - incredible song live - definitely a new favourite.
I can't remember much of the other songs but I'm really looking forward to BFTS now - might even be a Meds beater!
The night was interspersed with old favs like Every You, Black Eyed, Special K, Taste In Men, Bitter End, Special Needs, Follow The Cops, Infra Red and Song To Say Goodbye which my mate said apparently had a different arrangement but I couldn't tell.
Halfway though Brian declared a "Photograph Amnesty" which was cool - millons of mobiles came out!
All in all another great night out - faith in the new album right up high!
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