Post by Garbage Addict on Jun 27, 2007 9:56:13 GMT -5
I love Placebo. Quite possibly my 2nd all time favs after Garbage. I've seen them now 3 times in the Uk (more than Garbage *shock* only twice!): First was Brixton in 2002 and I was right at the front - Brian is soo tiny in real life no taller than me Im 5f 3! Amazing show for Sleeping With Ghosts. Then I was lucky enough to see them on their one off Wembley Show for Once More with Feeling where they did nothing but singles and 20 yrs and I do and Rob Smith from The Cure did Boys Don't Cry and Without You Im Nothing and they did a semi acoustic of 36 Degrees which was stunning! Nancy Boy as the finale set the roof on fire! I saw them last December on the Meds tour again at Wembley - they are just amazing live - new songs esp Follow the Cops live are just great! Ive now got all their bsides - gret stuff there aswell...
make a whole new religion a falling star that you cannot live without
Post by Modern Method. on Jun 29, 2007 5:28:32 GMT -5
Extended Play '07 To coincide with Placebo’s appearance on the Projekt Revolution tour Placebo are releasing Extended Play ’07 in the U.S., out July 31, 2007. This EP will serve as a brush up on the history of Placebo for new fans who were introduced to the band by Meds and Running Up That Hill, as well as a must-have piece for their loyal fanbase. The EP also features five classic Placebo tracks from their decade long history as well as three previously unreleased live tracks, including the rarely performed gem “Pure Morning.”
Placebo Pen New Song For Viva la Bands II Famous for being famous, Bam Margera (pictured left with Brian Molko) hosts BamRadio on SIRIUS satellite radio. During a recent show which aired on May 28, 2007, Bam announced that Placebo have written a brand new track for a forthcoming compilation CD, Viva la Bands vol:II. The album, consisting of tracks from a variety of alternative artists, is set to be released through Filthy Note Records late in 2007, approximately three months time.
It is expected that a tour of the bands featuring on the compilation will be announced coinsiding with the CD release, however at this stage it is not anticipated that Placebo will be involved.
Post by Modern Method. on Jul 16, 2007 15:17:52 GMT -5
Extended Play '07 USA release
USA - To coincide with Placebo’s appearance on the eagerly-anticipated Projekt Revolution tour (with My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park, Taking Back Sunday, and more), PLACEBO is releasing Extended Play ’07 in the U.S., out July 24 as a digital release and July 31 as a physical release on CD.
This EP will serve as an introduction to PLACEBO for new fans discovering the band this summer. Extended Play ’07 features five classic PLACEBO tracks from their decade long history as well as three previously unreleased live tracks, including the rarely performed “Pure Morning.”
Extended Play ’07 Track listing:
1. Nancy Boy 2. Every You Every Me 3. Taste in Men 4. Bitter End 5. Meds 6. Pure Morning (live from Arras) ** 7. Infra-red (live from Nimes) ** 8. Running Up That Hill (live from Santiago) **
of course I will be buying that! Sadly I am not seeing them on the project revolution tour .... there is only about two bands I would want to see from that line up, Placebo included and it's just not worth it :
Post by Modern Method. on Jul 17, 2007 8:51:10 GMT -5
On July 13th Brian Molko was interviewed on French radio station Europe2.
The host covered several issues on the mind of fans. Brian was asked if the rumours of his alleged solo album were true. Though the singer did not answer with a definitive yes or no, he mocked the question and joked comparatively about Beyonce leaving Destiny’s Child saying he’d record an R n B album with P’Diddy and JayZ. Additionally he spoke about the Extended 07 USA EP release, that will contain five classic tracks and several live.
Plus, Ive seen pictures from this interview and I think he is growing his hair again which makes me very happy!
Post by Modern Method. on Aug 3, 2007 20:00:26 GMT -5
Scott Harrell of REAX Magazine interviewed Brian Molko for the Projekt Revolution tour in America. The article appears in the free street mag, Vol#2 Issue#3, July 2007.
Over the course of a decade-plus career that’s included flirtations with everything from Bowie-channeling androgynous glam to hip-hop beats, maverick UK rock trio Placebo has attained superstar status practically everywhere except America, where they’re still an acquired taste phenomenon. This summer, the group will be exposed to its largest stateside audiences to date, as part of metallic angst-merchants Linkin Park’s roving eleven-band Projekt Revolution mini-festival.
I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with iconoclastic front man/songwriter Brian Molko via telephone about last year’s marvelous full-length Meds, Placebo’s U.S. fan base, and the restless nature of their sound. A few niceties (and Molko’s conversation with a hotel chambermaid in fluent French) aside, what follows is our conversation in its entirety.
REAX: For some recent tours, you’ve had extra musicians onstage. Was the more stripped-down recording experience for Meds an attempt to get back to the essence of the three of you just playing together? Brian Molko: After the first album, we felt that the drums, bass, guitar format was quite limiting. So that was the beginning of our romance with technology. And, we started discovering all these vintage synths and electronics, ProTools, the industry standards, up to the point where album four Sleeping with Ghosts was pretty much constructed on computer. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
When it came time to do Meds, we’d already recorded a couple of tracks for the singles compilation ’04’s Once More with Feeling, and we kind of felt that we were going to go in that big, full, space-rock direction. But under the guidance of our producer Dimitri Tikovoi, he rightfully felt that it was important for us to make an album as if it was our first record, as if our entire lives depended upon it. He felt that technology was kind of a comfort zone for us, and it would take us out of that zone, and it would create more risk-taking, and put us back in touch with the soul and the essence of the band.
We recorded almost as live as possible. We weren’t too scared of that, because we’ve spent a lot of time doing what we call cabaret shows, which is where we take our songs and play them on piano and with brushes and stuff. We’d gotten used to the skeletal aspects of things. It’s something you can only really do if you feel you have the songs to back it up.
REAX: There are certain sonic elements of Placebo that are indelible, that are recognizable wherever the band decides to go in a stylistic sense. Are they things the band tries to keep as trademarks, or are they just natural characteristics of the band’s identity? BM: No, we don’t really think about it too much, to be honest. We just try not to repeat ourselves.
REAX: As a Florida boy, I have to ask, what led to Alison Mosshart, of The Kills being on the song “Meds”? Is she a friend? BM: Yeah, Alison’s a friend… and quite a recent friend. It’s actually Jamie Hince, her partner in crime, that I’ve known for almost seventeen years. We went to university together. I’ve watched him create and tear apart several bands, until he found Alison and started The Kills.
REAX: I can remember being nineteen and watching her punk band, Discount, from Daytona Note – actually, they were from Vero Beach – SH. BM: I bet she had a lot of stage presence even back then.
REAX: Speaking of presence, there’s been a lot of talk about you being more mature, or being less visually and lyrically provocative with regard to “Meds”. But it seems to me that in a lyrical sense, you still enjoy peeling back those layers to get to what might be called the ugly beauty of contemporary human nature. BM: That’s a very good way of putting it. I hate the word mature; it sounds like a cheese to me. In England we get mature cheddar, and it’s cheese. I think it’s one of the most overused words by journalists.
I don’t particularly think that I was trying to be provocative in the beginning. I just think I wasn’t as good a songwriter as I am now. The songwriting was a lot more gimmicky; we were kids crying out for attention. This record, I sort of really wanted to throw away whatever gimmicks I’ve used in the past, and use everyday words. What happened is, it’s just quite a dark record; it’s not a particularly happy record. But neither is it a teenage kind of record, I don’t think, just railing at the world without a focus. It’s a very human record, about abuse and addiction and anesthesia. It’s not really a party record, and I don’t think it’s an emo record either.
REAX: But musically speaking, songs like “Infra-Red” and “Because I Want You” are among the most upbeat you’ve ever done. BM: Yeah, but we’ve always kind of done that, like “Teenage Angst” from the first record, which was musically quite cheerful and lyrically quite the opposite. We’ve always enjoyed playing with that dichotomy, confusing emotions. Maybe we naturally veer toward that because that’s how life feels… to me, anyway.
REAX: Do you think you’re moving into more sort of archetypal stories, or are a lot of things still very autobiographical? BM: I tell stories. They’re small fictions, they’re like little short stories. But in any creative writing class, they say write what you know, so I write about the situations and society, with a small “s,” that I experience or see around me… about the problems, the emotional difficulties. These are all things which I have, the subject matter and stories, are things that I’ve experienced. But they’re not so much pages ripped out of my diary, inasmuch as they are stories with characters, you know? It’s what they go through, it’s what they’re experiencing, and it’s the conflict that’s important to me. I think it’s the most important thing to get across.
REAX: Has quote-unquote “cracking the States” ever been a big part of the Placebo agenda? BM: As much as breaking through in any country, really.
REAX: Have you found that being somewhat less accessible than bigger bands in the States has made your U.S. fans more loyal, like it’s this little secret community? BM: Yeah, I guess so, and I guess it’s something I haven’t experienced in Europe for some time, and I quite like that. Even if enormous success doesn’t come in America, it’s kind of OK, because we have a really strong, passionate cult following, you know? Which is kind of more directly accessible to us, and it has a kind of a family feel.
Post by Modern Method. on Aug 10, 2007 7:43:50 GMT -5
As part of their ongoing Projekt Revolution tour press, here’s an interview that Brian underwent with Gilbert Garcia of Dallas Voice: The Community Newspaper for Gay and Lesbian Dallas
Life of Brian by Gilbert Garcia Placebo’s frontman balances bisexuality, parenthood and maturing out of his brooding-young-man stage
Given the clever, literate tone of his lyrics, it’s not surprising that Brian Molko is a world-class namedropper. Only minutes into a brief phone call about his band’s upcoming Dallas show, the flamboyant Placebo singer begins by channeling Andy Warhol.
“When it comes to our press, I don’t read it, I just weigh it,” he says.
Then Molko brings up everyone from Willem De Kooning to Mark Rothko to Charles Baudelaire as he discusses his band’s decade-long reign as Britain’s rock depressives.
“We have an inside joke in the band,” Molko says. “We refer to ourselves as melancholists. We’re actually really upbeat people. It’s really a saving grace to be able to deal with all this darkness in our music. It scares me to think what I’d be like without this outlet.”
In spite of the emotional weight of his songs, Molko is even-keeled, even when it comes to receiving less-than-favorable reviews.
“You need to be able to put yourself on the line when you’re experiencing art. If you’re standing in front of a painting, you need to make that step toward it, to make that effort to fully experience it,” he explains. “If you insist on standing back and not involving yourself, you won’t feel things the same way. We’re not a band that’s just about plugging in, making noise, and doing a bunch of screaming. It’s got to be about more than that.”
In the U.K. press, the 34-year old Brit has a reputation as an equal opportunity sexpot. Are there any stars on this side of the Atlantic that Molko would enjoy seducing?
“Is it cheesy to say Angelina Jolie?” he asks.
Prompted for a male conquest worth pursuing, Molko thinks for a second before saying, “I’d probably do Stipe. Just for the hell of it.”
Michael Stipe, of course — the R.E.M.er who lent a guest spot to Placebo’s 2006 effort “Meds.” Molko refers to the pairing as “a series of accidents,” but he’s pleased with Stipe’s effort on the track “Follow the Cops Back Home.”
“I had this song about adultery that was written as a duet. At some point, it occurred to me that it could be sung by two men,” Molko recalls. “It’s a subject that’s been written about a lot, but I don’t think there’s another time when two men have sung it to each other. It’s just so much more 21st century.”
In spite of sordid tales of sex and drugs on the road, Placebo have noticeably matured since the group first started 11 years ago. Today, Molko is the father of a two-year-old boy named Cody, whom he is raising with longtime girlfriend Helena Berg. How will the notorious libertine explain the worlds of sex and drugs to his son when the time comes?
“I really haven’t thought about it,” he says. “It’s still a few years in the future for me.” Still, Molko says that the discussions will be handled openly, honestly and calmly.
“I believe in personal freedom,” he continues. “And I don’t believe that prohibition works.”
“It’s important to not just put some weird value system on your kids’ heads.”
Openly bisexual since he was a teen, Molko has heard all the trash talk from both gay and straight corners regarding the legitimacy of bi leanings.
“I’ve certainly experienced that kind of prejudice,” he says. “People think you’re just trying to get laid, or that I’m trying to steal their girlfriend. I think it’s a very natural state to be, though.”
Discussing the evolution of his longtime penchant for makeup on and offstage, Molko touches on the essential change that has transformed him from an angry young artist to a more introspective, more mature songwriter.
“I’m more into subtlety now,” he says. “I used to be very garish. I think I’m much more chic now. Wearing light makeup with a suit can be so much more interesting than walking down the street in a cheap dress. Androgyny isn’t drag: It’s about blurring the lines, about the grey areas in between.”
For a star that has gotten more than his share of attention for his drunken, wanton, gender-bending behavior, the last reply seems downright modest. Has the bisexual bad-boy become more complex as he’s aged?
“I think you do as you get older,” he says. “Isn’t that the point? That’s why you lose so much bravado in your 30s. I was so full of punch in my 20s, but now that I’m older, I’ve calmed down.”
Post by Modern Method. on Aug 10, 2007 10:05:38 GMT -5
USA - Available for purchase on every stop of the tour on the main merch stand, "REVOLUTION UNSEEN: THE HIDDEN ART OF PROJEKT REVOLUTION" is a limited-edition, 50-page book that features the art of many of the musicians on Projekt Revolution 2007, including Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington, & Joe Hahn (Linkin Park), Gerard Way & Ray Toro (My Chemical Romance), Brian Molko (Placebo), Styles Of Beyond, and many more. Printed on recycled paper, 100% of proceeds go to Music for Relief, to benefit disaster relief and reduce global warming.
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