Mike Peters’ Big Country lyric challenge
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Big Country frontman Mike Peters was faced with the challenge of creating lyrics that matched the spirit of late founder Stuart Adamson when it came to writing for upcoming album The Journey.
But the Alarm man says it’s been a positive process, and they’re proud of the results.
Peters – a close friend of Adamson, who died in 2001 – joined Big Country in 2011 after an invitation from guitarist Bruce Watson. Last year saw the departure of bassist Tony Butler, who’s been replaced by Derek Forbes of Simple Minds.
All those changes are reflected in the new album, says Peters. “There are themes of redemption and coming to terms with a life lived all though this record. The process has brought us together as a family, united and ready to stand proud for what and who we are.”
They also remained faithful to Adamson’s approach to construction, with each track having started life as an instrumental idea, with words and melody added at the end.
Drummer Mark Brzezicki adds: “I’m looking forward to the next Big Country chapter. It feels right and fitting that we continue the journey. As Stuart always said, ‘It’s not about getting there – it’s enjoying the view along the way.’”
The album was recorded in a former Cold War nuclear bunker in Wales, with eight-foot thick walls and no phone or internet. The experience could have been negative, but the bandmates used the energy to create a productive vibe.
The Journey is released on April 15 during Big Country’s UK tour:
Apr 12: Glasgow ABC
Apr 13: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Apr 14: Newcastle O2 Academy
Apr 16: Liverpool O2 Academy
Apr 18: Sheffield Corporation
Apr 19: Manchester The Ritz
Apr 20: Southampton University
Apr 21: London The Forum
Apr 23: Cardiff Great Hall
Apr 24: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Apr 25: Norwich Waterfront
Apr 26: Reading Sub 89
Apr 27: Dublin The Academy
Apr 28: Belfast Limelight 1