Deep Purple have overcome only weakness
Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan has admitted that he was always “disappointed” with the sound of the band’s albums – but they’ve finally solved the problem on new record Now What?!
The follow-up to 2005′s Rapture Of The Deep is released on April 29, and the singer is delighted with the results of having worked with producer Bob Ezrin.
He tells Noisecreep: “The one weakness that Purple always had, to me, was the sound of the records. Generally, I’ve always been slightly disappointed in the sound.
“This new album wipes away everything we’ve ever done ever. I’m thrilled with what Bob was able to do. The first monitor mixes I heard from these sessions, I just sat back and said, ‘Oh my God, what he has done? It’s perfect.’ Everything was so clearly defined from the guitars to the Hammond organ. The definition is just remarkable.
“We always had a sort of delightful sound, don’t get me wrong. But I felt we were always kind of lacking a power thing, that we finally have now.”
Gillan feels part of the sound problem was to do with their approach to recording – something Ezrin has been able to address.
“We never used to do much more than just turn up at the studio, plug in our amps and play,” the singer reflects. “We were literally a garage band back then. We disliked all the discipline of studios and all the engineers and all that, so we ended up recording in bars and garages in the early days. Bob really brought us back into the 21st century.”
But that doesn’t mean Purple have abandoned all their career-long habits. Gillan says: “We’re not normally very good at planning: the band turns up a rehearsal with no songs that’s always been now we are. We just jam – and by about the third or fourth day, we start to have ideas for songs and start developing from there. Back then and today, it’s just like that.”
The band will tour the UK in October:
Oct 12: Manchester O2 Apolloe
Oct 13: Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Oct 15: Birmingham NIA
Oct 16: London Roundhouse
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