Byford: My kids must take their chances
Saxon frontman Biff Byford says his children will have to deal with the difficult times ahead the way he had to deal with challenging times in the UK in the 1980s.
The era that spawned Saxon, Iron Maiden and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal was characterised by social and industrial unrest as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher led the country.
But Byford – who compares the UK then with France today – believes everyone has to find their place in their own time. And that includes his own offspring.
He tells TV Rock Live: “I wouldn’t say I was afraid. People adapt, don’t they? In the 80s things were pretty bad in England – rioting, problems with the police and the government.
“From that time, Saxon, Iron Maiden and two or three other bands came out. So sometimes it’s not always bad if the people say ‘fuck you’ sometimes.
“My children will grow up in their time and they’ll have to deal with it, like I had to.”
Saxon will release 20th studio album Sacrifice next month. It’s the first time Byford has produced the band on his own, and he describes the experience as “difficult.”
He explains: “It was good experience trying to get the best out of the band. I wanted the guitars to be powerful. I wanted twin lead guitars like the old days, but I wanted a modern feel to it. Going back to the roots is great – on some of the songs it works really well.”
Byford was able to call on his bass playing skills during the songwriting process while Nibbs Carter was unavailable. “I played the bass a lot,” says the singer. “If Nigel Glock’s busy, Nibbs plays drums and I’ll play bass. On this album Nibbs was back in Germany, his wife was ill, so I played bass. We’re pretty good all round musicians.”
Sacrifice is released on February 25 in the UK, February 18 in Europe and February 26 in North America. Saxon tour the UK in April.