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Wood for the trees

In this new interview with his drum stick company ProMark, Ian Paice talks about working on the new album, peculiars of working in the studio in general, and not seeing the wood for the trees in the first place:

Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for the info.

26 Comments to “Wood for the trees”:

  1. 1
    purplepriest1965 says:

    That was pretty boring stuff.
    Things he said so many times, very stale.

    And were they exited with Bradford as well?

    Hopefully I m wrong but I dont feel much anticipation for their new album based on interviews like these.

  2. 2
    Skow says:

    Ehhh…Sorry, not sounding so super exciting for me…’more’ …’less.’…affraid that for the last years came ‘least’ …followed by ‘nothing’…because that is what we’ve got untill so far….

  3. 3
    Tommy H. says:

    I think that the recording sessions have been overshadowed by the passing of Jon Lord.

    It can be inspiring to try new sounds or ways to create them but when you have a good song it will sound good even on a crappy instrument. When I think back to Purple’s early records, the sound quality wasn’t in the foreground and their equipment not nearly as sophisticated as nowadays. Without any suggestions regarding their upcoming record, I often find that the technical possibilities we have today get in the way of the art itself. When I go to the movies it’s all about special effects, quality of tone and picture etc. but nobody seems to have some money left for a really good story. There are quite some analogies to music.

  4. 4
    Rob Prior says:

    Paicey’s a very humble guy. If he thinks the new album is brilliant, then rather than rave about it, he’ll tend to understate his opinion and let the listeners decide what they think of it. Let’s suspend all opinions until the album is released. Morsey reckons Bob Ezrin is the best producer he has ever worked with. That’s a good start… fingers crossed!

  5. 5
    Micalonues says:

    Thanks for the clip. I enjoyed it.

  6. 6
    Freckle says:

    Hmmm, better take the glass half full attitude..it sounded truthful and revealing, not pretentious..Paicey is pretty quite most of the time anyway, when he isn’t hitting the kit.

  7. 7
    kraatzy says:

    “… on this record, we cutting now, thwe drum parts are … simple,
    becaise a .. lot of the music is very heavy …”

    Yes – you are preparing for history !!!

    That is a very little but fine information about that, we waiting for …

    Hey Paicy, give us more to eat … can´t wait …




  8. 8
    swissfan says:

    He seems to be really motivated! Fresh and everything!
    The last interviews and news rather gave me impressions like “we got to do an album, so we do it, but we’re tired”.
    But he seems to be really interested in that stuff! And awake, as well.

    Can’t wait to hear som excerpts from the new album! With Ezrin, it gonna sound like hell! …Or heaven, as you want!

  9. 9
    Dave Smith says:

    How can you judge what the albums going to sound like just from listening to that interview!! Are you guys for real…?!!
    How about you wait till you hear it before you start slashing your wrists eh..?

  10. 10
    Screaming Doug says:

    I rather enjoyed the interview. Nice to see such humility in a legend! And the stuff about the new cd being heavy…what’s not to like?!?

  11. 11
    Roberto says:

    2:25-2:53…that’s at the same time really true and really sad to me…
    I was hoping for a more ‘progressive’ touch with great drums part…this is the opposite…
    ‘Purpendicular’, their best album with Morse, had a progressive approach but certenly what really counts is the songwriting…Paice is generally underrated as drummer and He could have shown us he is still at the top (as some of his recent performances demonstrate), even on this next album…
    This sounds unpromising…I hope I’ll be completely wrong…

  12. 12
    Arthur says:

    I thought it was an intelligent piece, he was being interviewed by a drum stick company for drummers, not DP fans particularly.

  13. 13
    al says:

    it sounds like 2013 for the new album date .

  14. 14
    DW says:

    It was interesting to me. Heavy tracks, good to hear every time.

  15. 15
    Skúli says:

    The Smoke on the Water question is redundant, the rest is interesting.

  16. 16
    al says:

    the record is going to be heavy ,that is great at least !

  17. 17
    Leon says:

    You’ve got to remember this was filmed during the recording, so it must have been very close to JL’s passing. It’s understandable that Paicey wouldn’t be at his most exuberant.

  18. 18
    joan says:

    I listened to the wood for the trees, it led me to a 4″ solo from 2012 that lead me to an interview of 16:44″ November 28, 2011… and I stoped there because I’d already spent too much time. I’m amazed about the way he talks and the wisdom of his words and his sound. It’s a pity you’re loosing the faith a bit puplepriest (thought so, forgive me if wrong); I quiet can understand your meaning Skow, being spanish, but I think you’re quiet disapoited too, ain’t it?

    For myself, I DO am very exited bout the new album, that I BELIEVE will come soon.

  19. 19
    Chip says:

    It’s not like Paicey has ever been a particularly “exciting” interview. One of my favorite drummers and all around good guy…but if you are looking for sparkling interviews filled with exciting anecdotes….that probably isn’t happening with little Ian.

  20. 20
    purplepriest1965 says:


    So was Abandon…….


  21. 21
    mike says:

    It worries me he’s saying he’s keeping it simple…..his drumming has been getting more simple and at times down right boring on some of their latter stuff …he used to do more drum fills and complicated rhythms on a single song than he does on a whole album these days ….lets hope he doesn’t simplify it too much ! There are plenty of rock drummers playing in a busy style like he used to….it would be nice to see Paice back and kicking their collective asses…

  22. 22
    Roberto says:

    @21 yes, that’s what I was saying too…and in general it’s true that for fast songs you can’t make complicated drums parts but at the same time when I listend to ‘Fireball’ song I know this is at the same time untrue…

  23. 23
    funkilius says:

    “that moment of creation lasts forever”…………………………………………
    I hope they had this in mind when writing for new album………………perhaps i’m being bit cynical……..looking forward to new material.

  24. 24
    Side Door Johnny says:

    Ted the Mechanic and House of Pain are good tunes, but it sounds like they’re being influenced by Motley Crue. They should be influenced by heavy riffs such as Flight of the Rat, Space Truckin’, Rat Bat Blue and Burn instead. I’m looking forward to the new album, but hopefully Ezrin hasn’t led them in too much of a Motley Crue/Van Halen direction as did Bradford

  25. 25
    purrfect stranger says:

    Aint slashing my wrists yet but I am seriously considering slashing the veins around my ankles. But seriously, if Purple makes an album like the last Van Halen album they will chart at #2 and that my friends would be something to write home about. No?

  26. 26
    purplepriest1965 says:

    The Motley Crue suggestion might be a left over from the S & M days.
    JLT suggested that to Ritchie who replied : Motley WHO?!

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