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Call it impressionistic

Ian Gillan, London, Ontario, February 11, 2011; photo © Nick Soveiko cc-by-nc-sa

Cleveland.com has an interview with Ian Gillan. And if by reading it you get a sense of deja vu, you’re not alone. After all, there are only so many ways to answer the same questions being asked over and over again.

The track “Man Alive,” which you released in advance of the album, is about the end of humanity. Kind of timely, no?

Gillan: It wasn’t planned that way. (laughs) There was an apocalyptic quality to the (music of) “Man Alive,” and the idea developed lyrically from there — the scenario of this event that took place and everyone got killed, and you get this picture of “all creatures great and small grazed on blood red soil, and grass that grows on city streets.” So, it’s a post-humanity scenario. And then all of a sudden something’s washed up on the beach, and it turns out to be a man, and it’s the only living man — but it’s just a man, so…That’s the end of humanity, because what use is one man? That was the idea. If it was a painting you’d call it impressionistic.

Read more on Cleveland.com.

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Comment to “Call it impressionistic”:

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    I thought that the Cleveland guys actually did their homework very well in preparation of this interview, observing that Now What?!/Infinite/Whoosh! are the first threesome of albums DP have done with the same outside producer since Mk I days is not something you come up with via some shallow googling.

    Does anybody remember that SOTW single mix and how horrible it was : – ), the abridged intro und how they mangled poor Ritchie’s solo? I havn’t heard it in decades, but it was always a terrible experience.

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