The band tell NME.COM they're glad to be off Virgin - and also tell us of exciting future plans...
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have spoken about their split with their label VIRGIN.
Robert Turner told NME.COM the band were pushing to leave the EMI affiliate for months.
He said: “To be honest we just felt they’d given up on our record (2003’s ‘Take The On, On Your Own’). They only let us really put out one single in the States and we know our album had a lot more to give than that. There’s a lot of little things, but that, far beyond anything – it’s just not justified for any reason. It’s just not having the heart, they didn’t have the heart for it and that’s not where we want to be.”
He continued “I can’t say we were at odds ends or anything. We’re both just happy to be done with it. I think we did enough damage inside their walls and they did the same to us,” he said.
Turner said the label did not put up a fight to keep the outfit on its roster.
He admitted: “The coolest thing they did was be good enough to let us go and not hold us down for no reason, which is what most of ‘em can do and will do.”
The band are currently mulling offers from a number of interested parties, but to date have not signed with anyone, saying they may want to try things on their own.
Turner revealed: “We want to try and do something where we make our records and videos, and structure [things] in a way where we have more control of that and then letting someone else get behind it because they’re genuinely excited about it. If that means licensing it only or distributing it then that would be a better way. We’re really kind of confused because all of a sudden we’re getting a lot of people offering us things and as soon as you have too many options you start questioning everything.”
The band will take the month off before joining the Lollapalooza festival in the US, recording new material on the East Coast. Turner says Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have a “couple of dozen” songs they will self-produce this summer.
“We’re going to go to Philadelphia and record at Mad Action’s home studio, I’ve been there a couple times and I really like it. It’s just a house with a mom and dad cooking food upstairs. [We’re going to] just try and go back to simpler days when it wasn’t about the $100,000 recording budget, $20 dollars to buy some tape, and just get it done.”
Though none of the new material is titled, Turner says it does have a defined sound – a bluesier approach than the material featured on the band’s last two releases.
“We want to make a record that’s more rootsy Americana and that’s not really expected right now. We want to keep doing things that are interesting to us,” Turner said. “It’s the kind of songs we’ve been writing for years [but have] never been able to find their place on our previous albums because they are from another time, they’re from another sound, so we’re stockpiling songs and it’s time they had their day, so we’re trying to make that record.”
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