Bassist says he's hopeful pair could collaborate again
Killing Koke bassist Youth has hinted that he and Paul McCartney may release new material under their The Fireman moniker in the future.
Youth, whose real name is Martin Glover, teamed up with the Beatles legend in the past for a series of experimental releases under their collaborative side-project, including their 1993 debut ‘Oceans Ships Forest’ and the 1998 LP ‘Rushes’.
The pair last worked together on The Fireman’s 2008 release ‘Electric Arguments’ but, in an interview with Digital Spy, Youth said he was optimistic they’d work together again. Asked about the possibility of them releasing a new album, he replied: “Hopefully, yeah. There’s other projects I can’t comment on at the moment because I’m not at liberty to, but there’s definitely other interesting things happening. We first started that project 20 years ago, and we’re still working on different Fireman projects.”
“There’s a longevity to it that I don’t think would have happened if I’d been doing Paul McCartney solo albums, so I’m very happy I have that relationship with him,” he added.
He also paid tribute to McCartney’s experimental nature and suggested he didn’t receive enough credit for his groundbreaking approach, adding: “I thought it was good that with The Fireman, Paul managed to get a little more acknowledgement for his avant-garde expression, which was a big part of The Beatles. John [Lennon] did get a lot of the credit for that, especially from when he was with Yoko [Ono], because Yoko was so associated with that. And absolutely, that was a massive part of it as well.
“Paul was actually the one who did the tape loops for ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ and was coming up with a lot of the out-there arrangement suggestions for ‘Sgt Pepper’s…’… and hadn’t really been acknowledged for that.”
McCartney released his last studio album ‘Kisses On The Bottom’ in 2012 and is currently working on a follow-up. Earlier this month (April 10) Mark Ronson, who is working with the singer on the record, said McCartney had been inspired by Usher and funk music on the LP.