The Vines' Craig Nicholls: 'If I didn't have the band I don't know what I'd do'

Frontman opens up about his need for music ahead of new album release

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The Vines frontman Craig Nicholls has spoken about the importance of music in a new interview.

The Australian band release their sixth album 'Wicked Nature' tomorrow (September 1), a 22-track double album produced by Nicholls and released on the band's own label that shares the record's name.

"If I didn't have the band or if I didn't have music I don't know what I'd do," Nicholls told DIY. "It's really been the thing that's saved me. I cannot overstate the importance of it… I always just kind of thought that all these songs come from isolation and desperation."

Nicholls, who suffers from Aspergers syndrome and gained a reputation at the height of The Vines' fame for his erratic behaviour, also discussed his feelings on modern technology. "I just think I want to be living like a kid, like, just free of as much responsibility as I can," he said. "The few times I've been out, like what I remember, in the city… most of the people it seems are just looking at their phones. They're just reading them or checking them and I don't really understand it."

'Wicked Nature' is the band's first album since 2011's 'Future Primitive' and has been crowdfunded by fans via PledgeMusic. "I don’t really think [the music industry has] changed for the better," Nicholls explained to DIY. "It looks like – it's just very – I don’t really understand what's happening. It bothers me… it's just a big circus now."

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