Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie: ‘Nobody has got anything to say anymore’

'Maybe people feel safe being vague,' says singer

Primal Scream‘s Bobby Gillespie has accused bands of “not having anything to say anymore”.

The singer, who is currently working on the band’s 10th studio album, said that modern music was “vague” and not as opinionated as the punk bands such as the Sex Pistols he had grown up being a fan of.

According to Sky News, Gillespie said of the band’s new LP:

Some of it is a critique of pop culture, which is something I think is lacking in a lot of modern music. It seems that nobody’s got anything to say anymore.

The frontman went on to add: “I got into Deerhunter and Panda Bear, and I like their music, but it’s kinda vague. And I guess that’s the attraction. Maybe people feel safe being vague. We grew up with punk, and it was anything but vague, y’know. ‘God Save The Queen’.

“I’m not saying things were better when I was a teenager, but it was a different aesthetic.”

Earlier this week, Gillespie revealed to NME that he had asked Happy Mondaysdancer Bez to replace their bass player Mani when he recently rejoined The Stone Roses.

During the interview, which you can read in this week’s issue of NME, Gillespie also revealed that Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine is working on the band’s 10th album. He explained: “Kevin Shields is playing guitar on one song, and hopefully Kev’s gonna mix a few too.”

Read more from our exclusive Primal Scream interview in the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands now or available digitally.

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