Band dub their previous effort 'A New Morning' "boring"
Suede‘s Brett Anderson and Mat Osman have explained the motivation behind forthcoming album ‘Bloodsports’, saying it was their chance to rewrite history.
Referring to the band’s previous album, 2002’s ‘A New Morning’, bassist Mat Osman said it wasn’t the right note to finish on, and that the album and accompanying tour was “dull and competent”, two things Suede had never been before.
“Throughout the life of Suede, we’d had our ups and downs and we’d been awful, but never boring. We finished boring. I look at that last record and listen to it and look at the sleeve and it’s not right. It’s not the place it can finish. With ‘Bloodsports’, I know that however it gets received, we’ve finished with something that’s beautiful and complex and all of those things.”
The band initially broke up in 2003 following the release of the poorly received fifth album the previous year. ‘Bloodsports’ is their first album since reconvening in 2010 for a series of live shows. Brett Anderson said: “This record, even though it’s the same line-up as [1997’s] ‘Coming Up’, because we’d been away for 10 years, it did feel like another debut. We wanted it to have that freshness. Writing the song ‘Barriers’ for the album was a tipping point. For some reason it just hit the real sweet spot between sounding like Suede without sounding like self-parody. It was fresh enough. That was quite an important track.”
He also spoke of his love for NME, saying the magazine is one of the reasons the British music industry has always been so exciting. The band first appeared on the pages of the magazine very early on in their career, and graced the cover for the first time in September 1992.
“We went from being on the dole to being on the cover of the NME, and that was a really exciting experience because we went from one extreme in life to the other,” says Anderson. “That’s one of the beauties of what music can do, it can elevate you. It’s an amazing thing we got those possibilities in life. It’s lovely.”
Osman added: “I can look back and see records in my collection I bought because someone in the NME said ‘This is a really good record’ and it sounded like something I would like. I spent my pocket money on what writers at the NME said was good.”