Scroobius Pip releases his solo album Distraction Pieces on September 19th on Speech Development.
With work on the new dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip album set to begin in the new year, Pip – with producers Yilla and Worgie – has drafted in collaborations from Renholder (aka Danny Lohner NIN / A Perfect Circle), Richard Russell (XL), Steve Mason, Sage Francis, P.O.S. Zane Lowe, B Dolan and Aupheus, for a solo record that represents a collision of Punk, Rock and Hip Hop influences.
* Scroobius Pip will appear with new live band at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on 18th August. *
Distraction Pieces – according to Scroobius Pip:
Introdiction: Produced by Renholder (aka Danny Lohner of Nine Inch Nails / A Perfect Circle). This track is pretty much an introduction to the feel and sound of Distraction Pieces. It sets the tone and mood with levels of darkness, irreverence and straight forwardness. No time to mess around with verse/chorus/verse/chorus on this one I’m afraid!
Let em Come: Featuring from Sage Francis. This was the song that made me want to make this record. I had the lyrics in mind and the general feel. The rumbling, ever present, synth line, the pounding live drums, the cutting guitars. Vocally it’s hard to sum up but I guess it’s about sticking at something that you are passionate about past those exciting first few years, and keeping that passion despite the obstacles and pitfalls.
Domestic Silence: This is just going back to telling stories. And, as ever (it’s me after all), it gets dark and depressing! But there is sunshine in there somewhere! I think…
Try Dying: Produced by Richard Russell (XL/Gil Scott Heron). This one is about man’s obsession with staying on this planet as long as he can. Always trying to claw those extra few bleak years. Punching through the subject without hanging around too long and ending on a rousing bit of chanting! Splendid.
Death of The Journalist: Produced by Zane Lowe. This is about the effects the internet, blogs and developments in media have had on the art of journalism. Freedom of information vs Quality of information.
Soldier Boy (Kill Them): Beat by Aupheus, guest vocals from B Dolan. This is just looking, once again, about the modern role of the soldier. No longer just a protector of our own land but a protector of the land of others too (whether they want it or not).
The Struggle: Produced by Steve Mason (Beta Band/King Biscuit Time). This is a bit of a blues number. But tweeked appropriately. Kind of just telling a story and kind of looking at “celebrity” 50 odd years on from when cinema and TV pushed the idea to new levels.
Broken Promise: This is a reflective look on how time makes everyone good and evil. How many times in your youth did you promise to love someone for ever? Or even just that, no matter how things end up, you would always be there for them? And how many of them do you now ignore/hide on facebook?
Feel It: This is a cover of my favourite Kate Bush song. With vocals from Natasha Fox.