Rhiannon sits down with The Posies to find out about their new album, Blood Candy.
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Catching Up With The Posies
Audra Lowe: Well, one of the most distinctive and respected alternative pop bands are uniting to unleash their long awaited new album. It’s called the Blood Candy. Rhiannon is on top of The Posies about their new album and it’s all in today’s Better Spotlight.
Rhiannon Ally: Hi, Audra. That’s right. We have The Posies here. We welcome Jon and Ken and finally the wait is over. After five years, the new album just came out. So guys, welcome.
Jon Auer: Thanks.
Rhiannon Ally: Okay so let’s talk Blood Candy. That’s kind of an interesting title for a new album.
Jon Auer: It’s kind of provocative, isn’t it?
Rhiannon Ally: Yeah, it is a little bit. Where did you come with a name for that album?
Ken Springfellow: We did it. Actually it came from a poet who is Thax Douglas. He is well known to Chicago music fans because many, many shows he gets up and writes spontaneous poem and introduces the band. This is the list of stuff and character and stuff.
Jon Auer: And this was aligned from his poem about us, the Bitter and the Sweet, the Light and the Dark and that’s how he kind of describe us I guess you could say.
Rhiannon Ally: Yeah, but your sound is it as dark as some people think. I don’t believe.
Ken Springfellow: I think we came of age at a time when a band like the Smiths was around. When we first started our band sort of in 1988 that was a great idea to make very sunny sounding music with really, really downer lyrics. That’s what we do quite a bit.
Rhiannon Ally: Okay, so you’ve got to really listen to music.
Ken Springfellow: Unfortunately, yes.
Rhiannon Ally: Listen to the words, I mean. Okay, so you guys are from Seattle. You’ve recorded some of the album in Seattle but also all over Europe, how about influenced the song.
Jon Auer: Well, most of it was recorded in Spain. We started in Spain. We did like ten days in the south of Spain. It sounds very nice.
Rhiannon Ally: Yeah, it does.
Jon Auer: And we just always want to make a record there. I mean we’ve based in Seattle for a long time but we always have less access in Europe and Candy in Europe now.
Ken Springfellow: Yeah, they’re impressed.
Jon Auer: So we just figured this would be a great place for it to do it.
Ken Springfellow: And Spain is also a place where we have just incredibly rabid fans. They just love us there and we actually tour in Spain every year.
Rhiannon Ally: Quickly, how would you describe the new album Sound if you had to?
Ken Springfellow: Futuristic, psychedelic.
Rhiannon Ally: Ah, okay, all right. If you like futuristic, psychedelic sounds--
Ken Springfellow: Or if you don’t know you do you might listen to us.
Rhiannon Ally: Yeah, you might want to try it and you might like it. Thanks guys and we’re here wait until you're performing in just a little bit, Audra.
Ken Springfellow: Cheers, thanks.
Audra Lowe: Okay, you can pick up a copy of The Posies’ new album Black Candy now and also stay tuned for that performance coming up.