Public Enemy‘s Brian Hardgroove (also artist-in-residence at Santa Fe University of Art and Design) conducted an interview with DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse at this year’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that took place January 24-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
As previously reported, DEEP PURPLE will release its 19th studio album, “Now What?!”, via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group, on the following dates:
* Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Spain: April 26
* UK, France, Benelux, Poland, Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark: April 29
* North America, Italy: April 30
* Sweden: May 1
After various songwriting sessions in Europe, the band recorded and mixed the album in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, PINK FLOYD, PETER GABRIEL, ALICE COOPER, KANSAS). The CD contain 11 tracks, including “Out Of Hand”, “Hell To Pay”, “Weirdistan”, “Uncommon Man” and “Above And Beyond”. The latter song references the band’s late keyboard player, Jon Lord, in the lyric “Souls having touched are forever entwined.”
According to a press release, “Now What?!” was recorded with no musical rules… and it shows a modern and fresh production… to the point that DEEP PURPLE have never sounded so close to the spirit of the ’70s in the last 20 years as they do now. The CD has the excellence and elegance of “Perfect Strangers” and the wild freedom of “Made In Japan”.
“Now What?!” will also be released as a limited edition with a bonus DVD featuring DEEP PURPLE discussing the new album and one bonus studio cover version. It will also be made available as a double vinyl LP.
The first taste of “Now What?!” will be the release of a double A-side single on March 29 (as a limited and numbered vinyl seven-inch, CD single and digital download).