LocalBozo.com recently conducted an interview with JANE’S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
LocalBozo.com: It’s almost unfathomable to think that JANE’S ADDICTION is now in its third decade. As you look back on the past 25 years or so, in between some different departures and hiatuses, what is the lasting legacy of one of rock music’s most influential bands?
Perry: Well, I guess that the lasting legacy is going to be how we changed the direction of the sound and the look of music — coming from your kind of cheeseball hair metal that was pervasive through the late ’80s going into the early ’90s and blasted that, shattered that mold and replaced it with what they call now alt-rock; basically the alternative to all that cheese. It was a very wide door that we opened when we opened it with Lollapalooza and JANE’S ADDICTION. It was a different look and a different sound and we were playing amongst other groups that also had very different looks, very different sounds than traditional blues-based rock, but it was accepted and it was hailed and it was attended by all the people of that generation. And it showed the music industry that there was yes, indeed, an audience for alternative music.
LocalBozo.com: Back in October, the band released “The Great Escape Artist”, the first full-length JANE’S ADDICTION release in eight years, showing the band’s more melodic and experimental side in writing and recording, but staying true to the band’s signature sound. While the release of a new album is typically the end of the creative process for the artist, what’s been the most rewarding part of finishing up and touring on the last record?
Perry: Well, I think that it was the style and just the kind of vibe, vibration that we had on the record, we were able to transfer that into our live performances. It’s kind of a, I don’t want to call it macabre, let’s call it darkness. Let’s call it embracing the darkness. It’s an embracing of the darker side of life. It’s dancing in that side of life — romancing the darkness. It’s kind of a lovely feeling. It’s a little bit like getting high, you know what I mean? When you just go out there and perform these songs and they just feel so good. They give me a nice feeling of warmth in my body even though some of them are, you know, darker subjects — but there’s something romantic about it.
LocalBozo.com: JANE’S ADDICTION has dates lined up through the middle of September. Where does the band go from there? Can we expect a worldwide tour in the late fall, or are you guys itching to get back into the studio?
Perry: Yeah, the plan is, as soon as we get off the road, we begin writing our next record. I’d like to give it a six-month window and just get another JANE’S record out, coming off the heels of “The Great Escape Artist”. I think that’s the way to do it for us. I don’t think we’ll wait eight years [laughs] to do another record. You know, we didn’t plan on getting back together, so that was part of… We had broken up. That was part of the reason that we took so long, but these days, the best thing that an artist can do or a group can do is stay busy and stay on the trail. And that’s what our plan is.
You can read the entire interview at LocalBozo.com. It is also available as an audio file below.