Riff Media conducted an interview with singer Benji Webbe of the Welsh “ragga metal” act SKINDRED during the band’s recent U.K. winter tour. You can now watch the chat below.
SKINDRED‘s fourth album, “Union Black”, came out in April 2011 via BMG/7pm Records. The CD was recorded at Britannia Row Studios in London with producer James Loughrey.
Regarding the CD, SKINDRED bassist Dan Pugsley told U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine: “I don’t think I’ve been this happy with songs for years. I know everyone always says that, but I’m just so happy to be doing the album in the U.K. We’ve never actually recorded in the U.K. [before]. Working with a British producer, who knows the more British reference points we have, is great. American producers are all about American radio and how you fit into that; if you put something ‘different’ out, radio just won’t play it. We’ve had more freedom to ‘create’ on this album. It’s not like we’re going to be doing self-indulgent, wacky things, just stuff that people thought wouldn’t work on American radio that we’re not trying out — and it’s working! The drum ‘n’ bass thing, the dancehall thing… we’re embracing all the things that make us different.”
On the topic of the album title, Webbe previously said, “‘Union Black’ is a celebration of the diversity of the U.K. We’re all from different backgrounds, but there are so many of us here on this little island — from the Commonwealth and beyond — we’re all kindred spirits of old Blighty. And it’s ‘black’ because when you mix every color together, you get black!”