Du­ran Du­ran geared up for new al­bum

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ruchika Kher ■ ruchika. kher@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Very few bands en­joy the kind of fol­low­ing that Du­ran Du­ran does. Even af­ter 35 years, fans of the iconic Bri­tish pop/rock band keenly await the launch of their new stu­dio al­bum, their 14th — Pa­per Gods — next month. Here, Si­mon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Tay­lor and Roger Tay­lor of the group, that has de­liv­ered hits like Come Un­done and Hun­gry Like The Wolf, open up in an in­ter­view about their multi-gen­er­a­tional fan base, the oc­ca­sional crit­i­cism they face, and more.

In all these years, how has the mu­sic in­dus­try changed?

Roger: Mu­sic was so tribal when we grew up. You were a mod or a rocker. We were the mock­ers, some­where be­tween all these tribes.

Si­mon: For us, it was al­ways like, “You’re not rock, you’re not dance, you’re not pop — what are you?” And for two decades, that was the big­gest crit­i­cism. But now, it’s kind of ‘blurred’. All these def­i­ni­tions are be­com­ing vague with the way kids lis­ten to mu­sic nowa­days. My daugh­ter lis­tens to any­thing from Ge­orge Har­ri­son, Tame Im­pala to Lit­tle Dragon. There’s no genre or era she’s faith­ful to. When she looks at pic­tures of Led Zep­pelin, she looks at pic­tures of them in their 20s. That’s how she sees them. And that’s fan­tas­tic.

You’re com­ing up with an al­bum af­ter five years. What sets it apart?

Nick: To make this al­bum, we wanted to go through the (same) process, even af­ter 35 years of Du­ran Du­ran. We did the same things. We still sat in a stu­dio for hours.

John: Nick and I used the word “brand” a lot. We’d lis­ten to some­thing and say, “It’s brand Du­ran.” We’ve built this over 30 years, but now we’re com­ing out with a new model. We have this legacy, this sig­na­ture sound. So, what do we keep, what do we mod­ernise?

Can fans ex­pect the crazy videos that you guys are known for?

Si­mon: We like to get peo­ple up and danc­ing. There’s a lot to be said for be­ing a party band… it’s crazy fun. We love it, and are sure peo­ple do too.

Any plans of per­form­ing in In­dia?

To­tally. It is one of our to-do things.

(L-R) John Tay­lor, Roger Tay­lor, Nick Rhodes and Si­mon Le Bon of Du­ran Du­ran

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