“What’da mean, difficult second album! This is no way to start an interview.”
Peter Black (aka Blackie from the Hard-Ons and Nunchukka Superfly) is talking about his recently finished second solo album No Dangerous Gods In Tunnel.
“Actually the first album was testing the solo ‘waters’. This second one is a lot more rep-resent-a-tive of where I wanna be with the acoustic stuff man. Mind you, that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna change my mind again down the track.”
Hmmm, down the track he says. Meaning? Possibly that a ‘solo’ project is a totally free artistic extension that can take any shape and form.
Says Peter… “Look, ya tiring me out with all this hoo haa. Why can’t music just be music!”
Well, good point I guess, because that’s what this album really is.
“To me it is just pop, but raw, because with the acoustic ya can’t ‘fill’ in bits with clever instrumentation. Every bit has to work… to sound… well NICE! I love pop music but that doesn’t mean that it can’t have its own special energy.”
“Some tracks are very VERY quiet and intimate, but not in the folk vein, as I see the acoustic as an instrument that can bring about a raw, sparse approach to melody.
And some tracks are lush, brimming with string arrangements, which is something I wish I could spend more time on. It’s an avenue I’ve always dug but haven’t had the means to pursue. With this format I feel like I’ve opened up a big box of goodies. Am I making sense? Ha, well.”
“And all these songs have that hoo haa I was talking about” adds Peter, leaving to get a strong black coffee, making this a GREAT time to say his goodbyes for now.
Tall Bunkle – Hellensburgh Rock Historian