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INTERVIEW: Psych-rock supergroup Satellite Paradiso

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Great, thanks!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single, “Angelic”?

It was the first Satellite Paradiso song, The one that marked the end of my time with The Furs and opened the door to working with Fred & the rest of the gang, thanks to our mutual friend, Rob Sacher. It’s the soundtrack to one of the biggest transitions in my life, and will always be a tremendously important song in my personal history because of that.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I wanted to  write something in the vein of Pretty In Pink, not attempting to copy it, I was just trying to re-visit my roots, so to speak. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Done: https://youtu.be/xiPBbXmD2S4

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why name the record after the band?

Why not? It’s the only time I get to self title an album. What better time is there? 

How was the recording and writing process?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. There were stops & starts throughout the years owing to a little thing called “life.” Then one day I just decided to kick it into high gear. 

Has your previous musical background influence this new project in any way or would you call SP a total departure?

There’s no question everything I do now has evolved from where I’ve been as a musician. I think every musician would probably say the same thing. At the same time, I’m always trying to push forward. I think people looking for everything they loved about the Furs will find plenty to enjoy on the album, and people looking for the next chapter in all this will also find plenty to pique their interest.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I turned off the TV & turned on my record player.

How are you preparing for your upcoming tour?

Practicing a lot & trying to remember how to play the songs..

What are you looking forward to the most?

World Peace.

What can fans expect?

The unexpected. I don’t think anyone was expecting what they saw & heard the last time we went out and played live. This isn’t going to be that. It’s going to be something entirely different.

What else is happening next in Satellite Paradiso’s world?

Our album is being released on May 27th by Mi5 Recordings, distributed by Universal. We have four shows in early June in New York and New England. Joining us on bass is Robert Burke Warren from The Fleshtones. 

We hope to play elsewhere in the US and Europe later in the year.

We have a live EP coming out that sounds incredible. The lineup is Fred Schreck on vocals, John Ashton on guitar, Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper from Mercury Rev on guitars (yes, that’s three guitars), Anthony Molina from Mercury Rev on keyboards, Sara Lee on bass and Frank Coleman on drums. It’s one of those albums that’s loud no matter what volume you play it at.  

Plans are afoot for a second album. We don’t have much to share about that yet, because we’re just at the beginning of all this. I think the seed for the next album comes from a simple idea, which is, “OK, given everything we know now, what should we do? What should be our next move?” 

The answer to that question, I think, I hope, will be interesting. We don’t know the answer yet, ourselves. If we did, there’d be no point in making the album! it’ll be different yet at the same time, vaguely familiar to those who know us from our debut album.

About RJ Frometa

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