The Posies appeared on Seattle’s 107.7 The End last week – check out their session here, with performances of “The Glitter Prize” and “Licenses To Hide.”
The Line of Best Fit asks Ken & Jon the same questions in separate interviews, for an interesting take.
Extensive interview with UberRock.
Jon talked to MTV music book club Jerzy Kosinski’s “Being There”
Jon shares the inspiration for the title of BLOOD/CANDY with Stereo Subversion:
It’s actually kind of from a poem by this guy named Thax Douglas. He’s this kind of local poet in the Chicago area that would come to rock shows and he would write poems for the bands about the bands at their performances. One of the phrases he used to describe us was something about blood candy. I think he was talking about how there is this totally sweet, harmonious side to what we do, but also there’s a lot of passion. There’s also more of a darker undercurrent than just maybe what the melodic, harmonious side might imply.
Spinner covers what to expect on the upcoming tour, and the Philadelphia Examiner asks about influences behind the new album.
Spanish-language interview from the Heineken’s website.
Gail Worley reviews BLOOD/CANDY as her ‘Rad CD of the Week’, and UK Music Review gives it 9/10
Stereogum premieres the first single “The Glitter Prize,” and it’s also featured on Spin’s October playlist.
Spin.com is currently streaming “Licenses to Hide,” a new track off ‘Blood/Candy’ featuring guest vocals by Lisa Lobsinger of Broken Social Scene. Listen exclusively here.
“Licenses to Hide” is emblematic of the new album’s adventurous attitude, with a dizzying amalgamation of parts, not unlike a piece of musical theater. After opening with a somber, piano-led musing, where Stringfellow delivers a line about “feeling so old” backed by the Posies’ trademark, chill-inducing harmonies (with an assist from Broken Social Scene’s Lisa Lobsinger), the track veers into both ’70s arena rock (think Styx, in a very complimentary way) and a Billy Joel-like, storyteller-style chorus.
“‘License to Hide’ is one of two songs on the record that I think is so completely out of left field for us,” says Auer. “I always thought that the Posies should have something that resembles a showtune in our canon… On a certain day, it could be in one of the Muppet movies — and I mean that in a good way.”