Posted on 30. Oct, 2014 by admin.
Damien Rice: ‘I opened every can of worms I could…’
We are deep in the barren Icelandic countryside, miles from Reykjavik, and Damien Rice is playing one of the most intimate shows of his life.
There’s a small crowd of friends and musicians and a handful of journalists present in this former swimming pool-turned-recording studio. It is in this very space that Sigur Ros made some of their finest albums.
But this Monday evening in early September is all about the songsmith from Celbridge, Co Kildare, beginning promotional rounds for the release his first album of new material in eight years.
Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by admin.
RTE has a short new video with Damien talking about the recording of the new album. Check it out here.
Posted on 25. Oct, 2014 by admin.
There’s a rare interview with Damien in last Thursday’s edition of The Guardian.
‘I went scuba diving in the brain, free diving in the brain’
Multi-platinum success left Damien Rice convinced people were using him. He sacked his band, retreated from music and ‘cleansed his mind’. Now, after eight years, he’s back …
Damien Rice sits on an ornate sofa in a room above a restaurant in Reykjavik, a gaping tear in the arm of his jacket, trying to explain what he’s been doing since the release of his second solo album, 2006’s platinum-selling 9. He’s polite enough, but it’s hard to miss his discomfort. His answers come punctuated by pauses so vast you could drive a truck through them: after a while, you just get used to sitting in silence while he searches for the right words. When he finds them, they’re frequently metaphors so convoluted they sound more like riddles. “I took a break, and I went off to do something,” he says of the period after 9. “People say, ‘What did you do?’ Erm, let’s say” – a mammoth pause – “let’s say I was a lover of the sea. And I …” – another pause – “I was a sea swimmer, that’s what I was doing. I went off to do a free-diving course, I learned how to scuba dive, I also learned sailing, I also learned surfing.”
Posted on 04. Oct, 2014 by admin.
Damien performed 2 tracks on BBC’s Later with Jools Holland: “I Don’t Want to Change You” and “The Greatest Bastard”.
You can discuss the performance in the Igloo or watch one of the tracks right here:
I Don’t Want to Change You
Posted on 30. Sep, 2014 by admin.
Damien has added 2 new dates to his upcoming tour: at the Apollo Theatre, New York, on 15 November and at Métropois in Montreal. Pre-sales start on 3 October from 12PM EDT.
Posted on 23. Sep, 2014 by admin.
“I Don’t Want to Change You”, the first single from My Favourite Faded Fantasy, is now available to stream here.
It was broadcast tonight for the first time on BBC Radio 1.
What do you think? Let’s chat about it in the Igloo!
And here’s a teaser from the video:
Posted on 22. Sep, 2014 by admin.
Damien will be performing songs from My Favourite Faded Fantasy on BBC’s Later with Jools Holland on 30 September.
Also, listen in to the Zane Low Show on BBC Radio 1 this wednesday evening (24 September), as it’s possible he will be debuting “I Don’t Want to Change You”, the first single from the new album.
(Thanks to Eva and Borneoman for the detective work!)
Here’s a recording of Damien’s first performance on Later with Jools Holland back in 2002…
Posted on 15. Sep, 2014 by admin.
Oct 7 – Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco, CA
Oct 9 – The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA
Oct 13 – Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago, IL,
Oct 14 – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
Oct 16 – The Box, New York, NY
Oct 17 – Warsaw, Brooklyn, NY
Oct 18 – The Box New York, NY
Oct 23 – Gran Teatro Linear4Ciak, Milan, Italy
Oct 26 – Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium
Oct 27 – Carre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oct 31 – Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany
Nov 3 – Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Nov 5 – Folies Bergeres, Paris, France
Nov 7 – Palladium, London, United Kingdom
Nov 15 – Apollo Theater, NYC NEW!
Posted on 13. Sep, 2014 by admin.
The London Evening Standard has published some quotes from Damien in this article about the new album.
“I was playing the biggest venues I’d ever played, and everything was quote-unquote perfect. And everything sort of crumbled and fell apart at that moment,” he says. “I became really unhappy, and so that went spiralling down, down, down, where I got to this place where I had everything I thought I wanted and I still wasn’t happy. That felt very, I guess, disheartening. So I kind of crashed.”
“The reason why it took me so long to record this record was because I kept on starting it and quitting it and starting it and quitting it, so I got nowhere. Everything I’d do I would criticise,” he says.
“I met with my management in London and they said to me, ‘Do you ever want to make another record?’ I said, ‘Yeah, but I think I need help, someone who can inspire me to be better’. I said the only person who came to mind was Rick Rubin. But I knew very little about him. All I knew is that he meditated, he had a big beard and that some people called him a guru.”
“I sat for a minute and I imagined myself with one more hour on the planet. And I noticed that I didn’t care about whether I had sold more records, or less records,” he says. “What was most important to me in that moment was wanting to shed whatever mask I’d been wearing so that I could at least be myself in the world, instead of some version of myself that I thought was appropriate.”
It also includes some quotes from Rick Rubin, who produced the album:
“I think he was torn. Part of him wanted to be free to express himself and part of him seemed to be stopping the process,” Rubin says of Rice’s working methods. The producer, who has worked on endless classic albums from the Eighties hip hop of Run DMC to Johnny Cash’s American series and Adele’s album 21, is known for his hands-off approach. “It took a series of personal breakthroughs for Damien to feel comfortable enough to want to put out new music and all the stress associated with it. He is a highly sensitive artist and man.”
Posted on 08. Sep, 2014 by admin.
While “My Favourite Faded Fantasy” was aired tonight by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, it looks like Damien’s first single will be “I Don’t Want to Change You”, which Zane Lowe will also debut on 23 September.
Speaking about the 8-year gap between album releases, Damien says in a press release, “Sometimes you have to step away from what you love in order to learn how to love it again.”
There’s also confirmation tonight that the new album is produced by Rick Rubin.
“I came to Rick mostly based on what I didn’t know about him, rather than what I did,” adding “for some reason I just had a feeling that I would feel comfortable being open and being me and being vulnerable with Rick.”