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  • June 16, 2010
    JamBase Interview With Tom
    The new record has a darker hue in places than some chapters in the Petty catalogue, with a thick, present sound and lyrics so sharp they draw blood. A bit of Mudcrutch's psychedelic bent also finds its way into the proceedings, particularly on standout "First Flash of Freedom."

    "The takes were usually very early takes, and I wanted to leave room for improvisation. We didn't really demo this up. I just came in with my guitar, played them a song on it and took it from there," says Petty. "So, everyone had a lot to contribute. I guess 'organic' is an overused word but it is pretty organic because it was created right there on the studio floor. We didn't polish it up. We just took it as it was. The groove was the important thing. I wanted everything to have a deep pocket, and I think we succeeded pretty much on that level."

    In 2010, rock has largely lost its hips, ceded the dance floor to urban soul and mainstream pop and country, forgetting its early primary purpose of getting folks to sway and grind together to the beat. Thankfully, masters like Petty and his running partners haven't lost the script.

    Article by Dennis Cook. Read the full interview at JamBase.com
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on Wed, 2010-06-16 17:00
The new record has a darker hue in places than some chapters in the Petty catalogue, with a thick, present sound and lyrics so sharp they draw blood. A bit of Mudcrutch's psychedelic bent also finds its way into the proceedings, particularly on standout "First Flash of Freedom."

"The takes were usually very early takes, and I wanted to leave room for improvisation. We didn't really demo this up. I just came in with my guitar, played them a song on it and took it from there," says Petty. "So, everyone had a lot to contribute. I guess 'organic' is an overused word but it is pretty organic because it was created right there on the studio floor. We didn't polish it up. We just took it as it was. The groove was the important thing. I wanted everything to have a deep pocket, and I think we succeeded pretty much on that level."

In 2010, rock has largely lost its hips, ceded the dance floor to urban soul and mainstream pop and country, forgetting its early primary purpose of getting folks to sway and grind together to the beat. Thankfully, masters like Petty and his running partners haven't lost the script.

Article by Dennis Cook. Read the full interview at JamBase.com

Comments

campfan's picture

Very well written.....very very entertaining to read..just as the they are...a very entertaing group after all these years...masterfull in what they deliver
cherstefano's picture

My CD arrived in the mail two days ago..I really enjoyed the Fri concert at the Gorge in WA and have been listening to the CD every day since it arrived trying to figure which one is gonna be my fav. I like that all are catchy lyrics and easy to sing along with which is one of the things I have always loved about their music. Wish I could be at every concert..never get tired of seeing and hearing a TP and the HB concert...Fascinating how they control and audience and make ALL who attend feel a part of the event..