Techno-punk Prodigy back to scare off invaders

Mon Feb 9, 2009 1:28am EST
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By Alastair Himmer

TOKYO (Reuters) - Be afraid! The Prodigy, the British dance band who swept the world with their violent lyrics, scary videos and techno-punk style a decade ago are back with a bang.

The London-based trio have returned from a spell in the wilderness fully re-charged and with a new album "Invaders Must Die" which draws heavily on their early rave roots.

Technically, they never went away but the road back to recording together again on their fifth studio album "Invaders" has been a long and hard one.

"It's a misconception that the band broke up, but we don't care," Liam Howlett, the Prodigy's producer and main writer, told Reuters in an interview in Tokyo.

"Around 2003 was a turbulent time for the band. Me and (vocalist) Keith (Flint) weren't speaking for about a year.

"Then we hit our singles album and at that point our friendships had totally welded back together. That was 2005.

"The new album's abrasive and uplifting. We didn't plan it to be uplifting because we're quite moody people. The Prodigy's hedonistic. That's just how it came out," he added.

The multi-platinum 1997 album "The Fat of the Land" had transformed the Prodigy into one of the world's biggest acts with smash hits such as "Firestarter" and "Breathe."   Continued...

<p>British techno group "The Prodigy" Maxim (L), Keith Flint (C) and Liam Howlett pose in front of a night view of Tokyo's Roppongi district after their interview with Reuters in Tokyo February 6, 2009. Picture taken February 6, 2009. REUTERS/Toru Hanai</p>