Jane's Addiction looking to future with new album

Thu Jun 2, 2011 11:15pm EDT
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Advancing middle age has only sharpened the edgy instincts of Jane's Addiction, one of the first alternative rock groups to achieve mainstream recognition in the 1980s.

The group's three core members, racing to finish their first album in eight years for a September release, are wary of being sidetracked by past glories while trying to take their youthful, genre-bending musical idealism in new directions.

"I wanna be important to your past and your history. But I also wanna be part of this year and next year and the year after that," singer Perry Farrell, 52, told Reuters on Wednesday.

So how are they doing that? By embracing modern technology with more gusto than usual to create music using loops and electronics. The half-finished album already has a name, "The Great Escape Artist," a nod to the band's deft maneuvers through the musical landscape.

"If you're using old equipment to write your music and play the music and perform your music, your music is gonna sound stale. You need to learn current equipment because it's vital to have a fresh sound," Farrell said.

Jane's Addiction emerged from the Los Angeles rock underground in the mid-1980s, quickly distinguishing itself from other post-punk groups. Farrell's sexually ambiguous stagecraft and childlike vocals were complemented by guitarist Dave Navarro's power riffs, Stephen Perkins' tribal drumming, and Eric Avery's simple, melodic bass.


"They're a band that could have happened nowhere else and a band that sounds like the city in which they were formed," Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello said. "You can hear the violence, the drugs, the beauty, the ocean, the hope, smog, fear and redemptive power of our city in Jane's music."   Continued...