Trey Anastasio Gives Update On New Music, Says He’s Open For More Grateful Dead Gigs

first_imgAfter a brief teaser the other day, Rolling Stone has shared a major interview with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio covering a number of threads in his ongoing career. The main focal point of the interview was the band’s current level of cohesion and their new music, for which Anastasio gives a major update on the new album.When asked about the progress of the album, Anastasio cited an interview with Jon Fishman where the drummer said the album was mostly done and that none of the new songs recently debuted would be on it.It’s not as far along as Jon Fishman would like to think! We were laughing really hard. He actually got a little ripping about that. Because he came in and played drums on a few songs and then left to go on Bernie tour. And then we saw this interview: It said, “The Phish record is done!” We were all laughing at his, um, perspective. But it’s not done. It sounds really great to me. We’re really happy. The band’s firing on all cylinders right now, so this is the perfect time to go into the studio. We’ll see, but it’s been pretty joyous. We’re kind of all over the place, flying down to Nashville to work, and then I’ve been doing a lot of work on overdubs at Avatar, which is in Manhattan, and then we go to Burlington, and worked at the barn, and we’re even working at Page’s house and Mike’s house a little bit. As for the songs themselves, Anastasio is confident they’ll be ready for the road.I do think we’ll be playing them this summer! Actually, contrary to what Fish was saying, a couple of the songs we busted out last year have been tracked for the album. I’m not entirely sure what’ll be on there, but I think in the interview he said there weren’t any. That’s not true. Another reason why we were laughing.Anastasio also talks about the band feeling more like a collective unit than in years past.There’s a feeling of unity that is pervasive on tour. When I think about last summer and then in Mexico, and the amount of time that we spent together, and where everybody is in their lives right now, it’s pretty magical. And I think that’s why it was really important for us to go right into the studio. Everybody’s bringing songs to the table. Page brought some great songs, Mike brought some great songs, Fish brought some great songs. I’ve got a lot of new songs. And everybody’s just diving in, in a unified way. And we can’t wait to get back on the road. It’s going to be a good summer.He also spoke at length about the band’s drive to play mostly original music, and even touched on the absence of “Fluffhead” for those fans keeping score at home (aka everyone).Yeah, first of all because we love to. We’ve always had a lot of fun playing covers, and I’m sure we will continue to. But what was starting to happen was after 2013, 2014, 2015, I would get home and kind of think to myself, “Man, we played, like, ‘Guelah Papyrus’ once in the last two years.” And I like that song. I’m a big “Guelah Papyrus” fan. It’s one of my faves. Last year we got home, and and we didn’t play “Fluffhead” the whole summer. And that wasn’t a conscious thing. We have a lot of good songs, and we have more in the repertoire all the time. But I’m sure this summer we’re going to do at least six or seven more [new songs], because we’ve been making an album. So we’re probably going to want to play them. So the original songs have sort of moved to the front burner. The interview then touched upon Anastasio’s role in the Fare Thee Well celebration for 50 years of the Grateful Dead. The band had mentioned there was “unfinished business,” and RS asked if Anastasio would be willing to do more shows with them.I’m open all the time. It was definitely a little gigus interruptus [laughs]. There’s a lot of practicing for a short run, but I don’t know. I had such a good time playing with Bob and hanging out with Bob. I spent a week out at his beach house before the Fare Thee Well tour; the two of us just played. We sat on two little stools in his living room and just played and talked and it was fantastic. He’s such a good guy, and really fun. And I got to go to Phil’s and spend time with him and his family before the shows. Billy came to New York and played drums with me. So, I mean, I love those guys, and I’m always open. I’m grateful for the opportunity.The Phish guitarist wraps up the interview by talking about his method for reviewing each show and how often the band members are in communication. You can find the full interview here.last_img read more

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Bidding tussle for post war house with bay view

first_imgThe home at 27 Petersen St, Wynnum.A  POST war home with bay views has sold under the hammer in Wynnum. Nina Adams of Century 21 Adams and Costello said the property at 27 Petersen St sold for $696,000 after a “short and sweet” auction on June 10. “There was a good crowd of about 60-odd people and there were four registered bidders,” she said. The auction began with an opening bid of $600,000. Three of the registered bidders actively vied for the two-bedroom home and the property was called on the market at $685,000. Ms Adams said there was a “bit of a tussle” towards the end between bidders but it was a local buyer who proved successful. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The Wynnum agent said the new owners would leave the home as is for the time being but planned to knock down the post-war house some time in the future to build their dream retirement home. “The property attracted a lot of interest because it was on a good size block on the top of a hill,” she said. “You would have a view of the bay if you were to build a highset house.” Ms Adams said the Wynnum market was performing well at present. “There are multiple buyers for good quality properties,” she said. “Even at the lower end of the market, we are seeing buyers. We’ve recently sold several properties under $500,000 quite quickly. “Buyers are mainly people looking for a house to live in. The lifestyle (on offer in Wynnum) is the big attraction.”last_img read more

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Ferus Smit launches Thun Tankers’ LNG-fueled vessel

first_imgImage courtesy of Ferus Smit ShipyardThun Tankers, a member of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, said its LNG-fueled chemical tanker Thun Eos was launched at the Ferus Smit Shipyard in Westerbroek, The Netherlands.The vessel, Nb 443, named Thun Eos is the first vessel in a series of four E-class oil/chemical tankers, the company said in a statement, with the design being a further development of Thun Tankers’ existing fleet.The ship will measure 7999 DW tons and 9540 cubic meters of cubic volume in nine coated cargo tanks, suited for MARPOL and IMO type II chemical cargoes.The main engine provided by Wärtsilä can operate on LNG or gas oil, Thun Tankers said. The vessel is 115 meters long, 15.8 meters wide and has a 6.95-meter draft.Thun Eos, together with its the remainder of the ice-class 1A vessels in the series are expected to be capable of handling the year-round sailing conditions in the Baltic Sea.last_img read more

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