Pink Floyd icon David Gilmour is breaking his silence in his first interview in a long time to promote a new project, His wife Polly posted, “Back at our Katsikas set in the barn recording an interview with @davidgilmour about Von Trappeds and A Theatre For Dreamers with @nina.nannar for tonight’s @itvnews at 10 on the eve of the paperback’s release (link in bio should you wish to order one…).”
Voivod drummer Michel ‘Away’ Langevin just told about his favorite Pink Floyd album.
“When I think of albums that changed my life, I also think of albums that changed my art and my way of drawing.
“I grew up living next to a factory, and I could see it looking outside my window. I used to look at the factory and listen to ‘Animals’ – it gave me direction in terms of trying to express the desolation in the music visually.
“It’s is just an amazing, dark album. I believe the band was imploding and it’s like they’re just super-disgusted and offended with the situation here on earth, which I connected with. [Laughs] There’s no fun there.”
He also discussed Iron Maiden’s debut album, “The New Wave of British Heavy Metal was very popular where we are from, in Jonquière, northern Quebec, so we were able to find albums by Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden, the bigger names.
“With the first Iron Maiden album, the front cover really stuck out in the record store.
“I grabbed it and looked at the cover, then flipped it over and looked at the song titles, and immediately they became my favorite band. I had no idea what they even sounded like.
“I went back home and put the needle on the record. ‘Prowler’ started and I was like, ‘Yeah, they are my favorite band.’ They had everything I liked in music, from punk to metal to prog to goth – everything was in there.
“And of course, [Iron Maiden mascott] Eddie was an influence on me. I created the Voivod character before forming the band because I wanted to be an artist.
“But when I came to draw the ‘War and Pain’ [Voivod’s debut album] cover, I wanted it to be immediate like the first Iron Maiden album. The cover of ‘War and Pain’ comes directly from that.”
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