Last week, Rou Reynolds revealed to Kerrang! that the album came at the end of a creative dry spell brought on by the pandemic.
“Every time I sat down to write, nothing came. It’s hard to elucidate just how scary that was,” he told us. “I’ve written music since I was nine years old. This is something that I do constantly. It’s not just catharsis, it’s also the way I organise my own thoughts. It’s the way I process the world – my world and the world. It’s where I get my sense of purpose.
“It’s also how I communicate and connect with the world,” he continued. “I’m certainly not an extrovert. I find it hard in a lot of social situations. So music was always a way to connect with people, for me. You strip all of that away, and to suddenly not be able to write was incredibly disconcerting. Disorientating. Extremely odd.”
The road back came when the band headlined the 2021 Download Pilot test event, at which Rou says he felt a renewed connection to music and creativity, and felt the spark again for the first time in ages. The first fruit was the banging (pls) set me on fire.
“That title very clearly says I wanted my soul to be set alight again by creativity, by the thrill of creating something, by the beauty of the connection of live music,” he said. “All these things that had been missing from my life,” he says. “I was just in complete desperation by that point, and so that song really celebrates that desire to create and feel that rush when you make music.”
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