Thursday, September 3, 2020

Metallica consider working on new music during pandemic

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has revealed the band are considering working on new music during the pandemic.

“We’ve been exchanging ideas back and forth,” Ulrich tells NME. “The hardest thing about being in four different spaces is that there’s no software that can have us all play in real time to reach other. So I can play something and send it to the next guy and then he can play on it and he can send it to the next guy, or vice-versa, but we can’t play at the same time so it takes the impulsivity and the momentary energy out of the occasion.

“I’ve talked to some people in technology about how close we are to being able to all play in real time with each other, but that hasn’t been cracked yet. If it is, we’ll maximise it, but for now, we’re in this bubble for a couple of weeks, and we’re looking forward to seeing if at some point this fall, we can get back into another bubble where we write and play and maybe even record – so we’re looking forward to the possibilities on that one.”

In May, Metallica streamed a home isolation video performance of their classic 1988 track, “Blackened”; the group recently performed on The Howard Stern Show and filmed a live show for the Encore Drive-In Nights series that was streamed at hundreds of drive-in and outdoor theaters across North America on August 29.

Metallica – who just released “S&M2”, a live album with the San Francisco Symphony – last issued “Hardwired…To Self Destruct” in 2016 following an 8-year gap between records.

Ulrich was asked when fans might expect more new music.

“Not soon enough!,” says the drummer. “Right now, I’d say the hardest thing about all this is trying to plan, because five minutes later, those plans change – that’s just the nature of the state of the world at the moment and we’re going to have to accept and surrender to it. I think it’s a good reminder of the fragility of the world and how maybe we should occasionally pause and be a little bit more respectful and appreciative of what we have and understand how quickly it can derail in terms of how we arrogantly expect everything to be way we wanted as a human race.”
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