Pursuing the pop market, living without a plan, covering a U2 song - as 'World Service' is released, DELIRIOUS? spoke at length to Bruce Dennill.
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Bruce: You've also released 'Access:D', another big live set. Is this some kind of milestone, like a Greatest Hits, but without the cash-in connotations?
MS: "I think that our live shows are exciting - or that's what people say, anyway - so we did want to record that moment and preserve it and then move on. It's not meant to be a great statement of where we're at, what we're doing or how good we are. We thought we'd record it and put it out there for our fans. Simple. It's not a Greatest Hits - it's far too early for that."
Bruce: What's in the pipeline for the next year?
MS: "We're excited about playing in the UK again. We've been absent
for a long time and we want to connect again with the people who have
supported us so faithfully over the years. We'll be playing spot dates
throughout next year, including Liverpool Cathedral, Alton Towers, and
some of the festivals, including Soul In The City with Soul Survivor.
We're in the middle of trying to pin these things down. It's going to
SG: "At the end of January 2004, we'll do two weeks' worth of touring small venues and then build up to full-on productions toward the end of the year."
MS: "There's also this U2 project that's come about. EMI in America want to do a compilation of U2 covers, getting different Christian bands from around the world to pick a U2 song and do their own version of it. That album's going to be called 'In The Name Of Love', and it's coming out in January as well. It's a charity record in aid of DATA - which stands for 'Debts, AIDS, Trade in Africa' - an organisation Bono's put together with Bob Geldof to raise money for these causes. Other bands on there will include Jars Of Clay, Sixpence None The Richer, and P.O.D.. We're doing 'Pride (In The Name Of Love)'."
SG: (Grins) "Most of our songs sound like them anyway, so it's nothing new."