with stone circles and ancient monuments. is a reminder that Mike Scott has submitted his own share of panegyrics to pre- Christian religion. There was the album A Pagan Place. and on the last Waterboys record. Dream Harder. he even hailed ‘The Return Of Pan’. These are important beliefs to him? ‘Uh— huh’.
‘l’m kind of open to them all. I’m not defensive or protective about any one system. I don’t have one system. and I think there’s something in them all. I think they all point in the right direction. So I take an element here. an element there . . .‘
Sounds like his attitude to music. There was a time when Scott was cramming Dylanesquc rockers. traditional Irish music. screaming axe solos. waltzing ballroom dancers and Yeats recitals into Waterboys shows.
From the evidence — his televised appearance at Glastonbury. playing acoustically alongside folkie Sharon Shannon. and the forthcoming solo shows — one would be forgiven for thinking that Scott’s return to quieter surroundings would be reflected in his music: the return of the raggIe-taggle gypsy, perhaps. But. no. he’s still intent on continuing the hard-rockin’. Les- Pauls-at-dawn vein of Dream Harder.
He’s made up his mind that the next album will be recorded in Scotland for a change. Work may begin as soon as September. but he’s still no idea precisely who he’s going to be working with or even if it will come out under the name ‘Waterboys’.
Quite what’s going on below the surface. he doesn’t seem very eager to let on. He writes songs "cause that’s what I do’. but acknowledges that songwriting has helped him to discover himself over the years. He remembers when he first realised that.
‘Early 80s. When I found my intutition working. I’d be writing a song and would realise that I instinctively knew that the lines weren’t right. and I’d keep fighting. trying out different things and fighting for the right line. and then this line would fall into place and I’d have an intuitive understanding that it was right. Kind of learned how to work with my intuition.’
Does it seem like he’s writing subconsciously now?
‘Y-y-yes. very occasionally I have a marvellous experience like that. but most of the time it’s a combination of intuitive and mental. And I come to the Findhorn Foundation and, of course. here they teach you how to work with your intuition and I realise I’ve been learning it for years and years in my music.’
Scott confesses to a ‘jaundiced’ view of most of his old records. The flaws jump out at him. The vocal control he has now is lacking. The songs don’t tell him anything about himself that he wasn’t aware of when he wrote them. Nevertheless . . .
‘I’ve been in touch with Chrysalis Records. because they’re putting together a compilation of rare or unreleased stuff from the first few years — the A Pagan Place. This Is The Sea era — and that necessitated me listening to loads and loads of that old stuff. and I’ve really learned to accept it and accept the way I sing. This young guy, singing his heart out. . . yeah. he’s okay.’ 5.] Mike Scott (Fringe) Acropolis (Venue 26) 55 7 6969, Thurs 18, 8pm, £10.
‘I’m not defensive or protective about any one system. I don’t have one system, and I think there’s something in them all.’
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