Carling Academy, Glasgow, Mon 8 Dec
Fierce – a horrific word for ‘cool’, that’s for sure, but totally accurate if you’re describing a new Prodigy album. When The List catches up with Liam Howlett in a New York hotel room, days before the completion of the long-awaited new offering, the band leader is eager to tell us all about it. ‘We’re loving the record, loving it! Musically I was really inspired by our first two albums,’ he adds, ‘and wanted to combine that old school equipment with cutting edge production. This record is about protecting what’s yours. It’s really fast-paced, full of big riffs and much more melodic than our last two, while keeping that nasty edge.’
Invaders Must Die – the band’s first studio work since 2004’s Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned – is described by Howlett as a return to his DIY roots, featuring recording methods and sounds not used since Music for the Jilted Generation, and only two guest contributions. Track titles revealed so far include ‘Invaders Must Die’ (featuring Does It Offend You, Yeah?’s James Rushent), ‘Warriors Dance’, ‘Run With Wolves’ (with Dave Grohl on drums), ‘Take Me to the Hospital’ and ‘Colours’, which Howlett says is ‘half rave, half punk’.
But it wasn’t all plain sailing for the legendary electro-punk pioneers. ‘When we did Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, the band was at an all-time low – it felt like we were being infiltrated. So when we started writing again I wanted it to be all about us. We spent six months fucking around in a West London studio getting pissed and hanging out, but it wasn’t until we moved to somewhere smaller and started writing the way we used to that we nailed it. It ended up being very intense.’
The album is out in March, but before then we can look forward to a sneak preview of new tracks at this forthcoming Scottish date, followed by a full arena tour next year. ‘We love playing live, we never want to stop,’ adds Howlett. Glasgow’s in for a treat.