Last night, shortly after leaving the recording studio, drummer Stephen Perkins described the two new Jane's Addiction songs as "the
soundtrack of the future." But he also noted that the future will not include
any more contributions from Jane's; according to Perkins, the group's recording
plans end with the Kettle Whistle album (November).
On Wednesday, the drummer was busy in a Los Angeles studio mixing one of
the final tracks for that album, a newly recorded song written several
years back called "So What?" Speaking by phone after the session,
Perkins called the song "modern as hell."
"It's got a sound that pushes with energy, but at the same time has a
melody of course. You know, the world of techno and the world of rock are
not very well married. What I think the trick is here, is we're using the
pulse and vibration of what we're hearing nowadays at a good party, and
we're taking that with what we learned and what we know so well from Jimi
Hendrix and all the great rock acts."
Along with the title song, "So What?" will be the second newly recorded
track to grace Kettle Whistle, which will otherwise be filled by
live cuts, outtakes and demos. The reunited Jane's Addiction --
Farrell, Perkins, guitarist Dave Navarro and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist
Flea, on loan to the band in place of original member Eric Avery, who
preferred not to participate -- will begin its month-long "I-Itz M'My Party" tour on Oct. 30 in New York.
Perkins said that the members of Jane's Addiction could work together
again, perhaps as early as next year when he and Farrell begin recording
the third album for their post-Jane's band, Porno for Pyros.
He cautioned, however, that fans should not expect another new Jane's album
to follow Kettle Whistle. "Me and Perry like to have an alumnae of
players, so Flea and Dave are welcome to come down and play on our record.
There might be something like that, but we don't see a full-fledged Jane's
Addiction record (of new material) at all coming along."
Of the reunited band's two new songs, Perkins described "So What?" as the
more athletic number, while "Kettle Whistle" is a more sexually structured
track. "It's slow and it creeps, it breathes, and then it climaxes and
comes back down, and climaxes again," the drummer said. "It's got a slow
pace at first and it takes its time, like a good sexual experience. 'So
What?' -- that one'll hit you on the head."
With its amalgam of organic rock and computer technology, Perkins said "So
What?" is more akin to the song "Hard Charger," the de facto Jane's reunion
track by Porno for Pyros with Navarro and Flea that appeared on the soundtrack to Howard
Stern's Private Parts. "People listen and hear and apply
communication through computers all day, so you have to take
acknowledgment of that and put it into your music. Not just for the sake
of it, but because it makes sense to you. Because you're used to it, and
you want to hear that new music."
According to Perkins, the time is right for Jane's Addiction to push the
envelope of where music can go, just as it did in 1990 with the dance-rock
single "Been Caught Stealing."
"The new Jane's Addiction music, and the new Porno for Pyros music that me
and Perry have been working on, is the soundtrack for the future. I'm all
for Rage Against the Machine and all the bands that are rocking today, but
there's a step past that. To take that rocking element and take the
elements of technology. Perry has a lot to say and he's got some beautiful
melodies. So wouldn't you love to hear a great dance tune that really pumps?
"You can't dance to the Smashing Pumpkins. But you can move your ass to
'Caught Stealing.' We like to move our asses, the guys in Jane's
Addiction. So what are we gonna do now to move our asses? This is what we
came up with." [Thurs., Sept. 25,
1997, 9 a.m. PDT]