Steven Wilson Talks Music Video for "People Who Eat Darkness," Stage Visuals, and Queen Biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody"

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Steven Wilson remains a gem in what can be considered a saturated music industry. Currently enjoying the success of his fifth solo album To the Bone, Wilson has embarked on an extensive tour across the UK, Europe, North America, as well as Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. In fact, the final night of his three night March 2018 residency at Royal Albert Hall in London was released on DVD on November 2. Titled Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, it includes the full performance, bonus material, and comes in a variety of formats: Blu-ray, DVD, Blu-ray/2CD, and DVD/2CD.

Wilson released a music video for “People Who Eat Darkness,” track 8 on To the Bone which we find just as engaging and cleverly done as his previous ones. We asked him what his thoughts were on the final edit. “I think it's stunning,” Wilson told us. “One of the things I love about Jess Cope (the director) is that with each video, she seems to reinvent her style, and “People Who Eat Darkness” is no exception. That's something I've always tried to do with my music too— make each album different to every other in the catalogue. It's not easy.  On this video, Jess tried a comic book approach she hadn't used before, but it suited the subject matter of the song perfectly.  This is a song set in the modern world, a world of paranoia and threat. There was a lot of discussion about how literally to interpret the song's lyrics which are essentially about living next door to a terrorist cell and having no idea that your next door neighbour, someone you pass and nod hello to on the stairs, is planning an atrocity against the human race.  In the end, we decided it would be better to make it more ambiguous, so Jess gave it a Sci-Fi element.  Even so, I think the final result it still incredibly relevant and topical.“

We saw Wilson perform at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston on April 27, 2018 in which he joked that his show was meant for a bigger stage. He will be returning to Boston on November 27, 2018 but this time at the House of Blues, sparking the curiosity if we could expect the full intended effect of his show this time around. Wilson commented, “The effect should certainly be grander for sure.  With stage visuals, the impact often comes from the scale, in this case size really does matter! Hopefully at the House of Blues I will be able to present the films on a much wider canvas, something I was able to do at the Royal Albert Hall show that has just been released on blu-ray and DVD.  That venue in London is so magical, it makes the visuals really come to life in a cinematic way. It's frustrating when I have to scale it down.”

With the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, we were curious if Queen or Freddie Mercury had any influence on Wilson and if he was looking forward to the film. “I can't say Queen were a big influence, but certainly they are up there with the greats and especially their classic singles are up there with the greatest pop music ever made.” Wilson expressed to us.  “Although it's not quite the same, I feel the same way about the Queen movie as I do about the ABBA movies. ABBA is one of my favourite groups, but I'm not really interested in seeing the Mamma Mia musical or movies. There's something about the "Disneyfication" of great pop and rock music that jars with me, no matter how well its done.  I guess I like documentaries more than bio-pics, I'm too close to my memories of growing up with the original music and the musicians that performed it.”

Watch the music video for “People Who Eat Darkness” below:

 

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Jennifer Minor