Devin Townsend Broke Fear Barrier
Devin Townsend admits he was concerned about how fans might react to his latest album, Epicloud, because it’s the most commercial work he’s ever produced.
But he decided to push through the pain barrier, and now he says anyone who doesn’t like it can “eat a bag of shit.”
Townsend tells AltSounds: “It surprised me as much as anyone. Regardless of what your feelings are about Epicloud, it’s what I felt compelled to do. It’s a sound I’ve been hesitant to do for a long time, based on people’s assumptions of me. But it’s one of 25 records that I’ve done, and in the history of each record being different, it makes good sense to me.”
He says his feelings while the record was being made can be summed up as: “Let’s get it done,” then when it was complete he thought: “Holy shit, I made a freaking pop record!”
Asked if he was worried about how it would be received he responds: “Once it was done and I listened to it, yeah. However, that fear forced me to confront the fact that maybe I had more invested in my reputation of being edgy than is healthy.
“So you know what? Fuck it. I like commercial stuff. I like hard rock. i’ve never done a record like this and it felt natural to do so, so I did. Eat a bag of shit.”
But for those who feel he’s strayed too far from his usual stomping ground, Townsend has a simple message: “Wait till you hear what happens next.”
He plans to being work on a follow-up to 2007 album Ziltoid the Omniscient, saying: “Epicloud kind of snuck up on me while I was settling in to write Ziltoid 2. It’s a big, proposed multimedia project, from what I can sense. A new symphonic theatrical album of unrelenting weirdness is inevitable.
“If you liked Epicloud, enjoy it while it’s here – Z2 is going to make you very uncomfortable.”