Steve Rothery’s Fugazi Hippie Commune Hell
Steve Rothery has recalled writing sessions for Marillion’s second album Fugazi as the strangest experience of his life.
The band set up home at a live-in studio in deepest rural Wales in 1983 to work on the follow-up to debut release Script for a Jester’s Tear.
The guitarist tells Wales Online: “It was a cross between a rehearsal studio and a hippy commune – God knows how the record company found it.
“I remember there being a druidic stone circle on a hill behind the house that everyone used to go and sit around. The two women who ran the place were called Sunshine and Nutkin. That should tell you all you need to know.
“Plus, Fish had been driving us all mad by constantly playing Islamic records at top volume. It was unlike anything I’d ever experience before – or since, to be honest.”
Marillion, now fronted by Steve ‘h’ Hogarth, release 17th album Sounds That Can’t Be Made next week – and they’ve offered lead track Gaza as a taster.
The band were nominated in the category of Live Event of the Year at the Progressive Music Awards earlier this week, but missed out to Anathema.
Rothery says of the resurgence of prog: “I’ve seen that word swing in and out of fashion so many times over the years. It’s been used as both a compliment and and insult. Some acts were so overblown and pompous they ended up giving prog a bad name – but I’ve never had a problem with it.
“Prog’s not a dirty word. You won’t have to leave the record shop carrying our album in a brown paper bag.”