"They’re cleaning up the streets, the truth is a fugitive. They’ve got it sown up neat"

Don’t listen to their lies

A good friend of mine, Thomas Waber at Inside Out Records, said to me “You’re doing all this work for all these great solo artists, but nothing of your own. You should be doing more.” So I decided to put a project together as a vehicle for my own songwriting. I’ve never really done that before. The first bridge to be crossed with any new project is the title. What do you call your new band? It took ages to find a suitable name for one of my earlier projects, Lifesigns, and I knew my new project would be no easier. But in the end I settled on The Mute Gods.

The name resonated with me for a lot of reasons. We seem to be living in a time of heightened religious fundamentalism in which people deliver the wrath of God or speak out on his behalf. So, I’m sure you can imagine the problems I’ve had trying to get the record label to allow me to include the song “Jesus Thinks You’re a Fuckwit.” When did God appoint these dubious PR men? From where I’ve been sitting, I don’t hear God saying anything. The people in this world who should be listened to are often the ones who are silenced. The voice of reason seems strangely quiet in the face of so much media disinformation. So, there you have the setting for this record.

Devils parade to your dark ideas

The record has a number of moods. But overall, it’s a rather disgruntled rant at the dystopia we’ve created for ourselves and our children. The song “Swimming Horses” is a warning about the passing of time and the rising of tides. “Feed the Troll” is a dedication to all those who have too much time on their hands.

The person who has helped me realize this record is Roger King. We worked together for quite a few years in the Steve Hackett band and when I approached him last year about producing, I was honored and surprised when he agreed. His strengths are my weaknesses and I believe we complement each other rather well. But the public will have the final word on that.

After working extensively with the Steven Wilson band, I invited Marco Minnemann to play drums for me. Although I have a couple of other guest drummers like Nick D’Virgilio and Gary O’Toole, Marco is playing on the majority of tracks. He also added his genius with some sound modeling and guitar.

Sonically, you can expect an album that tips its hat in the direction of alternative rock and pop. But other than that I’m not going to try categorizing it. The record is OUT NOW.