An Interview with Paul McLaney of Gramsci – Inspiration and Motivations.
Their first new music in 15 years, Gramsci deliver a transcendent new studio album Inheritance, arriving on the 20th Anniversary of the very first Gramsci release.
Wal Reid met online with Paul to discuss the new single, the bands direction and political provenances.
It’s been a long and winding road to the completion of Inheritance, but it seems fitting that this soothing resurrection of Gramsci comes at a time when all around is chaotic. At this uncertain juncture, Inheritanceoffers an atmospheric and ambient place to stand still in the madness, to take stock of where one has been, and to consider where to from here.
Led by the talented and musically prodigious NZ composer, singer and guitarist Paul McLaney, this incarnation of Gramsci is the first to feature veteran, award-winning producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia) and gifted multi-instrumentalist Jol Mulholland (Gasoline Cowboy, Mulholland).
For McLaney, the last 15 years have been an inspirational intertwining of musical, personal, and spiritual growth and the music reflects this journey. A welcome return to the magnificence of the long-lost ‘concept album’, Inheritance delivers ten seamless tracks of majestic sonic beauty, with lyrics that speak to a deeper truth.
Through the virtuosic triumph that is Inheritance, and on a deeper level, McLaney relates it all to the many archetypes of myth and legend to which we attach our understanding of ourselves. As he sees it, “We exist in a culture of inheritance and legacy; within family, culture, artistry and philosophy. We are born into it. How do we move on from past destructive behaviours and transform our lives, to discover our life purpose? That’s really what Inheritance is about”, he says.