The rock band Primal Scream has had a fascinating journey and as they wrap up the details for the release of their eighth studio album, Riot City Blues, it is time for introspection for Bobby Gillespie. The band's first universal hit Screamadelica was a rage in the early 90s.
But after that there was a time when their albums became a mix of politics and drugs. It was then that the "heroin hell" kicked in and it was such a bad time that Gillespie thought of quitting the band. The anxiety and the fear psychosis inspired by the drugs came through in Vanishing Point, Evil Heat and XTRMNTR. "I was killing myself, but it's what I was seeing and feeling at the time. Now I'm just trying to stay alive. I've got two kids now and I don't want to kill myself. I just wrote some new songs, so take from that what you will," says Gillespie. He tired to distance himself from the Scream and became a family man, but that did not really help him. With this new album, there seems to be a satisfaction of having fought against drugs and come back positively, "I'm really proud of this album, 45 minutes, 10 songs all high-energy rock 'n' roll made for playing live, I think this is the best thing we've done. I love it. With the XTRMNTR record, the lyrics were written before the music. With this one I wrote the music first and I've tried to get the words to fit with the feel," he said. The journey from a virtual hell and back has not been easy, but Gillespie says he is trying, I'm trying to stay away from that. I mean, tonight I just want to go home and see my girlfriend and see my kids."