Terra "Interview with Steve Forrest", Apr'10


Translation by Loki

It’s Placebo’s second time in Brazil, but drummer Steve Forrest’s first. Substitute for another Steve – Hewitt -, in charge since 2008, he comes to South America to promote his first project with the group, Battle for the Sun, released in 2009.

“It’s been great playing not only with them, but with Bill Lloyd too and others as well,” he says about his mates in the Placebo’s live support band. “We hang out and laugh a lot when we’re together,” he comments in a phone interview with Terra.

In the last few months alone, Forrest has already had the opportunity to visit Japan, Asia, China, South Korea, a big portion of Europe and has already been through South America, arriving, at last, in Brazil, on this Tuesday (12), performing his first concert in Porto Alegre. “I wouldn’t be going to all these places if I wasn’t with them, because I wouldn’t be able to afford it. It’s been a wonderful experience, I feel like a very lucky guy,” he celebrates.

In the first Brazilian concert, the album recorded by Steve took up almost half of the setlist. It would really be difficult for the musician to not be excited – after all, he’s credited on 11 out of the album’s 13 tracks – which is also the first one not to be released by a major label, after 10 years between Virgin and EMI. Now, he speaks for the group, they all feel freer. “We signed with different labels here and there and it’s been great. People still pay attention to us. This way, we don’t have to force out an album,” he shares. Battle for the Sun was released by PIAS Music and by other labels in several places around the world. 

Lead singer and guitarist Brian Molko has said that he has been working on new songs for the group's next album, but did not go into details. Steve maintains the same attitude, like someone who's already learned to speak like the leader of the group, despite his approachability on the phone. "Molko is always writing songs, we're always trying out new ideas. I'd be lying if I said we weren't working on a new album, but we're more concerned about the now. All I can say for now is that you'll like it when it comes out," he guarantees.