Genesis: New interview Mike Rutherford posted.


The Boston Globe has published an interview with Mike Rutherford (Mike + The Mechanics, Genesis). An excerpt is given below:

Q. Genesis was at a peak of popularity in 1985 when you formed Mike + the Mechanics, and you’d also recorded under your own name. What prompted you to form a second band?
A. Having sung on “Acting Very Strange,” I thought, you know what, I’m not a singer; I’m a songwriter, and I want a good voice to sing it. So I thought, let’s go and do what I like doing best, which is collaboration. I got a list of songwriters, and the first two were Chris Neil and B. A. Robertson — and that’s as far as I got [laughs].
A. We kind of stopped for about eight years after Paul Young — it was like the end of an era. Carrack and I thought, “We had a great time, that’s enough.” Then I wrote some songs four or five years ago that sounded a bit like Mechanics songs. And this time I knew what we needed: The Mechanics always had two singers, an R&B voice and a rock voice. I knew Andrew Roachford, who’s got a great R&B voice. Tim Howar has been in rock bands, and in the theater world, as well.
Q. What prompted you to reunite the Mechanics now, and how did you find singers to fill the roles of Paul Carrack and Paul Young?
Q. On the recent Genesis anthology “R-Kive,” Mechanics songs are set alongside Genesis tracks and solo cuts by Phil, Peter, Tony, and Steve. Was there a musical point you were all trying to make by gathering the flock under a single roof?
A. The reason for doing it is a lot of people don’t tie it all in. People say to me, “Was Phil the drummer?” Or they say, “Was Gabriel in Genesis?” Or they say, “You’re in Mike + the Mechanics as well?” When we put the whole package together, it has a kind of continuity and shows the whole picture rather well, I think.
Q. Genesis emerged from a smart, creative, and rebellious generation that came up in the wake of two world wars. When you mixed passages from your father’s unpublished memoir with your own experiences for your book, were you surprised to find connections with a father who’d had a distinguished military career?
A. That’s one of the revelations in the book, really. You always reckoned that you didn’t share very much in terms of how your life went, but then doing the book, you realize that you did share more than you thought. You’re away from home a lot, managing children, managing home affairs, managing work, managing a team you work with.
A book just about Genesis and what I’d done — it’s all out there, it’s all been written about. But I’ve had a huge fascination for a long time about that huge generational shift. The United Kingdom was an older, more established, stiffer country: empire days, commonwealth, two world wars. Until our era, young men at 21 wanted to become their fathers. There wasn’t any youth culture; there were no blue jeans and pop music and guitars. There was a huge change, I think. And in a sense, the story of what happened with the band against that backdrop is interesting.
Q. Here we are in 2015, awash in renewed rumors about a Genesis reunion with Gabriel and Hackett. Why do you suppose people are so keen to see the five of you back together?
A. I think people like a bit of history. First and foremost, as Peter said, we’re all still above the grass, which is a good starting point. There’s no plans for anything at the moment, that’s really the thing — but you never know what project might come along. The last tour with Phil wasn’t planned at all, really. Things just fall in a certain pattern, and you kind of just go with it.
Interview was condensed and edited. Steve Smith can be reached at steven.smith@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @nightafternight.

Mike + The Mechanics launch a UK tour next month:

Apr 08: Gateshead Sage
Apr 09: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Apr 11: Sheffield City Hall
Apr 12: Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Apr 13: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Apr 15: Aberdeen Music Hall
Apr 17: York Barbican Centre
Apr 18: Stevenage Arts Centre
Apr 19: Leicester De Montford Hall
Apr 21: Ipswich Regent Theatre
Apr 23: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Apr 24: Guildford G Live
Apr 25: Cardiff St David’s Hall
Apr 27: Birmingham Symphony Hall
Apr 28: Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Apr 30: Bournemouth Pavilion
May 02: Plymouth Pavilions
May 03: Bristol Colston Hall
May 05: Oxford New Theatre
May 06: Southen Cliffs Pavilion
May 08: London Royal Albert Hall
May 09: Eastbourne Congress Theatre
May 10: Portsmouth Guildhall
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