Carcass Bill berates lazy bands

Carcass guitarist Bill Steer has attacked bands who rely on technology in the studio – rather than delivering an honest recorded performance.

He’s branded the move “lazy” and says it makes him want to stop listening to albums when he detects the presence of too much computer work.

Steer tells “Technology is making a large number of musicians quite lazy. I’d rather hear human beings on albums; I want to hear the human elements.

“Obviously when you do a record you craft it until you’re happy with it. But it’s almost like some people try to strip any kind of human element, which is just boring to me.”

He reserves particular criticism for pixel-perfect choruses that have clearly been copied and pasted multiple times from a single performance. “I just switch off,” he states. “There’s nothing happening that makes we want to carry on listening.”

Carcass returned to action with sixth album_ Surgical Steel _last year – their firsts since 1996’s Swansong. Steer reported at the time they’d delayed recording until they were certain they could produce material that felt right.

Discussing a follow-up, he says: “There’s plenty of incentive there. Speaking for myself, I’d love to do another record. We’re still into our touring schedule to we can’t realistically look at new material until December.”

He adds: “All I know is, we want the next record to be very strong indeed. You don’t want to waste your time, or the audience’s, with something that’s mediocre.”

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