As we said in an article earlier this month, the Who are working away at their new album. We’ve got the latest update from guitarist Pete Townshend on its progress, and as of now, it’s looking good.
Townshend is keeping fans up to date via social media and posted on TheWho.com that on day four of the recording sessions, drummer Zak Starkey and bassist Pino Palladino have: “finished work on the first song, moved to the second, moved quickly through the third so now we are managing a song every day.”
He also told fans that on a track entitled “Detour,” he plays bass harmonica. In the YouTube video update that he posted, he reveals that the last Who track on which Pete played a bass harmonica was “Join Together” in 1972. You can check out that very same video below:
Townshend also notes that The Who’s original name was The Detours, and goes on to explain that song “Detour” is about “men needing to find new routes, new pathways, new ways to reach a decent but still honest way to approach women in our lives and our business.”
Adding: “We need to make a ‘swerve’…avoid the old ways.” Pete also maintains that the song is “not so much an attempt to echo [the] #MeToo [movement] as an acknowledgment that it has been one of the most exciting things to happen in our business for years.”
He also had kind words to say about the band’s record label Polydor Records, saying that they are being very supportive and enthusiastic about the upcoming album.
The video update below also sees Pete discussing with the band’s former sound engineer Bob Pridden about how successful Roger Daltrey’s 2018 orchestral Tommy tour was, and that it was the catalyst to convince him that the group should hit the road this year.