Byrne was talking as a part of this week’s Big Read cover feature, selling the discharge of his new live performance movie American Utopia.
Requested whether or not he’ll ever play with the band once more, Byrne replied: “In all probability not. There’s plenty of variations that haven’t totally gone away. And I feel, as is obvious in [the American Utopia] movie, I’m having a reasonably good time doing what I’m doing.”
Byrne additionally mentioned Stay In Love, the 2020 memoir of Speaking Heads drummer Chris Frantz, which Byrne beforehand stated he hasn’t learn, as a result of “if I learn it I’d get requested about it.”
Speaking Heads in 2002. CREDIT: Getty
Talking earlier this 12 months, Frantz was scathing about his former bandmate. “Consider me,” he stated, “if you happen to knew David Byrne, you wouldn’t be jealous of him.”
“I haven’t learn the e-book, however I do know that as we turned extra profitable I undoubtedly used a few of that to have the ability to work on different tasks,” Byrne advised NME. “I labored on a dance rating with [American choreographer] Twyla Tharp and I labored on a theatre piece with [director] Robert Wilson – different kinds of issues – [and] I began engaged on directing among the band’s music movies.
“So I suppose I spent much less time simply hanging out. As typically occurs with bands, you begin off being all greatest buddies and doing every thing collectively and after some time that will get to be a bit a lot. All people develops their very own buddies and it’s like, ‘I’ve my very own buddies too’. All people begins to have their very own lives.”
Elsewhere within the interview, Byrne mentioned the continued affect Speaking Heads have had on younger bands, particularly from Britain. “I type of credit score the web with that in a sure approach, since you don’t get album credit and all the opposite bits and items when you’ll be able to simply obtain music or stream music,” he stated.
“You’re simply getting the music, so it has no context anymore. You don’t know that it’s 30 years outdated. It’s only a piece of music that you simply’re listening to proper now. It provides it a shot of being type of related once more, in some instances. Some issues are very a lot of their time, but when it could possibly transcend that, then it has a shot.”
Reviewing Byrne’s new Spike Lee-directed film American Utopia, NME wrote: “It’s a uncommon live performance movie that packs in good music, unimaginable visuals, a significant political message and jokes – however that is one in all them. Don’t miss it.”