Published Oct 23, 2014Regardless of your feelings about U2's blighted promo campaign behind Songs of Innocence, the Irish outfit aren't going to be dissuaded by the negative press. A new interview has the band explaining their next step, a sister set titled Songs of Experience, but not before once again recognizing that their Apple rollout might have not been the smartest course of action.
Following an apology from Bono earlier this month, the singer again addressed the issue in a new interview with Rolling Stone. "It's like we put a bottle of milk in people's fridge that they weren't asking for," he said of the Songs of Innocence release. "It is a gross invasion! [smiles] But it was kind of an accident. The milk was supposed to be in the cloud. It was supposed to be on the front doorstep."
So chances are U2 will not be releasing follow-up effort Songs of Experience the same way when the band put out the record — something Bono confirmed will happen roughly 18 months from now. While Songs of Innocence featured a number of reserved, inward analyses, bassist Adam Clayton said of the to-be-detailed follow-up, "We're hoping Songs of Experience will be less about intimacy and more about a celebration of sorts."
It turns out that Songs of Experience isn't the only upcoming U2 release, though, with the band also noting that their Songs of Ascent, first announced in 2009, is also awaiting completion. In 2010, Bono had noted that this was a "meditative work that was meant to complement No Line on the Horizon." He now promised that the album will be out one day, and sees it as a finale to a trilogy of Songs releases. He added of Ascent, "There are some beautiful songs."
However, there's one upcoming U2 album that we may never hear: the one they crafted with producer Danger Mouse. News broke in 2010 that the two teams had joined forces for U2's next album, and while they did make a complete record together (as well as the recent one-off tracks "Ordinary Love" and "Invisible"), it sounds unlikely that the album will surface.
"But then we realized, 'Okay, we've actually not delivered what you might call the hallmarks of our work — the big music," guitarist the Edge said of the seemingly scrapped collection with Danger Mouse.
Instead, that album morphed into what we now know as Songs of Innocence, which found other producers like OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder also brought into the fold.
Danger Mouse said of the situation: "Man, tear it apart. Do what you want. They're not my tracks. They're U2's tracks. I'm not happy about a song if they're not happy."