Public Image Ltd. have announced details about their forthcoming new EP and studio album. John Lydon and co will release the four-track offering ‘One Drop’ on 21st April to coincide with this year’s Record Store Day, with the LP ‘This Is PiL’ set to drop on 28th May. Both releases are being put out by the band’s own label ‘Pil Official’. Speaking about the track ‘One Drop’, Lydon said:
“One Drop’ is a reflection of where I grew up in Finsbury Park, London. The area that shaped me, and influenced my culturally and musically, a place I will forever feel connected to. But within this I am also saying it doesn’t matter where you come from, we all go through the same emotions especially the disenchanted youth of today, yesterday and the future. Bearing in mind the Olympics are in London this year and who knows what that could bring for London and our country…”
In an interview with NME, meanwhile, Lydon likened the new LP as a whole to “folk music”, adding:
“It comes from the heart and the soul. Whether that be electric, acoustic, digital or analogue, that’s still heart and soul. It’s not pop fodder and finely crafted pieces of fluff.”
Last month, the singer said that the reason the band had struggled to find a record label they wanted to work with was because of the popularity of shows such as The X Factor and the music industry’s unwillingness to take risks. Last week, meanwhile, Public Image Ltd announced plans for a one-off show at London’s Southbank Centre on March 16, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BBC Radio 6 Music.
The tracklisting for ‘One Drop’ is:
‘I Must Be Dreaming’
‘The Room I Am In’