R.E.M.'s Mike Mills Talks About Collapse Into Now

Collapse Into NowR.E.M.'s fifteenth studio album, Collapse Into Now, will be in stores a week from Tuesday (March 8) and bassist Mike Mills recently talked to Billboard about the album and how it differs from 2009's Accelerate.
"With Accelerate we sort of made a statement record -- everything short, fast and loud and on this one we just wanted any good songs, regardless of the type or the tempo. What we like to do when possible is have a nice diversity, and this has that. It's got some serious rockers. It's got some beautiful slow stuff, and it's got some of that nice, mid-ballad stuff we do so well. We felt free to make Collapse Into Now into whatever record it needed to be."
Accelerate gave the group their best charting album in 13 years, reaching number 2.  Their previous album, Around the Sun, didn't even make the top ten and the last to reach the top two was 1996's New Adventures in Hi-Fi.

Guesting on Collapse Into Now are Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, the Hidden Cameras' Joel Gibb, Peaches, Lenny Kaye of the Patty Smith Band along with Patti Smith herself.

Mills also said that a tour isn't being planned to support the album. "It just doesn't feel right.  We've always gone with our gut instinct on everything, and right now it just didn't feel like touring was the thing we needed to do."

Whether that will leave time to put together another new album is unknown; however, the band will need to find a way to get it to the public as Collapse Into Now is the last album on their contract with Warner Brothers with whom they've been recording since 1988's Green.

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