Considering its sophomore album, 2004’s “Start Something,” was a gold-certified success, Wales’ lostprophets could have settled for doing more of the same on their new “Liberation Transmission.” But frontman Ian Watkins says the quintet felt a distinct creative charge this time out.
“It was as basic as better songs,” explains the 27-year-old singer. “I think when we listens back to our other albums, we love them and stuff, and they represented us at that time. but one thing we felt was lacking was real songs.
“So this time we felt like we wanted to make sure there were 12 really good songs, not necessarily drawing from any genre but obviously based on rock. We looked to our old influences, when we were growing up — the Police, the Clash, Duran Duran, a lot of ’80s British pop stuff. We felt that this being the third album, we were more qualified to be able to tackle that.”
One of the fi rst keepers turned out to be the album’s fi rst single, “Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast),” which Watkins says was written in Arizona during lostprophets’ 2004 tour. The lyrics, he notes, were inspired by a late-night watching of the movie “Garden State.”
“It was the scene where they’re all screaming into the quarry,” Watkins says. “I liked that idea of being so happy or so (angry), just anything, and releasing that emotion — screaming, making noise, just being heard and reminding yourself that you’re alive. “
lostprophets, Kill Hannah and the Rasmus perform Thursday (September 14th) at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit
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