Eric Avery did an interview with Frederic Suard of Radio 666 a few weeks ago where he discussed Jane’s Addiction and Garbage. Avery was the original bassist for Jane’s Addiction (he and Perry Farrell co-founded the band), from 1985 to 1991. Avery refused to participate in the band’s 1997, 2001, and 2003 reunions but finally budged in 2008. The original Jane’s Addiction lineup toured throughout 2009 and 2010, including a North American tour with Nine Inch Nails. The band attempted to record new material with Trent Reznor in 2009, and managed to get in the still unreleased “Embrace The Darkness,” but Avery and Farrell butted heads in the studio. Avery thought Farrell came in unprepared, and was only motivated to work on his own uninspired ideas rather than collaborating with the band. Avery and Farrell couldn’t work out their differences, and in spring 2010 Avery left the band again. These two should really cut through the bullshit/bruised egos, and make another album together. It’s such a waste that they didn’t during Avery’s latest run with Jane’s Addiction. They need each other to truly create great art. End of rant. Here are some quotes from the interview.
On his bass playing in Jane’s Addiction, his solo career, and with Garbage: “In the beginning of Jane’s Addiction I was writing basslines that would end up sort of playing the role of a rhythm guitar. A lot of those songs are I think distinctive in that way, because they’re sort of built on that so Dave can riff on it and Stephen also can riff on it. On my solo stuff, I basically abandoned the bass for awhile because I just really got focused on doing other stuff. I was really focused on gadgets and keyboards and guitars and vocals and lyrics and other things like that. It wasn’t until the record that somebody pointed it out to me, that I had sort of forgotten the bass in a way. That’s changed on the record I just finished. Then with Garbage, Butch and I are working really tightly on tightening up the kick drum and the bass in very fundamental basic ways. It’s sort of new for both of us, to really be focusing on the kick drum and bass together and playing a more traditional bass role in a rock band, I had never really done that before.”
On his influences: “I definitely have a bass hero that started me in the direction that I’ve been in as a bass player and that’s Peter Hook from Joy Division. Because I think that I was much more influenced by generally the English experience of the bass rather than the American rock bass. The American rock bass is kick drum, it’s just kick drum and then the root note of what the guitar player is doing.