Monday, January 23, 2006

Vernon Reid Covers Radiohead

by Paul Cashmere

January 20 2006

Former Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid has covered Radiohead’s ‘National Anthem’ on his next record.

Reid has completed his second Vernon Reid & Masque album for Steve Vai’s Favoured Nations Records. It will be his third album outside Living Colour, the band which he still considers his “mothership”.

The new record ‘Other True Self’ will also feature covers of The Tony Williams Lifetime’s “Wild Life,” and Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence”.

The rest of the album will feature Reid originals as well as songs written by Masque members Leon Gruenbaum and Don McKenzie.

When talking about the difference between Living Colour and Masque, Reid says “Chemistry is so important. When you’re around great musicians, it can improve what you do. Leon, for example, pushes me because he’s such a phenomenal musician. He brings out the best in me. Now, when you can have wonderful musicians who fight for every scrap of space, the music will feel like that. But there’s also something to be said about spending time with that challenge. Playing at a high level is a challenge. And when the guys in the band all enjoy what the other guys are doing, that can create something fantastic.”

‘Other True Self’ album will be released on April 18.

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