Silver Lining Theory is a crock of shit, and people trying to rationalise a Trump Presidency by insisting that it’ll be a good time for artistic output are weenie idiots trying to roast marshmallows on a bushfire.
But credit where credit is due, the incoming POTUS has just managed to achieve his first actual, objectively good deed. By proxy.
Benevolent world savers U2 have managed to see the results of the US Presidential election, and have felt so deeply affected by the political shift that they’ve officially delayed their new studio album.
The noted Phone Invaders have decided to put their fourteenth studio album ‘Songs of Experience‘ on the shelf momentarily, as they pause and “reflect” on the sudden state of the world.
In a recent Rolling Stone interview, The Edge explained that the album was more or less completely finished, but the election result caused the group to do a little soul searching or whatever.
“Well, when we came off the last tour, the Innocence and Experience indoor tour, we headed straight into finishing the second album of that set, Songs of Experience, which we were pretty much complete with after a couple of weeks of the final touches leading up to the end of the year. And then the election [happened] and suddenly the world changed. We just went, “Hold on a second – we’ve got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what’s going on in the world.” That’s because it was written mostly, I mean, 80 percent of it was started before 2016, but most of it was written in the early part of 2016, and now, as I think you’d agree, the world is a different place.”
Ahh yes. Very good. Very, very good.
The band – comprised of Woman of the Year Bono
, delay pedal enthusiast The Edge
, and The Other One
– will still likely graciously gift everyone their new LP by pushing it to every iPhone
in the world (they live 2 give). But that timeline is now a little bit up in the air.
So uh, Donald… thank you.
That’s one for the “Good Things to come from the Trump Presidency” column, versus a “Bad” counter that’s already worn out its gears.
But hey! It’s off the mark!
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