StonerRock.com recently conducted an interview with TROUBLE guitarist Bruce Franklin. An excerpt from the interview follows:
StonerRock.com: First up, why reunite and give it another go?
Bruce: "I think everyone had time to get away from TROUBLE and work on their own music — LID, SUPERSHINE, WET ANIMAL. Someone asked us to play a one-time show. We did and it felt good! So after a few years apart everyone kind of felt a passion to try and do TROUBLE again. Being a few years older and wiser didn't hurt either."
StonerRock.com: You just got done touring the U.S. and Europe. Overall, which treated you better?
Bruce: "Both were really good. It was a pleasant surprise to see so many longtime TROUBLE-heads turn out. Europe may have a slight edge, because the smallest shows were still bigger than the smallest American shows. The cool thing is that people seem to really respect the band at this point in time. Probably more because we're old than anything else."
StonerRock.com: [The new TROUBLE album] "Simple Mind Condition" has had its [North American] release date pushed back repeatedly. What's with the delays?
Bruce: "Contrary to some of the crazy rumors, it really comes down to record company red tape and financial crap. On the band's part, the record has been done for over a year."
StonerRock.com: Do you think the constant reshuffling will have a negative effect, in the sense that eventually people will ultimately just stop caring about a new TROUBLE album and just download it?
Bruce: "It seems so. As usual, TROUBLE has all the luck. Bad luck! On the positive side the new record is out in Europe and is supposed to be out in August in the States. Even better is that it's a good record. Of course every band will say their new record is good. I'm not a bullshitter though, and 'Simple Mind Condition' isn't the best record we have made, but it is a good record that should be heard by anyone that likes what TROUBLE does."
Read the entire interview at www.stonerrock.com.