Roger’s Kafe starts much like the rest of the band’s with a discussion of how he has been home most of the year and working in the studio. Because he has been home, he is more ready for Christmas than usual, which has been nice for him. His youngest has also been enjoying the season. Quickly, though, the discussion turned toward the band highlights. He talked about how the last few weeks in the studio were really productive and that they have some really strong songs. How strong? Roger put his hand over his heart and said that it will be one of the best Duran albums and that some of the songs were the strongest they wrote since the reunion. He did mention that All You Need Is Now was an amazing record and that this one is on par. That works well for me!! I like how Roger described how he knows if a song is done or needs more work.
Then, the conversation flowed nicely into when the album would be done. Now, remember, John said we would hear new music in August. Simon said May and Nick said May as well. Roger’s response was March to mix. Katy clarified and asked when we would hear a single or a song. The response was early summer. That seems pretty dang close to the May date from Simon and Nick, right? He continued to say that the album would then drop by late summer. Could that equal August? I think it does. It sure sounds to me that they are all on the same page. This is how I interpret it. They hope to have the album written and recorded so that it can be mixed by March. Then, the first song would be ready by May with the full album out by August. What do the rest of you think? Do you interpret it like I do or did you hear something different? Yes, I know that some of you will say “Durantime” and, of course, you are probably right, but I did think it was interesting that they all seemed to be on the same page. I suspect that they get more on the same page when the album gets closer to being written completely, too.
After the discussion about the studio and album release, they did talk about the Unstaged screening and how cool it was to have a Duran film at the Museum of Modern Art before talking about Roger’s favorites with music, movies, TV, etc. He mentioned many of the other things that the rest of the band said, including Arcade Fire for music and Gravity for movies. Of course, he did talk about little Julian is into as well and compared it to what Katy’s kiddo is into.
Overall, Roger didn’t change my opinion about him revealing any super duper interesting Duran insight. What he did do, though, which I am excited about, is confirm the timeline for the album release. While I definitely wish that things were further along for the album release, I do appreciate having a sense of when things will happen next year. It is good for planning and plotting!