- 13 Oct 16
Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon on the band’s superb comeback album, Foreverland, living a life of domestic bliss in the Kildare countryside, and his encounter with the late David Bowie.
“It’s like middle-aged men with train sets,” says Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon of his creative process. “That’s how I work. Painting the odd little tree, placing a little figure on the side of a platform… that’s how I make albums.”
Sitting in the bar of Brooks Hotel in central Dublin, wearing a starched shirt, knotted tie and woollen pullover, the dapper 45-year-old actually looks more like a slightly eccentric model train enthusiast than a legendary Northern Irish pop star. A few wrinkles around the eyes aside, he hasn’t actually aged much since first bursting onto the music scene in 1989. Possibly it’s his wicked sense of humour that’s kept him young. A highly affable sort, he’s a constant cackler.
We’re meeting to discuss Foreverland, his eleventh studio album with the Divine Comedy (he has been the only constant member of the group over the years). It’s their first since 2010’s well-received Bang Goes The Knighthood. He still hasn’t been offered one, but would he accept it if offered?