- 03 Feb 14
You have up until 5am on Tuesday to get yourself a free iTunes download copy of U2’s ‘Invisible’, which was teaser trailered during this morning’s Superbowl half-time ad break.
Team Hot Press was immediately taken with the pulsating electro intro, which soon gives away to a suitably impassioned Bono vocal – “It’s like the room just cleared of smoke/ I didn’t even want the heart you broke/ It’s yours to keep/ You just might need one/ I finally found my real name/ I won’t be me when you see me again/ No, I won’t be my father’s son.” – and a chorus straight out of the U2 top draw.
“The early lyrics were set on a train coming into London for the first time,” Bono reflects. “I remember sleeping in Euston station, being broke... coming out of the subway into the spring of 1979, being 18 years old, it was punk rock in London.”
With its “There is no them, there’s only us” closing refrain, it’s the stomping and emotionally-charged return we’d all been hoping for from the chaps.
As previously reported on hot press.com, Bank Of America will be donating $1 per download to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria up to a cap of $8 million.
Although largely keeping mum, there were a few interesting tidbits the other day when Bono spoke to USA Today.
Reflecting on the parental reference in ‘Invisible’, he says: "That's a heavy thing, I realise, as a father myself – to not take your family name, you know? I'm known as Bono. And I realise now that all the angst and rage I had at that time during his youth, must have really hurt (my father). I thought my family was the problem, but I was the problem. A typical thing.”
As for when its parent album will be dropping, the singer admits: ““We've been at it for a while now. In this band, a song isn't finished until it's being sold online, or in the shops. And even then, Edge might try to remix it.”
While confirming that “most of” the new record has Danger Mouse at the production helm – “There are some very different moods, and some extraordinary guitar stuff out of Edge” – he reveals that they “might experiment with some new people” before declaring it fully finished.
Bono goes on to say how much U2 loved playing Sean Penn’s recent Help Haiti Home benefit in Beverly Hills’ Montage Hotel – and how it might impact on their touring plans.
"We played in this little ballroom – we hadn't played a ballroom in a long time,” he resumes. "I realised, there's something very fresh about just guitar, bass, drums and a voice. The way music is processed at the moment, when you hear that you go, 'Wow!' Though it's obviously been around for a while.
“I’d like to play indoors again. Some of the best nights of my life have been at Madison Square Garden. Venues that size are in a lot of cities. I think it might be nice.”