- 02 Nov 10
He used to be one of Irish rock's pre-eminent hedonists, a man rarely seen without pint in hand. Now Republic Of Loose's Mick Pryo has ditched the booze and embraced eastern spirituality. With a new album on the way he talks about his conscious decision to tone down the group's commercial overtones, the importance of good karma and, er, being banned from South African radio for promoting anal sex
Everything's gone Zen again. It seems like every second Irish musician you speak to is seeking solace in the detachment of the Tao, the teachings of Alan Watts or websites with titles like Zenbitchslap.com. No new thing in western culture. 'Tomorrow Never Knows' channeled the Tibetan Book of the Dead and was exhumed 30 years later by the Chemical Brothers, the RZA propagated Shaolin soul, Ghost Dog had his Hagakure, Tony Soprano his Art of War. And Republic Of Loose singer Mick Pyro has Chuang Tzu.
Bounce At the Devil is released on Fish Don't Fear Nets on October 8. Republic of Loose play The Academy, Dublin on October 15 and the Clarence Festival Club, Sligo on October 24 as part of the Sligo Live festival.