Interview: TV On The Radio Talk Politics, Nature, And A Good Book Instead Of Groupies

April 19, 2011 Blog, Blurbs

Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork Magazine interviews frontman Tunde Adebimpe and singer-guitarist Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio. In addition to talking about their new album, Nine Types Of Light, they discuss many things ranging from Obama to Rodeo Drive to partying on the road…


Pitchfork: It’s a little eerie how you mention those things on the album.

Tunde Adebimpe: Yeah, in “Caffeinated Consciousness” I say “iminami” and “megaquake” right next to each other. I was reading a book called Everything Is Going to Kill Everybody, it’s kind of a joke-y science book based in fact. And I couldn’t get myself away from the facts of nature and how it’s alive and shifting and churning and always has and always will. If you build something that’s poisoning the thing that’s carrying you through this universe, you’re [expletive] yourself. But to rail against nature is a lot of work. You’re not going to do anything about an earthquake. But you might be able to do something about…


Click through to read the interview in its entirety. Also check out TV On The Radio’s hour-long Nine Types Of Light film, which features music videos for every song on the album.