Earlier this year, Rumors of a Peter Files reunion were squash when the band’s front person, Francis Langford, announced plans to release his second solo album. With a new album dropping in July and a tour to follow, the earliest the Peter Files can get back into the studio is early 2014.
With so much going on, both in his solo career and with his iconic band, The Night Things decided to sit down with Langford and get his take on what’s going on with his goings on. The singer/guitarist/zitherist met our intrepid reporter, Alex J. Rollins at a Boston Market.
Francis: —Please, call me Francis.
TNT: Okay, tell us about your new album?
Francis: Well, I’ve been really affected by all the wars and stuff going on in the world and what not. So I wanted my next album to be about peace, love, and compassion. We need to come together you know. We need to all be buddies.
TNT: What is it called?
Francis: Death Murder Kill.
TNT: Death Murder Kill?
Francis: Yes. It’s meant to be ironical.
Waitress: Hello! How are you two doing today? Can I start you off with some beverages?
TNT: Ah, nothing for me thanks?
Francis: Whiskey sour.
Waitress: Sir, this is a Boston Market. We don’t serve alcohol.
Francis: My bad. I thought I was at an Applebee’s. I’ll have diet coke with four lemon wedges and a packet of sweet and low on the side.
Waitress: Be right back.
TNT: Okay, where were we? Ah yes, your new album. What does it sound like? Are you following in the path of your debut solo album, Honkers and Hooters, or are you exploring new sonic territories?
Francis: What are you having?
TNT: Excuse me?
Francis: The meatloaf carver looks good. I had that last time.
TNT: I’ve already eaten.
Francis: Hey, you want to get a rotisserie chicken? What we don’t eat we can split and take home. It’s good cold.
TNT: Sure, whatever. What’s the lead single off your new album?
Francis: What do you want for a side?
TNT: I don’t care. What’s the name of the first single from your new album?
Francis: I like their mac and cheese. Their mashed potatoes are good too.
TNT: Your lead single!?!
Francis: I’ll pretty eat anything but creamed spinach. Leafy vegetables give me the toots.
TNT: Your new single Francis!
Francis: Sure. It’s called “PTSD.”
TNT: Oh, as in “post-traumatic stress syndrome?” A common aliment suffered by soldiers after returning from the battlefield?
Francis: No. Say, if you see our waitress flag her down. We only have one set of silverware.
To be continued…