A fresh start for a rock veteranBy Gary Graff
Q: So what did you do in the interim between the last Catherine Wheel album and Fresh Wine For The Horses?
Dickinson: I moved to New York in 2001 with a pretty solid sense I would make a solo record, and I got bogged down a little bit -- not just by September 11th but the shock of not having a band around me to speed the process along. I got very bogged down and started to overthink the method of making this record. Then I went back to England for a few months. I wrote a song called "Oceans," ironically, in my parents' house, where I'd written the vast majority of Catherine Wheel songs. Then I decided I was going to move to Los Angeles and jumped on a plane and went to the West Coast, and started making this record in October of 2003.
Q: Did you need some time to decompress after Catherine Wheel?
Dickinson: Probably. I did jump straight back in and put this enormous pressure on myself to write and make a record within a year. I don't think I was really ready for that. I found myself enjoying being in New York and thinking, "Geez, do I really need to make a record?"
Q: As a title. Fresh Wine For The Horses sounds a bit like Toby Keith's Beer For My Horses ...
Q: Are you thinking about your next solo album yet?
Dickinson: I am. I'm writing songs for the next one already, yeah, and thinking about a new one. But I think we're a long way from this record being over. I'm still out there playing shows and letting people know I'm back. It's great being back in the clubs and meeting these people that still love this music I made ten, fiftenn years ago. Catherine Wheel seems to have such a long life to it, and seems to have meant so much to so many people. What a joy it is to play that music, and my new stuff.
Q: Is there a possibility of Catherine Wheel working together again in the future?
Dickinson: Absolutely. We're all on very good terms. I don't think any of us put out the possibility we won't ever make another record, so who knows. Maybe we can make another record at some point. It's all good.