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Peter on 'Ever'

Tuesday, 01 October 2013.

Peter Nicholls

The release of ‘Ever’ in 1993 brought to an end a three-year period of uncertainty for IQ. We’d reconvened the band as a group of friends, as much as anything, and I remember when we started writing the material for the new album we decided to let it happen naturally and organically, rather than trying to write in a certain style or coming up with songs of a certain length. That big, strident riff in ‘Further Away’ was, as I recall, one of the earliest ideas we worked on, and it felt good right away.

This was my first studio album with IQ in eight years, and it was the first one with John Jowitt on bass, so there was a new line-up to establish. In the preceding years, we’d lost Les ‘Ledge’ Marshall (Tim Esau’s original replacement) and my father had passed away. Mike also lost his father at the time and while we were writing the album our good friend Geoff Mann succumbed to cancer. That sense of loss and reflection, and times that are gone forever, definitely informed the lyrics, notably the end of ‘The Darkest Hour’ and the opening minutes of ‘Further Away’, and the closing song ‘Came Down’ has an undeniably melancholy feel to it.

While recording the vocals, I remember staying in lighting guru Lol Dyer’s cottage, staggering back there after a gruelling day in the studio. It was, I’m convinced, the coldest place on the face of the earth. Mike and I shared a room (I was on the floor and he was in the bed, of course!) and I swear to this day that sleeping in the fridge downstairs would have been a warmer option.

When we’d completed ‘Ever’, we had a small pre-release party at which the album was played in its entirety for everyone to listen to. At the end of that airing, I think we all felt we’d achieved something pretty remarkable, not only musically but also in terms of having successfully pulled the band back together, with an exciting future ahead.

I still like the album very much. All the material is strong, the band sounds purposeful and confident, and Mike’s production shines. We wanted to record an album that had a classic feel to it, and we did just that. I like the elegance of the music and the simplicity of the title. It seems bizarre to think ‘Ever’ has never been released on vinyl until now. It feels like it was, somehow. I’m looking forward to giving it a spin.

Peter Nicholls

 

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Comments (4)

  • Marion Holländer

    Marion Holländer

    01 October 2013 at 15:17 | #

    Super!
    After "Living proof", "Tales...", "Subterranea" and "Dark matter" I would like to get "Ever" on venyl too. I love this 30 cm black disks.

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  • Rik Prince

    Rik Prince

    01 October 2013 at 16:08 | #

    For me, "Ever" marked a time of great change in my life. It always reminds me of this time and how I emerged from it. A huge part of my life soundtrack, and very likely my favorite recording by IQ. Keep up the good work, gentlemen!

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  • Klaus-Michael Köppl

    Klaus-Michael Köppl

    01 October 2013 at 19:53 | #

    'Ever' is and will be one of my all-time favourites and 'Further Away' as an outstanding masterpiece of the album is finally released with the space it deserves: as a seperate track filling a complete side on vinyl. Kudos!

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  • Alberto Sgarlato

    Alberto Sgarlato

    04 October 2013 at 15:34 | #

    "Ever" is my favourite IQ album and one of my favourite albums ever (maybe it could be a play of words, but it's true).
    Could i hope, with this new edition on vynil, a tour in which you will play live the complete album, just like you made for "The Wake" in its 25th anniversary?
    I've seen IQ live in Italy for three times (2000, 2010, 2012) and i heard the band playing live "The darkest hour", "Leap of faith" and "Came down", but i dream to listen the live versions of "Further Away" (the masterpiece of the album!) and the excellent "Fading Senses".

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