Phish keyboardist Page McConnell will join host Ari Fink on SiriusXM Phish Radio today, Thursday, April 9th at 4:00 p.m. ET, to discuss his new solo album, Maybe We’re The Visitors. Tune in online here.
Fans first learned about the new solo project from the Phish keyboardist on Tuesday, when McConnell detailed the new release and shared its first single, “Radio Silence”. Maybe We’re The Visitors is set to arrive on digital platforms this Friday, April 9th via Keyed Records.
In a promo clip shared ahead of McConnell’s Phish Radio interview, he talks to Fink about how it has always been one of his musical goals to create with synthesizers on this level. As he recalls thinking when he was in high school, “Someday I will have synthesizers, and someday I hope that I can use these synthesizers and … I’ll have enough musical competence that the sounds from the synthesizers will be able to inspire me to play just by what they sound like, and create sounds that don’t sound like other instruments and enhance melodies and chords and compositions that don’t sound like other compositions. So I credit the instruments themselves as inspiration [for the album].”
“I really can distinctly remember having that thought,” he continues. Page also credits “collecting synthesizers through the 90s and looking for the vintage stuff.” He also confirms that this project was indeed a product of his pandemic-imposed 2020 downtime: “Now having this time to experiment… had it not been for lockdown, I don’t know that this would have happened.”
While Maybe We’re The Visitors marks the first Page McConnell solo album since 2013, he has remained relatively active in his non-Phish endeavors in recent years. In late 2020, Page teamed with Phish bandmate Trey Anastasio for December, an instrumental guitar-piano duo album recorded at The Barn. In 2019, he reconvened Vida Blue, his electronic-leaning side project—which features bassist Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band), drummer Russell Batiste (The Meters), and newly added guitarist Adam Zimmon—for a new album, Crossing Lines, and a run of live shows.
Tune in for the whole Page McConnell SiriusXM interview about Maybe We’re The Visitors here and watch the pre-show clip below.
.@phish‘s @pagemcconnell used synthesizers as inspiration to create his new solo album, ‘Maybe We’re the Visitors.’ Hear his full interview with @Finkerton today, 4/8, at 4pm ET on @PhishRadioSXM: https://t.co/dLusbRM1gg pic.twitter.com/H7gnTpNOZz
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Tune in at 4PM ET today as @pagemcconnell joins us on @PhishRadioSXM for some chats and a preview of his new record, Maybe We’re The Visitors, which is out tomorrow. Tune in: https://t.co/RDnkPMLtkv 🛸 pic.twitter.com/XyznUrncWD
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