If you’re wondering why Deep Purple recorded InFinite, their 20th album, it seems that it could have been very different. “Someone in the band suggested we should just put out single songs,” says Glover. “Release something every one or two months, and just keep touring. And while this might make financial sense, it didn’t make any emotional sense to me. It might be old fashioned, but I don’t care: we’re an album band, and I’m proud of that.”
He should be. Glover sees InFinite as a state of the union address, and it’s clear the scriptwriters have been working overtime. From furious opener Time For Bedlam — which, sonically speaking, is as good an impersonation of a band in their early 20s as any released by a group whose youngest member is 62 — to the hilarious Ian Gillan monologue that closes On Top Of The World, to the final romp through The Doors’ classic Roadhouse Blues, it might just be the most authentic-sounding Purple album since Perfect Strangers back in 1984.
“If an album’s not going to achieve anything chart-wise, it still doesn’t matter,” says Glover. “Because we had a great time. I couldn’t wait to do it again.”
Below, Roger talks about each of the album’s 10 tracks. InFinite is on sale now.