90.7 WCLH recently conducted an interview with former QUEENSRŸCHE and current OPERATION: MINDCRIME singer Geoff Tate. You can now listen to the chat below.
Asked if he is most creative while traveling, Tate responded: "I'm more creative when I clear my head of responsibilities or day-to-day things that you have to do.
"There's an interesting book, 'Chop Wood, Carry Water', that came out several years ago that [talks about] simplifying your life, and that makes a lot of sense to me: trying to simplify your life, streamline it, so that you're not so encumbered with all these tasks and things that you have to do every day that take up so much of your brain space," he continued. "'Cause I think you need time to meditate, you need time to sort of go inside yourself in order to be creative and to take advantage of it. You've gotta let your mind wander a bit. And, at least from my experience, when I let my mind wander, it wanders into some new idea that I can make a record around."
Tate added: "As of late, the inspiration for [OPERATION: MINDCRIME's debut album] 'The Key' came from a long hike that my wife and I did across Northern Spain. We'd had a real tumultuous couple of years and we decided, 'Let's just take some time for ourselves, and we'll go on this hike across Spain we've always wanted to do, and we'll really clear our heads.' And when I did that, I just came up with idea after idea after idea, and by the time I got home a month and a half later, I had a new album in the works."
Joining Tate in OPERATION: MINDCRIME's current touring lineup are guitarists Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE) and Scott Moughton, drummer Scott Mercado (CANDLEBOX), bassist Tim Fernley (THE VOODOOS) and keyboardist Randy Gane (MYTH).
"The Key", the first album of an ambitious trilogy from OPERATION: MINDCRIME, sold around 2,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available last September via Frontiers Music Srl.
OPERATION: MINDCRIME's next album, which has already been completed, will arrive in September 2016.