Prog icon Devin Townsend was recently interviewed by Radio Suicide.
He revealed why the band removed a good chunk of backing tracks. Read below:
“We removed much of the backing track stuff. People have been critical of the fact that I’ve used so much of that for so long.
“But man, there’s 700 tracks worth of shit on albums and I kind of want to hear that live. So for years I had it all, and now because Mike [St-Jean] is onstage playing keyboards and samples and choir pads and all this sort of stuff, we eliminated the majority of the backing tracks – now he plays it.
“I personally think it has cleared it up, it’s made it a little bit more like a band rather than a bunch of guys playing to a CD. You just keep growing, you keep living and learning and hoping that you can make your trip better.
“But ultimately, I just want people to be happy. I want people to enjoy the show. I’ve got no desire to be the biggest band in the world or the best anything. I just want to play my music and hope the people like it.”