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Given that Adrian’s got serious jazz chops, we wonder whether the stripped- down Portishead guitar style ever feels restrictive to him.
“No, I come from a background of improvising, but hopefully not over- playing,” he says. “I’ve always been a minimalist, but I’ve liked improvising and playing guitar solos. I just absolutely don’t now want to play guitar solos. The solo in Glory Box was always a bit tongue-in- cheek, anyway, so I hate it when people cheer at the end of it. I always think: ‘No, please don’t do that!’ That’s not me going: ‘Yeah, I’ve got my cock out!’, it’s a piece of music, you know?
“I’m much more interested in playing orchestral music than I ever have been. I’ve got a guitar orchestra for up to 20, 30, or even 60 guitars. So, composition is more interesting to me than solos. Of course, I will listen to Jimi Hendrix forever – and people will say to me: ‘Oh, that’s a bit Hendrix-y.’ I suppose it’s the noise element: I was watching Star-Spangled Banner recently, and I’m interested in
that and the kind of screams of that stuff rather than being able to play solos.”