Pink Floyd‘s first album in 20 years, The Endless River, will be the end for the group when it comes to new records. “This is the last thing that’ll be out from us,” David Gilmour told the BBC today (via Mojo), in a joint interview with drummer Nick Mason. “I’m pretty certain there will not be any follow-up to this.”
Gilmour expanded on the band’s previous statement that the new album, which is due out on November 10, is a tribute to keyboard player Rick Wright. The Pink Floyd member died in 2008 and appears on the album posthumously.
“I didn’t necessarily always give him his proper due,” Gilmour told the BBC. “People have very different attitudes to the way they work and we can become very judgmental and think someone is not quite pulling his weight enough, without realizing that theirs is a different weight to pull.”
Mason concurred, suggesting his role in the band, too, might have been overlooked. “I think the tendency is that the most attention is payed to the songs or the guitar part or whatever, and sad old drummers and keyboard players get left behind,” he observed. “It is a great opportunity to recognize, remember and maybe give some credit rather late on. He (Wright) was very gentle, very quiet, which doesn’t help if you’re in a band looking to promote yourself.”
Previously, leaked credits for The Endless River revealed the scientist Stephen Hawking will be featured on a track called “Talkin’ Hawkin’.” Former Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters has made clear that he left the band 29 years ago. The double LP will mainly be instrumental.
Listen to the full interview below, and scroll down for a radio rip (via Stereogum) of “Louder Than Words,” the only song on the album that features vocals.