The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ frontman Dicky Barrett talks to Kyle Meredith about the band’s first album in seven years, While We’re at It, and the influence of Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love” on the record’s vibe. He also speaks about the hopeful nature of ska music, the idea that the new album completes an intended trilogy, and nearly 30 years of being a Bosstone.
Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Each episode, Meredith digs deep into an artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty. Check back Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new episodes. Rate the series now via iTunes.