Suede's brutal game of love

Suede's brutal game of love
Lead singer Brett Anderson (above) performing in Singapore in 2011.

Suede frontman and vocalist Brett Anderson wants to take his listeners out of their comfort zone and into a place of darkness with the band's sixth and latest album, Bloodsports.

The veteran British pop singer, 45, who spoke to Life! from his home in London, says with a slight chuckle: "I'll probably take them somewhere where they really don't want to go, like the back of the laundry room in the dark."

Bloodsports (2013), a reference to the brutal and sometimes fatal game of love, is a melting pot of different elements of being in a relationship. He says the album follows a story arc, which touches on the first meeting, infatuation, obsession and the end, when "things fall apart".

"It's about friction, not where relationships go wrong but when they start to slip. I try to pinpoint those moments and get inspiration from that."

Prod him a little bit about the relationship that inspired the album and Anderson, who is married with children, brushes off the question.

He wants to keep a sense of mystery to this album and his personal life, adding: "That's the kind of beauty of being the artist, you look at the work. Who cares about the gory details, it's not the gossip columns, you know?"

Fans in Singapore will be able to get a taste of the new material when the band perform at the Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel on Sept 27. The band were last here in 2011 and played at the Singapore Indoor Stadium as part of their Greatest Hits tour.

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