Paul Weller finds the idea his new track ‘That Dangerous Age’ is about a mid-life crisis ”amusing.”
The 53-year-old singer’s first single from his ‘Sonik Kiks’ album is released on March 11, and while it is deals with the way society sees older people, it’s not drawn from personal experience.
He said: ”There was an inference that I was going through a mid-life crisis. Which I found really amusing: the cliched notion of it. And that was the impetus for the song, even though it isn’t really about that.
”It’s a bit tongue in cheek, too. I guess it’s also about how society views people of a certain age. For me, does it really matter what age you are? It’s what’s up there in your soul that matters.”
Paul has previously said he was determined to ”stretch himself” lyrically with the album.
He said: ”Sonically it’s still pushing things, but still with good melodies, and lyrically I’m trying to stretch myself. I’ve tried to make the words more impressionistic, tried to write in different ways.
”As much as I’m going to change the music, I want to be able to change the way I write words as well.”
‘Sonik Kiks’ is Paul’s 11th solo record and features guest appearances from Noel Gallagher and Blur guitarist Graham Coxon.
He will celebrate the release by playing the album it in its entirety on two separate nights at The Roundhouse in London on March 18 and 19, the same week it is released.