Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan recently opened up about the band’s new album, ‘Turning to Crime,’ during an interview with Classic Rock. According to the musician, they are an instrumental band, so his vocals were an afterthought, and most of his ideas were neglected.

Turning to Crime‘ is the twenty-second studio album by Deep Purple, released on November 16, 2021. The record is composed entirely of covers, which was a suggestion made by Bob Ezrin, the band’s producer since 2013.

The album was relatively successful as it peaked at No. 1 on UK Independent Albums, UK Rock & Metal Albums, and found itself a high place on many other charts in numerous countries such as Spain, Italy, Belgium, and more.

During a recent interview, Ian Gillan reflected on the band’s new album and stated that the energy surrounding the songs as well as the recording process was unbelievable. Furthermore, he admitted that the record represents everything the singer likes about Deep Purple.

In addition to this, Gillan stated that Deep Purple is a band focusing on the instrumental aspect of their music. This is why the frontman’s vocals weren’t their priority when it came to making the album.

The singer also admitted that he didn’t contribute to the final tracklist when compared to his bandmates. In fact, most of his ideas weren’t incorporated into the album. Regardless of his absence in terms of creativity, Gillan said he had a lot of fun during the recording process.

About the new album, Gillan said:

“I couldn’t believe the energy. It was just exploding. The band sounded like kids in a garage again. And then I heard the Ray Charles song… Wow, unbelievable. I think that was the clincher for me to fall in love with this record. I got on my knees and bowed to the guys for putting that track together. To me it’s incredible, it’s everything I love about Deep Purple.

I’ve said this before: Deep Purple is primarily an instrumental band. So we approach songs from that point of view first of all, and then my vocals are a kind of an afterthought. I don’t think I contributed much to the final tracklist, to be honest, most of my ideas were struck off! But it was such a joy making this record. I was laughing my head off in the studio.”

While their fans know Deep Purple is primarily an instrumental band, the fact that they neglect their vocal parts doesn’t prevent them from achieving success. Apparently, they are doing a great job working on vocals, even though they often focus on them at the last minute.

You can check out ‘Turning to Crime’ through Spotify below.