Two thirds of UK electronic band Above and Beyond stopped by Billboard’s tent in advance of their set at Lollapalooza, which is in full swing in Grant Park in Chicago this weekend, to chat about the latest additions to their musical repertoire, including their forthcoming as-yet-untitled 2015 album and their brand-new video for “Blue Sky Action,” which they say was inspired by the setting of 1979’s ‘Mad Max,’ as well as a certain science-fiction Disney movie.
“It’s a kind of homage to ‘WALL-E,’ which kind of crept up on me,” says Tony McGuinness. “I remember seeing the advertising for that movie and not really being encouraged to watch it, let’s say. It kind of felt like an ecology play, and it didn’t really interest me. And then I saw it on a plane — we do a lot of flying on planes, see lots of movies on planes — and I sobbed my eyes out. It was one of the most beautiful, romantic movies I’ve ever seen, and I guess it sort of sunk in a little bit, because when we were writing songs for the new album, this song started taking shape, I realized it was kind of inpired by the first half-hour of ‘WALL-E.'”
Above & Beyond’s forthcoming, as-yet-untitled fifth studio record, McGuinness and Jono Grant tell Billboard, will feature collaborations and guest spots from musicians like Alex Vargas, who sings vocals on “Blue Sky Action,” and Zoe Johnston as well as several instrumental tracks.
Watch the full interview below, and don’t forget to check out all of Billboard’s Lollapalooza coverage this weekend here.