Ian Anderson has again revived the fictional Gerald Bostock character whose poetry was said to be the inspiration for 1972’s Jethro Tull classic Thick As A Brick, with plans to release new album Homo Erraticus in April.
The album follows 2012’s Thick As A Brick 2, which looked at child prodigy Bostock later in life. As with the original Thick As A Brick, the new album is said to have been composed by Bostock based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt. “The illustrated document summarizes key historical elements of early civilization in Britain and seems to prophesy future scenarios too,” Anderson says. “Two years before his death, Parritt had a traumatic fall from his horse while out hunting with the Vale Of Clutterbury Hounds and awoke with the overwhelming conviction of having enjoyed past lives as historical characters: a pre-history nomadic Neolithic settler, an Iron Age blacksmith, a Saxon invader, a Christian monk, a Seventeenth Century grammar school boy, turnpike innkeeper, one of Brunel’s railroad engineers, and even Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. This befuddled, delusional obsession extends to his prophecy of future events and his fantasy imaginings of lives yet to come….”
Anderson describes the music as a folk-rock-metal hybrid.
The album will be performed in its entirety, followed by a selection of Tull classics accompanied by video and “onstage embellishments from my increasingly theatrically-motivated troupe of musical thespians. OK – that’s exaggerating a little but they will bring a tear to the eye, a tightening to the heart and a queue for the loo as they utter brave soliloquies, bathed in the spotlight of the gods.”