"People should expect the unexpected from The Waterboys," he says. "I set out to make a record with an ensemble playing live, to get that performance spirit. It's how I recorded Fisherman's Blues."
To that end, he corralled old hands and new friends. Ralph Salmins, a mainstay on drums for the past four years, appears alongside Scott and talismanic Waterboy fiddler Steve Wickham.
"I've got the man who played on "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" on bass!" Mike laughs. "He and Paul had a huge impact on the sound."