ALICE IN CHAINS Guitarist Discusses Making Of 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'
Steve Baltin of GRAMMY.com recently conducted an interview with ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
GRAMMY.com: One of the things I like about "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" is there's a real griminess and grittiness to it.
Cantrell: I keep hearing that from people, comparatively to the last record, and I think that last record was pretty hard too. So it's nice to hear that it's coming across. I think the songwriting is very strong on this record and I thought it was on the last record too. [I'm] really proud of the body of work and all that all four of us put into it.
GRAMMY.com: Did the delay resulting from your shoulder surgery affect the album at all in terms of writing?
Cantrell: We don't start until we're ready, you can't really start unless you've got ideas to work on. [laughs] Usually there's a period of accumulating riffs and ideas and generally a lot of the stuff happens in odd places and on the road, dressing rooms, soundchecks, [and] warming up before a show. There's always a camera or an iPhone and anytime something happens where you perk up or somebody perks up, then you put that down and what you're doing is depositing it in the account for later withdrawal. So by the time the tour was done there was a good 20 or 30 little riffs or ideas to go through and "Black Gives Way To Blue"was exactly the same way. It's fairly similar, it's just a couple years later. We couldn't have been prouder of how ["Black Gives Way To Blue"] played out, so we decided to do it again. I think we took a step up, maybe even two.
GRAMMY.com: Was there a moment in the writing process where you felt like the album was taking a step up?
Cantrell: Yeah, before I had the surgery I think I demoed "Voices" really quick, that was a kind of quick song and came together within a couple of days of just me messing around here at the house. It was right after tour and it was a good, strong song and so I sent it around to everybody and everybody liked it and I thought, "Fuck, that's good." That was the first thing that came together on the record, so I knew there was a good song there. And then during the process of rehab, the riff for "Stone"[developed] — I still have the voice recording, it's hilarious. I didn't write that on guitar, I just started hearing something in my head. [I was] watching TV, and my arm's all fucked up, so I grabbed the phone and started humming the riff into the phone and that's where that song came from. So once I was able to demo that and fill that one out, I knew that one was pretty strong too. We got into a couple of different studios and we just sat up and recorded jams, worked through the shit we had, and [producer] Nick [Raskulinecz] was involved in that process as well, even though he was working on the RUSH record ["Clockwork Angels"] and a bunch of other stuff.
GRAMMY.com: Were there songs that really morphed and became much stronger in the evolution from idea to reality?
Cantrell: Absolutely, and on the flip side of that coin there's also stuff that you think is great and later on down the road you're like, "Ah, it's not very good." Actually, "Voices" was the first song, [but] the first riff was"Hollow". I was warming up in the room in Vegas, our very last show of the tour, and I remember our manager, Beno, was in the room and they were sitting there talking and they were worried about me because I was pretty close to having pneumonia. I was so ill. I started playing that riff and I recorded that riff. I saw Nick bobbing his head. I dug it too, so I recorded it. That's actually the first riff that happened. So that song,"Stone", "Voices", the title track — that song is amazing — those [are] all cornerstone tracks on the album. And also you have stuff you think is good and get proven wrong, so it doesn't just end up in there. It's not just you, you're working in a band and there's a very healthy thing to have to pass all those filters, not just yours. It's gotta go through Sean, Mike andWill [too]. It's gotta survive all that and be something everybody can get behind. That's generally what you end up with on a record. It's pretty much no different than it's ever been in this band, whatever works is the idea.
Metallica Unveils Trailer for 3D Film, Through the Never
Metallica is offering fans a sneak peak at their upcoming 3D film, Through the Never. The group has just released a trailer for the flick, which will premiere at IMAX theaters across North America starting September 27.
The one-minute clip features scenes of In Treatment actor Dane DeHaan, who portrays a member of Metallica’s stage crew, getting into a car accident and then running from a group of masked, weapon-wielding attackers. It also includes footage of Metallica performing the title track from 1986’s Master of Puppets.
"For four guys in a rock band of average height, to get a chance to unleash their 3D film on IMAX screens the size of buildings across the country is a mind-blowing thought,” says drummer Lars Ulrich in a statement. “There is no better way to experience film and when you throw in the spectacle of music and sound this should amount to an unprecedented, unique and truly next level experience."
After Through the Never has its run in the IMAX theaters, it will expand into additional theaters starting October 4.
Muse Songs Will Be Featured in World War Z; Band Will Perform After Film's London Premiere
Earlier this week, Muse released a brief YouTube clip that suggested they're involved inBrad Pitt's latest film, World War Z. That was confirmed Thursday, when Paramount Pictures announced that multiple tracks from the British band's latest album, The 2nd Law, will be featured in the film.
To celebrate, Muse will play a concert in London's Horse Guards Parade Ground following the apocalyptic horror film's world premiere in the U.K. city on June 2. More info is available at WorldWarZ.co.uk/Muse. World War Z opens June 21.
Josh Homme: "People Believe I'm Some Kind of Evil Dictator Sometimes"
Josh Homme wants you to know that he’s not a bad guy. TheQueens of the Stone Age frontman says that during his musical career he’s had to make difficult decisions which have led people to get the wrong impression of him.
“I think people believe I'm some kind of evil dictator sometimes,” he tells British GQmagazine. “Sometimes hard decisions have to be made and sometimes wonderful decisions have to be made. What is that root of [our upcoming album …Like Clockwork] is that you can't run away.” …Like Clockwork will arrive in stores on June 4. Homme notes that the upcoming release will be a reflection of what the band has been through since their previous release, 2007’s Era Vulgaris.
“All I really care about is that I'm being honest and I'm real and I'm coming from a real place,” he explains. “I think the best thing you can do, if you're blessed enough to do this for year after year, is to tell where you're at, what you know and ask about what you don't know. That can make you pretty f**king vulnerable but I think you just have to let it all go and let what happens, happens.”
Shinedown to Release The Warner Sound Live Room EP on Tuesday
Shinedown has announced they'll release an exclusive live EP next week, The Warner Sound Live Room EP. Recorded earlier this year at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, the five-song set includes material from the band's 2012 albumAmaryllis and a cover of Carole King’s 1971 single, “I Feel the Earth Move.”
You can pre-order the session now at iTunes; the full set will be available for download starting on Tuesday.
Here’s the track list for The Warner Sound Live Room EP:
“I’ll Follow You”
“I Feel the Earth Move”
As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis’ Lawyer Blames Steroids for Alleged Murder-for-Hire Plot
The attorney for As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis says that steroids are to blame for his client’s alleged attempt to hire an hitman to kill his estranged wife.
At a hearing in Superior Court in Vista, CA, attorney Thomas Warwick said that Lambesis had begun using steroids after getting involved in body building and claimed the singer's “thought processes were devastatingly affected by his steroid use," reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. The attorney was seeking a reduction in Lambesis bail from $3 million to $250,000. The judge agreed to reduce the bail to $2 million.
Prosecutors say Lambesis thought he was hiring a hitman earlier this month when he gave an undercover officer an envelope containing one thousand dollars plus pictures of his wife and information regarding her home. He also allegedly gave the officer some dates when he would be with the couple's three children, to give him an alibi.
Lambesis' estranged wife, 32-year-old Meggan Lambesis, filed for divorce last September. Prosecutors say that during the previous month, Lambesis told his wife in an email that he'd been having an affair, that he no longer loved her and that he no longer believes in God. As I Lay Dying is often described as a Christian metal band.