Discussing his upcoming new album "Hypnotic Eye," rock icon Tom Petty focused on the "Playin' Dumb" track, touching on the controversial issue of child abuse among Catholic priests.
Although the song is only the record's bonus track, it did serve as quite an attention grabber. Chatting with Billboard, the musician pointed out that he isn't taking a jab agains Catholicism in general.
"I'm fine with whatever religion you want to have," he kicked off. "If I was in a club, and I found out that there had been generations of people abusing children, and then that club was covering that up, I would quit the club. And I wouldn't give them any more money."
Discussing the album in general, Petty dubbed the release a political effort, but not the one taking the left or right side. Taking aim at the greed of One Percent, the frontman stated, "Very few people know how to handle power and once they just become completely immoral, they're dangerous people. That attitude is what, to me, wipes out the middle class."
Tom also talked about the "All You Can Carry" track, a song about grabbing a Hohner bass from his house as it was burning down. Interestingly enough, Petty lived in not one, but two houses that caught fire.
"I grabbed that and went, 'Hell, is this going to happen to me twice in my life where everything I own is just wiped out?' And then I thought, 'Well, I'm OK with that.' Because things come back, but people don't," he said.
Finally, Petty and the Heartbreakers are streaming "Hypnotic Eye" in full (via NPR). The album's due out on July 29 via Reprise Records, make sure to give it a listen, the track listing's also right below.
"Hypnotic Eye" track listing:
01. American Dream Plan B
02. Fault Lines
03. Red River
04. Full Grown Boy
05. All You Can Carry
06. Power Drunk
07. Forgotten Man
08. Sins of My Youth
09. U Get Me High
10. Burnt Out Town11. Shadow People12. Playin' Dumb (bonus track)