Alice in Chains have hailed the art of making albums to enjoy from start to end in a new interview.
They don't like the modern trend of releasing a bunch of singles as an album, and prefer the classic art of releasing a full body of work to be appreciated as a whole, as they have with forthcoming album "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" which is due on May 28.
"We don't write singles. We'll always make an album," drummer Sean Kinney told Pure Volume. "We find a collection of songs. We record the songs we like and think about how we should sequence them. ["The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" is] not a concept album, but it's a 'full' record for us."
Guitarist Jerry Cantrell agrees, and makes a point of how much effort goes into the production of an album during the full recording cycle:
"We grew up listening to complete pieces of work," says Cantrell. "I don't think a lot of people are very aware of what it takes to do a record from the get-go. You're collecting ideas, getting together to play, working on pre-production, hiring somebody to spend six months locked in a room with you, and then you're mixing. Then, you go out and tour it for a year and a half.
"It's a chunk of time. It's a piece of your life. Within that, there's a lot of life lived - good and bad. It's regular old life, but it all gets crammed into that f--king record. It gets compressed like a time capsule."
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