After several false starts, it looks like Jane's Addiction is finally ready to release their new album, The Great Escape Artist, this summer.
The band suffered a few setbacks with the departures of bassists Eric Avery and Duff McKagan, but singer Perry Farrell says the group is fleshing out about 20 potential songs at a Los Angeles studio, where they are now working with TV On The Radio bassist Dave Sitek. Sitek will not be touring with Jane's, but he is collaborating with them as a songwriter and recording bassist for the album.
"He's like a scientist, and he's not afraid of making a monster," Farrell told Rolling Stone. "It just keeps getting gnarlier and gnarlier."
The Great Escape Artist is being produced by Rich Costey (Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol), and the final album will be edited down to about 45 minutes. Guitarist Dave Navarro calls it "not a typical rock record," and it may be a departure from the band's earlier work.
"A lot of it is really hypnotic. We're getting back into using a lot of space and having a lot of air," Navarro told the magazine. "The music that I listen to and love isn't necessarily Rock-oriented anymore. There is a beauty in simplicity that I'm really embracing. To me, that's an evolution as an artist."
Perry Farrell also admitted to Rolling Stone that the band may have "annoyed" ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, who joined the lineup in 2009 but quit after just six months. Farrell explained, "He wasn't really comfortable hanging with us. We thought it was a good idea, but it ended up that we annoyed him." Farrell revealed that the band went into "a little bit of a tailspin" after McKagan split, adding, "Some of the guys in the group said, screw it they didn't want to use any of the material we had written with Duff because they were so pissed off. I said, 'Don't be mad at the material, because we have some good things there.'"
For his part, McKagan told Vanity Fair, "I like trying new things and I love Perry. I've known the guys for a long time. I tried to do my best to help them out . . . We wrote some really great songs, but when I started recording with LOADED in August, I really discovered I can only do one or the other."