Slash Says New Album Is Raw

After the festive break, Slash and Co. return to the studio to continue recording and mixing the as-yet-unnamed album.

Slash Says New Album Is Raw
5
Slash has been talking about his new in-progress album. It will feature singer Myles Kennedy for all tracks. After the festive break, Slash and Co. return to the studio to continue recording and mixing the as-yet-unnamed album, and the Les Paul-toting star predicts an April release. Slash tells Total Guitar magazine, "We're just going for the one take that sounds good, so my solos are more raw, probably sloppier in a way, because they're very spontaneous to the point where it's in the heat of the moment." Slash and his band Kennedy on lead vocals and second guitar, Todd Kerns on bass, and drummer Brent Fitz have completed mixing three songs with another 14 to go. The album is being recorded live, Slash saying the main challenge is "rehearsing the s--t out of them." Of the completed individual songs, Slash says, "There's one song at this point called Bad Rain' which is a mid-tempo, very heavy and dark song. It's in a drop-D tuning and we're already playing a half-step down and the solo has a kinda chromatic feel. "There's one very uptempo song with a cool riff called Halo.' The third song is called Standing in the Sun' and it's very melodic, mid-to-uptempo just a rock 'n' roll song! All three of these songs are relatively short, they're all in a rock mold, and I guess I always come from that pentatonic point of view. For me, any time you go too far out of that, it ceases to be rock. It has to have a basis around that, otherwise it no longer has any essence of that Chuck Berry kinda deal." Slash says he is "pretty excited" about making such a raw album with "natural tone" everywhere. "Everything is being played live with the music tracks: the solos, everything. We're trying not to overdub extra bits. So if there's a solo, I'm playing on one side, Myles's rhythm track is on the other." Myles Kennedy adds that the album is "real stripped-down and simple," saying his own favorites so far are "Standing In The Sun" and another song called "Far And Away." Despite "sharing" singer Kennedy with Alter Bridge, Slash insists, "I've been happiest in my career these last couple of years." Thanks for the report to Michael Leonard, Gibson.com.

15 comments sorted by best / new / date

comments policy
    suicidehummer
    ...and you can tell in his performances that he really has been having the most fun of his career doing this solo stuff. He's been playing better than ever on the last tour, so I have no doubts that he will sound fantastic on this album.
    Mcjimmy
    I have higher hopes for this album than I did the last. It's going to be awesome.
    TremontiAddict
    As a long time Alter Bridge fan, I'm glad to see Myles get some of the credit he's due. He's been one of my favorite singers in rock the past few years, and his humility as a musician is arguably his best characteristic. No wonder Slash is having so much fun working with him. Might be the first good singer without a huge ego he's ever made a record with haha.
    chickenfoot
    Javis425 wrote: Vauxite wrote on 01/04/2012 - 09:32 am / quote | Really looking forward to this, and Mark Tremonti's album. Tremonti tweeted last week that he is finishing the solo album on the 24th of this month. Can't freakin wait!
    Thanks for the update! Looking forward to Slash and Tremonti's albums!
    metalmaniac90
    The last album was kinda experimental, and it was awesome... but I'm looking more forward to this to be honest. Its all one singer, and hes not accommodating the sound of a ton of other singers.
    Javis425
    Vauxite wrote on 01/04/2012 - 09:32 am / quote | Really looking forward to this, and Mark Tremonti's album.
    Tremonti tweeted last week that he is finishing the solo album on the 24th of this month. Can't freakin wait!
    HarvesterofPain
    suicidehummer wrote: ...and you can tell in his performances that he really has been having the most fun of his career doing this solo stuff. He's been playing better than ever on the last tour, so I have no doubts that he will sound fantastic on this album.
    You said it best. Stoke was an AMAZING live album, and it's not an exaggeration when Slash talks about how tight the band is. Can't wait to see what this new album brings.
    streetballdude
    The first record was boring as shit. The only decent song on that album was the song with Andrew Stockdale.
    slaveskinJACKET
    Cheeseman Jay wrote: If it's even half as good as his last album, it'll be fantastic.
    If it's half as good as the last one, I'll be satisfied. But, being honest, half of the last album was much less than fantastic, and half the quality of that could just not be debatable as something 'fantastic'. 'Satisfactory' would be a better word. If it's even half as good as the last one, it still should be satisfactory .
    BradTheBluefish
    When one of the best guitarist ever wants you, a singer, to be in everything he does, why wouldn't you take it? Other than that, I enjoy everything Slash does and I am starting to really like Myles Kennedy (something that I thought I would never honestly say a year ago). I just hope Slash can really keep up what he's started. Velvet Revolver, Slash & Kennedy, and (maybe one day) Guns N' Roses. I wish him the best!
    D4CE
    streetballdude wrote: The first record was boring as shit. The only decent song on that album was the song with Andrew Stockdale.
    Yea that was the most boring and commercial song on the album.. Good job being an idiot :p