Comedy rock duo Tenacious D might have made several jokey comments about the state of rock music in their past career, but with their latest disc, "Rize Of The Fenix", it seems that the band are dead set on raising the game for contemporary rock. According to Yahoo, while the D's mix of comedy and rock has led some critics to dismiss them, they are very serious about their most recent record.
As Jack Black notes: "I do love (Jack White's) 'Blunderbuss', I love the Foo, I love Tom Waits, his new record is incredible... And Gotye... But our album is better than all of those, and because we're clowns, we don't get that kind of love... In all seriousness, ['Rize Of The Fenix' is] better than any album out there right now."
While "Rize Of The Fenix" features the comedy styling that fans have come to expect from the band, there are also moments of lyrical seriousness that punctuate the record:
"We've dug deep for a lot of the jams, such as 'Throw Down', our major anti-organized religion song, and 'Senorita', a story about a man who falls in love with a woman who can't let go of her abusive relationship. It doesn't sound funny... We're exploring some deeper, darker material."
The band reportedly have serious ambitions to crack the mainstream market and have sought advice from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on how to write a hit song. As Kyle Gas muses: "I've always wanted to have one of those hits on the radio, but we haven't really been able to crack that code. I think we're trying this time a lot."
"Rize Of The Fenix" will be released on CD and download on May 15th. The record is currently streaming in full at the following location.