Day in Rock Report for 09/25/2015

Guns N' Roses Reunion Could End Slipknot

A Guns N' Roses reunion of the classic lineup of the group seems like an impossible dream despite the recent reconciliation of Axl Rose and Slash. But if a reunion did happen, it may have the side effect of making Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor retire from touring.

Taylor discussed the possibilities of a reunion happening in a new interview with Las Vegas Review Journal and while he doesn't think that it is likely to happen, he would be one of the most excited if it did.

"I will believe it when I buy the ticket. Let's put it that way. I mean, because nobody gets more excited about the thought of the Appetite lineup coming back together," Taylor said.

He then joked that he would have to retire and become the Guns N' Roses version of a Deadhead if it ever did happen. "I would retire from touring, because I wouldn't want to go up against that. You know what I'm saying? And then I would follow them like I was a Deadhead. Like I would just go to every show. But that's only if it's the Appetite lineup - or even if it's those guys with Matt Sorum, because I know that Steven [Adler] has some physical issues, but he can still play, man. I've seen him play. He can still jam, dude. That dude knows how to pound."

He then described his love for Guns N' Roses debut album "Appetite For Destruction": "Top to bottom … [Appetite is] one of those albums that you cannot listen to and not go, 'Holy s-t!' Like you put it on and you feel it, even if you're not into the music, you feel it.

"There's something so dirty and so raw and so amazing about that album. And the songs are amazing, you know. People like to talk about the production or the attitude … those f-ing songs are ridiculous!" Read the full interview here.

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Push To Have Dave Grohl to Host 'Saturday Night Live'

(Radio.com) By now, you might have thought that Dave Grohl would have hosted Saturday Night Live. After all, his appearances on the show number well into the double digits: he's performed as a member of Nirvana and (on multiple occasions) the Foo Fighters; as well as with Them Crooked Vultures, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and in Paul McCartney's backing band. And during that time, he's appeared in a bunch of skits. And as anyone who's seen the Foo Fighters in concert, any number of their videos, or caught Grohl's turn as Satan in Tenacious D's "Tribute" video or The Pick of Destiny knows that the guy is pretty funny.

But, as it turns out, he's never hosted SNL. That may change soon, though, thanks to an online petition, which reads, "This as [sic] a petition to generate awareness to Lorne Michaels and the executives at NBC and Saturday Night Live so they know that the fans (Grohlies) want Dave Grohl to host SNL with musical guest (Foo Fighters).

"There have been may musicians who have hosted SNL over the years, however Dave Grohl is the only one to appear on the show over 12 times and frequent in sketches, but never host!"

Apparently Grohl himself is interested; the petition is accompanied by a photo of the Foo Fighter holding a sign that says "Lorne, I wanna host Saturday Night Live!" Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Singer Didn't Know Song Was Robin Williams Tribute

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson admits to having no idea that the song "Tears Of A Clown" was about the late Robin Williams until after he'd recorded it.

The track appears on the band's new album The Book Of Souls and pays tribute to the actor and comedian who took his own life in August last year. But the lyrics were penned by Maiden bassist Steve Harris and vocalist Dickinson says he didn't make the connection himself - even as he was recording his parts.

Dickinson tells Corus Radio: "Steve wrote the words to the song. He didn't tell anybody what it was about, and I had no idea when I was singing the song that it was about Robin Williams. So I finished doing the tune, and I went up to him and I said, 'These words are really cool. What's the genesis of the tune?' And he said, 'Robin Williams.' And I went, 'Wow!' It surprised the hell out of me, because it was so specific."

The singer says his surprise was mostly down to the fact that Harris' lyrics usually don't touch on recent, tragic events. Read more here.

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All That Remains Announce Lineup Change Ahead Of HardDrive Tour

All That Remains have announced that Jeanne Segan has amicable left the group after a decade to pursue other interests and they have recruited Bury Your Dead bassist Aaron Patrick to replace her.

The new lineup of the band are set to hit the road as co-headliners with We Came As Romans for the HardDrive Live Fallout Tour, which is scheduled to kick off on October 14th in Grand Rapids, MI at The Intersection.

Frontman Phil Labonte broke the news to fans about the lineup change with the following announcement, "So after nearly 10 years Jeanne Sagan has decided to close the All That Remains chapter of her life. Everyone in ATR wishes nothing but happiness and success in any and all of her future endeavors.

"We are excited to announce All That Remains' new bass player is a fine young man by the name of Aaron Patrick. He's been a friend for years, formerly of Bury Your Dead and has played for Lamb Of God and Devildriver among others.

"We're sure he's going to be the perfect fit and considering his musical history I think he's going to add a new and cool dimension to ATRs sound moving forward. Come check us out and see Aaron rock on the Hard Drive Live Fallout Tour!"

Jeanne had this to say, "It is with heavy heart that I depart from All That Remains. I've decided to follow my heart and pursue other opportunities in life. I truly appreciate the amazing experiences and the great fans over the last decade. I wish ATR all the best going forward."

Aaron Patrick shared his excitement about joining the group, "I am beyond excited to step in and play bass for All That Remains! We've toured together over the years and have become close friends, so the family element is already there. I'm looking forward to kicking off this next tour in Japan at Loud Park and then onward to the HardDrive Live Fallout Tour. Lets fuggin' Party!" See the tour dates here.

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David Gilmour Releases 'Today' Video

(hennemusic) Former Pink Floyd star David Gilmour has released the video for "Today", the latest single from his newly-released album "Rattle That Lock." Directed by Aubrey Powell, the clip features the guitarist in rehearsal for his current world tour alongside footage from a September 5 warm-up show in Brighton, UK.

"Today" follows the title track as the second song that has been released from the record, which Gilmour worked on with co-producer Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music.

"'Today' was one of the ones that Phil put together from two or three pieces of music of mine that I had sort of ignored," explains Gilmour. "He's very good at finding them and saying, 'that's great, you should it … and how about using it with that piece and that piece.' So he mocked that one up. It's a gift."

The Pink Floyd guitarist wraps up a sold-out 11-date European tour early next month following five shows at The Royal Albert Hall in London, with a South American run set for December. Watch the new video here.

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ELO Set Release Of Comeback Album, Streaming New Single

(Classic Rock) ELO have confirmed that "Alone In The Universe", their first album in a decade and half will be released in November and they've made the first single "When I Was A Boy" available to stream.

Jeff Lynne's outfit will issue their 12th album on November 13 via Columbia records. The follow-up to 2001's Zoom is available to pre-order from September 25 (Friday) and those who do will get the single as an instant download.

Lynne says: "Music is such a powerful force in our lives. A good song can make people feel much less alone in this universe. And trying to create one of those songs somehow makes me feel less alone too. My whole life - from being that kid with a dream in Birmingham right until today - proves how much music can do."

Lynne revealed late last year that Elo was "a going concern again" and the band performed at the Grammys in February. Ashley Newton, president of Columbia Records, adds: "Jeff Lynne is a total master of his craft and Alone In The Universe is pure pop perfection. We are thrilled to be involved in the return of ELO and enormously proud to be releasing this contemporary classic on Columbia Records." Check out the new song here.

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New Version of Ratt Announced By Bobby Blotzer

(Classic Rock) Drummer Bobby Blotzer has confirmed he's taken over the Ratt name following a five-year trademark battle and a new version of the group will head out on the Re-Invasion tour across North America in 2016.

He's moved on without former singer Stephen Pearcy who quit last year and has gathered a lineup around him consisting of frontman Josh Alan, bassist Scotty Griffin and guitarists Blaze and Doc Ellis.

The band say in a statement: "After a five-year battle over trademark issues, doing everything he could to appease and re-assemble the band, Bobby Blotzer, the CEO of WBS Inc has taken control of the Ratt brand." Read more and see a photo of the new band here.

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Slayer's Kerry King Says We Are In 'A Good Time For Metal'

(Classic Rock) Slayer guitarist Kerry King says he knows metal is in good health by the number of people going to gigs. He reveals that the band's upcoming European tour is near to sold out already and that he sees that as a better indicator of the state of the scene than how many records they sell.

King tells The Irish Times: "I judge it more by people coming to shows rather than on people buying music. It's very different to what it was 20 years ago, but the live environment is unchanged, and that's when you see if you are doing well. The tour that's coming up is almost sold out already which is great news. It does seem to be a good time for metal."

He adds that Slayer hope to include five songs from latest album Repentless for their live shows, but insists he will never bore of playing the band's classic hits. Read more here.

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Anthrax Turned Down This Year's Mayhem Festival

(TeamRock Radio) Scott Ian has revealed that Anthrax were approached about starring at this year's Mayhem festival - but turned it down as there wasn't enough money on offer.

The tour was headlined by Slayer, with guitarist Kerry King becoming embroiled in a war of words with promoter Kevin Lyman over the quality of the bill. Lyman previously accused "old, fat and bald" metal bands of inflicting long-term damage on the genre.

The future of the touring event is up in the air, with co-promoter John Reese saying the 2015 edition would be the last ever. Ian tells The Jasta Show: "We turned them down because the money was too low. We were like, 'No, that's ridiculous.' They said, 'Well there's no money.' That's not our problem. Why are we going to go out and get paid less than we're worth? That's insane." Read more here.

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The Who Release Live 'Baba O'Riley' Video From Hyde Park Film

(hennemusic) The Who have released a video of their performance of "Baba O'Riley" as a preview to their forthcoming concert film, "The Who: Live In Hyde Park." The film is set to screen in cinemas worldwide on October 7.

The project captures the band at the famed London venue earlier this year as they delivered the final UK concert appearance of their 50th anniversary farewell tour.

The concert footage is rounded out with interviews featuring Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as well as Iggy Pop, Robert Plant, Johnny Marr and more.

Last week, The Who postponed all remaining dates on their North American tour as singer Roger Daltrey continues to recover from viral Meningitis. "We are rescheduling all the shows for next Spring 2016," says Townshend. "We apologize to all our fans who have supported us in the last 50 years. Once Roger is completely well we will come back stronger than ever and Roger and I will give you all a show to remember."

The postponement affects almost 30 dates in the fall run. Watch the live video here.

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Steven Wilson Explains Why Music Streaming Is 'Flawed'

(Prog) Steven Wilson says his material won't appear on streaming services as the model is "flawed." He's just released his limited-edition compilation album Transience on vinyl only and says he's comfortable going down that route - even if it means his work doesn't reach a wider audience.

He says: "People are always asking me why I'm not on Spotify, and it's really difficult as I know I'm missing out on potential discovery. I just think the model is flawed.

"My solution is to go in the other direction and try to make the physical piece as appealing and as attractive as possible: doing special editions, making nice vinyl, and making the shows as visually spectacular as they can be."

Earlier this year, Wilson insisted the album format would survive as sales of his latest album Hand. Cannot. Erase. proved people wanted to immerse themselves in conceptual pieces of music rather than individual tracks. Read more here.

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Tesseract's Dan Tompkins Streams Track From Zeta Project

(Prog) Tesseract singer Dan Tompkins have revealed the first material from his Zeta side-project. He's collaborated with Chimp Spanner's Paul Ortiz and producer Katie Jackson for the track Silent Waves.

Tompkins had the following to say about the project: "I've always admired Paul's work and we first discussed working together back in 2010 but life got very busy for both of us.

"Over the past few years we've been quietly writing and experimenting with various sounds as well as teaming up with Katie - we've written hours worth of demos.

"It's definitely fresh to be taking a huge side step from rock and metal and experimenting with that iconic 80s sound but adding the synthwave, futuristic touch."

Ortiz adds: "It's fantastic to get to share the creative process with Katie, and Dan, someone whose vocal work I've admired and respected for ages now. We can't wait for people to hear what's coming next - more synths, more wobble." Read more and stream the song here.

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The Agonist Release 'Follow the Crossed Line' Video

The Agonist has released a video for their track "Follow the Crossed Line," which was directed by bassist Chris Kells. The song comes from their latest album Eye of Providence.

The clip features footage from the band's recent Heavy MTL performance. Guitarist Danny Marino had the following to say about the video, "Were thrilled to release this video for Follow the Crossed Line.

"This song is one of the band's favorites and has become a staple of our live set. The video contrasts between us live and us playing in our rehearsal space in Montreal.

"It's always a challenge for Chris both directing and being in the video at the same time but we're really happy how the video matches the intensity of the song." Watch the video here.

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Baroness Announce U.S. Tour and Release 'Chlorine & Wine Video'

Baroness have announced that they will be hitting the road this fall for a U.S. tour ahead of the release of their forthcoming album and have released a video for the track "Chlorine & Wine".

The group's new album, entitled "Purple", is set to be released on December 18th. Fans can watch the new Jimmy Hubbard directed music video for "Chlorine & Wine" here.

The band will be kicking off their fall tour on November 27th in Columbus, OH at the Ace of Cups and wrapping up the trek on December 20th in Brooklyn, NY at the Saint Vitus Bar.

Guitarist and vocalist John Baizley had the following to say about the new tour, "We've been off tour for too long. It's time for Baroness to start playing shows in the U.S. again.

"We're doing a short run through the eastern half of the States, in small clubs, getting our new songs stage ready for 2016. Who knows, maybe we'll even throw in a few songs from the very early EPs and albums. See you soon..." See the tour dates here.

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Chris Cornell Accepts Responsibility Over Bad Album Title Idea

(TeamRock Radio) Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has taken the blame for spending years unhappy about the title of his 1999 solo album Euphoria Morning. He'd originally named it Euphoria Mourning, but was convinced to change it - and spent years regretting the move before correcting the title ahead of its re-release in August.

Cornell tells Rolling Stone Australia: "Right before the record came out I was doing interviews. If you say 'Euphoria Mourning' the listener doesn't know if it's 'mourning' with a 'u' or 'morning' without a 'u.'

"That started to bother me, so I had a conversation with my manager at the time. I said, 'I really love the title, but do you think it's confusing?' He suggested 'Euphoria Morning' would probably be a better title. I thought, 'Maybe that works.'"

He continues: "It wasn't my manager's fault. I was a grown man - I could say, 'I don't think that's a good idea.' And in the back of my mind I didn't think it was a good idea." Read more here.

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Five Finger Death Punch's Moody Called Jekyll and Hyde By Bandmate

(TeamRock Radio) Zoltan Bathory has described Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody as a "hurricane" who lives by his own rules. The guitarist says the vocalist's "inner chaos" can make him a difficult character to be around, but says it also helps his creative flow.

Bathory tells TV Rock Live: "He's Jekyll and Hyde. He's that guy. One day he's your best friend, another day he's Hurricane Ivan, category 5. He's a hand grenade with a loose pin. He creates his own hell. He has a very chaotic life.

"Any kind of rule you try to impose on him, he just has to break it. In 10 years, I don't remember a single time that he could catch the plane he was originally scheduled to make, because he has this kind of inner chaos that he just has to break the rules."

He continues: "In one way, I don't understand, because I'm a very methodical kind of guy. And that's why we have this weird relationship. I'm fascinated by this and I think it's a necessity that a lead singer is absolutely crazy. But I don't understand." Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Threshold Release 'Watchtower On The Moon' Video

(Prog) Threshold have issued a video for their track Watchtower On The Moon exclusively via TeamRock. It's taken from their live album European Journey, out on November 13 via Nuclear Blast and available to pre-order. The promo was filmed across multiple dates on their tour to support 2014's For The Journey.

Keyboardist Richard West says: "It was stitched together from fan footage of various shows across Europe. Watchtower On The Moon is one of our favourites from the last studio album - it's full of energy and great to play live.

"I think European Journey does a wonderful job of capturing the power and atmosphere of a Threshold show. It just makes me want to get out there and do it again." Read more and watch the video here.

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Zac Harmon Used Mainstream Gigs To Launch Blues Career

(The Blues Zac Harmon recalls how he had to work in "popular" music to make a living as he tried to carve out a career as a bluesman. The guitarist made his money as a session player when he moved from his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, to Los Angeles - but would play the blues for free once his working day was done.

Harmon tells American Blues Scene: "I just got door after door closed in my face, but one thing that they all said was, 'You know, you're good, though. We really like you,' and what they liked more than anything was my feel as a musician because I was coming from the root.

"So even though they closed the door in my face, different people would always ask, 'Hey, can you play on my record? Can you do this session for me?' And because I didn't know anything about the business, I didn't know how to charge for it. So I ended up charging them very little money because I didn't know my worth. But it worked in my favour because it just got me more work because I was good and cheap.

"I never left the blues. I found this club in LA called Dave And Ricky's Inn. For everybody who had gone to LA playing blues, that was the spot. I would do recording sessions, and at the end of the night I was always going down to Dave And Ricky's Inn, and that's where I would sit in. That was my home, my connection with the blues." Read more here.

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Royal Southern Brotherhood Among Blues Blast Music Awards Noms

(The Blues Jarekus Singleton, Royal Southern Brotherhood and Steve Earle & The Dukes are among the acts nominated for prizes at this weekend's Blues Blast Music Awards.

The ceremony takes place at the Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois, on September 25 (Friday). Twelve prizes are up for grabs and voting closed last week in advance of the event.

Ghost Town Blues Band, Altered Five, Markey Blue and Missy Anderson are among the acts who will be performing live on Friday.

Singleton is nominated in the Contemporary Blues Album, Rock Blues Album - where he's up against Royal Southern Brotherhood - and the Sean Costello Rising Star Award categories. Steve Earle & The Dukes are in line for the Acoustic Blues Album. Read more here.

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Joe Louis Walker Streaming 'Everybody Wants A Piece'

(Classic Rock) Joe Louis Walker has released a stream of the title track from his upcoming solo album with TeamRock. Everybody Wants A Piece is out on October 9 via Provogue, with the guitarist previously issuing the tracks One Sunny Day and Wade In The Water.

The album is available for pre-order and he'll return to Europe in October. The Blues Hall Of Fame inductee said: "I'd like to be known for the credibility of a lifetime of being true to my music and the blues.

"Sometimes I feel I've learned more from my failures than from my success. But that's made me stronger, more adventurous and helped me create my own style." Stream the song here.

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Then Thickens Streaming New Song 'My Sunday'

(TeamRock Radio) Chorley-based quartet Then Thickens are releasing their new album next month - and you can listen to a brand new track exclusively through TeamRock.

My Sunday is taken from the band's second full-length album Colic, which will be released on October 23 through Hatch Records. Then Thickens began life as a bedroom project by former Kong frontman Jon-Lee Martin, before The Bronx drummer Jorma Vik convinced him pursue it properly.

This led to last year's album Death Cap At Anglezarke and saw the four-piece - whose line-up is completed by Charlie Hartley, Sean Doherty and Thomas Griffin - perform alongside Biffy Clyro, Echo & The Bunnymen, Vennart and Mariachi El Bronx.

Check it out the single here.

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No Devotion Label Sever Ties To Controversial AIDS Drug Mogul

(TeamRock Radio) Collect Records have cut all ties with controversial AIDS drug mogul Martin Shkreli. It comes a day after label owner - and No Devotion frontman - Geoff Rickly said he feared for the future of his business after Shkreli hit the headlines worldwide for raising the price of the drug Daraprim by 5000% from $13.50 (£8.79) to $750 (£488) a pill.

Ricky said Wednesday that Shkreli was a silent partner in Collect Records and that he was heartbroken by the revelations. In a fresh statement, Rickly says: "Today, Collect Records - with the support and encouragement of all of our artists - have agreed to fully sever our relationship with Martin Shkreli, effective immediately.

"When I decided to get into business with Martin, we took him on as a patron. He was completely silent and allowed us to do business as we pleased. His only ask was that we sign bands that we believed could make great art given the right environment and not to focus on a profit, no matter how dire the bottom line." Read more here.

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Steven Tyler Does Duet Of Willie Nelson's Crazy On Nashville

(Radio.com) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler made a guest appearance on the season 4 premiere of the ABC-TV series Nashville on Wednesday. Tyler performed a cover of the Willie Nelson song, "Crazy", with Hayden Panettiere, who plays Juliette Barnes on the show.

Recorded by several artists through the years, "Crazy" is most recognized as a US Top 10 hit for Patsy Cline in 1961. Last month, Tyler previewed his appearance when he tweeted a picture of him and Panettiere, writing "Hayden and I getting a little 'crazy' on set at Nashville. You won't want to miss this. #PatsyCline"

Tyler has been in Nashville since January working with songwriters on material for his debut solo album, which he recently said he's hoping to release by "February or so" of 2016, with plans to support it with a tour before heading out on an Aerosmith trek later in the year.

"I don't even know who I'm producing it with," says Tyler. "It's gonna be what it is. There's a couple of songs I've written and they're like rock, and I said, 'Oh, geez.' And I'm not gonna put a banjo on it just to make it country…I don't know what it's gonna be, but my heart leans [towards] the country feeling and the vibe."

"I think country music is the new rock 'n' roll," he adds. "I mean, you can listen to the lyrics, you can really get into it, just as you could get into 'Stairway to Heaven.'" Watch video of the duet performance from the show here.

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Pearl Jam Rock Late Night With Stephen Colbert

(Radio.com) Stephen Colbert's inner music fan has been having quite the time of it since becoming the new host of Late Night. From encouraging collaborations to the types of acts that appear on the show, Colbert and company have been making the news with video after video of fantastic performances. And today is no different.

Pearl Jam sat with Colbert before taking the stage to perform their song "Mind Your Manners" off Lightning Bolt. The crowd, part of which had been set up to stand on the stage for Pearl Jam's performance, immediately launched into chants of "One more song!" when the band wrapped up. Pearl Jam happily complied with "Rockin' in the Free World," Neil Young's classic.

The whole performance quickly left behind the sometimes static late night format and felt far more like watching a rock show. Feeding off the crowd's energy, Eddie Vedder surfed into the audience.

Not one to sit idly by, Colbert jumped up and started dancing with the band before joining Vedder at the mic for the chorus. "Whoo! Calm down. What an honor! You don't get to do that every day," Colbert said once Pearl Jam finished playing. Watch it here.

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The Dead Weather Release "Be Still" Video

(Radio.com) Rock supergroup the Dead Weather will soon release their third full-length album, Dodge & Burn, from Jack White's label Third Man Records. The album marks the group's first major project in five years.

On Thursday, they premiered the live performance music video for the track, "Be Still" (via Entertainment Weekly). Shot in black and white at Third Man Record's studio, the video is a polished performance in the art of rock and roll. The live billy goat in the background seems to approve.

Singer Alison Mosshart spoke with EW about the album. 'There's not a lot of thought put into the writing of the music," she said. 'It's really just a human, organic explosion." The explosions aren't hard to find, but if 'Be Still" deserves a badge, it's for leaving room for primal humanity to shine. Read more here.

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Singled Out: The Pollies' Lost

The Pollies release their brand new album "Not Here" today (September 25th) and to celebrate we asked Jay Burgess to tell us the story behind the song "Lost". Here is the story:

I'm the type of writer who starts out with a progression and a melody. After a melody has been established, I usually start recording the song with lyrics off the top of my head. Usually, I can start making sense with the multiple takes of made up lyrics. "Lost" is one of those songs. It was sitting around with no lyrics that I liked or at least none that fit the feeling of the song. I did multiple recordings, at different times, to try and establish a subject. I was listening back, and in one of the takes I said, "I wish I was lost." For days, maybe even weeks, this one line (if you would call it that) stayed on my notepad, with other lyrical ideas, but in bold was, "I WISH I WAS LOST,"

Soon thereafter, a friend of mine started going through some marital issues. He was, and still is, one of my closest friends. His wife and my wife were just as close, cousins to be exact. He would call about every other day to talk about things that had transpired from the days before. I soon found myself going through the same exact problems. We had learned that our wives had been having affairs. Something he nor I had ever been through, nor thought about. We spent many nights discussing everything. Not just our marital problems, but other issues as well. We had found ourselves in the same uncomfortable positions. Couch surfing, legal mess, etc. When going through crazy times like this, it seems that your mind goes in a different direction. You're not your normal self at all. You hear things a different way. You view things a different way. You put anything and everything involved with you under a microscope, hoping to find the answer to your existing problem or problems. After one of our conversations, I went back to some of the demo's for "Lost." In the 3-4 demos were words that I had not heard before. It probably took me 15 minutes to finish the song that night. I changed the bold phrase in my notebook to make sense with the subject matter and recorded the last demo for "Lost."

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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