Tuesday, January 19, 2010
[SPIN.com] In 2008, San Diego alt-rockers Stone Temple Pilots ended a five-year split and reunited for a massive U.S. tour, kicking off with a rockin' extravaganza at Harry Houdini's old Hollywood mansion. And then the magic really started to happen: the quartet began jamming during sound checks and soon had an album's worth of demos.
This May, STP -- singer Scott Weiland, bassist Robert DeLeo, guitarist Dean DeLeo, and drummer Eric Kretz -- will return with a new yet-to-be titled album, their first since 2001's Shangri-La Dee Da. To get the 411 on how the recording process was coming, we rang up the main songwriting force behind the band: the DeLeo Bros.
Here the siblings discuss the hardships and awards of reuniting, Wii bowling, Weiland's sobriety, and the '60s vibe of STP's upcoming album. "If [fans] are expecting another 'Plush,' they are going to be let down," says Dean DeLeo.
SPIN: Where are you guys in the recording process now?
Dean DeLeo: We're done recording and will start mixing Monday.
Robert DeLeo: Yep, we just finished the last two songs at my home studio, and we're going through the editing process and getting everything sounding tasty. A gentleman by the name of Chris Lord-Alge, who actually mixed a song of ours back in early 2000 called "All in the Suit That You Wear," will mix the new album.
SPIN: What should fans expect from this record?
Robert: Fans are going get a great STP record. We know what STP sounds like -- we have a sonic blueprint. It's always worked for me to put myself in the ears of the listener. I ask myself, "What kind of STP record would I want to hear?" The answer is a really cohesive record with songs that are going to be lasting. Fans don't necessarily want to hear songs from me being the best person I can be. Those songs are for a solo record. STP fans don't want that side of me. This band is attractive because we bring it to the edge of a cliff and write songs that have attitude.
SPIN: Can you tell me about a few songs from the album?
Robert: There's a song called "Between the Lines," which musically is like Paul Revere and the Raiders, with that '60s sound that I've always been a fan of. It's a '60s rockin' basher! There's another song called "Huckleberry Crumble." It's funny: these were actually working titles from when Dean, Eric [Kretz], and I were writing the music at Eric's studio. Scott has gravitated toward them and we're officially using those titles, "Huckleberry Crumble" included. [Faux British accent]: "And it's another good rocker baby!"
SPIN: Does STP have traditions or pastimes in the studio? Or is there anything you can't live without while recording?
Robert: If you have your laptop you're set. We have a good work ethic in the studio -- and it's a lot of work. You're writing, arranging, producing, and paying attention to the tones and sounds, and making the best record you can.
Dean: We've made a few records in houses and there's usually a tennis court or a pool. One time we filled up a pool with lime jello and jumped in naked. Another time we played tennis on horseback. This time we got really into Wii bowling! Eric's studio is in the dregs of downtown Los Angeles, and there were three things to pass the time when we weren't working: a pool table, a ping-pong table, or Wii bowling. And the Wii bowling really grabbed us, man.
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Posted by Dan Goldin at 2:33 AM