Monday, March 29, 2010
[FMQB.com] With Stone Temple Pilots set to release their first new album since 2001, the band members surprisingly found it easy to get into the groove of making new music again. Bassist Robert DeLeo told Billboard that he and his brother, guitarist Dean DeLeo, "always have music going on. I think it's a matter of always having that on the back burner. Then it's just the right time of saying, 'Hey, let's go make a record.' I think once we made that commitment, the music was presented and off we went."
The DeLeos and drummer Eric Kretz recorded most of the self-titled record separately from frontman Scott Weiland, who recorded his vocals in his own studio with producer Don Was. DeLeo said, "This record was made in a way that Scott wasn't really there for the creation of these songs, musically. We kind of guessed our way through it. It was challenging because we had to get as much as we could done to complete a song, but then we had to hold back 'cause we had to see if it was in the right key and stuff like that. The songs that were sent over to [Weiland] were pretty much in a completed demo form with a scratch melody on there, and Scott has the option to use the melody or not."
Was also made sure to bridge the gap between the two recording sessions, as DeLeo told Billboard. "Don was responsible for... sitting down with the band and kind of getting us together on the same page. Don's very good at doing that. He's a people person. And I think sometimes you need someone in the middle to bring the ends together, so to speak, and Don did that."
Stone Temple Pilots is out May 25 and the band plans extensive worldwide touring behind the album, well into 2011. While STP has toured the past two years playing the greatest hits, DeLeo says, "The difference now is it's going to be promoting a new record instead of just getting together and playing songs that you've played. It's doing that kind of promotion and touring again."
Posted by Dan Goldin at 4:05 PM