Jerry Cantrell releases Siren Song ahead of Album Release due October 29th

I am excited to announce Jerry Cantrell’s third single “Siren Song” before the release of his new Album Brighten – available worldwide October 29th.

Produced by Jerry Cantrell, Paul Fig, and Tyler Bates.

Engineered by Paul Fig

Mixed by Joe Barresi

An epic monster of a song from finger picked acoustic guitars to the slippery melodies weaving in and out of heavy driving guitars, and an wide ranging emotional vocal performance from Jerry.

Available on all streaming platforms you can order the single here https://jerrycantrell.warnermusic.com/?utm_source=hoobe&utm_medium=page

This is what Buddy Iahn from The Music Universe says:

Brighten album is due Oct 29th

Alice In Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell releases “Siren Song”, the third and final song before next week’s release of his project, Brighten, due October 29th.

“Siren Song” begins with a soft, finger-picked acoustic guitar, as a lead into the heavy distorted sound that follows. Cantrell’s soaring vocals take listeners on an epic journey, “She don’t lie she walks on. A passerby in a dream. You feel as though it’ll never die. In my dark you are the light. Funny how the feeling never goes. When I’m wrong you are the right. Carry the memory in my soul.”

Over the past year, Cantrell co-produced Brighten with film composer Tyler Bates [300, John Wick], and Paul Fig (long-time engineer). Reflecting a classic spirit, they welcomed a dynamic cast of supporting players including, Duff McKagan [Guns N’ Roses, Loaded] on select bass tracks, Greg Puciato [Dillinger Escape Plan] contributing to backing vocals and drummers Gil Sharone and Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney). Additional musicians on the album include, pedal steel master Michael Rozon, Vincent Jones on piano, Wurlitzer, and organ, Jordan Lewis on piano, Matias Ambrogi-Torres on strings, and Lola Bates on select additional backing vocals. Joe Barresi [Tool, Queens of the Stone Age] handled the mixing of Brighten.

Cantrell will embark on a North American tour on March 24, 2022 in support of the project. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

The tour kicks off at the legendary First Avenue in Minneapolis and will wind its way across the country hitting major cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, NY, Philadelphia, Seattle and Los Angeles to name a few.

Gibson Custom Shop recently announced the release of the limited edition Jerry Cantrell “Wino” Les Paul Custom guitar, the guitar marks the first official collaboration with Gibson luthiers and the legendary singer, songwriter, guitarist, who signed with the company in January 2020.

Here is Brighten’s Title track featuring Abe Laboriel Jr, Vincent Jones, Greg Pucitato, an Tyler Bates.  “Brighten” Official Video Directed by Gilbert Trejo.

Enjoy!

Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains Announces First New Solo Album in Over 18 Years Brighten for October 2021 Release

I am proud to announce the release of Jerry Cantrell’s new album Brighten.

We worked hard on this record over 2020, and 2021 and I can’t wait for you all to hear it. The release date is October 29, 2021.

We tracked a majority of all guitars acoustic and electric at my recording studio Dave’s Room, while wrapping up vocals and extra overdub guitars at his home studio.

Produced by Jerry Cantrell, Paul Fig and Tyler Bates

Mixed my Joe Barresi

Here is what Jerry Morales from mxdwn.com has to say about Brighten:

Jerry Cantrell, co-founder and lead guitarist of Alice In Chains, has announced that he will be releasing his first solo album in over 18 years titled Brighten on October 29. The musician dropped the project’s lead single “Atone” and its music video on July 30.

The album will feature eight original songs and a cover of Elton John’s “Goodbye,” the closing track off of John’s 1971 album Madman Across The Water. Cantrell co-produced the album with engineer Paul Fig and film composer Tyler Bates. The project will feature prominent rock musicians like Gun N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums. 

Madman Across The Water is one of my favorite records of all time,” Cantrell said about covering John’s “Goodbye.” “Out of respect to Elton, I wouldn’t include it unless he said it was okay…so I reached out to Elton, he listened to it, and told me ‘You should absolutely use it.’ I got the signoff by the man himself. I couldn’t think of a better way to close the record!”

Cantrell’s last solo project was a double album titled Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2 that dropped in 2002. Since then, Cantrell has continued to perform with Alice in Chains. The band’s latest project, Rainier Fog, was released in August 2018. 

“I’ve been in the band for almost 34 years now,” said Cantrell about Brighten. “It’s always my first and foremost commitment, but it’s nice to explore different things and add another chapter to a growing body of work. After the last AIC tour wrapped, I geared my mind towards the possibility of making another record of my own.”

“Atone” features a more Americana sound with Cantrell’s twangy vocals and aggressive guitars. The black and white music video displays Cantrell walking around locations like the iconic Joshua Tree and the Salton Sea.

“Atone” is available everywhere. To pre-order Brighten, click here.

Billy Ruben and the Elevated Enzymes

A little while back an old friend of mine from high school, David Martin,asked if he could refer someone from Arkansas to me for help with his “studio and music stuff”.  I’m always game to hear music and meet new people, so I agreed to talk. Well, it turned out that what this guy really wanted was help with music he had already recorded – he needed someone to listen, critique, and mix. I asked him to send me what he had so that I could listen and get back to him. Well, after clearing my ears of a few back-to-back projects, I finally had a chance to dive into his repertoire. I’ll admit, I had some “Arkansas” preconceptions that might have made me a little skeptical about what I would be hearing, but the more I listened to the rough mixes Billy Ruben and the Elevated Enzymes sent, the more intrigued and enthused I became. By the time I had listened through a few times, I was pretty fired up by the well-crafted, high-energy, garage-rock-psychedelic amalgam Billy and crew had come up with. These tracks remind me of early Richard Hell, Stooges, Scene Creamers, and The Cramps… and I had to ask, “tell me what I can do to help!”  The reply was that the band was looking for a mix engineer –and given the groovy stuff I was hearing, I was ready to get in there and shake/sharpen/some stuff up (or I jumped right in, I signed right on). First I needed to chisel down the list  of eleven songs to four and create an interesting cross section of what Billy Rubens and the Elevated Enzymes are. To me these were the first of the bunch to introduce the world to.

I’m going to share “EP 1” with you. It’s a boisterous journey through 4 songs with Billy Ruben and the Elevated Enzymes. These four tunes will take you through the landscape of their imagination and remind you of how much fun music can be.

AFI “Bodies”The band’s highly anticipated 11th studio album Released June 11, 2021

Finally! After months of teasing us with just a couple of tracks at a time, AFI has released Bodies, their newest effort since the Missing Man EP. 

This super talented quartet has created a high energy, diverse collection of songs. Together with Adam, Jade and Hunter I worked to get some awesome drums recorded for this album at my studio, Dave’s Room.

The band returned to the studio In May 2021 and tracked live for a special Daniel P. Carter BBC Radio 1 Session.

As Elana Chris says for Alternative Press:

“Make no mistake: Bodies brings with it serious divergences from the AFI we last heard in 2018. But divergence is precisely where they thrive. The record, though far-reaching, is hardly a haphazard attempt to reclaim the spirit of the ’80s. Rather, it’s a carefully curated exhibition of the band’s diverse inclinations. Now 11 albums into their tenure, they refuse to stagnate. Where their creative process leads, they follow with utmost enthusiasm and commitment, favoring self-loyalty over arbitrary confines of genre. The new era is beckoning—will you hear it?”

After 15 Years System of a Down Release Two New Tracks

System Of A Down
(Image credit: Armen Keleshian)

I am enormously proud of the latest project I engineered and recorded at Dave’s Room. Not only was it a privileged to work with the talented artists from System of a Down, but also it meant a lot to me to be involved with two such meaningful pieces of music. Both tracks, “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” focus on the terrible war being fought between the Armenia and the Armenian Republic of Artsahk and the combined forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey. 

Daron, Serj, Shavo, and John decided that the best way to bring attention to the plight of Armenians in Artsahk was to make music. The band has not recorded or released anything in the past 15 years, but they felt that the recent attacks by Azerbaijan and Turkey on the Republic of Artsahk (Nagorno-Karabakh), a disputed territory within the borders of Azerbaijan, needed and deserved any support they could give. I too, believe that Azerbaijan, with the help of Turkey, is attempting to eradicate Armenians in Artsahk and that the international community needs to acknowledge the independence of this region and censure both Azerbaijan and Turkey for their actions. I am proud to have recorded these two important, historic tracks at Dave’s Room. 

System of a Down will be donating all royalties earned from these two songs to the Armenian Fund. Their website, https://systemofadown.com/splash/ <%22>, eloquently explains the situation in Artsakh and tells you how you can purchase the music and support individuals with crucial and desperately needed aid as well as basic supplies. Each song is available for a minimum suggested donation of $1, which will be given to the US-based charity organization Armenia Fund, which assists those in need in Artsakh and Armenia with basic survival supplies.

LEWIS Debut, First Album since The Kinison

Chris Lewis

Here it is friends! Christopher Lee Lewis‘ first solo album since leaving The Kinison.
Christopher’s new musical endeavor LEWIS is now available at Bandcamp, or streaming at Spotify and Apple Music.

Why not make quarantine a stay-cation with this musical journey of 90’s flavored, jangley, grungy, indie pop? I promise a quick injection of fun and optimism.

https://musiclewis.bandcamp.com/album/son-on-the-floor

https://open.spotify.com/album/4BdZizGS6NZh6mSFj0QWAt

https://music.apple.com/us/album/son-on-the-floor/1515934589

LEWIS (ex-The Kinison vocalist) shares uplifting singles from new album produced by Paul Fig

Back in my Amen days (somewhere around 1999-2000), I met Chris Lewis.  He was incredibly young and had great energy. He was an Amen fan and we met after a show we played in Sauget, Illinois. He handed our singer a demo tape of his band, The Kinison. The visceral, bombastic sound captured on that tape told us the band had real potential.

I remember helping record early Kinison songs at Amen’s rehearsal space. It was a carpeted garage deep in Van Nuys and that’s where Chris and his band worked out their tunes.  Their demo “I Hate Black Sabbath” was recorded at Sound City, and it led Chris and The Kinison through a series of showcases and ultimately a record deal.

Chris and The Kinison were on their way, and they toured relentlessly in the early 2000s.

Many years later, we reconnected when The Kinison wanted to record a couple of tunes with me at Dave’s Room. This became the EP “Oh, the Guilt”

A few years later, Chris started to write on his own. He tracked 5 songs with a talented friend of ours, Manny Nieto, at his Suplex Studio in Los Angeles. Not long after that, Manny decided to move his studio to Hawaii and I mixed an EP from those 5 songs; it’s called, eponymously, “LEWIS”.

Chris was excited to have these tunes realized, and given our history and how comfortable we are working together, he asked if I would record his album. Over several weeks Chris sent me dozens of songs for “LEWIS”. His new music has a more singer-songwriter feel; jangly and grungy, but at the same time poetic and personal.  Chris is both relentless and prolific and while I was listening to the first group, he sent more and more songs. We decided on a recording date and he was still sending me music! Each tune was better than the last and out of the final group came “Tobi”, and “I’m Nervous Too” – two tracks that I knew had to be on the record.  

We worked hard and fast tracking live with Sam West on drums, and Frank Figueroa and Brian Duke on bass.  After 4 days of tracking and overdubs Chris had his first album recorded, “Son on the Floor”.

Mixing was fun – I kept the raw, honest performances and made sure Chris’ writing and intent really shone through. I am extremely proud of Chris and his new record. I am sure there will be more to come from LEWIS.

As Jedd Beaudoin from Pop Matters says: “the infectious single “Bathe Clean”, three minutes and six seconds that spotlight Lewis’ particular blend of humor, incisive observation and ability to create an unlikely but undeniable hook. Think of a sweeter Guided By Voices or songs where power-punk clichés are muted for the sake of the song and that’s some of what Lewis gets up to on” — PopMatters

Please enjoy The 4 singles leading up to LEWIS full length release August 21 “Son On The Floor”  on Sona Baby Records with these lyric videos.

Son On The Floor will be available on LP and download on August 21st, 2020 via Sona Baby Records. Pre-orders are available HERE

“I’m Nervous Too”

 

“Tobi”

“Bathe Clean”





 

“What You GIve”

Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind

At the beginning of 2019, Greg Fidelman assembled a crew to tackle capturing and documenting the energy that this monster of a band puts out. Tracking more songs than needed to make sure we had the best of the best, we worked 6-day weeks for months. as the clocked ticked closer and closer to the band’s tour schedule. With a lot of hard work we came screeching across the finish line!  I am proud to have worked alongside Producer Greg Fidelman, engineers Sara Killion, Greg Gordon, and Dan Monti, the always on it Bo Bodman, and Chaz Sexton at East West.

Slipknot- We Are Not Your Kind to be released August 9,  2019

Produced by Greg Fidelman, Mixed by (Evil) Joe Barresi

Deadland Ritual

Late in 2018 I had the chance to record Matt Sorum on drums, Geezer Butler on bass, Steve Stevens on guitar and Franky Perez on vocals. We tracked live at Henson to catch these amazing performances, then overdubbed vocals for the perfect take.

What an amazing few days it was sitting in the room with all this talent!

Alice in Chains ramp it up with new video

I had the pleasure of mixing Alice in Chains August 21st acoustic set live at the Space Needle for SiriusXM. Then mixed their live performance at the Crocodile Cafe on August 24th, the day their new album “Rainier Fog” was released. 

Now here they are again with new single Never Fade and video to go along with it.  Produced by Nick Raskulinecz, Engineered by(myself) Paul Fig, Mixed by Evil Joe Barresi.

As Taylor Fields from iHeart Radio says:

Alice In Chains is continuing their story from their “The One You Know” music video, with their official “Never Fade” visual.

The cinematic “Never Fade” music video picks up right where the storyline in “The One You Know” left off with the same two characters as we learn more about who (or rather what) they really are. And the visual ends open ended, which means that the story is likely to continue in the band’s next music video.

Alice In Chains’ William DuVall explains of the Adam Mason directed visual, “The ‘Never Fade’ video is a continuation of the ‘The One You Know.’ The full story will gradually be revealed. For now, check out what we love to do best – play live, and tell a story with our music.”