Paul & Gene talk about new KISS recording.
Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons
KISS talk about their new disc on their official website.
MESSAGE FROM PAUL
THIS IS KISS. CLASSIC KISS!
If you been reading KISSONLINE, it’s no surprise to you now. We ARE done recording our new album.
What might well be a surprise is that at the least, the album is right up there with our best. As much as we may have tried at some other times to achieve this, the chemistry, line-up or lack of total commitment from everyone might have been cause for it being impossible. Not now. Not this time.
I know that when you hear it you will agree.
Before we began the album, I said I was only interested in doing it if I produced and we followed set ground rules; Total commitment by everyone, pure guitar driven KISS, no outside writers, no outside players and my opinion and say would always be final.
All said yes and I know we’d all say we’ve never had more fun together.
All four of us made this our priority. Everyone was involved everyday. From the first day of writing to the last day of recording everyone was there giving 100% to making this the album we knew we had in us. I’ve never seen Gene more selfless (yes…Gene!), focused or harder working. His bass playing, songs and overall contribution help to make this the album you’ve wanted for so long. Without his spirit, this wouldn’t have been possible.
As far as Tommy’s guitar playing, he took this chance at bat to consistently hit it out of the park. His playing is fiery and rooted firmly in our history, while making his own mark. Tommy’s singing, writing contributions and total involvement made clear what’s been missing for so long.
In the twenty years I’ve known Eric, I’ve never seen him this relaxed or creative. His playing is the foundation of our next step forward. Relentless and full of spit and swagger. Many lead singers don’t have Eric’s chops or range. He’s singing great on his track and all over the album.
Wait till you hear what we’ve got for you.
Do I sound proud of everyone and what we’ve done together? I am, and I should be.
Eleven songs. Eleven winners.
This IS KISS. Classic KISS.
It’s been a long time coming.
MESSAGE FROM GENE
BEST KISS ALBUM IN 30 YEARS!
Our new album (title of which you’ll just have to wait a bit longer for) is just a few steps from being completely done. We’re planning on re-visiting one of the eleven songs, to make sure it’s gotten everything it deserves. Maybe re-arranging it one last time. Then, time to mix.
The entire writing and recording process of the album harkened back to an earlier, more innocent time. A time that produced albums such as ROCK AND ROLL OVER and LOVE GUN. And, the new songs have that feeling, I have to say.
It all started with a point of view Paul had. The view had to do with ignoring the times, ignoring the critics, not over thinking who and what we are…and that we had nothing to prove to anyone….nothing. We have been releasing albums and touring for 35 years and why wouldn’t we want to do an ‘honest’ record. Just do it!!! And, he wanted to produce the album himself!!!
While it’s true in the past we had produced KISS records together. And we had both produced other acts outside of KISS. But here was Paul saying he wanted to shoulder the responsibility and burden of steering the good ship KISS on his own.
He was serious. And, I saw it was real. I saw the commitment he was going to make to the album and the band… and I agreed. We all trusted each other and saw the same vision of the band…and perhaps democracy is overrated…and sooner or later, someone had to decide.
And I will tell you here and now, he’s done a great job.
The process of writing songs involved both writing separately, but often, in hotel rooms and rehearsal halls, literally starting from scratch and throwing riffs and chords at each other. Then working on melody and lyric…starting alone, then bringing it into the rehearsal halls and even during recording, we would often critique the lyrics all the way down to the last minute.
Tommy really stepped up in the songwriting area….co-wrote some songs with us and actually sings his first song on a KISS album.
Eric, likewise was always encouraging and of course, provided his always dependable bombastic drumming style. But unlike other drummers, Eric is also a great singer. Wait until you hear him tear it up on his lead vocal.
What else, you ask?
Well, Paul and I trade vocals on a few tunes and had a lot to say about each other’s songs…
Result? Maybe the best record we’ve done in 30 years.
Bold statement? You bet.
Wait till you hear it.
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