HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale spoke to Sweden's RockSverige.se about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2015's "Into The Wild Life" album. She said: "You have no idea the weird songs I've been writing, subject matter and musically. Musically, it's kinda been a long journey to the beginning, so we're kinda going back to our total roots. We're gonna do a rock record this time. It's like total balls to the wall, but lyrically, it's been a little weird and that's my fault."
She continued: "You display so much about your life that you kinda don't wanna repeat yourself, and after a couple of records, you're, like, 'Okay, I wanna show a little more about this,' and 'I wanna go a little deeper here,' so I feel like this next record is gonna be the extreme on both ends where you're gonna see an extreme debaucherous side of me, which I have been very much embracing the past couple of years, and then you're gonna see an extreme hangover, vulnerable side of me. It's a lot of fun, and at the same time, you have no idea what you're in for, so be warned! [Laughs] I think that's the first time I've actually ever said that."
Hale also talked about some of her earliest experiences of sexism in the music industry. She said: "I'm not blind to it, but I do put blinders to it most times, because really the only person I'm judging myself on is myself and my bandmates, because if I feel that I did a good job, then fuck everybody else. If I don't feel like I'm doing a good job, it's on me. But, of course, there's been multiple [instances where that has happened]… One was before we got a guitar tech, and I was changing my strings on my guitar, and some guy came up to me [and said], 'My girlfriend never does that for me.' The other thing was [someone saying to me], 'You sing pretty good for a girl, but you weren't very clear, like in your conviction.' And my response was, 'Well, so there's AEROSMITH and there's DIO and there's everybody that literally… and they yell all the time. I do that same thing.'
She added: "I'm not Celine Dion. I never prided myself on being that. I'm not that person, so I'm not trying to be that, but I think there's a misconception that girls, because they are in tradition the fairer sex, they should be much more perfect than the boys, but the truth is that we're not perfect. In fact, we're probably more imperfect. Given my experience with most boys, we are…okay, let me put the record straight: Guys fuck things up in a matter of dollars, as in things you can measure in money. Girls are fucked up in the head, as in they will shit on your soul and make you do things you don't wanna do. I'm well aware of that. Bitches be crazy and I'm one of them. At the same time, you have to accept the fact that everyone is a little bit screwed up and there's an element of raw to what we do. It's rock and roll, so if you're not pushing the boundaries of what you do, you're doing it wrong. I don't know. My point is that for the most part, I really just wanna be good for myself and my band and then what everyone else does… pffft, you can do whatever you want."
HALESTORM is currently preparing to record a third covers EP to follow 2011's "ReAniMate" and 2013's "ReAniMate 2.0".
The band's first two albums, 2009's "Halestorm" and 2012's "The Strange Case Of…" were both officially certified gold in March by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales of more than 500,000 copies. The certifications came after RIAA started including on-demand audio and video streams and a track sale equivalent in gold and platinum album award.
"Into The Wild Life" debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 56,000 copies in its first week of release — more than double the first-week haul of their second CD — but has not reached gold yet.