HALESTORM vocalist Lzzy Hale and drummer Arejay Hale recently spoke with Kaytie of the Wisconsin radio station Razor 94.7 about the group's in-progress new album. The full chat can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):
On whether the band is doing anything differently this time around:
Lzzy: "We started pre-production in a different way. We kind of went in with nothing, with our producer, Nick Raskulinecz, and just started recording and creating. We finally hit on a few things and recorded some songs, and our management already thinks we have the first single and they haven't even heard everything yet. As soon as we finish this tour, we go right back in, and we're hoping to get it done before the new year."
Arejay: "It's like organized chaos at this point, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, so that's good."
Lzzy: "The recording process from our first record until now has kind of widened, and gotten a lot less assembly-line, and less organized."
Arejay: "It's a much more organic process than the way that we've done the previous records, which is just to do the writing process and then the pre-production process, get the demos together and then basically just go in and record. We actually went in the studio with no songs and started writing them from the ground up with no other writer but just the four of us and our producer. It's been great. I think it took finding a producer that really worked that way. Nick really fits us like a glove, and he brings out so much personality in all of us, and in all of the music."
Lzzy: "Everybody's firing on all cylinders. It feels like we're back in our parents' basement trying to hash it out. There's four sides to HALESTORM — it's not just about me being the singer and whoever playing in the background. I think this is going to be the first record where you can really hear what puts HALESTORM together. We're all doing things that we've always been able to show during our live show, but now we're finally capturing it."
On the input and feedback they've received so far:
Lzzy: "Our A&R guy basically told me... 'If you want me to set you up with writers, if you want me to be involved, if you want me not to be involved, let me know, and let me know when you think you have the record done.' I'm like, 'Are you sick?' Because this is not the way this usually goes down. They've been putting a lot of trust in us, and that was really, really scary at first, because we've been go-go-go-go-go for years, so it's kind of like, 'Just tell me what to do' — and now it's like, 'Well, what do you want to do?' And so, we're like, 'What do we want to do?' It's been a lot of fun."
Arejay: "Over the years, we've gotten so used to working under pressure all the time, with time limits and pressure to get it out at a certain date. We do feel pressure to get it out as soon as possible, but we definitely feel that we can now officially say, 'We're not putting this out until done and we're happy with it.'"
On what fans can expect:
Lzzy: "I feel like this is going to be our most rock record to date, even more so than I think the first and second record. Nick is bringing that out of us. Everything has got this... there's teeth to it."
HALESTORM's next album is tentatively due in the spring of 2018. It will be the follow-up to 2015's "Into The Wild Life", which was criticized by some fans for veering too far into pop music territory.
Earlier this year, the band released "ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP", which featured an eclectic mix of songs from artists like METALLICA, SOUNDGARDEN, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, SOPHIE B. HAWKINS, TWENTY ONE PILOTS and WHITESNAKE.