SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside James Michael and D.J. Ashba (GUNS N' ROSES), is continuing work on its sophomore album for a tentative late 2010/early 2011 release. Sixx writes on his MySpace blog, "Just finished all the bass tracks on the SIXX: A.M. album this week. James and I have a few lyric re-writes before he starts laying down final vocals.
"Listening back to all the songs the other day really put the album in perspective on how far we've pushed our selves. I think the biggest challenge now is lyrically to outdo what we've done musically."
Paul R. Brown, who has previously worked with SLIPKNOT, MÖTLEY CRÜE, KORN, GODSMACK and AVENGED SEVENFOLD, is writing the video treatment for the first single from SIXX: A.M.'s upcoming album.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Sixx stated that the next SIXX: A.M. CD will be another concept piece, but he wouldn't reveal the storyline yet. "As a lyricist, I'm really trying to raise my level of quality," Sixx said. "Being able to say something lyrically, to say something that will do more than just be words, is really hard. It's easy to do when you're writing a chapter of a book or writing poetry, but it's really hard to do when you're confined to a melody line."
Considering the fact that SIXX: A.M.'s debut, "The Heroin Diaries", has shifted more than 300,000 copies in the U.S. to date, there is quite a bit of pressure on SIXX: A.M. to deliver a worthy follow-up effort, but Sixx told Billboard.com he is doing his best to put it aside.
"There are expectations, but you have to ignore them," he said. "SIXX: A.M. is a passion project. I think when you do things like that and put your heart into them and do your best and don't necessarily put them on a marketing grid, that's when things turn out the best."