Sweetwater's Nick Bowcott recently checked in with Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS), one of the most distinctive guitarists to evolve from the Seattle music scene. In the clip below, Cantrell explains his rig, how he got involved with amp guru Dave Friedman, and much more.
Cantrell said in a recent interview with SiriusXM that ALICE IN CHAINS' new single, "The One You Know", was inspired by legendary late rock artist David Bowie. Cantrell explained: "It's really aggressive. It's got a super-aggro riff. I was thinking kind of Bowie when I was writing it, a little bit, so it's got kind of a metal 'Fame' shuffle to it, kind of almost. It's a good aggro riff and it's got the classic ALICE IN CHAINS chorus, with a weird kind of trippy middle part."
"The One You Know" is taken from ALICE IN CHAINS' upcoming sixth full-length studio LP, which is due out later this year. The title has not yet been revealed.
Cantrell added about the new disc: "I wouldn't say that the rest of the record sounds like ['The One You Know'], but that's a good indicator of what the rest of the record kind of feels like. There's a lot of edgy stuff there, a lot of rocking stuff, a lot of weird stuff, and some pretty stuff in there too."
The new LP follows up 2013's "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here". Regarding the five-year gap between records, Cantrell remarked: "We've been really fortunate in most of our career to be able to make music when we feel like it rather than having to be on somebody else's schedule, which is really nice. So we take advantage of that."
ALICE IN CHAINS has just completed a short spring tour that finished up on May 19 in Philadelphia. After hitting Europe and Israel, the band will start a second leg on August 22 in Vancouver.