A teaser for the official video for "Driving Rain", the new single from SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "Living The Dream", which will be released September 21 via Slash's own label Snakepit Records in partnership with Roadrunner.
"Living The Dream" — Slash's fourth solo album, and third with his band featuring Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass and vocals) and Frank Sidoris (guitar and vocals) — is possibly the group's strongest collective statement to date. From the barnstorming, high-octane riffery of opener "Call Of The Wild" to the wah-drenched funk rock of "Read Between The Lines", the haunting majesty of "Lost Inside The Girl" to the swaggering deep-in-the-pocket seventies grooves of "Serve You Right", the stately, quasi-classical melodic themes of "The Great Pretender" to the massive hooks and anthemic, singalong choruses of first single "Driving Rain", "Living The Dream" packs a compendium of sounds and styles into 12 tightly arranged and sharply executed tracks, all of it shot through with Slash's trademark electrifying and dynamic riffing and high-wire, lyrical solos.
"It's a natural progression from 'World On Fire', for sure," Slash said of the new album. "I think it has a little more diversity — some of the ideas are not really what I would consider to be predictable." At the same time, he adds, "The record is also a bit more structured, with songs that are shorter and more to the point than last time." Kennedy concurred. "I don't know that there are as many of those sort of 'epic sonic journeys' that we took on the last record," he said. "Although there are songs that take you on a trip, like 'Lost Inside The Girl'. But overall, a lot of these songs — things like 'My Antidote', 'Read Between The Lines', 'Slow Grind' — they're pretty precise statements, and they definitely fall in line with the type of sound we're known for. There's a certain type of sonic calling card that we've developed over the years, and you can hear it front and center on this record."
"It's just a snapshot of where we're at," Slash continued, summing up "Living The Dream". "Which is what we're going for with each new album — to be present in what we're doing and come up with something that is representative of and reflects this moment in time."
Regarding the title of the new disc, Slash laughed and explained: "Well, you know, the album title is actually meant to be a sarcastic statement about the world we're living in at the moment. I never wax political on records, but it was just something that came to mind — this tongue-in-cheek thing directed at social political events across the globe."
That said, Slash continued, "If you do take it in the literal sense, then, yeah, making records and touring and getting up onstage every day and playing music with these guys, that is the essence of living the dream. And that's why I was always dead-set on getting back together with this band and continuing to do this. And I always knew it would happen. Because THE CONSPIRATORS story is not over yet."
SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS will kick off a U.S. headlining tour on September 13 in Los Angeles. Each ticket purchased online to a headlining show will include a digital copy of "Living The Dream".