Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash has told Inland Valley Daily Bulletin that the writing for his next record — the third album with MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS — is 90 percent completed. The plan is for the band to enter the studio in the spring to begin recording the disc for a late 2016 release.
“The stuff for the next record is really great,” Slash said of the material. “One of the cool things about this band is that instead of peaking early and burning out is we’ve started at one place and escalated in terms of our creative inspiration.”
He continued: “It keeps getting better from record to record, which is a really nice thing to have happen, so yeah, we just seem to get more in a groove the longer we stay together and the harder we work on the road and so on. It just seems to come out in the new material.”
Asked if he prefers performing or recording in a studio, Slash said: “I live for live performing but I can’t perform live if I don’t record, ya know? I like writing and I like composing, seeing an idea through from beginning until it’s a complete song and all that, but at the end of the day, it’s all a means to get out on the road and play in front of an audience.”
Slash recently said that the material for the follow-up to the 2014 album “World On Fire” was sounding “very rhythmic and that’s definitely something that, for me personally, I’m going for.” He added: “We’ll see what that turns into. It changes. It sort of evolves; you start out with one idea and that sort of morphs into another idea. At this point it sounds like it’s going to be really awesome, so I’m excited about it.”
Slash told Classic Rock magazine about his songwriting approach: “On the road is the platform that I find is the easiest for me to work on new material,” he said. “It’s easier here than it is for me to do when I’m at home. So I just get going. I take my phone and I record ideas on the phone and then we jam stuff at soundchecks; when we have soundchecks. So we compile a bunch of ideas, and then when the tour is over, we go home and, sort of, hash them out.”
“World On Fire” sold around 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on September 16, 2014 via Slash’s own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Roadrunner Records (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America).
“World On Fire” is the second album to feature Slash’s regular backing band, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, and follows up 2012’s “Apocalyptic Love”, which sold around 38,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart.
On Slash self-titled solo effort he employed a different vocalist on each track, before settling on ALTER BRIDGE member Kennedy for both touring and eventually recording.