Jerry Cantrell

Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell Debuts “Atone” Music Video, New Solo Album “Brighten” Due In October


Alice In Chains, etc. guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell has set “Brighten” as the title to his upcoming new solo album, which will be out October 29th. That effort will be his first proper solo venture since 2002’s two-part “Degradation Trip“.

The track “Atone” has been unveiled as the first single from the release and is streaming below. That cut has origins dating back roughly two decades, with Cantrell stating of it:

“As a fan of Ennio Morricone scores and Sergio Leone movies, it’s got a bit of that outlaw vibe, with a cool psycho hillbilly stomp. It’s been kicking around in my head for like 20-plus years, haunting me. Sometimes it takes a while for a good idea to find its best form. Such was the case with ‘Atone.'”

The music video for “Atone” was shot over four days this past June in Joshua Tree, MadHouse Studios in Phoenix, AZ, FD Studios in Los Angeles, CA and the Salton Sea. Jim Louvau & Tony Aguilera co-directed it.

Cantrell co-produced “Brighten” alongside Tyler Bates and Paul Fig. The album found Cantrell joined in the studio with rotating cast of guest musicians that included:

  • Greg Puciato (The Black Queen, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.)
  • Gil Sharone (Saudade, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.)
  • Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses)
  • Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney, etc.)
  • Michael Rozon
  • Vincent Jones (ex-The Grapes Of Wrath, etc.)
  • Jordan Lewis
  • Lola Bates
  • Matias Ambrogi-Torres

Cantrell commented of that:

“It was like an old school seventies record where a multitude of musicians played. So it’s not a set band. I got to make music with a bunch of people I never had before, along with friends like Duff, Tyler, and Gil who I’ve worked with previously.”

As for the included cover of Elton John‘s “Goodbye“, Cantrell had Elton himself sign off on the track, offering:

“Out of respect to Elton, I wouldn’t include it unless he said it was OK. He’d played piano on ‘Black Gives Way to Blue,’ which I wrote for Layne, so I reached out to Elton, he listened to it, and told me ‘You should absolutely use it.’ I got the signoff by the man himself. I couldn’t think of a better way to close the record!”

Brighten” track listing:

01 – “Atone
02 – “Brighten
03 – “Prism Of Doubt
04 – “Black Hearts And Evil Done
05 – “Siren Song
06 – “Had To Know
07 – “Nobody Breaks You
08 – “Dismemebered
09 – “Goodbye” (Elton John cover)

[via Rolling Stone]

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