PAUL STANLEY Talks KISS Monster Album - "'Back To The Stone Age' Is Really More A Battle Cry Of Getting Back To Basics"
In a Q&A with San Diego Union-Tribune, KISS
Paul Stanley discusses the band's upcoming studio album, Monster. An
excerpt follows: Q:
How different or similar is your impetus for making music now than 20 or 30 years ago?A:
"Interesting question. You sure this is for the San Diego
newspaper? I think it’s, well, it comes from a much more fertile place
(now), because - as you live - in some way or another, your experience
or perspective is enhanced and influenced by your life. So the danger
is, as time goes on, you can find yourself a more adept songwriter, but
not writing better songs. Because I don’t believe the key to writing
great rock ‘n’ roll is honing your songwriting expertise. Sometimes,
that can get in the way. You almost have to make an effort, on some
level, to deprogram yourself and unlearn things. Because the beauty of
some of the earlier material (you write) is its lack of restrictions, a
lack of understanding of the so-called laws of writing. And, as you
continue, you learn a craft that may get in the way of the essence of
what rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to be."Q:
If my hearing is accurate, the lyrics to the song 'Back To The
Stone Age' on the upcoming new KISS album start: 'In the beginning there
was darkness and there was light / At the dawn of creation there was
fear / In the dead of night there was thunder...' Did you at any point
think of Spinal Tap and Stonehenge?A: "
Hah! I don’t think any rock band born of that period when we
were can get away without, at some point, parallels being drawn (with
Spinal Tap). I don’t see it there (in that song), but Spinal Tap had a
lot of bands squirming in their seats when they saw it. We’ve all been
there, to one degree. Every band can look at some scenes in that movie
and say: ‘That was us.’ But (the song) 'Back To The Stone Age' - is
really more a battle cry of getting back to basics."Q:
Is that a mantra for the new album?A: "
I think so. I consider myself an Anglophile and the bands I grew
up listening to are 99.9 percent British. But that music wouldn’t exist
unless they had listened to (Delta blues pioneer) ROBERT JOHNSON and
BLIND BOY FULLER and LITTLE RICHARD. What I loved about English music is
it took the roots of great American music and put it on steroids and
dressed it up, and interpreted it in a way that, to me, was very
appealing. Going to the Fillmore and seeing all these bands, there was
so much style to them, visually, and an incredible sexuality, to a lot
of them. And they also, in their own way, took (HOWLIN' WOLF lead
guitarist) Hubert Sumlin and all things that were the foundation of
American blues and took it somewhere else."
Read more at this location.KISS
will be the featured guest on US nationally syndicated radio
show Rockline with host Bob Coburn today, Monday, August 13th at 8:30pm
PT/11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with KISS toll free
at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For more information on finding a station near
you and for information regarding how to log onto the internet
broadcast go to Rocklineradio.com. The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.
KISS will release their new studio album, Monter, on October 16th. Monster tracklisting:
'Hell Or Hallelujah'
'Wall Of Sound'
'Back To The Stone Age'
'Long Way Down'
'Eat Your Heart Out'
'The Devil Is Me'
'Outta This World'
'All For The Love Of Rock & Roll'
'Take Me Down Below'
'Right Here Right Now'
Pre-orders for the album are available now via iTunes stores worldwide.