Stone Temple Pilots' Dean DeLeo teases new album of "beautiful things" and "heavy moments"
When Stone Temple Pilots hit the road next spring, they'll not only be showcasing their new singer, Jeff Gutt, they'll be bringing out new material from their forthcoming album. As guitarist Dean DeLeo tells Billboard, the new album sounds "very STP."
"It goes from acoustic-based, beautiful things to really hard-hitting, heavy moments," he says. "We just have that ability to not be in one place, musically. So this record is just like any other STP record in that regard."
The first preview of the new album is the single "Meadow," which was released the day after Gutt was introduced as the new Stone Temple Pilots lead singer during a November show in Los Angeles. The reveal came nearly two years after STP first announced they'd be holding open auditions to find a new vocalist in February 2016, two months after the death of original frontman Scott Weiland.
"[Weiland] did not make this an easy task," DeLeo says of the audition process. "I'll put the blame on him; The guy was incredible in every sense of the word. He was an extraordinary poet, an extraordinary lyricist. He had this gift of melody and he really knew how a song worked. And that's what really turned our heads with Jeff, because he brought that in, too."
Throughout his life, Weiland's drug use overshadowed his music, and DeLeo says he sometimes "felt like I was slighted with Scott."
"As great as he was, my entire life was two steps forward and three steps back," DeLeo says. "So I'll tell you, it was a real pleasure to be able to write and record a record under these circumstances [with Gutt]. It's something I haven't experienced in decades, so this feels great."
The new STP album is due out next year.
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