30 Seconds To Mars Sing About Survival on “This Is War”

December 8th, 2009 by Chris Harris Leave a reply »

At some point today, Jared Leto will walk into a record store to carry on a band tradition: picking up a copy of 30 Seconds to Mars‘ latest disc, long-awaited third studio LP This Is War. When the band’s last album A Beautiful Lie dropped, he snatched up 10 copies on release day, but he plans to buy many more copies of War, an ambitious collection of experimental rock shaped by the band’s tumultuous last two years, during which they grappled with personal struggles and got sued by their label, Virgin Records, for $30 million.

“This record is about survival,” explains Leto. “We had a very intense time making this one. It was a two-year creative battle that was ferocious and tough but creatively rewarding, and all of those adverse elements, in hindsight, made us stronger and made the record stronger. I think a lot of people will be very, very surprised by this album, especially people who may have had an idea about what this band was and what we we’re all about.”

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Leto explains that the album captures 30 Seconds to Mars, who’ll be wrapping a brief tour of the states on December 20th, in the midst of transformation. “We grew into ourselves a little bit more on this one,” he explains. “It’s much more electronic and experimental, with lots of vintage synths. The whole record was wrapped around this intense two-year period, where it felt like the whole world was falling apart and massive changes were going on. I think you can hear that in the sound of this album.”

In March, 30 Seconds to Mars will head out on another U.S. headlining run, with a host of still-to-be-determined opening acts. Leto says the shows the band’s been playing have been intimate, which allows for loads of fan interaction. ...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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