Kiss “Born Again” With Walmart’s “Sonic Boom”: Band Talks New LP

August 17th, 2009 by Steve Appleford Leave a reply »

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“Is there any way to play it back on a man’s level?” says Gene Simmons, requesting more volume and rolling his eyes at Conway Studios in Los Angeles. Kiss are finishing up Sonic Boom, the band’s first new studio album in 11 years, and the God of Thunder wants to hear the songs played back at maximum loudness.

The band announced today that the 11-song Sonic Boom will be released October 6th in the U.S. and Canada exclusively in Walmart stores. The album will be part of a three-disc set that includes a CD of re-recorded greatest hits and a live DVD from a recent tour stop in Buenos Aires. “The world’s biggest retailer,” Simmons boasts in a statement, “had better get ready for the hottest band in the world and hire more cashiers.” The band will celebrate the new LP at a September 25th gig at Detroit’s Cobo Arena.

Back at the studio, Simmons and lifetime musical partner Paul Stanley radiate supreme confidence as they reveal the new songs, which reflect the same charged in-your-face sensibility, if not the actual sound, of their classic ’70s work. The album was produced by Stanley and is the first to feature the current lineup of guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer (who replaced founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss early this decade).

Kiss have remained active as a hugely successful touring act around the world, but the new album is a surprise from a band that hasn’t released a studio album since the disappointing Psycho Circus in 1998. “We tried to do a Kiss album, and it was an ill-fated attempt because there was no real band,” says Stanley, relaxing behind the control board at Conway, his shirt opened to a chest of medallions and chains. “For a band to make a great album, it has to share a common purpose, and we...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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