Audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on “Bag Of Bones”, the ninth studio album from Swedish hard rockers EUROPE, can be streamed on the official web site of the band’s guitarist, John Norum. Due on April 27 via earMusic/Edel, the CD, which features a guest appearance by blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), was produced by Kevin Shirley, who has previously worked with IRON MAIDEN, JOE BONAMASSA, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, BLACK STONE CHERRY and JOURNEY, among others.
“Bag Of Bones” track listing:
01. Riches To Rags
02. Not Supposed To Sing The Blues
04. Bag Of Bones
06. My Woman My Friend
07. Demon Head
08. Drink And A Smile
10. Mercy You Mercy Me
11. Bring It All Home
The “Not Supposed To Sing The Blues” digital single was made available on March 9.
Commented EUROPE singer Joey Tempest: “Kevin Shirley did such a great job capturing the spirit of this band. He just let us do our thing and then pushed us and our songs to the max. Finally we express ourselves completely without restraint. Straight from heart and soul. It took some time but we have arrived!”
Added EUROPE guitar virtuoso John Norum: “Why drive VW beetle when you can drive a Rolls Royce?! ‘Bag Of Bones’ is a classic rock album with lots of class. Even my mom likes it!”
Regarding the new CD title, EUROPE drummer Ian Haugland said, “It’s not [called ‘Bag Of Bones’] because we all have lost tons of weight or found a new interest in archeology or dogs… It’s just because it sounds fuckin’ cool!”
In a July 2011 press release, Tempest stated about EUROPE‘s new CD, “We still feel we have one hell of a rock record to make. Kevin‘s the man for the job. We love his work with BONAMASSA, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, and BLACK STONE CHERRY. He’s the real deal. We’re ready to do some serious damage.”
Last year, EUROPE met up with Shirley in Stockholm to discuss the direction of the next album. Based on reactions from the fans and media, EUROPE‘s 2009 album, “Last Look At Eden”, proved to be the band’s most important record since “The Final Countdown”. “I’ve been a big fan of EUROPE‘s work for many years,” said Shirley. “The band is influential and highly underrated. I can’t wait to make the upcoming album their most explosive to date.”
The new material suggests a more straightforward rock approach evident in “Doghouse” — a new song EUROPE performed on their most recent U.K. tour. The song is also featured on EUROPE‘s “Europe: Live at Shepherd’s Bush” DVD, released in August 2011 via earMUSIC CDs and DVDs.
earMUSIC last year released a limited deluxe book with pictures by Denis O’Regan. “Live Look At Eden” features exclusive live audio and the stunning performance at 2010’s iTunes Festival in London.