Peter Keevil of The Midlands Rocks conducted an interview with FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward at this year’s Download festival, which was held June 8-10 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now listen to the chat using the Mixcloud player below.
FOZZY‘s new album, “Sin And Bones”, will be released on August 14 (one day earlier internationally) via the group’s new label, Century Media Records. The cover artwork for the CD can be seen below.
Fan-filmed video footage of FOZZY performing a brand new song, “Sandpaper”, at the pre-awards show boat party that cruised up the Thames to the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards on Monday, June 11 at Indigo2 in London, England can be seen below.
Speaking to U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine, FOZZY singer — and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho — stated about how the new album title came about, “It’s actually pretty funny. It’s such a deep title and it can mean a lot of things. But how it really came about was Rich was texting me, saying, ‘Man, I’ve gotta eat something on this tour. I’m all skin and bones.’ And ‘skin and bones,’ he missed the [letter] ‘k’ and it came out [as] ‘sin and bones.’ And I showed it to him. I go, ‘Dude, what do you think of this as an album title?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, it’s perfect.'”
In an interview with Sophie K of Total Rock at this year’s Download festival, which was held June 8-10 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom, Jericho said about FOZZY‘s new CD, “Every artist says this, but it’s definitely the best thing we’ve ever done. It kind of takes the FOZZY concept of what we do best, which is very heavy with very melodic choruses and a lot of harmonies. We’re just super-proud of it. We worked on it for the last eight months.”
He added, “We said we wanna make this like our ‘black’ album where all the songs kind of fit the same vibe. They’re kind of darker lyrically, darker songs, but still catchy and hooky. So I’m really proud of the lyrics that I wrote for this. When I write lyrics, I give them to Rich Ward, and he takes them and writes riffs and songs based around what he feels the tone of the songs are. And I guess the lyrics I wrote are very dark, because it’s a very dark record.”
When asked if the “darker” vibe of the new album is reflection of personal things that might have gone on in his life, Jericho said, “I don’t think so. I’ve just always been more attuned to that. Like, I write by songtitles. I read somewhere something about somebody woke up with a spider in their mouth. And I was like, ‘Spider In My Mouth’. That’s like the best title I could ever think of. So I wrote a bunch of lyrics that kind of fit that vibe. So a songtitle will lead… The first single is called ‘Sandpaper’. And it’s not about a piece of paper that you rub on your face that chafes you, it’s just about an abrasive type of a feeling that you might have toward somebody. So it’s just stuff like that. But we still sing it with a smile on our faces.”
Speaking about some of the individual songs that make up the new FOZZY album, Jericho said, “We’ve been playing ‘Sandpaper’ live, and right off the bat people are bobbing their heads. So people can get into it right away, which is cool. I mean, there are so many great songs. There’s another song called ‘She’s My Addiction’, which is kind of a more [THE ROLLING] STONES-y, GUNS N’ ROSES-type thing, but also very dark. Phil Campbell played a solo for it, from MOTÖRHEAD; he’s been a very good friend of the band. There’s a song called ‘Inside My Head’. There’s an 11-minute song about D-Day called ‘Storm The Beaches’. ‘Blood Happens’… that’s a heavy one.”
Elaborating further on how the “Spider In My Mouth” songtitle came about, Jericho said, “I read it in a Stephen King book. It said, ‘He couldn’t have been more disgusted if he woke up with a spider in his mouth. And I was like, ‘Ahhh… Dude, how heavy is that?’ And I wrote it down in my little songtitles book and about a year or two later, I went back and I looked through and it was like, ‘Boom, I could do something with that.’ So…”
Ward previously stated about the forthcoming CD, “Although every band says ‘this is the best thing we’ve ever done,’ I can honestly say that this new album is going to blow everyone away. It’s the epitome of who FOZZY is as a band and will expand upon the ultra-heavy yet super melodic and hooky territory that we’ve refined for the last 12 years. I have a strong feeling that this will be known as our definitive masterpiece for years to come.”
FOZZY last year parted ways with bassist Sean Delson and replaced him with Paul DiLeo (ADRENALINE MOB).
FOZZY released the “Remains Alive Chasing The Grail” two-CD set on July 18, 2011 via Edel‘s international rock label earMUSIC.
FOZZY was already on the map as the band with the pro wrestler singer, but “Chasing The Grail” broke them as a proper band. It hit #6 on the U.S. Heatseekers charts and the single “Martyr No More” was a theme song for the WWE Royal Rumble. “Remains Alive” is a 2005 live album (recorded in Australia) that was previously available in digital format only.
“Chasing The Grail” sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 6 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.