“7”, the new EP from SIXX: A.M. — the band consisting of Nikki Sixx (also of MÖTLEY CRÜE), DJ Ashba (also of GUNS N’ ROSES) and James Michael — sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort contains acoustic versions of songs from the group’s first two albums — 2007’s “The Heroin Diaries” soundtrack and 2011’s “This Is Gonna Hurt”.
“7” track listing:
01. Lies Of The Beautiful People (acoustic)
02. This Is Gonna Hurt (acoustic)
03. Life Is Beautiful (acoustic)
04. Help Is On The Way (acoustic)
05. Sure Feels Right (acoustic)
06. Pray For Me (acoustic)
07. Accidents Can Happen (acoustic)
Commented Michael: “A couple of months ago, I asked all of you what songs from [the first two SIXX: A.M. albums] ‘The Heroin Diaries’ soundtrack and ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’ you would want to hear stripped down, pulled apart and reconstructed from a different perspective… your response was amazing and passionate… as a result, ‘7’ was born.
“This was an incredible experience for the three of us because it caused us to explore way beyond the initial creations and rediscover the songs in a light that you helped us find. ”
SIXX: A.M. recently revealed plans to film a video for the song “Skin” in the Los Angeles area. The band put out a casting call for people whom the song has affected personally because of their own scars — whether physical or under the surface.
“Skin” comes off SIXX: A.M.‘s sophomore album, “This Is Gonna Hurt”, which has sold 92,000 copies since its May 2011 release. Released on May 3, the 11-track CD is a companion piece to Sixx‘s “This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx” book, a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, “The Heroin Diaries”.
“This Is Gonna Hurt” is part photo, part journal — but all Nikki Sixx. It is a collection of compelling snapshots and stories that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination that shape his work. Told with the raw authenticity that defined his New York Times bestseller “The Heroin Diaries”, “This Is Gonna Hurt” chronicles Sixx‘s experience, from references to his early years filled with toxic waste to his success with MÖTLEY CRÜE, his death from an OD and rebirth to his addictions to music, photography, and love along with the journey of photographing these images over the past couple of years.
The “This Is Gonna Hurt” album as a whole deals with many raw, human issues. Nikki talks about the CD as “pulling back the veil on your internal truth,” saying, “We are who we are… Either poisonous and evil or honest and willing… Willing to make a difference… I haven’t led the life of a saint nor do I intend on it now.” The album — produced entirely by James Michael with writing credits going to Sixx, Michael, Ashba and band friends John William Lowrey and Blair Daly — dives deep into meandering emotions through epic melodies. The resulting work is a deep, dark and intoxicatingly addictive mix of sounds and passion.