SIXX: A.M. — the band consisting of Nikki Sixx (also of MÖTLEY CRÜE), DJ Ashba (also of GUNS N’ ROSES) and James Michael — will release a new EP, “7”, on December 13. The effort, which 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” — is available for streaming in its entirety at AOL Music.
“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)
Speaking to AOL‘s Noisecreep, Michael stated about “7”, “I’ve always loved the concept of taking a song that is already successful and familiar with listeners, and doing something different with it to change its focus.
“The idea of this record works really well with SIXX: A.M. since our fans have really connected with the meanings of our songs. Whether it’s the heavier stuff, or one of our piano ballads, they’ve always attached themselves to the words of these songs. I really love that about our fans.
“So what we did with ‘7’ is present a bunch of our songs in different arrangements to give listeners a chance to maybe see them in a new light. It’s us reinterpreting our own songs. What we didn’t want to do is just take the songs and simply strip them down to an acoustic thing.”
When asked if there was any hidden meaning to the number 7 in the EP’s title,” Michael said, “We’ve had a lot of fun teasing the release of this EP, but no, there isn’t anything really about the number 7 besides the number of tracks on the release. It has nothing to do with the seven deadly sins or anything like that. If some our fans come up with a better meaning for the title, we’ll gladly take it [laughs].”
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 sold 30,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart. 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.