Black Country Communion's 3rd album 'Afterglow' will be released
October 30th and vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes has spoken about the
album and offered an insight into each of the 11 tracks.
The band, consisting of Hughes, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, drummer
Jason Bonham and keyboardist Derek Sherinian joined forces after
producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith) saw
Hughes and Bonamassa jamming together in 2009. He suggested they
form a band and recruit Jason Bonham.
The tracklisting for the album is:
Afterglow track listing:
This Is Your Time
Glenn Hughes breaks down the album track-by-track:
'Big Train': "It's very quirky and British-sounding. Jason
Bonham is an incredible timekeeper. I love the way he provides the
engine room on that song."
'This Is Your Time': "Let's give Jason Bonham a little more
love. He writes his songs on an iPhone whilst driving his car,
which is completely nuts. It really helps the groove factor. He
emailed me some footage of him playing this song. He wrote the
music and I wrote the lyrics. It has a huge chorus, too. Jason is
not just a brilliant drummer - he's a great songwriter."
'Midnight Sun': "I had my wallet stolen in a Starbucks and
arrived late at the studio. When I got there the guys were fooling
around with a song that sounds quite a lot like The Who, thanks to
those Rabbit Bundrick-style keyboards. I picked up my bass and
joined in. It's quite a romp; there's a definite vibe of Moon and
'Confessor': "The first album had 'No Time', which was slow and
groovy. I wrote 'Confessor' that way too, but when Jason heard it
he insisted upon playing it - in his own words - like his dad would
have done. We're a democratic band and I went along with that. When
he turbo-d it up it really came to life."
'Cry Freedom': "I sang this one alone originally until Kevin
pointed out that the album didn't have a song with split vocals.
Joe and I sing well together. I've never had a problem sharing a
microphone with other great singers. We really let rip off one
another on this one, which has a ZZ TOP/HUMBLE PIE kind of a
'Afterglow': "[At more than six minutes long] it's an epic song.
I was adamant that this album should have a proper title instead of
a number. I played it to the band right at the end of sessions -
purposely so. When they heard it on acoustic guitar, everybody
agreed that it should name the album."
'Dandelion': "I wrote it slower than we recorded it; maybe I had
too much coffee that day. Had we done it that way then maybe it
would have sounded a bit dirge-like. Jason sets the tempos - he's
got a really good ear for the way that a song should sound."
'The Circle': "It's one of my favourites on this record. It
gives me the chance to use my 'breathier' voice. Kevin asked me to
sing it an octave higher than I intended, and it worked. The high
voice in the chorus is not my falsetto, it's my upper register
natural voice. I'm singing about being powerless; being in a
dreamlike state. People have spoken about my voice and bass playing
for so many years, I hope that this time they notice my lyrics
because I'm very proud of them."
'Common Man': "That's another of the songs that came from Jason.
When he sang me its melody acapella I could hear myself singing it.
It could have been a song from Deep Purple's 'Stormbringer' album;
he wrote it for my voice."
'The Giver': "When you listen to the end of the song, if people
are trying to figure out what key it's in, I'm playing a capo [a
device that raises the pitch of notes] on the fifth fret. When I
wrote it, I deliberately held back from completing it because it
needed Joe's input. Kevin helped as well."
'Crawl': "Some people may know that this song was going to be on
'BCC2' but we held it over because there simply wasn't enough room.
To me, it fits this album a lot better. It's a really aggressive
song - it's dangerous and angry. I love it. It's a great way to
finish the record."
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