Exclusive: Halestorm Check In From the Studio, Talk New Album, and Disco-Ball Jamming
Hard rockers Halestorm are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to their self-titled 2009 debut and the covers EP they put out earlier this year. Vocalist-guitarist Lzzy Hale (pictured left)—Revolver‘s advice columnist and onetime Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock cover girl—was kind enough to give us these in-studio pics as well as an update on their progress in the studio. Look for the new record in either late 2011 or early 2012.
REVOLVER What is the title of your new release?
LZZY HALE Wouldn’t you like to know! [Laughs] We haven’t yet decided what we are going to call the record. I’m guessing this is what it feels like naming a kid. Do you call it what it looks like now, or what you think it’s going to grow up to look like?
How are the songs sounding for your new album?
The new songs sound amazing! We recorded drums to two-inch tape, and I never realized what a huge difference it makes! I can literally hear Arejay [Hale, drummer]’s zany personality coming through on recording!
Are you trying anything different with your songs this time?
We are experimenting a lot with our guitar tones. We are pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones so there will be many little weird nuances and surprises for you!
What’s been the most adventurous thing you’ve done in the studio so far?
We turned the lights down and put up a disco ball in the live room and jammed on nearly every instrument they had there…all day…while recording all of it! There’s some incredible stuff on that track!
What did you learn from doing the covers EP, which included songs by the Beatles, Lady Gaga, GN’R, and Heart, among others, that you’re putting to good use this time?
It’s amazing how much you grow as a musician and a songwriter by learning some of the greatest songs ever written! What I’m applying to our new record is the resistance to settling and the confidence in knowing that there really is no limit to how much you can actually pull off!