HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale recently spoke to Full Metal Jackie of the “Loudwire Nights” radio show about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for the band’s third album, tentatively due before the end of the year.
“It’s really hard to shift gears automatically [after being on the road for so long],” Lzzy said. “It’s like you’re coming down from this high of the road and all of us, we actually love touring. So that’s more of a home right now. The bus is like home. Now it’s weird to be in a studio that doesn’t roll anywhere or a bed that doesn’t move. But, it’s been cool, though. We’ve been calling it a kind of creative purging because our process on the road for writing, we just collect ideas. A chorus here, maybe a full song that’s crudely recorded into my phone because we’re doing soundcheck. Then we get off the road and just record everything for real, hash out all these ideas. Probably 60 percent of it doesn’t even go on the next record, but we just have to get it out.”
She added: “It’s been a crazy process thus far. We have a lot of really great songs. I think we finally cracked the code for this next record.”
Asked where the band is at the moment with regards to the making of the new HALESTORM CD, Lzzy said: “Honestly, we are almost done with recording the record.
“We have a lot of great songs. It’s really going to be a very difficult narrowing down process. Somewhere along the line, you figure it out.
“That’s what I love about writing records, you don’t really know what you want to say on a record when you begin writing it. At least we don’t. It’s always halfway through the process and then all of a sudden, the light bulb goes off and the floodgates open.
“I think that when our fans began to kind of let me into their lives a little bit, they made me feel so incredibly comfortable in my own skin that they’re going to be hearing some stories on this record that they might not know about me. It’s just a wonderful relationship that we can have with these people.
“I’m so excited to play new songs out live and I’m excited to unleash it to the world.”
Lzzy also spoke about how her musical tastes have shaped the sound of HALESTORM‘s new material. She said: “My musical tastes, I’m always searching for new things. I know a lot of people say they listen to everything, but I kind of do. [laughs]
“I have a lot of different friends in a lot of different genres. They’re always like, ‘Hey! you should listen to this, or I’ll listen to someone’s new record. So there’s been a lot of alternative records I’ve been listening to lately.
“There’s always a spot, anytime we make a new record, where I literally go back to JUDAS PRIEST and MOTÖRHEAD because you have to. You have to go back and understand where this all started for you and keep reminding yourself of that. You can get so excited about something new and weird, but you’ve gotta try not to lose yourself in all of that.
“Really, the biggest thing were trying to do on this record or the biggest difference is we’re really trying to bridge the gap between what people see live and what people hear in our records. We haven’t actually captured that yet.
“I’m really proud of the last two records, but I think its time to simplify and really get back to what, in all honesty, what we do best. [laughs] Trying to put our best foot forward with this one.”
HALESTORM debuted two new songs at two separate shows recently. The first tune, “Heartbreaker”, was performed on March 28 at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, Tennessee, while the second track, “Mayhem”, made its debut in early April in England.
The group began writing its third album in January, after completing more than 20 months of touring behind 2012’s “The Strange Case Of…”
HALESTORM last year issued its second covers EP, “ReAniMate 2.0”, which featured renditions of songs from JUDAS PRIEST, AC/DC, PAT BENATAR, MARILYN MANSON, DAFT PUNK and FLEETWOOD MAC.