Update: Jane's Addiction Inks With Capitol
After months of speculation, Jane's Addiction has signed a new deal with Capitol Records, frontman Perry Farrell tells Billboard.com.After months of speculation, Jane's Addiction has signed a new deal with Capitol Records, frontman Perry Farrell tells Billboard.com. The group will release its first studio album in 13 years, "Hypersonic," on July 22. The 11-track set was produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Kiss) and is the group's first new album since 1990's "Ritual de lo Habitual."
Farrell had hoped "Hypersonic" would be released before the July 3 kickoff of Lollapalooza, which Jane's Addiction will headline, but various logistical issues necessitate the July 22 date. "We've got a lot of work cut out for us," he admits. "We're going from zero to mach 8!" He says Jane's will be featuring quite a bit of the new material in its Lollapalooza set and is "going to play a certain amount of shows around the country and in the clubs to get heated up" before the festival gets underway.
"Hypersonic" picks up right where Jane's left off in the early '90s, powered by guitarist Dave Navarro's signature licks, Stephen Perkins' octopus-armed drumming, and Farrell's high-register yelps. Among the highlights are the intense rock assaults of "Just Because" and "Wrong Girl" and the groove-rooted "The Riches," which Farrell says "is about all the things in life that are truly enriching -- and none of the subjects are stacks of cash!"
Farrell says he couldn't be happier that Jane's is back on the front burner and can't wait to unleash "Hypersonic" on audiences this summer. "I don't know if we could do the same job at age 80," he chuckles. "I'd like to be singing at the age of 80, but I don't know if I'd be as vital. So I thought, I'm going to get in there now and convince these guys at all costs. I'll do whatever I have to do. I'll kiss their feet if I have to, but I just want to make more music with them."