Halestorm to Spend January Writing Third Album

 Chris Phelps Alex R. Kirzhner

The proud road warriors of Halestorm are finally ready to hunker down in the studio again.

Drummer Arejay Hale tells Billboard that after the hard rock group wraps up its current North American tour Sunday (Dec. 15) in Chicago and takes some time off for the holidays, Halestorm will be back in its current home base of Nashville, where it keeps a study, with plans to "lock ourselves in there for the entire month of January and just write our asses off" to make a follow-up to 2012's Grammy Award-winning "the Strange Case of..."

"With all the touring we've been doing we really haven't had a chance to all sit down and write together as a band," Hale explains. "We've been writing constantly, kind of here and there on the road. It's kind of tough on the road because our days are pretty swamped and it's hard to get into that creative mentality. We're focused on performing and the shows and not quite as consumed with the writing process." Nevertheless he says some ideas have surfaced that will provide a starting point for Halestorm's third album.

"Every once in awhile we'll write something and crudely record it on our phones real quick or something," Hale says. "It's more about writing and ideas rather than producing a song; I think we get a lot more done when we're all together. So we're gonna go in and have the mentality of 'It's crunch time. We've got to write an album.' The best thing we can do is what gets us excited at the time. We did that with ('The Strange Case of..'). We weren't trying to top the (first) album or mimic it. We were trying to create something we were excited about. This album is going to be the same thing; we'll all sit down and if we get excited about something we're gonna chase it."

Hale does predict that the group will be impacted a bit by the songs it chose for its second covers EP, "ReAniMate 2.0," which came out in October. The set features versions of songs by Judas Priest, AC/DC, Pat Benatar and Marilyn Manson, as well as less likely treatments of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman."

"It's really a challenge; we have to take these songs and kind of turn them into Halestorm songs, which is almost like training for us as a band," Hale acknowledges. "On the first covers EP we did 'Slave to the Grind' by Skid Row, and that inspired us to write 'Love Bites;' 'Let's write our own song with this kind of energy.' So it's inspiring for us to learn other people's songs. It's great training for any band that wants to feel inspired to write their own songs to try out other people's songs. It starts the creative juices for your own stuff."