Gibson Records, in partnership with BMG, will release Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators‘ new album (“4”) on February 11th, 2022. “4” is the fifth solo album of Slash and the fourth of Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, which, apart from Slash and Myles Kennedy, include Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass, vocals) and Frank Sidoris (guitar, vocals).
A vibrant rock album fueled by memorable guitar hooks and compelling melodies, big choruses, and even bigger riffs, “4” builds on the legacy of the band’s prior work. That sensibility comes through immediately on the opening track and first single, “The River Is Rising” (watch it below!).
Slash describes the creation of the song “The River Is Rising”: “There’s two or three songs on the record that were written during the pandemic; everything else was written before. ‘The River is Rising’ was one of the last songs I wrote before we started pre-production, and because it was so fresh and has a certain groove and energy to it, it was the first thing we really attacked. It’s the newest song on the record, and as for the double-time part, that was something that I came up with and tagged onto the end of the arrangement. Then when we were over at RCA, Dave Cobb suggested we do it right after the breakdown. So, we went straight into the fast part, and I just started doing the guitar solo over it. It was one of those things where we were jamming around, trying to fish out the arrangement, and it just happened.” While Myles Kennedy adds, “The lyric ultimately explores how humans can be brainwashed or indoctrinated by some sort of dangerous idea. Once we shot the demo back and forth a few times, I personally felt confident that we had the album opener. To me, it’s an important track.”
For “4”, Slash and the band traveled across the country together to Nashville, Tennessee and recorded the new album at the historic RCA Studio A with producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, John Prine, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile), revealing a stunning new sound and style all captured live in the studio. Cobb shared the band’s desire to lay down the tracks live, in the studio including guitar solos and vocals — a first for the group.