HALESTORM bassist Josh Smith has told The Sound Lab that the band is “constantly working” on new material. “We’ve been touring now for about a year on [2018’s ‘Vicious’] album, and we’ll continue through this year,” he said at this year’s Download festival (see video below). “And as far as next year, we really don’t have a lot planned for touring, and I would imagine the reason is that we wanna get back in the studio and make some more music. That’s our loose plan right now.”
As for what the new HALESTORM material might end up sounding like, Josh said: “[‘Vicious’] was different from our other ones. This album, for us, was not a departure, but a return to the HALESTORM of old. Throughout our records, we finetuned this way of getting songs prepared and ready for the studio, and this, we went back to the days of jamming it out in the basement and figuring it out as we go along. It took a lot longer, but we re-found parts of ourselves that I think we haven’t had in some time. So I’m really looking forward to continuing down that hole and seeing what we come up with to make HALESTORM more HALESTORM and more us individually. Yes, I think everyone knows we have a really great singer, and we have a fucking amazing drummer, but I think this last record really showed each of us… kind of spotlighted each of us a little bit more. So we wanna do that.”
He added: “I don’t know… We’ve talked about a lot of things, but I’m not gonna give them away. You’re just gonna have to wait, with everyone else.”
“Vicious” was released last July via Atlantic. The disc was recorded at Nashville, Tennesse’s Rock Falcon recording studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz.
HALESTORM was nominated for a “Best Rock Performance” Grammy Award for its song “Uncomfortable”.
In 2012, the band won its first Grammy in the category of “Best Hard Rock/ Metal Performance” for “Love Bites (So Do I)”. According to the Grammy web site, singer Lzzy Hale became the first woman to earn a Grammy in the category.