STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have released “The Art Of Letting Go”, the third single from their new, self-titled album, due out March 18. Like “Meadow” and “Roll Me Under”, which arrived in November and January, respectively, the new track features the vocals of one-time “The X Factor” contestant Jeff Gutt, who made his live debut as STONE TEMPLE PILOTS‘ new vocalist during a SiriusXM special event at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles.
Despite being one of the best-selling bands of the 1990s with platinum records and a Grammy to its credit, guitarist Dean DeLeo says: “We are thrilled about what lies ahead. The best way for us to honor our past is to keep making new music.”
The band does just that on “Stone Temple Pilots”. The first single “Meadow” (lyric video below) and “Never Enough” channel the gritty guitars and swaggering rhythms that STP perfected on “Core” (1992), “Purple” (1994), and “No. 4” (1999). “Roll Me Under” (available for streaming below) glides along a nimble bass line before slamming into the chorus, where Gutt‘s baritone digs in.
Pre-order the album at StoneTemplePilots.com and receive instant downloads of “Meadow” and “Roll Me Under”. Exclusive bundles are also available on the site, including vinyl, t-shirt, and a limited edition, hand signed lithographs by the band. The album will also be released on vinyl on May 25.
When asked what to expect on the upcoming tour, Robert said: “With so much time and experience gone by in life, we feel compelled to dig back into a 30-year catalog and really try to reflect and choose what songs haven’t been performed live. We want to give people who have come to see us in the past a chance to hear something they haven’t heard before at previous STP shows. We want to celebrate this time in our lives with our performances.”
“Stone Temple Pilots” track listing:
01. Middle Of Nowhere
04. Just A Little Lie
05. Six Eight
06. Thought She’d Be Mine
07. Roll Me Under
08. Never Enough
09. The Art Of Letting Go
10. Finest Hour
11. Good Shoes
12. Reds & Blues
Gutt, who was a runner-up in the reality TV music competition show’s third season, originally auditioned for STP in September 2016 and became an official member of the band in May 2017. He spent most of last year secretly writing and recording new material with bandmembers Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz.
Robert DeLeo said that he first found out about Gutt while he was on the road with the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES. Robert explained: “We were playing … up in Detroit, which is where [Jeff is] from. And after the show, there was a musician who said, ‘Hey, man, you should check this guy out.’ And that’s where I kind of heard of him first.”
Gutt recalled how he got to audition for the band, saying: “I can’t remember what song it was, but a STONE TEMPLE PILOTS song came on the radio. So I called my buddy in New York who knows everybody in the music industry, and I was like, ‘Hey, did they ever find a singer?’ And he was like, ‘You know what? I’ll send ’em your stuff right now.’ And three days later, I got a call.”
Gutt added that he felt like he had the job before even trying out, explaining: “You have to be confident . . . I know what I’m doing. I’ve studied my craft. I’ve studied [original STP singer] Scott [Weiland] and the people Scott studied, and other singers of the era. I’ve really put in a lot of time into that, and if you’re not willing to do all of that, you’re not gonna be on the level to even be around these guys.”
Gutt appeared on “The X Factor” in 2013, where he impressed the judges with his covers of songs like “Creep”, “Dream On” and “Hallelujah”.
STP had been without a vocalist since November 2015, when Chester Bennington — who joined the group in early 2013 — departed to spend more time with his main band LINKIN PARK. Bennington committed suicide last July.
Scott Weiland, who reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus but was dismissed in 2013, died in December 2015 of a drug overdose while on a solo tour.