Jettblack blast back with Black Gold
One of the most interesting tracks on the album is the brand new song, Red Horizon, performed acoustically here – is it true that this song was originally demo’d up for the Raining Rock album? Will it be on your next album?
Red Horizon is quite likely to make album No.3, yeah. It was quite a strong track before, but for some reason it just didn’t make the cut last time around. We’ve re-worked it now with some delightful additional bells and whistles, so next time it should be a goer. You never really know, though, until all of the demos knocked into shape.
Are you already working on studio album No 3? If not, what are your plans?
Depends what everyone else sees it as. We see it [Black Gold] simply as a compilation of bits and pieces, a consolidated package. There’s certainly at least one more chapter of the Jettblack story to come. Everything should be a trilogy – at least!
Any concepts? Songtitles? Ideas that can be revealed?
We’ve been demoing tracks. We don’t want to just bash out another regurgitation of albums one and two. There needs to be new challenges, and fresh developments musically. We don’t want to be a Jettblack production line, we’d rather push boundaries and inject some unpredictability. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’ll be putting out a Bieber or Shania Twain-style effort, something oddly obscure, a non-rock/metal record… Jettblack is built on solid roots, but now you’ll probably find a few new flowers coming into bloom, some exotic buds, or perhaps some treacherous thorns! I couldn’t reveal anything substantial, not until we’re fully happy with things. There won’t really be any Two Hot Girls-type tracks on album three, though. And hopefully we won’t be pigeon-holed into the 80s hair-metal, glam, et cetera box. Jettblack has always meant more than those tenuous brush-tarrings.
Will Will [Stapleton, vocals/guitar] be doing any more ‘outside projects’, following on from his appearance onstage in The War Of The Worlds?
Will was fortunate that The War Of The Worlds was really one of the few musical productions that had some credibility and actual strong music attached to it. Names such as Jeff Wayne, Liam Neeson, et cetera gave it something extra than you’d get, say, with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or Starlight Express. Also, Thunderchild is such a classic hit and perfectly suited for Will’s voice. Jeff gave Will great praise for smashing the ‘difficult’ note in that song each night. Not taking anything away from the rest of the cast, of course, who all did an amazing job… just not all vocally, though! Will doing more theatrical stuff is probably unlikely. Never say never, though!
Finally, going back to the Black Gold album, it is said that you can die from covering your entire body in gold paint – did you take this into consideration when you did the photos for the sleeve?
Yes, in fact we were hoping that one, or some of us, might actually croak it during the shoot, immortalising the release and adding something much heavier than real gold!
Black Gold tracklisting:
1) Black Gold (feat. Damon Johnson) – new edited version.
2) Feel The Love (feat. Ian Paice of Deep Purple) – from the ‘Raining Rock’ sessions, previously digital only.
3) Weapon – from the ‘Raining Rock’ sessions.
4) Fade Away – from the ‘Get Your Hands Dirty’ sessions.
5) Let Me Put My Love Into You (AC/DC cover) – previously only available on a cover-mounted CD.
6) Red Horizon (acoustic) – previously unreleased.
7) Barracuda (Heart cover) – previously unreleased.
8) Name In Vain (Motorhead cover) – previously unreleased.
9) War Between Us (acoustic) – previously digital only.
10) Not Even Love (acoustic) – previously digital only.
11) Sunshine (acoustic) – previously digital only.
12) Prison Of Love (acoustic) – previously digital only.
13) Black Gold – full album version.
Jettblack tour dates:
25.08.13 STOKE-ON-TRENT – Scar Fest
07.09.13 NOTTINGHAM – Macmillian Fest
20.09.13 BROMSGROVE – Rock & Circus