After two years of supporting its gold-certified debut album, 2008’s “Swan Songs,” Hollywood Undead was champing at the bit to get back into the studio last year to create a sophomore outing, “American Tragedy.”
“We just really wanted to get a record out and be able to play new material live,” says Johnny 3 Tears, one of the masked Los Angeles rap-rock troupe’s co-founders and vocalists. “We just worked on it harder than we did last time. We recorded over an elongated period of time, and that process brought something different to the table.”
And while Johnny 3 Tears, 25 (real name George Ragan), says that “the seriousness, the heaviness of the record comes out more,” “American Tragedy” — which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in April — is also marked by lighter moments, even employing acoustic guitars on tracks such as “Coming Back Down” and “Bullet.”
“It’s just to keep it fun and interesting to us,” he explains. “We didn’t want to write songs like ‘I’m Dead’ 50 times. If anything affects the music you write, there’s no reason to hold back.
“And I think the fans really appreciate it, too. Even though they love ‘Swan Songs,’ I think they deserve something different each time we make an album.”
The Revolt Tour 2011, featuring Hollywood Undead, 10 Years, Drive A and others, plays Saturday, May 21, at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $25. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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