Halestorm prides itself on being non-stop road warriors in the world of hard rock and has indeed been living in their tour bus while promoting "The Strange Case Of...," the Pennsylvania quartet's Grammy Award-winning 2012 sophomore album.
But there's some daylight ahead -- three and a half months from the Dec. 15 end of the group's current North American tour and an early April date in the U.K. But drummer Arejay Hale says that while the group may be off the road, that doesn't mean it won't be working.
"We're gonna take some time off for the holiday and then lock ourselves in a studio in Nashville and just write our asses off," says Hale, 26, the younger brother of frontwoman Lzzy [cq] Hale. "With all of the touring we really haven't had a chance ot all sit down and write together as a band, so we're going to go in there cold and sit down and be in that mentality that i's crush time and we've got to write an album.
"The best thing we can do is see what gets us excited at the time and then chase it. That's what we did on this album; we weren't trying to top the (debut) record or mimic the last record. We were just trying to create something we were excited about, so this album will be the same thing.
Halestorm did, however, give fans some "new" music to enjoy during October with "ReAniMate 2.0," a second covers EP that finds the group taking on material both likely (by Judas Priest, AC/DC, Pat Benatar and Marilyn Manson) and as surprising as Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman." Hale says that besides being just plain fun, playing other artists' songs also helps Halestorm hone its musical craft a bit more.
"It really is a challenge," says the drummer. "We have to take these songs and turn them into Halestorm songs, which is almost like training for us as a band. On the first covers EP we did 'Slave to the Grind' by Skid
Row, and that inspired us to write 'Love Bites' for ('The Strange Case Of...'), which we knocked out in, like five minutes.
"And with, like, the Daft Punk song, I listen to a lot of pop and adult-contemporary stuff, too, and I like to understand how those songs were written. And I think a lot of fans love hearing pop songs like that turned into rock songs. We get a lot of people who tell us, 'I never wanted to listen to that 'cause it has that disco feel, but I really like it with that heavier rock vibe you did.' That makes it a lot of fun."
Halestorm, Redlight King and Stars In Stereo perform Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $19.99 in advance, $20 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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