When someone like Slash says his new album is one of the best he’s made yet, you mark the release date on your calendar and brim with anticipation for its arrival.
Slash and the band took a different approach on this record, opting to enlist Dave Cobb as producer and record the entire album in Nashville. Cobb is a noted producer in the Nashville scene having worked with artists like Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Elle King, Zac Brown Band, and more.
“The thing that turned me on about Dave was this initial phone call where we started talking about great Rock N’ Roll records, live records, studio records that were performed live,” Slash said. “He said, ‘man, we’ll just bang this thing out live.’ I was like, that’s what I want to do, with the guitars in the room.”
The band packed their bags and shacked up at RCA’s legendary Studio A where they wasted no time getting to work. “All things considered, the record was basically done in five days,” Slash said.
Despite the quick turnaround time, the making of the record wasn’t without it’s share of adversity.
After finishing all of the basics from their recording sessions, most of the band tested positive for COVID-19. Slash, Cobb, and guitarist Frank Sidoris were the only members of the band and crew who tested negative.
After spending some time mixing down what they could, Slash ended up testing positive for COVID. He can look back and laugh at the experience now as he calls the studio the “COVID mansion.”
“It was a real bonding experience because we were all living in the same house going through this thing trying to make this record,” he said. Despite the rough road to get there, Slash is proud of what he and the band created.
“This is probably the most diverse record we’ve done in terms of styles,” he exclaimed.