“PWR/UP is the perfect title and the perfect thing we need right now.”
That’s how frontman Brian Johnson described AC/DC’s long-awaited new album PWR/UP in an interview with RADIO.COM. The record marks AC/DC’s first since 2014 and promptly sent social media into a frenzy when they first teased the announcement.
Now, the boys are ready to give you a taste of the record with the new single “Shot in the Dark.”
PWR/UP marks a reunion of sorts for AC/DC as Johnson (vocals), Phil Rudd (drums), and Cliff Williams (bass) will once again join Angus Young (guitar) with a return to the band’s Back in Black lineup. Longtime AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young’s nephew Stevie Young will play rhythm guitar on the record.
After a couple years away, it turns out getting the band back together was quite simple. “It was a matter of everyone contacting each other and seeing who wanted to be on board. Everyone was happy to do it,” Angus Young told RADIO.COM.
The album has been in the works since 2018 and saw the band return to a familiar location to make the record. “We all got together in Vancouver in August, 2018 to hook up and came in with a heap of new material ready to go and make a new album,” Angus said.
AC/DC returned to the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver where they went to work on PWR/UP. Angus noted the band had recorded “quite a few albums there” and opted to return because “we know we can get the AC/DC sound.”
The band was in the midst of getting promotional material ready for the album when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. While Young didn’t provide an exact date of when the album was supposed to be released, the pandemic certainly shifted their timeline.
Still, AC/DC wanted to get their music in front of their fans. “First everyone thought we would be locked down for a couple of weeks. Then a couple of weeks became a couple of months and it seemed to get longer,” Angus said. “Originally we were hoping to get it out sooner.”
Now that AC/DC has shared “Shot In The Dark,” it was certainly worth the wait and makes us even more excited to hear the whole album, out everywhere on November 13.
“The great thing with this new album is we’re hoping it might lift the spirits of people around the world,” Brian Johnson said. “[It’s] a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll, some fresh rock ‘n’ roll on their dinner plate, you know?”
“A good hour of taking their heads away from it all,” Angus added.
Listen to the full interview with AC/DC and RADIO.COM's Ryan Castle below.