Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:23:17
Lifehouse has no shortage of massive anthems. In fact, they’re rather flawless at crafting a downright big song. Their new album, Out of the Wasteland, out May 19, 2015, is packed with their signature anthems re-energized with a potent sense of passion and charismatic bombast. Tracks like “Hurricane” show Lifehouse at their most engaging, paving the way for Out of the Wasteland to be remembered as their biggest and best yet.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Lifehouse singer Jason Wade talks Out of the Wasteland, “Hurricane,” and so much more.
Out of the Wasteland is a fresh start. We left our record company. It represents where we're at. We've embraced that independent mentality.
It feels like you're preserving Lifehouse's hallmarks, while moving forward on "Hurricane."
Thanks! We definitely feel like we're returning back to our original sound, which the fans are appreciating right now.
What encouraged that?
It wasn't really pre-meditated. When I started writing the songs, it seemed like a natural progression. As soon as I wrote "Flight" and "Hurricane," that's when it really started to sink in that I wanted to get the band back together. I was making a solo record at the time. Those songs started to feel like quintessential Lifehouse tracks. I called the guys up to finish the album together. This is a full circle for us. It really sees us returning to our roots.
What's the story behind "Hurricane?"
I feel like it was coming out of that hiatus. It was a really frustrating time for the band where we weren't really touring that much. The song is about resiliency. It's not about a relationship but refusing to give up through hard times. That's the metaphor.
Where did the video concept come from?
The music video director had an idea of using this jail cell as a metaphor, and the band is narrating this turbulent relationship between a guy and a girl. I thought it was a neat concept in his view of what the song is about.
What encourages that storytelling?
I've always pulled from my personal experiences. For me as a songwriter, when I feel like there's nothing to write about in my personal life, I use books, movies, or going to different places and people watching to pull other narratives from when I think my life is getting sort of boring.
What others do you come back to?
I've been reading a lot of Stephen King. It might sound dark, but I think he's such a great storyteller. I'm on The Stand right now. I just think he does great work. I read Christine a little while ago. That's a great one. The Stand is really crazy.
What's your vision for Out of the Wasteland as a whole?
When I look at the record, it took me 65 songs to narrow it down to twelve. When we were going through and narrowing it down, it seemed like a collage of the best of what we had recorded over the last 15 years. We were allowing ourselves to pull from a lot of different influences. There are some pop elements and some great rock moments. There are some cinematic moments too. There was a little bit of everything.
How was the experience with James Newton Howard?
It was unbelievable. When I went into the studio, there was a big picture of Jennifer Lawrence on the screen. He was finishing up the new Hunger Games. I've been listening to his soundtracks since I was eighteen or nineteen-years-old. To get to collaborate with him and have my name next to his on a song credit was so cool. It was amazing. It was probably the highlight of the record.
What’s your favorite Lifehouse song?