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Friday, December 9, 2011
ZZ Top: Billy Gibbons Talks Recording New Album In New Video Interview
ZZ Top have
released a hefty update on the progress of their long awaited new
album courtesy of an in-person interview that Billy
Gibbons gave recently to David Fricke from Rolling
says that “presently, it would be safe to say that spring of the
year 2012” looks like a probable moment when we’ll finally be
able to get our hands on the new album. Producer Rick Rubin has
brought what Gibbons describes as “latitude” to the sessions that
made the pacing neither “hurried” or “rushed.”
relaxed approach has given the Texas trio a chance to really consider
the work they’re putting down in the studio. “We consider it a
big bonus, the luxury of extra time. [You] go back and check it out
and sure enough…you turn that sudden right corner that was
unexpected and you say ‘wait a minute, let’s keep this extra
the tracks using Rubin’s trademark tactic of recording live in the
studio added in some “happy accidents,” with Gibbons citing
unexpected “not planned” chord changes as an example of the
spontaneous moments that they’ve captured with Rubin as their
far as the sound of the songs, Gibbons says that incessant touring
“hasn’t allowed us time to do much else than plug straight into
an amp and play it as a trio.” That certainly sounds like a ZZ Top
album that will go back to their early-career basics, with a raw and
unfiltered sound. We can’t wait to hear it.