Speaking in a recent interview with Lotsofmuzik, Dream Theater singer James LaBrie has shared the new informations about their upcoming album.
He talked on the connection between Led Zeppelin and Dream Theater’s new album. Interviewer said:
“For [Dream Theater‘s upcoming] album [“Distance Over Time”], you guys decided to convene in an isolated property and work together in the album. When I heard about that, I couldn’t help but think about the old Led Zeppelin albums when they’d go together to Headley Grange and write and record the whole thing. Did anyone make that connection at the time?”
“I think first and foremost, John Petrucci [guitar], John Myung [bass] and I recalled the last time we did that as a band, when we were recording the ‘Images And Words’ album. We were at BearTracks Studios in upstate New York, and we actually all lived in this house. It was about 10 minutes from the studio in Tomkins Cove. That was the name of this town that we were in, and we were all living together in the house throughout the duration of the recording.
So we were all talking and kind of reminiscing about those times, and so it was kind of cool to come back to this. It was like a summer camp, but at the same time, what you’re doing is you’re there to produce a new album, new material. And it was cool, because I think what it allowed us to do is that it enabled us to come up with ideas together and slowly but surely we formed them into complete songs.
Sometimes we’d just be chilling out, sitting around one another, and more often than not the conversation obviously comes back around to the music and where things are at and how we feel and the direction that it’s going and maybe even focusing on that particular song at the moment that is being worked on.
So it’s kind of cool because it, it doesn’t allow you many distractions, right? You’re not getting away from it, but you’re in that zone and you’re there. Pretty much 24/7.”
On what fans should expect from new album lyrically, he said:
“Only the lyrics. I was there the whole time though, observing the music and if anything felt a little weird to me, then I’d voice my opinion. But the amount of times that I would say that is not even worth mentioning. When it came time to write the melodies to the songs I got involved, I wrote lyrics to three songs.
And we had this discussion about me being involved and being a part of the process so that I could listen and kind of gauge where we’re going and where we’re at and what the end result is going to be. And so for me it’s kind of cool because part of the whole process with any band that when they’re writing is that you’ll leave all your egos at the door and you’re just basically candid with one another.
What was surprising with this was just how quickly it was going on. I don’t know if you were speaking to any of the other guys, but I believe you did an interview with Jordan [Rudess, keyboards] and he might’ve mentioned to you that at the end of the day, the actual days of writing worked out to be something like 17 days! That’s how prolific, how fast things were coming together.
Like I said, I wrote the lyrics to three songs, one of the songs being the bonus track on the album. I think everything came out exactly as we had hoped and as we had been discussing leading up to the actual time in the studio to actually start writing.”
Dream Theater’s new album “Distance Over Time” will be released on February 22, 2019. You can reach the cover art from below.
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