Jerry Cantrell recently joined an interview with Metal Hammer and reflected on the chemistry between him and Layne Staley. Cantrell revealed that someone once called them ‘The Satanic Everly Brothers,’ which he liked very much.
It would be fair to say that Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley were both the creative power behind the success of Alice In Chains. The two both shared the vocals and also the songwriting process, which helped the band distinguish themselves from the other bands of the time. They strongly encouraged each other and the special bond between them certainly moved the band to a different level.
Recently, Jerry Cantrell praised his late bandmate by saying that Staley had an ‘amazing talent.’ Cantrell talked about Staley’s powerful and sensitive voice, which highly affects many listeners. Then, Jerry also reflected on their creative partnership together and stressed that the way they wrote the songs proved that they were a perfect match. Cantrell explained that when they came together, they had something that the others didn’t have.
He also recalled that someone, who was impressed by the unique chemistry between him and Staley, once called them ‘The Satanic Everly Brothers.’ Apparently, Jerry really liked this nickname. Cantrell also talked about their 1992 album, ‘Dirt,’ and said that he thinks it is an amazing record. He revealed that they were very concentrated during the making process of the album so it is probably the most ‘complete’ album they’ve ever done.
Jerry Cantrell speaking on the chemistry between him and Staley:
“He had a real unique and powerful voice, but he had a sensitivity and touch to it as well. The way that I wrote and the way that he wrote blended together so well, we felt like a natural fit. He had more horsepower than me, I’m not going to be able to do the Brian Johnson gargled razor blades, but together we had something that the other didn’t.
Think of The Beatles, Floyd, the Eagles, that attitude of, ‘You take this line and I’ll take that one’ – it adds more color to the canvas. Someone reviewed us once and called us ‘The Satanic Everly Brothers,’ which I thought was pretty cool.”
He continued to talk about the ‘Dirt’ album.
“Dark… it is what it is. It’s probably the most focused we’ve ever been, the most complete record we’ve made, it’s a brutal record with some real force, and I mean that in a very good way.
People cared about it, it spoke of a time and a place, we really never pulled any punches. Which is good and bad; it’s good artistically, but it’s bad because if you are going to be that honest then you’ll struggle to live it down. It’s an amazing record, it’s probably our crowning achievement.”
You can listen to Alice In Chains’ ‘Dirt’ below.