In an interview with FaceCulture, Alice in Chains guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jerry Cantrell talked about their impact on their fans with their unique and timeless music.
Alice in Chains was initially formed in 1987 and peaked in the early 1990s like other legendary bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. The successful grunge band has sold 30 million records worldwide. Although the group is still active, they released their last studio album titled ‘Rainier Fog’ in 2018.
Even though Cantrell still performs with the band, he released his solo LP titled ‘Brighten’ last year. This project was his comeback 19 years after his debut solo album ‘Degradation Trip,’ released in 2002. The musician began his solo tour in March. After finishing his solo tour, he will hit the road with Alice in Chains starting from August to October.
Talking about the musical influence of Alice in Chains throughout the band’s three-and-a-half-decade career, Jerry Cantrell spoke about how he found his brothers through the band and how they grew up through the hardships of life. He added that he is amazed that people still resonate with the songs today.
Jerry Cantrell’s words on Alice in Chains’ musical impact on people over the years:
“I guess the thing that means the most is I took that trip with my brothers. We all banded together and found each other somehow. We were supposed to find each other and have a sound unlike anybody else. That’s the whole point, trying to create some sound that’s uniquely yours.
And I was able to find that with my family there, with Layne and Mike and Sean. And throughout the years of changes and things that life throws at you, we’ve continued and continued to navigate all of those changes and continued to grow up to the last record. I think that record’s kickass. I think we’re still creating at a top-level. Inez and William are coming into the band. It’s all good.”
“I guess the main thing is that it still means something to people. We play some of those songs in my solo set, and it’s always exciting and trippy, man, to see people react when you start playing those songs. They’re not just yours anymore; they’re everybody’s. And I don’t mean that in just some generic way. They have just as much ownership in it as I do. So it’s pretty cool to share those moments.”
You can watch the interview below.