Hammer Is Jericho Blog 2: Sin And Bones Uncovered (AKA Wait. Wait. I Never Had A Chance To Love You)
Fozzy frontman and WWE legend Chris Jericho has dropped in his second exclusive blog for Metal Hammer! The man himself talks us through the creation and release of ace new Fozzy album Sin And Bones…and why you should never drink vodka in the studio.
It finally arrived.
The 13th day of the month of August in the year of our Lord 2012. It’s a date I’ve been waiting for since the clock struck midnight on the last day of 2011.
Why was i waiting for this day in August you ask? It wasn’t because I wanted to hear Russell Brand sing I Am The Walrus at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. It wasn’t because I wanted to see Colin Farrell in the remake of Total Recall. It wasn’t because I wanted to smell next door neighbor Widow Twanky’s special August Stew Surprise. (a smell which resembles paprika and elderberries btw.)
The reason why I was anxiously awaiting August 13, 2012 is because that was the day that Fozzy’s new album Sin And Bones was finally released!
Now as anybody who has ever recorded an album (do we still call them that?) will tell you, it’s a long arduous process with many steps and stops involved. And after its all completed, as Tom Petty would say (do you have him in the UK?) the waiting is the hardest part. Waiting for the press to kick in. Waiting for the sales plan. Waiting for the first single to hit radio…and Waiting for the bloody thing to come out!
But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let go back to the front. (Hetfield represent, yo)
Sept 2011- As the chief lyricist of Fozzy, I dutifully handed in 14 sets of lyrics to chief songwriter Rich Ward. Rich then took those lyrics and wrote his riffs and melodies around them. It’s a different way to write songs to say the least, but anybody who knows the history of our band knows doing things different is par for the course for us.
Nov 2011- Rich sets up a portable studio in the back lounge of the tour bus and somewhere between Denmark and Holland plays me a riff that blows my mind. But none of my current lyrics match the heaviness of the jam. So I start writing some hard hitting words as he continues to write his brutal riff (that I can’t hear because he has his headphones on). 20 minutes later we compare notes and Blood Happens is done. Just like that a killer song is written…as if it was an act of Happenstance! (nudge nudge, wink wink). Rich and I embrace and drinks are poured! 30 mins later I spill a glass of vodka on Rich’s computer and he loses 2 mins of a demo for a song called Storm The Beaches and I am subsequently banned from the back lounge studio.
Jan 2012- Rich sends me rough demos of the new Fozzy songs with him singing. Not included is a song I wrote called Death Perception, which deals with different religions views on the afterlife. I love the piece but he gets no vibe from it and decides not to use it. I throw a tantrum. He ignores me and moves on.
(FOR SALE-one set of cool lyrics dealing with heaven, nirvana and reincarnation. Will sell cheap…)
Mar 2012-We start recording vocals in Tampa. The first song we do is our cover of Fairies Wear Boots. Its a great warm up and the perfect reintroduction to the studio for me. I insist on saying “let’s make it a good one” at the beginning of the song, because Ozzy said it on Speak Of The Devil. He also says later on “Is everybody high?,” which I am quickly outvoted on when i suggest to include it in our version.
May 2012- I finish recording vocals with the spoken word outro to Storm The Beaches. Rich then finishes the odds and sods and goes into mixing and mastering (of puppeting) and the record is turned into Century Media.
July 2012- Its decided that Sandpaper will the first single from SAB and that a video must be filmed. After my idea of doing a One Direction themed rap-off gets turned down (I so wanted to dress up as Harry!!), we decide that a homage to the Evil Dead movie is a better fit and we decide to move forward in that direction (but it’s not the direction I wanted).
Aug 1 2012- I call the label to find out about in-house pre-sales.
Aug 2 2012- I call the label to find out about iTunes pre-sales.
Aug 3- I call the label to find out about department store pre sales.
Aug 4- I call the label and they refuse to take my calls.
Aug 13- Finally the big day has arrived! I go to my mailbox and there it is…the holy grail…The ark of the covenant…The whatever the hell it was that Indiana Jones was searching for in that awful fourth installment. There lying in my mailbox is a cd copy of Sin And Bones! Despite the fact that reviewers (and M. Shadows) have had it for weeks, I haven’t even heard the whole thing yet (don’t shoot me, I’m just the singer)! But all is forgiven and I’m ecstatic as I run into my car and throw it in the stereo. The gossamer sounds of Spider In My Mouth wafts through the air and the feeling is pure ecstasy. Better than sex. Better than drugs. Better than sex on drugs. Better than drugs on sex. I feel like a proud father holding his well endowed baby for the very first time. This is what I waited eleven long months for…And it’s the best feeling evvvvverrrrr!
Aug 14- I start scouring the net looking for reviews. I am elated by the good ones and personally insulted by the bad ones. (I’m gonna kick your arse @pimplepansy in Wolverhampton). And when Metal Hammer’s own Malcolm Dome gives us and SAB an amazing write-up it reinforces what we in Fozzy knew all along…that Sin And Bones was our best record yet.
To make it in the music business you have to have belief and confidence in yourself. You can’t worry about haters or getting slagged in the press. But it sure is a cracking feeling to know that others are appreciating all of your hard work!
How about you? Have you heard Sin And Bones yet? No? Well what are you waiting for? Go check it out now.
See? I knew you’d love it!
Sin And Bones is out now via Century Media.
Fozzy tour the UK later this year with Soil. Full dates are as follows:
Nov. 27 – Stoke, UK – The Underground
Nov. 28 – Manchester, UK – Moho Live
Nov. 29 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 30 – Glasgow, UK – The Arches
Dec. 01 – Leeds, UK – Cockpit
Dec. 02 – Hafan Y Mor, UK – Hard Rock Hell Festival
Dec. 04 – Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit
Dec. 05 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Dec. 06 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2