Taproot Team Up With Billy Corgan For Third Album
The Ozzfest veterans Taproot teamed with the former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan for writing songs for their third album "Blue-Sky Research," due on August 16th release.
"We heard Billy was working with Breaking Benjamin so we knew that it was possible that he might be interested in working with us," says Taproot frontman Stephen Richards. "We sent a couple CDs to his people, and he thought we had a lot of talent but wanted to point out some habits that he thought we were falling into that he wanted to help us break. We kind of fell into a comfort zone with the way we wrote songs, going heavy to quiet, not really exploring how to keep the song interesting all the way through."
Corgan is giving his advices and chipping in the occasional guitar parts and vocal melodies on the tracks "Lost In The Woods," "Violent Seas" and "Promise."
"At first it was just a feeling-out process," Richards says. "We weren't quite sure if we were going there to sit down and write songs together or if we were just going to tear some of our existing stuff apart and rework it with him. It ended up being a little bit of both. He was really honest with us like, 'I see what you're doing there, but it doesn't really do anything for me. Gimme something else you guys are really psyched on.'"
Corgan's critiques helped focus the group. "We used to throw in extra beats and use odd time signatures just to f--k with your head," Richards says. "This time, we wanted to have more straight-ahead, good songs, and I think we do."
Taproot will spend the summer on the road. They are currently on tour with Chevelle. The trek - which kicks off on July 9th in Indianapolis - also features support from 30 Seconds To Mars. Confirmed tour dates, as well as the additional info, can be found at RollingStone.com.
Founded in 1997, Taproot made their Velvet Hammer Music/Atlantic debut with 2000's "Gift," which featured the Active Rock radio hit, "Again And Again." They followed that success two years later with the Toby Wright-produced "Welcome," a collection which spawned the major rock smash "Poem."
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