Drummer Matt Sorum of GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT fame, is releasing his new album, Stratosphere, under the moniker MATT SORUM'S FIERCE JOY, on March 11th on Rok Dok Recordings via Kobalt Label Services. Legendary BEATLES drummer RINGO STARR gives xxx a plug below:
Stratosphere is major departure from the hard-hitting rock Sorum is best known for. His intense passion for animal and human rights, and need to give back heavily influenced the narrative and acoustic orchestration of the album.
“Over the years I’ve been influenced by my surroundings and sometimes that hasn’t always been for the better,” says Sorum. “But after years of soul searching I organically fell into a different state of mind. With many lessons learned along the way, it seemed like the perfect time to do a record in my own voice, if you will. It’s as real and exposed as anything I’ve ever offered my in my career, and I hope you enjoy it.”
Besides stepping behind the mic for lead vocals, Sorum wrote the entire album, and plays acoustic guitar and piano.
“I’ve always played acoustic, so I wanted to use that as the feel of the record,” Matt says. “I chose the musicians I wanted by records they had played on, and diverse instruments such as mellotron, slide guitar and ethnic percussion. I always wanted orchestration, so this album was the canvas for that as well.”
Pre-order Stratosphere now on iTunes
and get an instant download of 'The Sea'.
'Intro - Stratosphere Part 1'
'What Ziggy Says'
'For the Wild Ones'
'Goodbye To You'
'Lady of the Stone'
'Ode to Nick Drake'
'Land of the Pure'
'Killers N Lovers'
'The Lonely Teardrop'
'Outro - Stratosphere Part 2'
Making Of, Part 1:
Making Of, Part 2:
(Photo - Eric Hobbs)