Stone Temple Pilots on Acoustic Album 'Perdida': "It Felt Like The Right Time"

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This week on the Rhino Podcast, Stone Temple Pilots' Robert DeLeo and Jeff Gutt discuss the newfound chemistry and therapy they found while recording their new acoustic album Perdida. Listen to the full episode below!

ON THEIR NEW ACOUSTIC ALBUM PERDIDA:

MAHAN: "Perdida is a collection of 10 new songs. It's mostly acoustic and its subject matter is all too poignant. The approach the band took to recording. Perdida presents their unique songwriting styles in a different light that lets these 10 songs sink in in a softer, more subtle way"

"On Perdida, gone is the sledgehammer heavy-rock that we love about so many STP anthems and instead, it's replaced by a more conversational approach that allows the songs on Perdida to worm their way into your head."

ON THE DIFFERENCE IN THE ALBUM WRITING PROCESS:

DELEO: "No, it's, it's pretty much the same process of writing. It was just a decision to keep those songs in that format and in that place - usually when you write a song, you can, uh, take it to many different places, but I think it just felt most appropriate to kind of keep these songs and the sentiments of these songs in this place..."

GUTT: "...in its purest form."

ON HOW GUTT FOUND HIS PLACE IN STP:

GUTT: "They had put out a singer search online thing and invited the entire world to participate. But I was actually going overseas to do something else at the time, so I just kind of figured they were going to find the right guy and he was going to be perfect.

"And then I came back and they still hadn't found anyone. I hadn't heard anything about it, so I was wondering if they found anyone. I started calling friends from New York and sent a guy out to meet Robert...just as many ways I can get my foot in the door there.

"And then next thing I know, I got a phone call and I came down and auditioned for the band...And I'm thinking a year later? It took a, it took a long time, you know, getting to know each other and the writing process."

"That first record was made during, basically during my audition process. So this is my first, first one with, with the freedom of being the singer." 

ON WHY THE BAND WENT THE DIRECTION OF AN ACOUSTIC ALBUM: 

DELEO: "You know, I, I ask myself that, but I think it just wasn't the right time then, you know, the train was kind of rolling and then stopping and rolling and I don't think the focus was there to actually do it, you know, to keep songs in this format."

"It takes some discipline to kind of keep it there and make that work. It just felt like with what we were all kind of experiencing, at least what I was experiencing in life lately. I think it was a good time to kind of document those songs in that form. It was just felt like the right time to do it."

Listen to the rest of the podcast episode here

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