Blue Oyster Cult is back. Yes, you read that correctly. The rock legends who ruled over the 1970s and '80s with monster hits like "Godzilla," "Don't Fear the Reaper" and "Burnin' for You" are set to return with The Symbol Remains, the group's first new full-length effort since 2001's Curse of the Hidden Mirror. The new album is scheduled is scheduled to arrive on October 9 on Frontiers Records.
B.O.C. guitarist Buck Dharma has revealed the record was started back before the pandemic hit, but was finished under the shadow of COVID-19: "Luckily, we could do the basics before the coronavirus hit, but after that, it was the Internet," he told Q104.3's Ken Dashow in a new interview alongside bandmate Eric Bloom. "It was our own [digital audio workstation] studios and Zoom and equivalent-type programs that we worked together on."
The guys talk about a host of subjects over the fast-moving 20-minute interview, including the now-requisite reference to the famous Saturday Night Live "more cowbell" sketch featuring Will Ferrell. The way Dharma sees it, the ability to truly rock a cowbell is an underrated art.
"The thing is, if they've got actual cowbells, it's hard to play a cowbell," the guitarist stressed. "Anybody can play a cowbell for two bars. But the rhythm is hard to do, and they're loud so they can actually intrude into the band's concentration sometimes."
Watch the full interview below.