The Hollywood Vampires are about to come out of hiding to give us all a brand new album. On Thursday (April 18), the Alice Cooper/Joe Perry/Johnny Depp supergroup announced plans to unleash their sophomore album later this spring. Titled Rise, the new record is due out June 21 through earMUSIC.
Unlike their debut album, this record will mostly feature original material written by the act. Sticking to their “original mission,” Hollywood Vampires’ upcoming release will feature three covers; David Bowie’s “Heroes,” Jim Carroll Band’s “People Who Died,” and Johnny Thunder’s “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory.”
The 16-track album was produced by longtime live Hollywood Vampires guitarist Tommy Henriksen.
“Rise is not only a totally different animal than the first Vampires album, it is unique to anything I’ve ever been a part of,” explains Alice Cooper.
“I approached it very differently than I usually do when working on an album. Each of us; Joe, Johnny, Tommy and myself have written songs on this album. What is different though is that I didn’t try to change any songs to be more ‘Alice-like.’ Because each of us has different influences, the sound of this album is very cool. I think that with this album, we are establishing what the Vampires’ sound really is, whereas with the first album we were more tipping our hats to our fallen rock n roll brothers.”
Joe Perry adds: “Rise came from pure creative energy, which is just like playing live with the Vampires. The record showcases everyone doing what they do best without anyone looking over our shoulders. There was no pressure or deadlines, allowing us to write and record an album that is one of the freest and most honest sounding records I’ve been part of. I can’t wait to perform some of these tunes live for our fans.”
Pre-orders for Rise are currently available on the band’s website where they are offering several bundles.
In addition to the new album announcement, Hollywood Vampires also released the record’s first single, “Who’s Laughing Now.” Watch the lyrics video for the new song above.
Before the album’s June release, the group will hit the touring circuit for a couple of shows in May. The springtime outing begins on May 10 at the Joint in Las Vegas and concludes a week later on May 18 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Those dates can be found here.