Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots embark upon a new sonic adventure with Perdida, the band’s first-ever acoustic album. It includes 10 deeply personal songs that weave introspective lyrics together with unexpected instruments to take listeners on an emotional and musical journey through letting go and starting over.
Bassist Robert DeLeo says Perdida (Spanish for ‘loss’) shows how music has helped them process grief, search for meaning and, ultimately, create something beautiful from the pain. “When I’ve gone through things in my life, I’ve found that sitting down and having an honest conversation with my guitar is the best therapy.”
“Recording an acoustic album like Perdida is something the band has wanted to do for many years,” says drummer Eric Kretz. “When Robert and Dean started playing their new songs for us during our tour last year, we knew right away they would be perfect for an acoustic album.”
Writing lyrics for Perdida meant exposing himself like never before, says singer Jeff Gutt, who joined the band in 2017. “It’s an emotionally honest album and I needed to approach it that way for these songs to resonate.”
To record Perdida, the quartet assembled at Kretz’s Bomb Shelter Studios in February. The key to making the album, Dean explains, was finding a way to say more with less. “Everything you hear serves a purpose, from the space in the arrangements to the different instruments. We only added things that served the songs.”
Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
Texas guitarist, singer, and blues-rocker Tyler Bryant started playing guitar at the age of six; by 11 he was good enough to jam with adult players and it was clear what his future avocation would be. He moved to Nashville during his senior year of high school (he finished his classes and coursework online and graduated after the move), and he has really never looked back, developing into an explosive and talented blues and hard rock guitarist, even playing Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival at the age of 15.
Along the way, Bryant assembled a powerhouse band, the Shakedown, comprised of Caleb Crosby on drums, Noah Denney on bass, and Graham Whitford, the son of Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford, on second guitar. Quickly earning a buzz on the blues and rock touring circuit, the band opened shows for the likes of Aerosmith, B.B. King, and Clapton, among others, and released an EP, My Radio, in the spring of 2011, following it with a seven-track album, From the Sandcastle, in the fall.
A 12-track full-length, Wild Child, recorded in analog with engineer Vance Powell, appeared early in 2013. The success of Wild Child helped to land the group a deal with John Varvatos/Republic Records, who would put out their 2015 EP, The Wayside. The following year, they supported Guns N’ Roses on tour. In 2017, they returned with the eponymous full-length Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, featuring the single “Heartland.” Truth & Lies followed in 2019.