STP Ready "Shangi-La"


New album due in June
Posted Apr 24, 2001 at 12:00am
Stone Temple Pilots have nearly completed their fifth full-length recording, their first since 1999's No. 4. Shangri-La Dee Da will find its way to stores on June 26th and by all accounts, longtime fans will be a little surprised when they get their copy. Despite word from the band when sessions started up last year, Shangri-La won't be a double album. There will however, be an abundance of leftovers earmarked for import-version bonus tracks and b-sides, etc. STP devotees will also remember the band had hoped to make No. 4 a two-disc set as well, though their plan was derailed by singer Scott Weiland's 1999 drug bust and subsequent stint behind bars.

Though the foursome are better known for thick guitar textures and hard-driving rhythms, for their latest album they have apparently fallen under the spell of the bossa nova, sometimes called "the dance of love." Apparent lifelong fans of the late Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, STP have infused two tracks -- "About a Fool" and "Bipolar Bear" -- with Latin sway and flare. Elsewhere, the big bang rock is sturdily in place.

STP regular Brendan O'Brien served as Shangri-La Dee Da, with Nick DiDia engineering. The album was named for the Malibu mansion where it was recorded over the past few months -- it was mixed in Atlanta. Other known song titles include, "The Way She Moves," "You Can't Drive Me Away," "Days of the Week," "Hollywood Bitch," and "Heed the Water Whisperer."

Sessions for Shangri-La were filmed by the brother/sister team of Chapman and Rebecca Baehler for a forthcoming release. The Baehlers are also hoping to put out a STP coffee table book sometime this year.

STP will next play live on August 4th at the Rolling Rock Town Fair 2.0 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, alongside Live, Deftones, Incubus and Staind. They are also expected to announce further tour dates in the near future.

Written by GREG HELLER for RollingStone.com News

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