The cult of personality will continue on this fall, when purveyors of hard funk-rock Living Colour return with “The Chair In The Doorway” – the band’s first set of new material in nearly six years. Due September 15 on Megaforce Records, the eleven song set was recorded in numerous locations over the last few years, with a majority of the sessions taking place at Sono Studios outside of Prague in the Czech Republic.
According to lead singer Corey Glover, most of the material started coming to fruition after the band was asked to re-record “Cult of Personality” for “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.” From there, the group fleshed out songs when on tour and while Glover had time off from touring duties as Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” “We recorded everywhere. We even recorded during shows – ideas that came up during shows turned into songs,” Glover tells Billboard.com. “A lot of that turned onto [bassist] Doug [Wimbish]. Doug made up a lot of grooves; we took a lot of grooves we had from soundchecks and gigs – and he sort of codified and made a library of that stuff.”
In 1988, Living Colour made an immediate mark on the rock world with the multi-platinum debut “Vivid,” an album that yielded a Grammy for “Best Hard Rock Performance” for the song “Cult of Personality.” In 1990, the follow up album’s titular track “Time’s Up” also won in the same category. While the group slowed down considerably after 1993’s “Stain,” all the members have been active with various projects over the years. Guitarist Vernon Reid has worked with Mick Jagger, Tracy Chapman, and recently K’Naan. Drummer Will Calhoun has contributed his talents to albums by Mos Def, Kaki King, Herb Alpert, and Wayne Shorter along with his own jazz oriented releases. Wimbish has also branched out considerably, working in many different genres including sessions with the Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode, Placebo, Talib Kweli, BT, and Annie Lennox.
Glover says the perception over the years has been that Living Colour broke up and have entered a reunion stage of their career, but he’s quick to dispel those notions. “Everyone sees the video and thinks we’re a band from the eighties or we broke up or we’re not together,” he says. “But it’s not a reunion thing. In some form or another, all of us have been playing with each other. Will and Doug have a band that I would sit in every now and then. Vernon had a band that I’d come in and do some stuff. Even in those times when we weren’t together we were still playing together.”
Long time fans of the band should be pleased with the new material, as “The Chair In The Doorway” retains Glover’s signature, impassioned vocals, rounded out with a mix of hard rock, funk metal and blues-influenced arrangements. For Glover, the record’s theme revolves around sentiments of introspection. “Because we are older, we got kids – that’s the impetus for the name of the album, “The Chair In The Doorway.” Sometimes it’s the most ridiculous things are the most obvious. The most obvious thing to me is ‘Yeah we are older. Yeah we live in a post-9/11 world.’ We do have these things. But we still got to eat. I can’t let the world stop me from being me.”
Here is the track list for “The Chair In The Doorway”:
“Behind The Sun”
“Out Of Mind”