On March 31st, Scott Weiland will release Blaster, the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman's first original solo LP since 2008's "Happy" in Galoshes and his debut set with new backing band the Wildabouts. Below, hear the group's new single, a foot-stomping boogie titled "Way She Moves."
"The inspiration, lyrically, is my wife," Weiland tells Rolling Stone. "Pretty simple, really – I love the way she moves and I love the way she talks. I think ["Way She Moves"] is representative of the full album. I think that every song is its own on a sonic level, but there's a thread that keeps everything in a cohesive flow. I think it's one of the better songs on the album, and it's one of my favorites."
Weiland himself describes "Way She Moves" as a "sexy T. Rex kind of tune," and the track definitely chugs along like a The Slider-era Marc Bolan rocker packed with a hook straight off STP's Tiny Music. "The sound we were getting felt original and infectious and brought me back to the feelings I had when I made my first couple records," says Weiland. "Just excitement, feeling invigorated. Youthful."
The Wildabouts feature guitarist Jeremy Brown, bassist Tommy Black and drummer Danny Thompson, all of whom joined the singer on his Purple to the Core tour, where Weiland performed Stone Temple Pilots' debut Core and follow-up Purple on the road. While that trek delayed the recording of Weiland's new album, it helped the band crystallize its sound. "Blaster is definitely a band sound: a stripped-down, furry sound with a lot of space between the notes," he says. "But it's tight and to-the-point while keeping that garage rock vibe."
When Thompson was unable to tour Blaster, the Wildabouts added more firepower with the addition of drummer Joey Castillo, a vet of bands like Queens of the Stone Age and Danzig.
"I was on my first tour with STP and he was playing drums in a band called Sugartooth that was opening up for us on the road," Weiland was. "We got to know each other really well off the bat. And of course I'm a huge fan of everything he's done since, especially with Queens of the Stone Age." The singer thinks that Castillo will bring "a massive drum sound and whole lot of dexterity, as well as natural and honed ability."