The Guns N’ Roses guitarist alternates between ragged power chords and squealing solos throughout the song; on the chorus, Kennedy layers his voice into stacked harmonies.
“Mind Your Manners” is the second preview from Living the Dream, following the July-issued “Driving Rain.” As Slash recently told Forbes, the new single was the first song the band played together in their jams for the new LP, the group’s first album since 2014.
“I wrote a bunch of new songs, so there was a song on the record called ‘Mind Your Manners,’ which I wrote, the first thing we played when we got back in the room cause that’s always so awkward,” he said. “‘What do we play first? Do we just jam or what do we do?’ We jammed that and that became a song, so that was cool.”
Living the Dream, out September 21st, is Slash’s fourth solo album and his third to feature Kennedy, drummer Brent Fitz, bassist Todd Kerns and guitarist and Frank Sidoris. The Conspirators will promote the 12-song album with a month-long North American tour launching September 13th in Los Angeles, California and concluding October 14th in Sacramento, California.
In an expansive interview with Rolling Stone, Slash talked about fitting a new solo album into his Guns N’ Roses plans. “I started preproduction on this new material, and then I went back on the road [solo]. At some point, Axl [Rose] and I hooked up on the phone, and then we met for a little bit and started talking about doing Coachella. Just for the fun of it, because we were sort of back on friendly ground again. That turned into a whole fucking extended tour, which is still going,” Slash said.
“So all that material sat on the back burner. On our last big break, I got back together with Myles and everybody, and we revisited those songs, picked out the ones that we still wanted to work on, and then I’d written some new stuff. We just put all that together and just rehearsed and, y’know, got the arrangements and all that shit together. And we’ll do some touring in September. And Guns goes back out in November. And then we’ll go out in January with Conspirators. And we just go like that.”