After the Rolling Stone premiere of “American Dream Plan B,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have shared two more tracks off their upcoming, more rock-focused, album Hypnotic Eye. “U Get Me High,” is a mid-tempo declaration of affection featuring a screeching guitar solo and crashing cymbals, while “Red River” boasts a more melodic chorus about self-reflection and hypnotic piano rhythm giving way to a biting guitar solo. Take a listen to both tracks below.
Hypnotic Eye will see release on July 29th and will follow Petty and the Heartbreakers’ blues rock-inspired 2010 effort Mojo. The band has been working on the LP for nearly three years now, recording at Petty’s home studio in Malibu and fleshing out tracks at the band’s L.A. rehearsal space, the Clubhouse.
“I knew I wanted to do a rock & roll record,” Petty recently told Rolling Stone about Hypnotic Eye. “We hadn’t made a straight hard-rockin’ record, from beginning to end, in a long time.”
Following the LP’s release, Petty and the Heartbreakers will hit the road for a massive American arena tour, starting August 3rd in San Diego. The trek also includes headlining sets at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco and at the Lockn’ Festival in the Blue Ridge mountains in Central Virginia.
Petty also noted that a two-disc reissue of his 1994 solo album, Wildflowers, may see release by Christmas, complete with 10 previously unreleased songs. “I never thought I’d be this busy at this point in my life,” he said. “I never expected to be at this point, doing stuff and figuring out how to get it to people. This band just grows and grows, and that’s an incredible gift.”