Stone Temple Pilots: Old Sound, New Face
For anyone that remembers the grunge rock explosion of the 90’s, you remember the plethora of bands that helped to build a genre and define a generation. Just like bands of the 70’s and 80’s, the grunge rock bands of the 90’s delivered music that has survived many years and holds its own many years later. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains were a few of the bands that ushered in the new sound of rock. And while some of these bands have weathered the storm and continue to play today, most have suffered through tragedy, break-ups, and other setbacks.
Another one of those bands is STP, Stone Temple Pilots. The band released their debut album, Core, in 1992 and did not look back. Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz found commercial success with their debut and continued to put out hit after hit. They followed up Core with the equally great Purple. Then, after that album, an experimental side of STP came out with the releases of Tiny Music…Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, No. 4, and Shangri-La Dee Da. Although featuring a different sound than its predecessors, even these albums were laced with hit songs and great music.
Following the release of Shangri-La Dee Da, the band broke up after dealing with the substance abuse issues of frontman Scott Weiland. Weiland went on to record a solo album and eventually join Velvet Revolver. After a few years and a greatest hits release, STP reunited and released a self-titled album. Things were seemingly getting better for the band. Then, in February 2013, Weiland was fired. This time it seems as though Weiland was having vocal issues and then wanted to play the bands music on his solo tour, and in the process, make money on what the entire band created. That was the end of the reunion.
But not the end of STP. The band has recently recorded a new song with Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, on vocals. The new song is called “Out of Time” and it is definitely STP. The DeLeo brothers and Kretz have kept the band’s trademark sound intact with new vocalist Bennington sounding great as Weiland’s replacement. While he does not have the same sound, it is not far off and, in my opinion, sounds good enough to not bother worrying about Weiland.
I hope that this is more than just a new song and done. Bennington has a great vocal range and I hope to hear more new music from the new STP. Their website features Bennington in photos with the band and puts it right there for us to see. I just hope that us fans get to hear more from the reformed group. But, no matter what happens in the future, I want to thank STP for striving on, despite any problems, and continuing to give their fans great music. Thanks.
The new single, “Out of Time”, is available to download free of charge at the band’s official website, http://www.stonetemplepilots.com