Since revealing plans to record in January 2010, Jane’s Addiction have seen enough turmoil in their lineup to damage even the most solid of bands. After original bassist Eric Avery departed once more in March 2010, it seemed as if the band had found their musical brother in former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan. Sadly, just months into their partnership, McKagan left to pursue his own projects.
However, the group didn’t wait long before announcing an unlikely new recording member: TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. Despite the absurdity of Sitek’s integration, one can’t argue with results: a new song in the form of “End to the Lies” from their upcoming fourth album, The Great Escape Artist. The track, which you can check out below (via Antiquet), is standard Jane’s Addiction fare, but the pulsating guitar and particularly-inspired Perry Farrell vocal performance are indicative that they’ve seemingly never lost a step.
As for the rest of the LP, Farrell and guitarist Dave Navarro recently spoke to Rolling Stone about the record. Farrell covered a number of issues, including Sitek’s involvement as bassist and songwriting partner (“He’s like a scientist, and he’s not afraid of making a monster. It just keeps getting gnarlier and gnarlier) to McKagan’s exit from the group (“He pulled out and we went into a bit of a tailspin.”) Farrell also announced the record would be a tight 45 minutes and would feature some tracks from McKagan (“Soulmate”) and even a song called “The Irresistible Force Met the Immovable Object” described as interpreting the Big Bang as “cosmic sexual exploit.” The rest of the record, according to the Navarro, would be “…really hypnotic. We’re getting back into using a lot of space and having a lot of air.”
The Great Escape Artist is scheduled to hit stores this summer.