Iconic singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Alice In Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell returns with the release of his first single Atone out today, from Cantrell’s new solo album, Brighten.
Cantrell introduces the record with the first single and album opener Atone. Right from the start, the riff rolls like a runaway freight train underscored by cinematic twang. As the momentum builds, he intones the hummable hook before a psychedelic break, and a hard-hitting hook evocative of the album’s incendiary spirit.
The video is a perfect accompaniment to the song as it is a compilation of black & white footage of Jerry playing the song in outdoor locations such as Joshua Tree, the Salton Sea, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. It was creatively directed as a group effort by Jerry; photographer/musician Jim Louvau; singer/guitarist Greg Puciato; visual artist Jesse Draxler; and photographer Tony Aguilera.
The veteran rock artist delivers by offering up another dimension of his recognisable guitar sounds while at the same time featuring his signature vocals. Cantrell played a pair of sold-out solo shows in Los Angeles joined by an eclectic group of musicians and friends, several of whom appear on Brighten.
Jerry’s expansive sonic palette incorporates everything from moments of moody organ and powerful pedal steel to the cathartic choruses and airtight riffs which is the hallmark of Cantrell’s sound.
Over the past year, he co-produced Brighten with film composer Tyler Bates (300, John Wick) and long-time engineer Paul Fig. Reflecting a classic spirit, they welcomed a dynamic cast of supporting players, including drummers Gil Sharone and Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney), pedal steel master Michael Rozon, Vincent Jones on piano, Wurlitzer, and organ. Other rock legends added to the fun of this LP, including Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Loaded) on select bass tracks, Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan) handling all of the background vocals and Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age) overseeing the mixing of Brighten.
Together, they recorded eight originals and the LP closes with an approved-by-Elton cover of his classic Goodbye as the finale. To commemorate its release Atone will be available in multiple configurations including a 12-inch vinyl single with a B-side that includes an exclusive instrumental version (with glow-in-the-dark packaging), 180 heavyweight vinyl and a blood-red colour vinyl exclusive to the Jerry Cantrell Webstore. Each Atone vinyl single purchase includes a red Flexi disc, a red pick set, and an instant download of the song.
Brighten is available for pre-order everywhere now and will be offered in an exclusive bone with gold splatter colour 180-gram vinyl and limited signed CDs will also be available in the website for pre-order.