Listening to the new self-titled Stone Temple Pilots album, it’s impressive just how effective new vocalist Jeff Gutt is. Gutt, the third singer in STP history after longtime vocalist/lyricist Scott Weiland and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, fits in exceedingly well with holdovers Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz.
The album was released on Friday and marks another new chapter in the band’s storied alt/rock history. “Meadow” was the first song released from the LP, and is more or less one of the record’s standout tracks. Listening to the album, however, many of the tracks fit in nicely alongside some of STP’s “legacy” records from the 1990s — songs like “Just A Little Lie,” for one, while “Thought She’d Be Mine” shines in the same vein as one of the band’s signature mid-tempo tracks.
“The Art of Letting Go” and “Finest Hour,” however, are undeniably affecting in their eulogistic power, both in reference to Weiland and Bennington. They’re especially strong tracks on the album.
The story of Stone Temple Pilots is one of resiliency (something Robert DeLeo discussed with us in our new feature interview). They vowed to only carry on if the music spoke for itself and if they felt they had something to say, and this new record backs that up.
The “rock and roll” realm today is devoid of bands like Stone Temple Pilots on the whole, so this is a refreshing, if familiar, blast of high-energy alt/rock that will probably catch some fans by surprise.
Stream the album below, via Spotify or Apple Music:
Catch STP on the road this spring:
March 17 Billings, MT @ Pub Station Ballroom
April 28 Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockville
April 29 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Fort Rock Festival
May 1 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 2 Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
May 4 Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
May 5 Virginia Beach, VA @ FM99 Lunatic Luau 18
May 6 Wallingford, CT @ The Dome at Oakdale Theatre
May 8 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theatre
May 9 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
May 11 Nashville, TN @ Topgolf Live
May 13 Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion
May 15 Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 16 Cedar Rapids, IA @ Club Five at the U.S. Cellular Center
May 17 Peoria, IL @ WIXO “Spring Fling 2018!”