When Hollywood Undead burst onto the rock scene back in 2009, no one could predict that the band and their debut album - the US-gold selling ‘Swans Songs’ - would be the most talked about thing in the alternative music scene. Polarising critics and audiences with their hip hop swagger mixed with brooding, hard rock aggression, ‘Swans Songs’ became one of the best-selling alternative rock albums of the year in the UK. The LA group sold-out a six-date tour across the UK, as well as opening the Download festival to a rapturous audience.
Back with a new album full of bigger and stronger tunes, Hollywood Undead will be releasing ‘American Tragedy’ on April 4th through A&M/Octone Records. The band have collaborated with producers Don Gilmore, Griffin Boice, and S*A*M and Sluggo and have tapped into a myriad of influences and styles, yielding music that's as diverse and dangerous.
American Tragedy's lead single ‘Hear Me Now’ is an anthemic catharsis of guitars and synths, blending an arena rock stomp with rap attitude, the song's a venomous and vicious strike. All six members of Hollywood Undead - Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Da Kurlzz, Funny Man, and Danny - hunkered down in the rehearsal room to write ‘Hear Me Now’ together, and it brandishes the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of all their personalities.
Hollywood Undead’s new album ‘American Tragedy’ peeks at the death of the American dream from the rooftop of the hottest party in the world. At the heart of the band's second album, the six-piece rhyme and rock sharply hilarious jabs about vacuous clubs to unbridled, poignant musings on losing faith and struggling with addiction.
For Hollywood Undead, ‘American Tragedy’ was a natural progression from ‘Swans Songs’,
J-Dog exclaims, "Similar to our first record, there's something for everybody. Some of the songs have bigger hooks, while others are a lot heavier. We wanted to expand our creative palette as a band and grow. We wrote the first album years ago. Mentally, we’re not in the same place we were then. We got better at what we do lyrically and musically.
Hollywood Undead will be playing this year’s Download Festival in June.
‘American Tragedy’ Tracklisting:
1. Been To Hell
3. Comin’ In Hot
4. My Town
5. I Don’t Wanna Die
6. Hear Me Now
7. Gangsta Sexy
9. Lights Out
10. Coming Back Down
13. Pour Me