Published Jul 19, 2013Courtney Love is once again hitting the road this summer with a series of dates that were to be in support of a new solo album, a follow-up to 2004's America's Sweetheart. Though that record has been pushed back to the fall, to coincide with the release of a new memoir due out around Christmas, the former Hole frontwoman has divulged a few details about the forthcoming full-length.
Despite reports that the new album, tentatively called Died Blonde, was already in the can, Love has been holed up in Electric Ladyland studios in New York, hard at work on new tunes. "We don't have a full album cut yet, but we're getting really close," she tells Exclaim!
With Love are guitarist Micko Larkin and bass player Shawn Dailey, both of whom played with Love on Hole's 2010 album, Nobody's Daughter, while Scott Lipps, who's been playing with Love since 2011, will play drums.
Love confirmed that the previously announced "This Is War," produced by former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, will appear on the album. However, further collaborations between the two are unlikely, she says.
Despite that, Love explains, "He's asked me if I wanted to do a song with him, yesterday actually. If he's got a good riff it could be fun. Apparently he's big in Japan."
As for the rest of the album, Love says there are two "really fast songs."
"They're faster than anything on Nobody's Daughter. Then there's right now a really beautiful, almost a 'Jane Says' but different, song called 'California.' I can't explain it. It's a beautiful song. And then there's this Irish waltz song that we're supposed to do tonight, that I have to sing."
Love also confirmed that she was involved in assembling the 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana's In Utero, out this fall, but declined to give any details. "I was involved with it, but that's not what this interview is about."
Died Blonde is still without a release date, but expect at least a taste of it on Love's current tour. See all the dates here. As previously reported, Love plays Toronto's Danforth Music Hall tomorrow (July 20) and Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom on Monday (July 22).
Read the complete interview with Courtney Love here.