Myles Kennedy, vocalist of Alter Bridge and for Slash and the Conspirators, will release his second solo album, “The Ides of March,” on May 14, 2021, via Napalm Records. It is available for pre-order here.
Kennedy and his cohorts from his first solo release, “Year of the Tiger”–longtime friend and drummer Zia Uddin and bassist/manager Tim Tournier–recorded the album in Florida with longtime producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette.
While “Year of the Tiger” was more of an acoustic exploration through Kennedy’s mind, “The Ides of March” finds him strapping on his electric guitar and pushing himself as a guitarist/songwriter. Tracks like “A Thousand Words,” “Wake Me When It’s Over” and “Moonshot” showcase diverse music arrangements. The epic title track clocks in at over seven minutesThe first single , “In Stride,” opens with Kennedy showcasing his slide playing before delivering a lyrical message to “take it all in stride.” The video for “In Stride” marks a return by Stefano Bertelli (who created the “Native Son” video for Alter Bridge) and shows an animated Kennedy as he takes the end of the world in stride.
“Chill out. That pretty much sums it up,” Kennedy said. “The lyric paints a picture of a survivalist preparing for an impending zombie apocalypse. It was inspired by the first wave of lockdowns as everyone was buying vast amounts of toilet paper and supplies. I started to ask myself if it might be wise to try and gain some perspective and not overreact … keep calm and carry on.”
“The Ides of March” track listing:
1. Get Along
2. A Thousand Words
3. In Stride
4. The Ides of March
5. Wake Me When It’s Over
6. Love Rain Down
7. Tell It Like It Is
9. Wanderlust Begins
10. Sifting Through the Fire
11. Worried Mind
“The Ides of March” will be available in the following formats:
– Digital Album
– 1 CD Jewel Case
– 1 CD Digipack (Napalm mailorder, limited to 500 worldwide)
– 2 LP Gatefold Black Vinyl
– 2 LP Gatefold Gray Vinyl (RoW only)
– 2 LP Gatefold Bottle Green Transparent Vinyl (Napalm mailorder, limited to 400 worldwide)
– Die Hard Limited Edition: 2 LP Gatefold Clear Splatter Mint/Violet/White Vinyl + Aluminum Print (Napalm mailorder, limited to 300 worldwide)
– Limited Deluxe Box: Glow In The Dark Vinyl + Cover Artprint + 7” Glow In The Dark “A Thousand Words” Vinyl Demo Single + Pendant + Slipmat (Napalm mailorder, limited to 700 worldwide)