Hollywood Undead Release First Single ‘We Are’ From Their Forthcoming Album
A&M/Octone recording artists Hollywood Undead return with their new single “We Are” from their forthcoming album Notes From The Underground. The song is being serviced to Modern and Active Rock Radio. "We Are" reunites the band with producer Danny Lohner [Nine Inch Nails, Puscifer], and it's an epic call-to-arms laced with gnashing guitars, lyrical jabs, and fiery beats.
Johnny 3 Tears explains, "The song is about collective resistance. It's the silent majority, but we're using Los Angeles as the backdrop. Every time we work with Danny, he takes our music to the next level. He's willing to go as far outside the box as we are. As a whole, it's a good introduction to Notes From The Underground because it encompasses the band idealistically. Think of it as an ode to our misled youth."
The album title is an homage to the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel—a Johnny 3 Tears personal favorite—the moniker alludes to what's really under the mask.
"We've maintained an underground identity," Johnny 3 Tears remarked. "When we write songs, we're coming from a place people don't like to look at or talk about openly. As people get older, they get used to lying. We have a bond with so many kids because they have a trace of that honesty. They don't know how bad some things get yet. We tell them the truth."
While the band’s roots are in the underground, the band has drawn mainstream attention since the release of their 2008 near platinum-selling debut Swan Songs and its acclaimed 2010 follow-up American Tragedy. Swan Songs has moved well over 900,000 copies, and American Tragedy debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #4 with first-week sales exceeding 67,000. They've played sold out headline shows all over the world as well as rousing appearances at festivals such as the UK's Download and Rock on the Range, and Epicenter.
The masked Los Angeles collective—Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Danny, Funny Man, and Da Kurlzz are excited about the release of their third album. "We stay true to who we are musically," commented Danny. "If even just one kid identifies with what we do, we've done our job.”
Notes From The Underground was produced by Griffin Boice, Sam & Sluggo, and Danny Lohner, The album emerges directly from that same place behind the curtain, underneath the veneer, and inside the darkest heart of their city. These are their Notes scribed in tears, blood, and truth.
"Nothing could change us or our music," assures J-Dog. "We may change the method but not the message." 'Notes From The Underground' will be released January 2013.