Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Release New Album ‘4’, First Ever Release by Gibson Records
Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspiraotrs. Photo: Ross Halfin
Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspiraotrs. Photo: Ross Halfin
SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS release their highly-anticipated fourth album titled 4today, Friday, February 11 via Gibson Records in partnership with BMG. Early reviews from across the globe are pouring in for 4 (see below) which is available digitally and in exclusive physical bundles now. Purchase the new album 4 everywhere HERE, and order limited-edition bundles HERE.
The band just launched their U.S. headlining tour and will visit 28 major cities nationwide including Los Angeles (YouTube Theater), New York (Beacon Theatre), Boston (House of Blues), Chicago (Riviera Theatre), Las Vegas (Theater at Virgin Hotels), Denver (Paramount Theater), Kansas City (Arvest Bank Theater-Midland), Atlanta (Coca Cola Roxy), Nashville (Grand Ole Opry House),and more, as well as the newly announced Detroit, MI show on March 4 at The Fillmore. For all SMKC tour dates and tickets, visit: HERE.
Today, Friday, February 11 tune-in live to watch the global concert stream of SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS “Live at Studios 60” where SLASH and the band will perform the new album 4 live and free in its entirety on the SLASHYouTube and Facebookat: 11:00a PACIFIC / 2:00p EASTERN / 7:00p GMT; sign-up HERE. Following the SMKC“Live at Studios 60” global concert stream, a live Q&A with SLASH and afterparty will launch exclusively on YouTube Premium. Watch and share the trailer for SMKC “Live at Studios 60” concert: HERE.
SLASH will join comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien on his award-winning podcast “Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend” on Monday, February 21 for an in-depth conversation about his music history, the new SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS studio album 4, and more. Tune-in worldwide to “Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend” on Monday, February 21, HERE.
SMKC’s first single, “The River Is Rising” which Rolling Stonedescribed as “raucous” (2/3/2022) is now the band’s 8th Top 10 Radio single in a row and climbs to #8 this week. Check out the official video for “The River Is Rising” HERE; stream the new songs “Call Off The Dogs” HERE, and “Fill My World”HERE. Last week, SMKC performed “The River Is Rising” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! HERE, and SLASH joined host Jimmy Kimmel for a hilarious interview on the show, HERE. This week, the band stopped by The Howard Stern Show and delivered a riveting performance of the Elton John classic song “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)”–which SMKC originally recorded for the documentary film Stuntman on Disney+; watch SMKC perform on The Howard Stern Show, HERE.
A decade and four albums into their career, the new full-length album 4 marks the first new music from SMKC in four years. SLASH and his bandmates MYLES KENNEDY (Vocals), BRENT FITZ (Drums), TODD KERNS (Bass & Vocals) and FRANK SIDORIS (Guitar & Vocals) aka SMKC, partnered with producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, John Prine, Jason Isbell, Rival Sons), for the new album4 resulting in the band’s strongest collective statement to date. Recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville, TN, Cobb shared the band’s desire to lay down the tracks live in the studio–including guitar solos and vocals–a first for the group, revealing a stunning, vital sound and style all captured live.
SLASHFT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS (L-R): TODD KERNS (bass & vocals), SLASH (guitar), MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), FRANK SIDORIS (guitar & vocals), and BRENT FITZ (drums).
Download all images and artwork: HERE. Photo credit this image: Ross Halfin.
4 is SMKC like you’ve never heard them before. A vibrant rock album fueled by memorable guitar hooks and compelling melodies, big choruses, and even bigger riffs, 4 hits on awide range of sounds, styles, and moods in 10 songs, and does it all with laser-sharp musical focus and alightning-in-a-bottle sense of immediacy. The album kicks off with opening track “The River is Rising,” one of the band’s toughest and most dynamic compositions to date, unraveling via a menacing, tightly-coiled riff and deep-in-the-pocket groove. From the deliberate stomp rock of “Whatever Gets You By,” the bright-toned, heart-on-sleeve pop-rocker “Fill My World,” to the talk box-drenched guitar hooks of “C’est La Vie,” exotica-tinged psychedelic fever dream of “Spirit Love,” the anthemic swell of “The Path Less Followed,” to the cowbell-inflected boogie-shake of “Actions Speak Louder Than Words,” the grimy Aerosmith-esque funk of “April Fool,” to the rampaging attack of “Call Off the Dogs,” and climaxing with the epic, six minute album closer “Fall Back to Earth,” 4is an album thatgrabs hold, and never lets go.
In light of the 30-year alliance between Gibson–the iconic American instrument brand–and the GRAMMY award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee SLASH, the new album 4, has the added distinction of being the first-ever album release on the new label Gibson Records, which is headquartered in Gibson’s hometown of Music City, Nashville, TN.
Today, February 11, Gibson has released a limited, 250 count run of SLASH Les Paul Standard Limited4Album Editionguitars–available on Gibson.com and at authorized dealers. The first-ever album and guitar package collaboration features the new SMKC album 4 on vinyl—which is housed in a uniquely designed compartment inside the guitar case–a 4 guitar pick tin and decal, and a signed SMKC band portrait. Step inside Gibson USA in Nashville and watch the making of the new SLASH Les Paul Standard Limited4Album Editionguitar, HERE. Check out the full line of exclusive SLASH guitars across Gibson HERE, and EpiphoneHERE,as well as, SLASH apparel HERE.
Early acclaim for SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, and their new album4 is as follows:
“On 4, the fourth record by Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, he [Slash] captured the mojo he was after by recording most of the album live in a mere 10 days at Nashville’s RCA Studio A… For Slash, recording off the cuff was as liberating as he had hoped it would be, and not second-guessing himself contributed to the album’s eclecticism. There’s the heart-aching power ballad ‘Fall Back to Earth’ the glam-banging ‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words’ and the euphoric first single, ‘The River Is Rising,’ which features a surging main riff, dissonant hooks, an infectious chorus and a guitar solo that conjures images of a rowdy bar brawl.”
“From the insistent churn of the opening track and first single ‘The River Is Rising,’ to the slippery funk rhythms of ‘April Fool,’ the dinosaur-sized stomp of ‘Whatever Gets You By’ to the off-to-the-races sprint of ‘Call Of The Dogs,’ 4 hits with the immediacy of a great live show. …Slash & Co color outside the lines on tracks like the slinky, Eastern-tinged ‘Spirit Love’ and the uncharacteristically major-key pop-rock workout ‘Fill My World,’ as well as the widescreen epic ballad ‘Fall Back to Earth’ which closes the record in dramatic fashion. Overall, it’s a leaner, harder and more expansive take on the SMKC sound.”
—GUITAR WORLD(COVER story)
“Slash’s fourth album feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators hits all the right beats to bea modern rock classic.”
“All rich, roomy tones captured live in Nashville’s RCA Studios…Everything on 4 is deeper, looser and grittier.”
—CLASSIC ROCK(8-out-of-10 review)
“musically stinging crunch-rock…Many of the songs, such as ‘The Path Less Followed’ were written before the pandemic and draw influence from life experiences. Slash wrote the riff for the cinematic ‘Fall Back To Earth’ while on safari in South Africa, and the beautifully melodic ‘Fill My World’ reflects Kennedy’s sadness after seeing his Shih Tzu Mozart panicking during a storm.”
“4 finds the band locked in and streamlined. Straight up, 4 is a record that could be played live without missing a beat or getting dull.
—WALL OF SOUND
“The songs [on 4] are organic, urgent and upfront. Opener ‘The River is Rising’ is all the best of what you’d expect from the group: soaring choruses, hard-driving riffs and, of course, an explosive guitar solo. One of the most reliable vocalists in rock, Kennedy is on point here. ’Whatever Gets You By’ starts as a Doors-like blues romp that jumps into a southern rock fist-pumper. ‘C’est la vie’ builds around Slash’s wah-pedal-soaked guitar licks before the rest of the band joins on another blues-inspired rocker. ‘The Path Less Followed’ again taps into the past, sounding like it could have been recorded in the ’70s. It’s a breath of fresh air when hard rock songs emphasize melody over heaviness.”
“a solid album jam packed with soaring vocals, unforgettable melodies, large choruses, and riffs that will blow your mind.”
“Kennedy once again proves himself to be one of the best singers of the moment and Slash is once again the master of the riff. In short: with ‘4’ Slash, Myles & Co prove that they belong to the absolute world top!”
“’4‘ has a different vibe: rougher, more direct, less polished. (..) ‘4’ is a great record.”
—ROCK TRIBUNE (9 out-of-10 review, Belgium)
“When chemistry extraordinaire, unrelenting energy and deep mutual trust is put together, a recipe for success is born. After ten years together Slash, Myles Kennedy and THE CONSPIRATORS have achieved a distinctive, original sound with recognizable idiosyncrasies from each band member. At the same time 4works as one fresh, original hard rock collection.”