Pennsylvania-based hard rock quartet preps new record following Grammy win
As far as Lzzy Hale is concerned, there’s no better city for a musician than Nashville. Halestorm — with Hale on vocals and guitar, her brother Arejay on drums, bassist Josh Smith and guitarist Joe Hottinger — relocated a few months ago to begin work on their third release for Atlantic Records. Frequenting venues like 12 South Taproom, and watching A-list guitarists like Kenny Vaughan jamming and playing for tips, is “mind-blowing and inspiring,” she says. “It makes you want to go back and write something new. You want to practice. You want to get better. It still rings very true that if you want to be a better musician, surround yourself with musicians that are better than you. It forces your hand.”
Halestorm’s next album follows their chart-topping sophomore project, The Strange Case Of…, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart and entered at No. 15 on the Billboard 200. The single ‘Love Bites (So Do I)’ reached No. 1 on Active Rock radio — a first for a female-fronted group. The song also won them their first Grammy, for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. Their next single, ‘Freak Like Me,’ was also an Active Rock No. 1 song.
In November, Halestorm begin a fall tour and will also join country artist Eric Church for a number of dates. In the meantime, they continue to smolder away on their new record while playing a few headlining and festival shows.
GEARPHORIA: You’re going back and forth between the studio and the road. How do you make the transition from playing for a screaming audience to confining yourself within those four walls?
LZZY: We’re doing a couple of fly dates this summer to keep our chops up, a lot of fairs and festivals, but we’re not on a consistent tour right now. I actually love it. This is the first time we’ve done that, because usually we’re either on the road or in the studio, and this has been both.