Moody post-grunge heroes Saliva have announced the release date for new album 'Love, Lies & Therapy'. Set for 10th June 2017 via Universal Music Enterprises, the disc is set to feature a cover of Michael Jackson’s 'They Don’t Care About Us'.
With nine studio albums, including one gold and platinum and a 2002 Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance for 'Your Disease' under their belts, you wouldn’t think Saliva –formed 1996 in Memphis, TN – would have anything left to prove. But that’s simply not the case.
With their ninth studio album, the aptly titled 'Love, Lies & Therapy', - the second with lead vocalist Bobby Amaru joining co-founding member, lead guitarist Wayne Swinny, drummer Paul Crosby and newest member bassist Brad Stewart – Saliva has been re-energized. Thanks to Amaru, who produced most of the album (with co-producers Nolan Neal and Damien Starkey) and wrote or co-wrote all the originals, the band has found a new energy and expanded their signature anthemic choruses and crunching riffs into different directions, with a mix of power ballads - 'Tragic Kind Of Love', 'Break Down', 'The Loneliness Know' and 'Hand In Hand' alongside typical scorchers like 'Trust', 'Bitch Like You', 'Unshatter Me', 'Rx' and the rap-rock-flavoured 'Go Big Or Go Home'.
“It’s time to ignite/I refuse to lose/Cause I’ve come alive”, insists Amaru on 'Refuse To Lose', as he sets the template for 'Love, Lies & Therapy', which lives up to its name as a penetrating glimpse into the horrors of addiction, to either another person or drugs.
“I’m addicted to the pain/It was all for you”, he sings on 'Tragic Kind Of Love', while on 'Bitch Like You', he confronts the issue straight-on: “Starving your addiction leave you/Leaves you wanting more.”
On 'Unshatter Me', meanwhile, Amaru cries out: “Kneel down and put me back together fix me like before/You crush me when you touch me then I spill out on the floor”, and on the explicit 'Rx', he leaves no doubt what he’s singing about: “I’ve got a loaded gun but can’t pull the trigger/You’re the poison in my veins you’re the cancer/I can’t fight it off/I can’t fight this disease.”
Saliva does intend to overcome, though, as in 'Go Big Or Go Home', where Amaru insists: “It’s my time to rise so let’s go", or the closing 'Hand In Hand' - an elegiac, Led Zeppelin-esque number that seems to put his troubles behind him: “So I’ll see you soon old friend/And we’ll burn hand in hand”, with a chilling Wayne Swinny guitar solo doing the honors in burying the past and facing the future.
On 'Love, Lies & Therapy', Saliva dig deep, transforming themselves into a refurbished rock band that takes the best from their impressive legacy and launches into a promising present.