Scott Weiland Says Forthcoming Album Has a “New Sound” and “Big Rock Riffs”

Credit: Jamie WeilandScott Weiland and the Wildabouts will release their debut album, Blaster, next month.  As the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman sees it, Blaster will have a new, distinctive sound while also hearkening back to his old days.

"It's a new sound, but, then again, it's got some big rock riffs, so it'll remind you of the energy of the past," Weiland tells Rolling Stone in a video interview.

Weiland and his band performed at last month's Sundance Film Festival, and he feels that the Blaster track "Circles" is particularly "cinematic."

"It's got a sort of Appalachia, bluegrass kind of vibe to it," Weiland says of tune.  "It's a beautiful, melodic song."

"Circles" is about Weiland's wife, Jamie.  While some of Blaster comes from the singer's own life, he says the whole album is a mix of the personal and stories he made up.

"If you look at some of the best lyrics in rock 'n' roll -- Bob Dylan -- most of the stuff was stories that he wrote about," Weiland says.  "Experiences of fictitious people, that's kind of what I did on a lot of these songs."

Blaster will be released on March 31.  Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts will hit the road in support of Blaster starting February 22 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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