Stone Temple Pilots Album Art

Hole and Stone Temple Pilots both played SXSW this year, perhaps working some deep, deep viral marketing for Hot Tub Time Machine, or perhaps not. Maybe it’s just auspicious timing that two bands that dominated my guitar tab purchases in 1994 have some highly-anticipated LPs out soon, with STP offering up their first album since 2001. STP leaked first single “Between the Lines” today, a song that shows the band keeping things in the melodic hard rock vein (no more Tiny Music-type experiments, for now), and Scott Weiland keeping it lyrically relevant. Best lines: “You always were my favorite drug / Even when we used to take drugs.” Is he winking at us? Hard to tell with the eyeliner.

Their self-titled album is out 5/25 via Atlantic.

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  1. Otherwise, Thursday night was all hits.

    Pretty fun

  2. Does 1:32-1:45 remind anyone else of Stay Away by Nirvana?

  3. sounds pretty classic, dean can still make it wail

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    • I’m not sure I’d categorize STP as grunge. Seems like it was a tag they got stuck with for MTV video rotation purposes. Yes.. MTV used to play music videos. Purple is a classic album, they’re not as bad as you might think.

  5. Looking forward to this release. Hoping this 90s-nostalgia trend continues with Soundgarden, Live, Pixies and Pavement releasing new studio albums.

    This track sounds like the STP I remember but it doesn’t stand against anything off of Purple or Core. Somehow I feel “Even when we used to take drugs” should not be plural since Weiland was the only one with the drug problems and in rehab.

  6. anyway. good to hear them back and sounding fresh. looking forward to the tracks that arent obvious singles.

  7. most underrated band of the 1990s. not a bad single — missing the neo-psych flourishes of tiny music & parts of purple, & this falls more in line with the melodic hard rock of no. 4 — but it ain’t bad.

  8. They should consider taking drugs again to find those neo-psych flourishes.

    Shepard Fairey cover art… really? – It didn’t help Corgan’s Zeitgeist.

  9. What an uninspiring piece of crap. There is absolutely nothing original or interesting about this early 90′s retread rubbish. Scott Weiland is such a douche.

  10. Wow. Is this left over from the Talk Show record? What a lame, cheap & lousy piece of work. Perhaps made additionally so by the musical quoting of Nirvana’s “Stay Away” — as for relevance, there is none to be found here. The once devoted fan in me found myself googling the lyrics – in the hopes that I was missing something. That, in a common Weiland fashion, there was some underlying message or meaning to be decoded, that the joke was on the now half-deaf, unattentive listeners or the industry, ever eager to cash in on anything they can slap a ‘retro’ label on… to go back to the days where making millions more in profits was as simple as signing one band after another who fit a profile – that, once deciphered, this would be somewhat obvious. Unless the lyrics are grossly wrong, it’s not.

    At best, it’s a musically and lyrically weak composition with overly vague lyrics intended either to convey nothing or to use (seize upon being far too strong of a phrase) what little growl their now aging fanbase may still have left over watching their angst filled youth bought up, sanitized, repackaged, tailored to fit the abercrombie & fitch generation & to sell them the next American Idol. In short, it’s either the weak-willed muttering of a once great figure now wishing he was still relevant while afraid to raise his voice enough to disturb the neighbors or pure drivel.

    The long-time fan in me hopes that I’m wrong, wishes that I could believe that I just “didn’t get it” the first 5 times around. Didn’t see the subtle brilliance with secondhand lyrical translations arranged somewhat randomly… but let’s be honest. Even if there is some slight glimmer of the STP we once knew & loved in this song, it’s memory is far overpowered by the not-at-all clever “you always were my favorite drug, even when we used to do drugs” chorus and a song whose musical hooks have all long since been spent into a seemingly endless national debt. Realistically, if it weren’t STP — if this were the lead single for any no-name local band, it would never garner attention beyond the immediate audience.

    I don’t blame STP for trying to make a buck doing what they love. I haven’t lost respect for what they once were and what they once created. (Even ‘Tiny Music’ for all the criticism it gets was a musically sound & interesting record.) I am, however, saddened.

    At least Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam & a handful of others still put forth some effort & even strike a decent chord now & again. Will I give the album a listen before reaching a final verdict, certainly, but if it’s at all like the lead single… I’d personally prefer to pretend they’d stayed defunct.

  11. Can we all agree that ’90s bands need to stop reuniting? Yeah, the ’80s bands had their second day in the sun last decade but it didn’t really produce anything worthwhile. A few moderately okay Cure singles? A Pixies tour? That’s about it. Hell, most of these bands that are reuniting were releasing the exact same music under different names. This really isn’t all that different from what Weiland was doing with Velvet Revolver. The eventual Soundgarden reunion is just gonna sound like a less sucky version of Audioslave. Which is why this is all gonna suck. The last okay STP record was No. 4. The only good STP record was Purple, although, Tiny Music… was close. Everything else was either mediocre or crap. Do we really wanna get excited for that? I guess so. Can’t wait for that Ugly Kid Joe reunion.

  12. Please, when STP came out with “Purple” in 1994, every fan immediately crapped all over it, claiming the only song worth listening to was “Vasoline”. Not surprising that Vasoline was already receiving an abundance of airplay, so naturally it was the ONLY song that was was half descent on the album that JUST came out. The song premiered yesterday and already these little trolls are ready to come shooting their plastic guns around and letting everybody know just how let down they are. Everyone has their own taste, and believe me, just because you yell and rant about how bad something is, it’s not going to sway someone to suddenly feel the same way. KROQ Los Angeles premiered “Between the Lines” on Sunday and the phones were off the hook, so there goes your theory on what a crappy song it is. It will get regular airplay. There will be plenty of people who like it, yet I feel that for some reason your bitching and moaning will continue.

    • Millions of people eat at McDonalds, drive SUVs, and wear Nikes. Just because something is (potentially) popular, doesn’t mean it’s good.

    • So you’re theory is that because other people like it then it must be good?

      • And before some clever little wise-ass points it out, yes, I just realized I misused you’re in place of your. But there’s no edit function.

        • Agreed. Your logical argument is flawed. I wasn’t personally one of those fans who bitched about Purple and I don’t know many who didn’t come around in the end. The fact is that not liking new material as much as older material is entirely different from new material being clear, total & utter crap. To go with a recent example from an altogether different genre – millions of people went crazy when they released Michael Jackson’s unreleased “This Is It” track. The fact is, those are obvious scratch vocals & scratch lyrics for a song that he never deemed good enough to release. Just because millions of people bought it doesn’t put it on par with “Billie Jean” — Millions of people bought Creeds 1st to hear them play a mix of Pearl Jam & STP riffs with new, lame & shallow lyrics over them, bought their follow ups, saw them live. Nickleback has sold & resold the same album how many times now? That doesn’t mean it’s quality. It means that there’s good mass marketing behind it — targeted at a hungry audience willing to consume whatever is crammed down their throats… and to love it because they’ve been told how great it is.

        • Agreed. Your logical argument is flawed.

          I wasn’t personally one of those fans who bitched about Purple and I don’t know many who didn’t come around in the end. The fact is that not liking new material as much as older material is entirely different from new material being clear, total & utter crap. To go with a recent example from an altogether different genre – millions of people went crazy when they released Michael Jackson’s unreleased “This Is It” track. The fact is, those are obvious scratch vocals & scratch lyrics for a song that he never deemed good enough to release. Just because millions of people bought it doesn’t put it on par with “Billie Jean” — Millions of people bought Creeds 1st to hear them play a mix of Pearl Jam & STP riffs with new, lame & shallow lyrics over them, bought their follow ups, saw them live. Nickleback has sold & resold the same album how many times now? That doesn’t mean it’s quality. It means that there’s good mass marketing behind it — targeted at a hungry audience willing to consume whatever is crammed down their throats… and to love it because they’ve been told how great it is.

  13. No, that’s not my theory. I’m not saying that just because it has potential to be a hit it must be good. What I am saying is that just because you don’t like it doesn’t make it bad, and it certainly doesn’t make an album that none of us has heard bad either. Everybody has their own taste and because these guys have a few albums that people love, there is this anticipation for the new album to be what they expected. Don’t worry about the typo, I doubt there are too many english majors on this board.

    • I can find value in things that I don’t like. There is plenty of music that I don’t like or even dislike which is still perfectly respectable & has some artistic merit. Then there are things which are effortless in the sense that someone wasn’t willing to put forth a reasonable effort, there are those things which are outright stolen, and there are those things which are formulaic for the purpose of trying to cash in – be it on your own past success or that of others.

      I’m not judging the entire record. I will listen to it with an open mind. I am hopeful but not optimistic. I understand using something with a stronger melodic, vocal, instrumental or lyrical hook as a lead single. However, if this was the best that the record had to offer — it doesn’t look good. My hope is that this was the most classic (aka rehashed) ‘STP’ sounding piece on the record and that maybe the rest of the material is a bit more adventurous. Then I’d be happy to purchase a copy, rip it to iTunes, delete this lousy track & enjoy.

      • If you’ve ever listened to an STP album before, you should already know that the first single is usually the worst song on the album. This song is alright, but I’m sure the rest will blow it out of the water.

  14. Firstly I want to say that they were all on drugs, if you read the interviews you’d know, also I think this is a goddamned great song. I love every bit of it. And no it sounds nothing like Nirvana’s “Stay Away” for fuck sake these people are amazing, you people need to listen harder. If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it, because plenty of other people are going to listen without you. Besides give the guys a break, they are getting older, plus they’ve been through shitloads of Rehab. This song is amazing. Nuff said.

  15. Great song , does not sound like stay away

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