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.