New Alice In Chains Single Inspired by David Bowie's "Fame"

By Andrew Magnotta

May 9, 2018

Jerry Cantrell Says New Alice In Chains Song Was Inspired by David Bowie

Alice In Chains owes the inspiration for the band's first new single in five years to David Bowie. AIC guitarist Jerry Cantrell says "The One You Know" is basically a harder rocking version of Bowie's 1975 hit "Fame."  

Cantrell described how the band crafted the chomping, angry main riff for "The One You Know" in a recent interview with SiriusXM backstage at last weekend's Carolina Rebellion festival.

"I was thinking almost, kind of, of Bowie while writing it a little bit," Cantrell said. "It's got kind of a metal, like, 'Fame' shuffle to it. It's a good aggro riff and it's got the classic Alice In Chains chorus with a weird, kind of, trippy middle part."

Can you hear what Cantrell is talking about?

The guitarist says he thinks "The One You Know" is suggestive of some sonic themes on the rest of the new album, the title of which has still not been revealed. 

"There's a lot of edgy stuff there, a lot of rockin' stuff, a lot of weird stuff and some pretty stuff i there too," Cantrell added. 

The new song is from the band's upcoming sixth album, the follow-up to 2013's The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. "The One You Know" is very much in the vein of Alice In Chains' work since the band's 2009 comeback. The song is swampy and dark with melancholic harmonies and a persistent, crawling back beat — everything fans loves about Alice In Chains. 

Cantrell says Alice In Chains never rushes anything. 

"We've been really fortunate in most of our career to be able to make music when we feel like it rather than have to be on somebody else's schedule," he said. "So we take advantage of that. There's really no reason to put music out unless it's something that we feel strongly [about] and stand behind."

The album is expected to be released while Alice in Chains is on tour between now and late-September

Alice In Chains 2018 Tour Dates

May 7 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom

May 8 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom

May 10 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy

May 12 – St. Louis, MO – Pointfest

May 13 – Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion

May 15 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre

May 16 – South Bend, IN – Morris Performing Arts Center

May 18 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range

May 19 – Philadelphia, PA – WMMR BBQ / BB&T Pavilion

June 16 – Leeds, UK – O2 Academy

June 17 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

June 20 – Stockholm, Sweden – Grona Lund

June 21 – Halden, Norway – Tons of Rock Festival

June 22 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell

June 24 – Clisson, France – Hellfest

June 25 – Zagreb, Croatia – INmusic Festival

June 28 – Padua, Italy – Sherwood

June 30 – Bezirk-Landstrasse, Austria – Arena Open Air Wien

July 1 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Park

July 3 – Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s Neue Welt

July 4 – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall

July 8 – Belford, France – Les Eurockeennes 30

July 10 – Milan, Italy – Ippodromo Snai San Siro

July 13 – Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival

July 14 – Lisboa, Portugal – NOS Alive

July 17 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Caesarea

July 18 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Caesarea

Aug 22 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Aug 28 – Paso Robles, CA – Vino Robles Amp

Aug 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium

Aug 31 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Sept 1 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl

Sept 3 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Music Hall

Sept 4 – El Paso, TX – Abraham Chavez Theatre

Sept 6 – Austin, TX – ACL Live

Sept 7 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center

Sept 8 – Dallas, TX – Pavilion @ Toyota Music Factory

Sept 10 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theatre

Sept 11 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre

Sept 13 – Denver, CO – Fillmore

Sept 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre

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