Saliva have finished pre-production work on their third album and will enter Bearsville Studio in upstate New York later this month to record the follow-up to last year’s Every Six Seconds. The new set, titled Back Into Your System, is slated for a mid-August release.
According to frontman Josey Scott, the group has written and will record eighteen songs, with about twelve making the album’s final cut. Scott says the record will reflect a more seasoned group, which has spent much of the past year supporting Every Six Seconds. “Once you submerge yourself in this lifestyle for a year and a half or two years, you sort of walk around like a toddler for a little while, you fall and scrape your knee,” Scott says. “And you get up and wipe yourself off and go back at it again. Now we’re a little older and a little smarter and ready to go back at it. But this definitely is a good job to have. It definitely beats being a bouncer at a strip club.”
According to Scott, Back Into Your System’s title track will likely be the album’s single. “It’s just about us coming back home and back to the fans,” he says of the song. “Getting back to their system with more music, and hopefully we can identify with them one more time. It’s gonna be a really special record. It’s a sequel to Every Six Seconds with our trademark songwriting as far as melody and hooks and lyrics that identify with the human condition, but from where we are now as opposed to then.”
As with ESS, System the band will produce the record with Bob Marlette. “He really knows how to get it out of us,” Scott says. “Some producers pussyfoot around a little bit. We need somebody to pick up the guts of the song and pull it apart and manipulate the best qualities of the band. And he’s good at that. He knows us – he’s Uncle Bob.”
The album will follow Scott’s recent high-profile appearance on the Spider-Man soundtrack, singing with a supergroup that included Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron. The song, “Hero,” was pulled from a demo session Scott and Kroeger held in Vancouver after Nickelback and Saliva wrapped a tour together last year. “On the demo version, we played everything from bongos to acoustic guitar,” he says. “It was very organic the way it came about. And I pretty much forgot about it until the Spider-Man opportunity came along and we were told it could possibly be on the soundtrack. So we all met up in the studio in Vancouver and made a for-real version of it, and it turned out really special. We tweaked it a bit for the movie, added a string quartet – made it a little glossy, if you will.”
The single is heading towards summer with a strong push from the film’s success, going into heavy video rotation as well as being the most added single in the country in all radio formats this week. Scott says that he and Kroeger had a few other musical ideas that at some point might be spun into songs. “We may do something in the future together,” he says. “I always leave the door open for stuff like that. I like to challenge myself and continue to work with different kinds of people.”
No concrete plans have been set for a tour to support System, but Scott says the band does plan to line up some headlining gigs later this year, as well as a possible package tour.