By: Saige Miller
Styx is working on a new album! Band member Tommy Shaw said they’ve been writing new music, however, Shaw didn’t mention a release date. Styx’s last album The Mission dropped in 2017, the group’s first album in 14 years. And they’re coming back with some more tunes to share!
Shaw was featured on PodKats! and divulged quite a few hints about the new record. “We’re pretty well into it,” Shaw said on the pod.
“[Singer] Lawrence [Gowan] will be coming to Nashville, and our producer, Will Evankovich … we’re going to be doing the writing demos for the songs that we have so far, and finishing up a few things. Mainly now it’s just a matter of scheduling between times that we’re on the road and times that we need to be home. That’s the hardest thing – just getting us all together in a room.”
Shaw reflected back on their last studio album The Mission and expressed how he didn’t believe the album would ever materialize.
“There was a time when it seemed like there wouldn’t be a place or an opportunity to have new music, but the new music kept coming. The Mission was like a storm of ideas that just all stuck together one after another, and you just had to get out of the way and let it come down and record it. It so wanted to be created. It was amazing.”
Styx is aware of the complications that might inevitably follow another studio album. Last year, bassist Ricky Phillips admitted his reservation with producing The Mission.
“We had witnessed people putting out records that we thought were good … and they were kind of going nowhere,” he said. “Back in the day, if you didn’t sell, what’s a gold record, 500,000? — and anything less than that was really a failure. Well, now, you’d be lucky to sell 50,000. And so we thought, ‘What’s the point? It’s gonna cost a lot of money.’ … [But] we’re still songwriters, so we’ve all been collecting all these ideas over the years.”
So Styx! Here’s to another awesome album, filled with perspective, heart, and pure rock n’ roll! Arrowheads can’t wait to see what creation is next!